Iraq: The Lasting Impact of the US Invasion

February 19, 2014

Iraq’s upsurge in violence should not obscure the lasting impact of the 2003 invasion. In a recent article for Fair Observer, Jafar Hassan asserted that: "US foreign policy, while misguided in several instances, is not a decisive cause of Iraq’s failing democracy." Upon reading this, I...

Pakistan Calling: A Candid View (Part 2/2)

October 25, 2013

What is the biggest challenge facing Pakistan? This is the last of a two part series. Read part one here. In a conversation with Fair Observer's Nishtha Chugh, the Director of The Samosa, Anwar Akhtar, discusses the origins of Pakistan Calling: a film project in collaboration with the Royal...

Pakistan Calling: A Candid View (Part 1/2)

October 20, 2013

What is the biggest challenge facing Pakistan? This is the first of a two part series. In a conversation with Fair Observer's Nishtha Chugh, the Director of The Samosa, Anwar Akhtar, discusses the origins of Pakistan Calling: a film project in collaboration with the Royal Society of Arts...

Pakistan’s Struggle for an Independent Judiciary

September 21, 2013

Pakistan’s judiciary has undergone an enormous transformation in its recent history.  The principle of rule of law constitutes the very basic substance of democracy. The rule of law involves the supremacy of the constitution, equality before law, and civil liberties. Pakistan’s...

Caught Between Two Identities: Women’s Movements in Morocco and Tunisia (Part 1/2)

September 19, 2013

Women’s movements in Morocco and Tunisia are at a crossroads. This is the first of a two part series. “This is a critical time. There are two steps in a revolution: You break it and then you build something new. That’s the hardest.” Moroccan and Tunisian women’s...

Education and Employment: Bridging the Divide (Part 2/2)

September 18, 2013

In the Middle East and North Africa, rates of unemployed young women are eight times that of men. This is the last of a two part series. Read part one here. As Jamie McAuliffe, president and CEO of Education for Employment (EfE), remarked at the WEF conference in Jordan: “We are trying to get...

Education and Employment: Bridging the Divide (Part 1/2)

September 12, 2013

In the Middle East and North Africa, rates of unemployed young women are eight times that of men. This is the first of a two part series. After more than two years, economic issues raised during the Arab Uprisings are still lingering on government agendas. Along with governance and transparency...

Defining a Nation State in the 21st Century

July 18, 2013

Dreams of liberty and opportunity are sometimes long deferred, but they cannot be forever denied. With the growing onslaught of ethnic and minority conflicts in much of the emerging world, it often appears that we are on the edge of shaking out the structure of the Westphalian state system...

Turkey: It’s Not Only About a Tree, Stupid (Part 2/2)

June 19, 2013

Erdogan’s government has antagonized major portions of Turkish society over the last decade. This is the last of a two part series. Read part one here. Negotiations with the PKK The Turkish government’s handshake with a terrorist organisation, the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK),...

Mekong Countries at Odds Over Mega-Dams

February 05, 2013

Governments are struggling to decide whether the Mekong River should continue to feed 60 million people or become a source of hydroelectric power. What started as a debate about a hydroelectric dam has become a high profile dispute over the future of food security in the Mekong region. The...

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