Is Afghanistan Going to Break Apart?

January 10, 2022

After the shambolic US withdrawal, Afghanistan faces an existential problem: Its very existence as a state is now in question. Most people forget that Afghanistan is a patchwork of disparate ethnic groups and remote villages. Unlike Germany or Japan, it is not and has never been a nation-state....

Afghans Turn to Crypto Amid Crisis
December 03, 2021

Afghans Turn to Crypto Amid Crisis

After Afghanistan’s Fall to the Taliban, Will Kashmir Be Next?
December 01, 2021

After Afghanistan's Fall to the Taliban, Will Kashmir Be Next?

Water World: Is Climate Change Driving Our Future Out to Sea?  
November 29, 2021

Water World: Is Climate Change Driving Our Future Out to Sea?  

Saving the World’s Rarest Bear

Saving the World’s Rarest Bear

November 24, 2021

Usually, the first images that spring to mind when at the mention of endangered ursine species are either of the formidable polar bear traversing the Arctic regions or the endearing panda clumsily munching on bamboo. With just around 40 remaining in the world, the Gobi bear is, in fact, rarer than...

Afghanistan Is On the Verge of Disaster

Afghanistan Is On the Verge of Disaster

November 23, 2021

The upheaval in Afghanistan was undoubtedly one of the most shocking events of the year. It will likely have fatal consequences for the Afghan people, neighboring countries and the international community. The Taliban takeover of Afghanistan is so devastating that it is impossible to predict the...

The Legacy of America’s Failed War on Terror

The Legacy of America’s Failed War on Terror

November 22, 2021

Twenty years have passed since the 9/11 attacks in the United States. It was in the immediate aftermath that US President George W. Bush declared his infamous “war on terror” and launched a cataclysmic campaign of occupation in both Afghanistan and Iraq. In 2001, a US-led coalition invaded...

How Sustainable Is India’s Prosperity?

How Sustainable Is India’s Prosperity?

November 15, 2021

The New York Times enthusiastically reports on the good news coming from India. Matt Phillips and Emily Schmall are impressed by the recent upward movement in India’s stock market. Their article reads like a prospectus for investment in India targeting the financial and business class that are...

The UAE’s Approach to Humanitarian Assistance

The UAE’s Approach to Humanitarian Assistance

October 26, 2021

Early investment by Abu Dhabi in a rapid humanitarian response hub paved the way for an Emirati regional leadership role in humanitarian affairs and a model for future multilateral operations. The Emirates Humanitarian City (EHC), based in Abu Dhabi, has now moved from its founding mission,...

Taliban Takeover Will Further Radicalize Pakistan and Increase Nuclear Threat

Taliban Takeover Will Further Radicalize Pakistan and Increase Nuclear Threat

October 22, 2021

It is now well known that younger officers in the Pakistani army are no longer members of the Scotch-swilling elite. To understand the growing radicalization in Pakistan, it is instructive to read Nadeem F. Paracha, a noted columnist in Dawn, Pakistan’s most reputed newspaper. In 2013, he...

China’s Policy of Illusory Security Is Destined to Fail in Afghanistan

China’s Policy of Illusory Security Is Destined to Fail in Afghanistan

October 19, 2021

Under the leadership of President Xi Jinping, China has been transformed into a paranoid state fanatically motivated by ensuring security at any and all cost. This obsession stems from the desire to maintain the physical security of the Chinese mainland, to safeguard Beijing’s investments abroad...

Can the Taliban Govern Responsibly?

Can the Taliban Govern Responsibly?

October 18, 2021

Following the fall of Kabul in August, the first face-to-face meeting between US officials and the Taliban took place last week. As is typical in such first encounters, both sides came with their respective agendas, including demands and requests of the other side. The one issue on which both...

Germany Lacks Political Courage to Welcome More Afghan Refugees

Germany Lacks Political Courage to Welcome More Afghan Refugees

October 13, 2021

Since the Taliban retook power in Afghanistan in August, debates in Germany have flared up whether the country should grant access to more Afghan refugees. In the run-up to the general election in September, German politicians faced a dilemma. How should they address this contentious issue among...

Unnatural Disasters: India’s Environmental Mismanagement

Unnatural Disasters: India’s Environmental Mismanagement

October 07, 2021

"If we don't learn from the tragedies of the past, we are cursed to repeat them in the future," proclaims the home page of the website of the Himachal Pradesh State Disaster Management Authority. To ensure that the irony is not lost on either the creator or the visitor of the website, just...

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