What Is Behind the Escalation on the Kyrgyz-Tajik Border?

By Andrea Schmitz & Dumitru Minzarari

At the end of April, a conflict over water escalated into the most serious border clashes between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan since their independence from the Soviet Union. By May, 36 deaths had been reported on the Kyrgyz and 19 on the Tajik side, with more than 270 injured and dozens of homes destroyed. This was not the first outbreak of armed violence in the contested...

Big Pharma’s Big Free Lunch

By Peter Isackson

A vast majority of the planet’s population had every reason to welcome the Biden administration’s belated backing of a proposed patent waiver for COVID-19 vaccines. To anyone not invested in the pharmaceutical industry or not named Bill Gates, it was a no-brainer. Economist David Adler and Dr. Mamka Anyona, writing for The Guardian, convincingly argue that “the system of pharmaceutical patents is a killing machine.”...

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Where India Went Wrong

Where India Went Wrong

By Heya Shah

In just over a month, India has gone from boasting about its vaccine distribution to becoming the global epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic. As this author explained in a previous article, many have questioned whether India’s vaccine diplomacy was a bold masterstroke or an unwise distraction. Before the start of...


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Iran and the “Frozen” Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict

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Assessing the Tensions Between Ukraine and Russia

What the End of the Gulf Crisis Means

Migration and Mobility: Yesterday and Today

Iran and the New Geopolitical Reality in Azerbaijan

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At the time of independence from British rule in 1947, India's first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, adopted a mode of governance that came to be known as Nehruvian socialism. State control of industrial production and government interference in all spheres of life came to define this era and, indeed, the entire Indian political and intellectual landscape. Social mobility became virtually impossible...

By Vikram Zutshi & Jaitirth Rao