• Afghanistan: Tug Of War Between Western Educated Technocrats And Strongmen0

    By Ahmad Shah Katawazai*   July 7, 2018 At a critical moment when the Afghan government and U.S. troops are fighting against emerging ISIS-K and after a successful temporary ceasefire when a new momentum is taking place for peace talks with Taliban insurgents, warlords and strongmen pose a brazen challenge to the central government. The national

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  • Pakistan’s financial crisis puts Belt and Road on the spot0

      By James M. Dorsey    7/7/2018 Increased Pakistani dependence on China to help it avert resorting to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to avoid a financial and economic crisis spotlights fears that the terms of Chinese investment in massive Belt and Road-related projects would not pass international muster. Concerns that China’s US$ 50 billion

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  • Threats to scribes are omnipresent now0

    by Nava Thakuria     6/7/2018 As we were preparing to complete the first half of 2018, shocking news broke from America, one of the professed liberal space for journalists in a democracy on Earth. A gunman stormed into the newsroom of a Maryland newspaper in the USA and killed five media employees including journalists. The

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  • Combatting political violence: Pakistan’s determination is put to the test0

    By James M. Dorsey Pakistan’s determination to crack down on United Nations-designated global terrorists is being put to the test barely two weeks after the South Asian nation evaded blacklisting by an international anti-money laundering and terrorism finance watchdog. A statement by a group widely viewed as a front for UN-designated Jamat-ud-Dawa and its leader,

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  • Bangladesh General Elections and India: From Blatant Engineering to Colonial Control?0

    by M Adil Khan — July 5, 2018 Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina of Bangladesh Until 2008, Bangladesh elections did not attract much attention in India and at the same, within Bangladesh, India never figured as an important factor in any of its election discussions, neither. This changed since

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  • Pakistan: Water scarcity0

    Michael Kugelman June 19, 2018 PAKISTAN could be water scarce by 2025. In recent days, this prediction has generated headlines and galvanised social media users across the country. It’s not the first time we’ve heard this estimate. The UN, Pakistan’s Met department and the Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources have all delivered it in

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  • Afghan Peace Must Be Complimented By Economic Opportunities To Achieve Stability 0

    July 3, 2018      Gul Maqsood Sabit The recent announcement of a ceasefire by the Afghan government and then Taliban agreement to a Three-day ceasefire is rather encouraging and hopeful of a long-term peace deal. It is a great opportunity for the world community involved in Afghanistan to strongly support the ceasefire and encourage the

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  • Enforced Indebtedness to India & the Politics of Appeasement in Bangladesh0

    Dr Firoz Mahboob Kamal        4/7/2018 The on-going war against democracy There are only two visible powers in the political landscape of Bangladesh: the people of Bangladesh and the government of India. The political history of Bangladesh is indeed mostly the history of clash of these two powers. Before 1971, India had its

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  • The battle for Iran: Policy or regime change?0

    By James M. Dorsey Iran, in the latest of a series of incidents on its western and south-eastern borders, said it had disbanded a Pakistan-based cell of ant-Shiite militants in a clash this week on the Iranian side of the border. The clash, shrouded in mystery like similar past incidents in the ethnic Baloch province

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  • India’s Shifting Nuclear Doctrine: Impact on Strategic Stability0

    Asma Khalid      4/7/2018 Strategic Stability is considered crucial for preventing war and conflict between nuclear adversaries. It is comprised of two essential factors: deterrence equilibrium and crisis stability. India and Pakistan’s military buildup and technological advancements are considered satisfactory to maintain the Balance of Power (BOP) and nuclear deterrence equilibrium. While on the

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  • WHY NOT BE POLLUTION CONTROL BOARDS MADE AUTONOMOUS BODIES IN INDIA?0

      by N.S. Venkataraman       4/7/2018 The recent decision of Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board to shut down the Sterlite Copper project in Tuticorin and seal the facilities have been widely reported and discussed all over India and abroad. Tamil Nadu government has repeatedly said that the unit would not be allowed to function

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  • Saudi religious diplomacy targets Jerusalem0

      By James M. Dorsey        3/7/2018 A United Arab Emirates-backed Saudi effort to wrest control from Jordan of Islam’s holy places in Jerusalem signals a sharper, more overt edge to Saudi religious diplomacy and the kingdom’s quest for regional hegemony that risks deepening divides in the Muslim world. The effort also serves

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  • Sri Lanka: Hambantota back in news0

    N Sathiya Moorthy 3 July 2018 Sri Lanka’s controversial Hambantota port project, involving massive Chinese investments, real estate holding and large human presence, and well into the future, is back in the news. First, there was local news reports about the China Merchant Port Holdings Ltd (CM Port) holding back the last tranche of the 99-year

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  • Shooting Oneself In Ones’ Own Foot: Pakistan’s Failed Effort To Evade Terrorism Finance Listing 0

    By James M. Dorsey     July 2, 2018 The Pakistani government’s removal of a virulently anti-Shiite militant from its terrorism list at the very moment that an international money laundering and terrorism finance watchdog was deciding to put the country on a watchlist highlights Pakistan’s struggle to come to grips with militancy. The decision by

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