Indian Subcontinent

Pakistan in the US, the US in Pakistan: Self-Denial is the Biggest Threat to World Peace

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Geopolitical Monitor, Rakesh Krishnan Simha
One of the ironies of being a Pakistani living abroad, especially in the West, is having to pose as Indian. According to Asghar Choudhri, the chairman of Brooklyn’s Pakistani American Merchant Association, a lot of Pakistanis can’t get jobs after 9/11 and after the botched Times Square bombing of 2010, it’s even worse. “They are now pretending they are Indian so they can get a job,” he told a US wire service.

Time for India to Stretch its Wings

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Project Syndicate, Mujobu Moyo
WASHINGTON, DC – Imagine you are a parent with a large number of children and limited resources. Your oldest child is mature enough to move out of your home, but he does not want to. So he stays, consuming resources that his siblings desperately need. Is it right to allow your other children to suffer because their big brother is reluctant to strike out on his own?

Bangladesh’s Accommodation of Extremism Spells Danger for the Region

By Sumit Ganguly for YaleGlobal Online
A specter is haunting Bangladesh, warns Sumit Ganguly – a specter of unbridled, violent religious extremism that’s targeting intellectuals, journalists, bloggers and religious minorities. Unfortunately, neither of the country’s two dominant political parties has shown any interest in containing this scourge. Here are the reasons why.

Water War: This River Could Sink China-India Relations

By Joel Wuthnow
The Brahmaputra is the next test for Beijing and New Delhi.
On April 18–19, the Chinese and Indian defense ministers will meet in Beijing to discuss border issues. At the top of the agenda will be how to improve stability along the border, where both countries have overlapping sovereignty claims.

India’s Global Foreign Policy Engagements – A New Paradigm?

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Jason Miklian and Devika Sharma for Norwegian Peacebuilding Resource Centre (NOREF)
India’s foreign policy history has always been complex, but what about its current approach to international relations? By looking at New Delhi’s foreign policy tilts in five specific areas, Jason Miklian and Devika Sharma confirm that its external engagement remains varied and often contradictory.

Pakistan and North Korea’s Nuclear Extortion

Pakistan and North Korea’s Nuclear Extortion

 Seth Oldmixon

Two important and unsettling events took place earlier this month: North Korea claimed to have detonated a thermonuclear bomb, and India’s Pathankot airbase was the victim of an attack by Pakistan-based militants. While seemingly unrelated, the two events have more in common than readily apparent: Each fits a long established pattern of behavior intended to extort international concessions by exploiting global anxiety about nuclear terrorism. 

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