UAE Diplomats Accused in International Gold Smuggling Syndicate

Jun 15, 2021

The United Arab Emirates is one of the world’s major gold trading hubs. In 2019, it was the fifth-biggest importer and fourth-biggest exporter globally. During the COVID-19 pandemic, international demand has surged. But as Reuters reported in 2019, much of this gold...

Modi’s BJP Lost to Mamata’s TMC Because of Bengali DNA
Jun 14, 2021

Modi’s BJP Lost to Mamata’s TMC Because of Bengali DNA

A Modi-fied India Has Weakened on the World Stage
Jun 11, 2021

A Modi-fied India Has Weakened on the World Stage

Democracy Is Down but Not Out
Jun 04, 2021

Democracy Is Down but Not Out

India Is Slowly Evolving Into a Market Economy

India Is Slowly Evolving Into a Market Economy

May 26, 2021

India has come a long way since its independence from colonial rule in 1947. It started as a mixed economy where elements of both capitalism and socialism coexisted uneasily. Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s first prime minister, was a self-declared Fabian socialist who admired the Soviet Union. His...

The Good Old Days: Nostalgia’s Political Appeal

The Good Old Days: Nostalgia’s Political Appeal

May 21, 2021

Donald Trump is gone, yet his specter continues to haunt American politics. The UK is no longer part of the European Union, yet Brexit continues to provoke emotions on both sides of the Channel. Both Trump’s victory in the 2016 presidential election and the outcome of the Brexit referendum of...

Expect an Uneven Rebound in MENA and Central Asia

Expect an Uneven Rebound in MENA and Central Asia

May 20, 2021

Projections, no matter how well-grounded in analytics, are a messy business. Three years ago, COVID-19 was unheard of and then-US President Donald Trump’s politics caused uncertainty in international relations, with democracy in retreat across the world. Despite the best-informed...

The Hazara Minority’s Precarious Existence in Afghanistan

The Hazara Minority’s Precarious Existence in Afghanistan

May 13, 2021

On the evening of May 8, a car bomb exploded in front of a high school in a majority Hazara neighborhood of west Kabul, Afghanistan. The blast killed more than 85 civilians and injured at least 150 others, almost all of them schoolgirls aged between 13 and 18. Images shared on social media showed...

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

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

May 10, 2021

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...

Where India Went Wrong

Where India Went Wrong

May 05, 2021

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...

Will Big Pharma Continue to Own the World’s Health?

Will Big Pharma Continue to Own the World’s Health?

Apr 28, 2021

The news from India concerning the ravages of COVID-19 is now beyond alarming. New York Times correspondent Jeffrey Gettleman describes a nation stricken by “the fear of living amid a disease spreading at such scale and speed.” In what sounds like the screenplay of a sci-fi catastrophe film,...

Does Afghanistan Have a Green Future?

Does Afghanistan Have a Green Future?

Apr 25, 2021

Everyone has a different doomsday scenario for Afghanistan once US and NATO troops withdraw by September 11. The Taliban will take over and reimpose their repressive social agenda. Al-Qaeda will multiply rapidly and again become a global threat. Rival warlords will split apart the country. Another...

The Case of Forced Cremations in Sri Lanka

The Case of Forced Cremations in Sri Lanka

Apr 25, 2021

From 1983 to 2009, Sri Lanka saw a bloody civil war between the majority Buddhist Sinhalese and the minority Tamils. The conflict led to invaluable losses both economically and politically. To this day, the deep socio-religious wounds have yet to heal on the island in South Asia. Since the war...

Shaping the Future of Energy Collaboration

Shaping the Future of Energy Collaboration

Apr 22, 2021

The cancelation of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s much-awaited visit to India is disappointing but unsurprising. India, a country with nearly 1.4 billion people, is currently confronting a second wave of COVID-19 infections. Though all is not lost as bilateral talks are expected to take...

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