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Under Taliban Rule, Afghanistan Will Never Have an Inclusive Government
August 13, 2022

Under Taliban Rule, Afghanistan Will Never Have an Inclusive Government

By Fawad Poya
In practice, the political order the Taliban prefer is incapable of accommodating crucial features like universal human rights, an inclusive and representative political system, and compliance with international law. 

India’s New Small Satellite Launch Vehicle Fails
August 13, 2022

India’s New Small Satellite Launch Vehicle Fails

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
Despite the failure of the August 7 rocket launch, the ISRO appears to be taking a determined but prudent path for the future.
Pakistan at 75: A Long History of Anti-Americanism
August 13, 2022

Pakistan at 75: A Long History of Anti-Americanism

By Muhammad A. Basit
For most of its history, Pakistan has had turbulent relations with the United States, leading to deep-rooted public antipathy.

What International Financial Actors Need to Learn From Sri Lanka
August 12, 2022

What International Financial Actors Need to Learn From Sri Lanka

By Frances Rachel Morrow-Nguyen
Establishing rules of the aid game and channels of communication might prevent a repeat of the current crisis, in Sri Lanka and elsewhere.

Food for Thought as Independent India Turns 75
August 12, 2022

Food for Thought as Independent India Turns 75

By Muqtedar Khan
India’s pursuit of greatness will remain elusive if it fails to address inequality and revive its democratic and secular values.

BJP Government Stirs a Flag Frenzy in India
August 12, 2022

BJP Government Stirs a Flag Frenzy in India

By Sudha Ramachandran
Hindu nationalists collaborated with colonial rulers but are now projecting themselves as flagbearers of Indian nationalism.

Pakistan at 75: A Country in Search of Itself
August 12, 2022

Pakistan at 75: A Country in Search of Itself

By Umair Jamal
Its Independence Day should be a day to reflect and ponder on the mistakes of the past rather than celebrating fiction as history.
Violence Against Indian Muslims Must Be Urgently Investigated
August 12, 2022

Violence Against Indian Muslims Must Be Urgently Investigated

By Stephen Rapp
There is enough evidence that some of these acts amount to crimes against humanity.

Implications of al-Zawahiri’s Killing for al-Qaida and Taliban
August 11, 2022

Implications of al-Zawahiri’s Killing for al-Qaida and Taliban

By Abdul Basit
The Taliban regime’s efforts to get international diplomatic recognition and unfreeze Afghan assets worth $3.5 billion with the U.S. will hit a dead end.

At 75, India’s Biggest Challenge Is to Create Jobs
August 11, 2022

At 75, India’s Biggest Challenge Is to Create Jobs

By Krutika Pathi and Bhumika Saraswati
From an impoverished nation in 1947, India has emerged a global powerhouse whose $3 trillion economy is Asia’s third largest. But where are the jobs?

Is China to Blame for Sri Lanka’s Debt Woes?
August 10, 2022

Is China to Blame for Sri Lanka’s Debt Woes?

By Ivory Kairo
China's role in lending to Sri Lanka has expanded in the last 20 years, but fewer Chinese loans would not have saved the country from its current economic crisis.
Sri Lanka Introduces Reform Bill to Clip Presidential Powers
August 10, 2022

Sri Lanka Introduces Reform Bill to Clip Presidential Powers

By Krishan Francis
If passed into law, the amendments would reinstate democratic reforms made in 2015 and then reversed in 2020 under President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

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