Afghanistan: At a Turning Point

April 05, 2014

The presidential election is vital not only for Afghanistan’s future, but also for the region's stability. Vivek Katju Afghanistan goes to the polls on April 5 to elect a president who will succeed Hamid Karzai. The election will mark a political transition from the Karzai-era. The...

An Unseen Revolution in Indian Manufacturing?

November 02, 2013

Competitive pressure is forcing a transformation of Indian manufacturing. By George Wyeth As China turned itself into the manufacturing center of the world over the past decade, many expected India to follow – but it never happened. The Indian economy did take off, but largely in services...

Zimbabwe: The Road to Stability?

August 20, 2013

How will Mugabe’s re-election impact relations with South Africa? By Michael Kahn Robert Gabriel Mugabe of the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF), won a seventh term as leader of the government of Zimbabwe. In polls on July 31, ZANU-PF received around 61% of the...

India-Africa: Beyond Historical Ties

August 03, 2013

As India looks towards Africa to expand its economic ties, it faces many challenges. By Karan Pradhan Africa’s growing importance as a trade and investment destination was highlighted by the US president’s recent visit to Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania. At the second meeting of the...

Pakistan Elections: Tweedledum and Tweedledee

May 10, 2013

By Masood Hasan The national election in Pakistan looks like a game of polarisation, but if democracy is meant to provide some relief and prosperity, all political parties have flopped, bottom up. The field is now wide open, and anything can happen — including a hung parliament. Thank God I am...

How Dangerous is North Korea Now?

May 08, 2013

By Reshma Patil The new provocations from Pyongyang heighten the risk of a military showdown with the US, South Korea and Japan. China, the only power with sway over the regime, is exercising limited options for peace on the peninsula. An untested 30-year-old dictator declares a ‘state of...