Asia

Nukes and India

June 2011

Have our rulers decided to place India on the wrong side of history and arrest her social progress? Going by their policy of forcibly promoting nuclear power regardless of its hazards, environmental damage potential, high economic and social costs, and unpopularity, that seems to be the case.

The Emerging Geo-Strategic Landscape in Central Asia

June 2011

Recent developments in Afghanistan suggest the New Great Game is intensifying in Central Asia.

A test for India’s foreign policy

June 2011

While countries all over the world review their nuclear energy plans and safety measures in the wake of the Fukushima disaster, the Indian government still pushes ahead with it's fiercely opposed Jaitapur plant.

Obama's changes don't match changes of the Arab Spring

June 2011

There is still a long way to go before the US response to the Arab uprising can be taken seriously by the people of the Middle East and North Africa.

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Burma's New Government: Prospects for Governance and Peace in Ethnic States

May 2011

What are the prospects for Burma's quasi-civilian government effectively addressing the country's ethnic minority grievances and resolving the multiple, decades-long conflicts?

Accepting Fait Accompli

May 2011

India should not use the Mazen-Beilin understandings of October 1995 as a base for foreign policy regarding the Israel - Palestine conflict. Any outline of parameters based on this document endorses brutality, illegality and voraciousness of colonial rule.

Is the Arab Spring a Black Swan?

May 2011

A recent comparison by top foreign policy thinkers in the US reveals the not so pro-democratic thinking that also goes on in Washington, referring to the emancipatory movements of the Arab Spring as a improbable "worst-case scenarios."

India and Pakistan's hope after Osama

May 2011

Bin Laden's demise may mark a turning point in the relationship between India and Pakistan.

Justice or Vengeance: lessons from Bin Laden's death

May 2011

Vengeance may have been wreaked on the infamous Al Qaeda leader, but as long as deadly U.S. wars continue in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, and beyond, justice has not been done.

The growing crisis of credibility of the Indian media

April 2011

Despite massive growth in the Indian media industry, the lack of quality and diversity shows an increasing disconnect with the real lives of people in the country and the most important issues they face.