Why Pakistan and Afghanistan Should Keep Trade Away from Politics

November 10, 2017

Economic and geographic interdependence should compel Afghanistan and Pakistan to reinstate trade and transit and keep it isolated from political tensions. Since 1947, Afghanistan and Pakistan have been closely intertwined by their cultural affinity, personal contacts and large volume of trade....

Coming Together to Rebuild Afghanistan

April 03, 2017

Afghanistan’s diaspora around the world needs to take an active role to maintain the positive changes currently taking place. It is winter in Afghanistan. The snow covers in white the glorious peaks of the country’s mountains and plains, but the smoke from wooden stoves pushes up, joining...

Narendra Modi Folds for UP Elections

March 10, 2017

Have Narendra Modi and the BJP learned anything from the result in Bihar? In India, there were indications of mass support for the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), which is led by strong Dalit leader Mayawati, in the early round of polling for the Uttar Pradesh (UP) assembly elections. So, it is...

Tamil Nadu: A State in Turmoil

March 10, 2017

After the death of one of India’s most iconic female politicians, Tamil Nadu has been hit with crisis after crisis. Every week, a nail-biting story arises in Tamil Nadu, a state in southern India known for its cultural richness dating back some 1.5 million years. Over three months since the...

It’s Time to Make in India

March 06, 2017

The Make in India campaign is an attempt to encourage foreign investment and manufacturing in the country. When Prime Minister Narendra Modi took over the reins from his predecessor Manmohan Singh in 2014, he made it very clear that he was a man with a purpose: to make India a global...

Pakistan: Recent Attacks Expose Limits of Counterterrorism

March 02, 2017

A spate of bombings signal a renewed threat of militancy in Pakistan, with groups such as the Taliban and Islamic State demonstrating the ability to strike nationwide. During the week of February 13, Pakistan suffered a series of terrorist attacks in all four of its provinces: Punjab, Sindh,...

Pakistan: Time for Reform in the Garrison State

March 01, 2017

It is now entirely up to Pakistan's leaders to opt out of ideological politics and choose enlightened pragmatism.  In December 2008, I met General Pervez Musharraf at the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) house in Rawalpindi. The meeting was arranged by a mutual friend, retired Colonel Aslam Cheema....

Helping Girls Escape the Sex Industry

February 17, 2017

Civil society steps in to pick up where governments fail to support women and children exploited in the sex industry. Every day, young girls are forced into commercial sexual enterprises all over the world, leaving them physically and emotionally anguished. In the red light district of Kolkata,...

Detained Pakistani Militant Tests the System

February 15, 2017

Believed to be responsible for the Mumbai attacks in 2008, Saeed is creating a political party in Pakistan. Hafez Muhammad Saeed, a detained terrorist and one of the world’s most wanted men, plans to register his group, Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD), which is widely seen as a front for another...

India’s 2017 Budget: Why Prudence Trumped Populism

February 11, 2017

India’s new federal budget contained few radical moves. But that was reason enough for the stock market to celebrate. It was a budget that nearly never was. The Indian government had to wait until January 23 for Supreme Court permission to present the federal budget on February 1. The reason:...

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