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  • Pakistan’s internal politics may worsen problems

    Self-serving Pakistani politics threaten to aggravate the country's myriad problems that have strained its relations with the United States and could heighten tension in the restless, key geo-strategic region of Balochistan, a vital node bordering Iran in China's Belt and Road initiative and the earmarked home for the People's Republic's second foreign military base.

  • For the US, a year that will live in infamy

    Two events that bookended the year 2017 epitomise the dire political predicament the United States faces.

  • Thoughts and prayers are not enough

    It happened a few days back on New Year's Eve. A 16-year-old boy in New Jersey, US, killed four members of his family on December 31, just a few minutes before the brand new year dawned.

  • In the wake of the millennium migration

    A century ago, Italian immigrants told a joke: “Before I came to America, I thought the streets were paved with gold.

  • Another setback for WTO

    As feared, the Eleventh Ministerial Conference (MC11) of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on December 10-13, 2017 ended in failure. It failed to even produce the customary ministerial declaration reiterating the centrality of the global trading system and the importance of trade as a driver of development.

  • Iranian protests raise tricky questions

    In many ways, Prince Mohammed faces the same considerations in deciding how to respond to events in Iran as does US President Donald J Trump.

  • Bubbling through 2018

    As we begin a new year, the celebratory mood of 2017, which saw US tax cuts and record stock market prices, is set to spill over into 2018.

  • Our rite of passage should be safe migration, not leaky boats

    I'm a migrant, but didn't have to risk my life on a leaky boat or pay traffickers. Safe migration cannot be limited to the global elite.”

  • Trading Jerusalem for Iran

    US President Donald J Trump's recognition of Jerusalem potentially sets the stage for a controversial American effort to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict backed by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

  • The Illusionist

    Donald Trump has many formidable attributes. He has united a beleaguered white population in a common goal to protect their fundamental right to be white.

  • The journey to Oslo

    On December 10 in Oslo, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

  • Re-thinking development

    As the Commission for Global Economic Transformation, co-chaired by Nobel Laureates Joseph Stiglitz and Michael Spence, formed early last month, gets down to work, we should reflect whether emerging markets are able to formulate such a new development model.

  • Letting a genie out of the bottle

    US President Donald J Trump has let a genie out of the bottle with his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital and intent to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

  • Citizen ‘Muslim’ in Trump's America

    Muslims have been on the receiving end of bigotry, prejudice and assault since Donald Trump began running for the office of the President of the United States.

  • Gulf crisis creates opportunity for Asian nations

    The rift between the Gulf countries and Qatar has created a space for Asian countries to step in to engage with the small peninsular state.

  • Left, Right, Centre? Or does AAP defy simple definitions?

    I probably move in the wrong circles, because nobody I know has a good word for the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). You mention AAP and they begin to whine. This is not the response I get from neighbourhood drivers, other workers and their friends. There is a wide difference of opinion. Is there a clear class divide?

  • The US middle class is hurting? Cut taxes for the rich!

    The incoming train-wreck that is the Republican tax plan has a bizarre solution for a very real problem, and the oddest thing is, they might get away with it.

  • Transition in the Middle East: Transition to what?

    Transition is the name of the game in the Middle East and North Africa. The question is, transition to what?

  • What happened to Colin Kaepernick's message?

    It never ceases to amaze me how quickly important news stories fade away from the media only to be replaced by new events and happenings. Just a month ago, the National Football League of the US, better known as the NFL, dominated the news all over

  • America's grim reality of gun violence

    On the night of October 1, 2017, Stephen Paddock, from his hotel room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel in Las Vegas, sprayed bullets at 22,000 concertgoers, killing at least 59 people and injuring more than 500 in the deadliest mass shooting in US history.

  • The Weinstein effect

    When the United Nations Population Fund’s (UNFPA) Goodwill Ambassador Ashley Judd, detailed an incident involving the Hollywood

  • China embraces possibilities as Trump looks inward

    It's a bit strange to see Chinese president Xi Jinping, of all people, defending globalisation and economic liberalisation in the face of resistance from Donald Trump, the leader of the capitalistic world. But here we are, getting accustomed to a scenario that would have seemed impossible only a few years ago.

  • Asean and the 4th Industrial Revolution

    High on the agenda will be regional security amid the rising tide of terrorism. This takes Asean back to its roots, having been born as a politico-security pact during the Vietnam War in 1967.

  • The Middle East: It will only get worse

    As Saudi Arabia reels from Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's crackdown on the kingdom's elite, indications are that the Saudi-Iranian proxy war is heating up.

  • Lord Balfour's Burden

    This year, our nation marks one hundred years of the Balfour Declaration. Lord Arthur Balfour was a British foreign secretary who decided to change the identity and fate of Palestine, a land that he did not own, by promising it to the Zionist movement, and dramatically altering the history of the Palestinian people.

  • Looking back at the Balfour Declaration

    To the Jews the Balfour Declaration was a landmark event and to the Arabs it was a bone of contention, a black chapter in the history of the world because it led to the fulfilment of the former's aspiration for a state and deprived the later from their ancestral home, Palestine and forced them to become refugees.

  • Saudi women gain access to stadiums: More questions than answers

    Saudi Arabia's decision to allow women to attend sporting events in three of the country's stadiums raises as many questions as it provide answers that go to the core of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's reforms and the kingdom's sports policy.

  • Putting democracy at the heart of our common future

    The theme of the 2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM)—“Towards a Common Future”—was announced recently by British Prime Minister Theresa May on the margins of the United Nations General Assembly Meeting in New York.

  • Mounting illicit financial outflows from South

    Although quite selective, targeted, edited and carefully managed, last year's Panama Papers highlighted some problems associated with illicit financial flows, such as tax evasion and avoidance.

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    Prolonging the Rohingya crisis will work to China's disadvantage

    The Rohingya crisis, if not resolved soon, may haunt the entire Southeast Asian region. And China is a critical player in all this.