According to projections for the year 2070, India’s Kolkata and Mumbai top the list of cities whose populations are most exposed to coastal flooding, with 14 million and 11.4 million respectively. The first seven cities on the list are from Asia, followed by Miami at number eight.Read More »
US Boots on Ground in Middle East: How Many Are There?
Americans may reasonably ask if some Middle Eastern countries with estimated armies of around 3 million are unwilling or incapable of marshaling forces sufficient to defeat 30,000 ISIL fighters, why should America put “more boots on the ground”?Read More »
A Tear for Argentina
Argentina's latest debt trauma shows that the global system for sovereign-debt workouts remains badly in need of repair. Deepening domestic debt markets -– and perhaps change along the lines proposed by the IMF –- is sorely needed.Read More »
US, China and a New Cold War in Africa?
Is the conflict in South Sudan the opening salvo in the battle for a continent? There are plenty of opportunities for both the United States and China in Africa and in South Sudan. But a rivalry between the two powers can only bring trouble.Read More »
Syria’s Unending Cycle of Death And Destruction
Bashar al-Assad’s victory in the June 3 Syrian presidential election and continuous supply of more powerful weapons to supposedly vetted oppositional forces by the US, Turkey and Gulf Arab countries make it certain that more bloodshed, displacement and death await the war-torn country.Read More »
Book Review: The Pashtun Question
As the government in Pakistan completes its first year in office, the Afghans move to the second round of their presidential elections and the US and NATO forces potentially pack their bags, a brilliant Pashtun journalist has released a book that not only raises the Pashtun question but also pledges to provide the key answers, if not the key, …Read More »
The US-Iran Thaw
We are living in interesting times indeed. Many of the international relations global norms and systems that have come to be accepted as the bedrock of stability are in a state of flux. Consider this for example. The Security Council (UNSC) in particular is being blamed for its inability to deal with the existing and emerging conflicts. President Obama himself …Read More »