Pak new FM to start a new era of cooperation with neighbors

The newly-appointed foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has acknowledged that there is a need to alter the ‘direction’ of Pakistan’s foreign policy and Pakistan’s new foreign policy would begin and end at Pakistan. In his first address, after... More

India can double its per capita GDP in 30 years by turning...

If India discards religious beliefs that perpetuate caste and gender inequalities, it could more than double its per capita gross domestic product (GDP) growth of the last 60 years in half the time, according to an IndiaSpend... More

Gwadar to become the next Dubai, vital for CPEC, says analyst

As the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) develops rapidly, investors have turned their attention to Pakistan's Gwadar port city. Gwadar, one of the Belt and Road Initiative's most crucial corridor junctions, has been speculated to rival the miracle... More

India returning to a protectionist economy, and that is not good

India won its independence from the British on August 15, 1947. So it has been 71 years since the British left. During much of those 71 years that India has been independent, the country followed protectionism and... More

The opening of an India-Myanmar land border crossing: a boon for Northeast...

The recent opening of two land-border crossings between India and Myanmar at Tamu/Moreh in the state of Manipur and Rihkhawdar-Zowkhawtar in Mizoram will go a long way toward bringing India and Myanmar closer. According to a statement issued... More

Maldives, India’s new worry

The latest Maldivian challenge to India is by far the most complex one. That India is not in the good books of Maldives of late is a reality. What should have been expected is the latest "get... More

Time for defence, not offence, in diplomacy

The NDA government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has under nine months till the next Lok Sabha election. Multilaterally, the UN General Assembly session that is commencing next month and the November East Asia Summit in... More

I want to make it clear lynching is a crime, no matter...

In an interview to Times of India, PM Narendra Modi explains why job creation is more than what’s reported, ‘mahagathbandhan’ is a mirage, how laws are getting friendlier for the honest and harsher on the dishonest, and... More

Khan faces huge test as Pakistan teeters on debt crisis

Pakistan is sliding into a financial crisis and the new government led by Imran Khan will have a battle on its hands to turn around an ailing economy mired in debt. Khan’s Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaaf (PTI) party, which is... More

Why Assam’s handling of NRC will have repercussions for the rest of...

“Indians!” despair many of my friends in Goa, complaining that new settlers there are destroying the very Goan culture that once drew them to the coastal state. The so-called outsiders are aggressive, corrupt, and rude, these Goans... More

‘Pak army will accept a negotiated solution on Kashmir’

Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri served as foreign minister of Pakistan from 2002 to 2007. A career politician, Kasuri helped draft a bilateral agreement that could have ended the animosity between India and Pakistan. The agreement, which was worked... More

Shah Mehmood Qureshi set to be foreign minister once again

Pakistan’s latest general elections on 25th of July, 2018 have been a first in many ways. Apart from a new party coming to power for the first time, PTI managed to bag majorities in three out of... More

A busy year ahead for Indian and Chinese relations

Recent developments suggest a convergence of Indian and Chinese interests, marking a turning point for the two countries’ bilateral relationship after the 73-day standoff at Doklam last year. Two simultaneous developments took place in July – in Bhutan... More

India’s North East on high alert on eve of publication of NRC...

With just over a day left for the publication of a second Draft National Register of Citizens (DNRC), Assam and is neighbouring states in India’s north-east are on high alert for wide-spread trouble. The second DNRC, a roll... More

Why Pakistan is on the road to another IMF bailout

Pakistan’s economy is going through a familiar boom-and-bust cycle that may see it back at the door of the International Monetary Fund. Debt is soaring, the current-account deficit is widening, reserves are falling and the currency has... More

Political stability badly needed for Pakistani development

Pakistanis voted for a new government Wednesday in an election marred by allegations of fraud and a series of deadly attacks. Imran Khan, leader of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) declared victory Thursday. Pakistan is facing grave challenges. Pakistan's economic... More

The truth behind India’s jump in global economy rankings

A news item that has dominated the business media in India recently is that India has pipped France to become the sixth-largest economy in the world. Not surprisingly, the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has made... More

India should not overreact to Chinese jockeying in Bhutan

Ahead of parliamentary elections in Bhutan, China has begun jockeying for influence in the Himalayan nation. Although Bhutan and China don’t have official diplomatic relations — and New Delhi and Thimphu share a special relationship — Beijing... More

Rajapaksa gets fresh support amidst new controversies

The political party of former President, the Sri Lanka PoduJana Peramuna (SLPP) which is expanding to become a broader alliance, calling themselves the United Podujana Peramuna (Ekabadda Podujana Peramuna) has just absorbed 16 former members of President... More

Transformation in global politics

The transformation in the global politics entailing strategic realignment at the regional and global levels has been ensuing new challenges and opportunities for Pakistan. Indeed, without the proper conceptualization and contextualization of the trends, it’s impossible to... More

Trump or cheap Iran oil: Dilemma facing fastest growing user

The US embargo on Iran oil shipments has put Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a quandary. If he plays along, India could find itself on the right side of President Donald Trump on trade but lose cheap... More


Afghanistan: The big story of massive aid waste

There are ghost soldiers; ghost police officers; ghost clinics and even ghost patients in Afghanistan. There are billions of dollars spent on papers, but there is very little on the ground. As such, despite spending billions on controlling narcotics to improving health conditions and the state of security, Afghanistan remains a country with too many ill-conceived programs and too little progress made on every front. The story of the massive... More

Parties over people

With elections to Bangladesh’s JatiyaSangsad (National Assembly) now declared to be held on December 23, the political scene in the country will enter a new phase. The announcement was sudden but not really unexpected given the way politics developed over the past few weeks. The Awami League is not in a mood to listen to the others. Her main opponent, the JatiyaOikkyo Front, led by Dr Kamal Hossain and... More

Ensuring challenges provide opportunities

The situation in our country in the wake of global and internal changes affecting Pakistan has evoked multiple challenges. Not to get bogged down by their sheer number it seems important to analyse each and every challenge that the country is facing. These need not only a reaction from the state to tackle them but as an opportunity for developing new vistas of understanding for responding to the problems... More

Mixed messages from Myanmar’s bye-elections

Analysts are pouring over the results of Myanmar’s bye elections in Myanmar, vainly trying to read the tea leaves, and perhaps reading too much into them. But it was certainly a wake-up call for both major parties – the ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) and the previous governing party, the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) – but the lessons that can be drawn for the future are... More

The Eurasian concept

When continents are defined as “mainly continuous expanses of land” one is left wondering why Europe and Asia, though very much a continuous land mass, have been perceived through centuries as two separate continents. One major reason may be that the western end of the Eurasian landmass took a very different turn in its development, with renaissance, scientific and industrial revolutions and ‘modernity’ changing its economic, social and intellectual... More



The fourth summit of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC), held in Kathmandu on August 30 and 31, was “not fruitful” because of the inherent “weakness” of the regional inter-state institution,... More