The mystery behind Reko Diq scramble unfolds

As the Balochistan political crisis explodes into world headlines with talk of independence and self-determination for the Baloch, a group of highly influential and internationally connected strongmen in Pakistan is quietly, but More »

New PSDP book printed after budget presentation

By Shahbaz Rana The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government has printed a new book of Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) after presentation of budget in the National Assembly to include over 50 projects More »

Eyes on the prize

The Nuclear Suppliers Group is a multilateral export control regime and a group of nuclear supplier countries that seek to prevent nuclear proliferation by controlling the export of materials, equipment and technology More »

Imran Khan and the state of medina

By Saeed Qureshi Imran Khan’s aim and manifesto to turn Pakistan into a later day state of Medina ignores the huge cultural, educational, social, economic technological, scientific and political differences and size More »

New India expects Pak obedience, not camaraderie

It is no big secret that the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) is a damp squib. The impression becomes unavoidable that the decision to invite the More »


Sandwiched in between

Setbacks in India-Nepal ties have helped Beijing make considerable gains in that country. But close cultural ties bind Kathmandu and New Delhi and the Government should work on them By Major Gen (R) Ashok K Mehta Yahan sab China ki

The Chinese threat to US Hegemony The US’ official view of “Strategic Rivalry” in the Western Hemisphere

By Andrew Korybko The Commander of US SOUTHCOM shared the US’ official view of strategic rivalry in the Western Hemisphere last week when speaking before the Senate Armed Services Committee’s Emerging Threats subcommittee, revealing that his country considers China to

US Afghan Taliban negotiations finalized

The announcement in Washington on July 10, 2019regarding Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’ visit to the United States cannot but be noted as a watershed event in regional politics. At its most obvious level, the announcement coincides with the news

The JCPOA crisis isn’t about nukes at all

Embedding US strategic influence worldwide The so-called “international community” can’t proverbially “see the forest through the trees” and therefore fails to grasp the larger ambitions being pursued by the US through the JCPOA Crisis that it manufactured, which isn’t about

Excerpts from FT (London) interview

“First of all, we have enough eggs, but there are not that many baskets where these eggs can be placed. This is the first point. “Secondly, we always assess risks. “Thirdly, our relations with China are not motivated by time-serving

The rise and rise of Bangladesh

The Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s recent official visit to China on July 1-6 highlights a new template in regional politics the rise of Bangladesh as regional power. Last year Bangladesh outstripped India as the fastest growing economy in South

US pours oil into fire in Gulf, mum’s the word for India

The illegal seizure of an Iranian oil tanker off Gibralter by the British Navy on 5th July 2019 is fast acquiring farcical character. Britain acted at the behest of the US; in turn, the US probably acted at the behest

The Russia – India – China summit, secret and “informal”, rich in symbolism and opportunities?

By Andrew Korybkoa Each of these Eurasian Great Powers has an interest in gradually reforming the global economic system in order to make it more equitable than the status quo, which would thus elevate their countries’ significance within it, especially

“Us” v “them” in SA

Many politicians find it convenient to divide voters by religion or caste The economist “They,” like its cousin “them,” sounds an innocent word. Given the wrong context, though, even a simple pronoun can turn insidious. Since a pack of suicide-bombers,

Rate of glacial retreat doubled

The study’s lead author, Joshua Maurer, a doctoral student in earth sciences at Columbia University, used recently declassified spy-satellite images from the nineteen-seventies to observe how the volume of the region’s largest glaciers has changed. Scientists had already documented the