Nepal: The Long Road Ahead

January 05, 2014

Political and social reforms in Nepal are likely to bring initial insecurity.  Background The year 2006 marked the end of the decade-long civil war in Nepal and the abolition of the monarchy. In the April 2008 elections, the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) emerged as the largest party...

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...

The Judicial Fallout of the Uttarakhand Disaster

September 18, 2013

The Uttarakhand government is responsible for the destruction caused by recent floods. The heavy pre-monsoon showers that flooded the upper reaches of the Ganga and Yamuna rivers was India’s biggest natural disaster since the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami. “Unfortunate,” was how the...

Uttarakhand: India Under Water

August 27, 2013

India is in need of a more robust disaster management system Background This past June, a multi-day cloudburst centered on the North Indian state of Uttarakhand caused devastating floods and landslides. It was the country’s worst natural disaster since the 2004 tsunami. Whole villages,...