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Thank You, Donald Trump! (And you too, Fox News)

Today, Americans are terrified of a pandemic virus whose infection rate has spiked up again. With just four percent of the world’s population, the US already has a quarter of the world’s Covid-19 deaths.

Pompeo-Espar visit to India: China and beyond

China loomed large over the in-person visit of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defence Secretary Mark T Esper to New Delhi on October 26-27.

Racism in America: Police Chokehold is Not the Issue

The American project was founded on rank hypocrisies. On the one hand, President Thomas Jefferson, who wrote the stirring words in the Declaration of Independence that upheld “these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal”, did not free his own slaves (not even Sally Hemings, who bore him six children).

Is Pakistan’s press freedom under threat?

Sweeping new regulations restricting social media in Pakistan put freedom of expression and the media at the heart of the struggle to counter both civilisationalist and authoritarian aspects of an emerging new world order.

What the Deal of the Century tells us about the world we live in

The real issue with US President Donald J. Trump’s “Deal of the Century” Israeli-Palestinian peace plan is not whether it stands a chance of resolving one of the world’s most intractable conflicts. It doesn’t.

Will the new Bodo accord give peace a chance in Assam?

The signing of the tripartite peace agreement among different factions of National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB), the Indian government and the Assam authorities on January 28 has set the stage for an end to one of the longest-running insurgencies in the northeastern state of India.

January 10, 2020
January 10, 2020

Iran plays chess, the US plays backgammon

Iranians play chess and Americans play backgammon when it comes to warfare, military strategy and conflict management.

January 8, 2020
January 8, 2020

Rule of law or rule of the jungle?

International law may not be a major consideration in debates about the US killing of Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani

January 6, 2020
January 6, 2020

US military strikes in Iraq stir regional hornet’s nest

The United States stirred a hornet’s nest that stretches far beyond Iraq when it attacked an Iranian-backed militia on the weekend.

January 1, 2020
January 1, 2020

Developing countries must seize the tech frontier

Rapid technological transformation will be a key feature of the economy well into the future. At the national, regional, and global level, frontier technologies are offering promising new opportunities, but are also introducing new policy challenges.

December 31, 2019
December 31, 2019

Can America be saved?

On December 23, Heidi Sloan, running for US Congress in Texas 25, tweeted (referring to one of Trump’s Presidential Campaign advertisements), “This ad should terrify us. Donald Trump has a movement capable of winning re-election.

December 27, 2019
December 27, 2019

Argentina’s bright young hope

Judging by his appointment of a first-rate economist to his cabinet as Minister of Economy, Argentina’s new president, Alberto Fernández, is off to a good start in confronting his country’s economic problems.

December 21, 2019
December 21, 2019

Okay Boris, you won. Now what?

The results of the recent elections in the United Kingdom took me back to another ghastly political moment.

December 16, 2019
December 16, 2019

Certainty over Brexit, yet uncertainty remains in the Kingdom

One would not expect, least of all in western democracies, to see people taking to the streets immediately after a new prime minister takes office with a landslide victory.

December 14, 2019
December 14, 2019

A little more than just an ‘internal’ issue?

The controversial Citizenship Amendment Bill 2019 (CAB) has been finally passed through both the lower and upper houses of the Indian Parliament this week amidst protests and questions being raised regarding its constitutional validity.

December 10, 2019
December 10, 2019

Riding the wave of technological innovation

Recent economic develop-ments in Bangladesh have been remarkable. Over the past decade, GDP per capita has almost tripled, reaching USD 1,700 in 2018.