1. Internal, External Security Challenges for Pakistan’s New Premier

    Nawaz Sharif has said little about how he plans to deal with Islamist militancy in his country.

    For the first time in its independent history, Pakistan witnessed a democratic transition of power last week. Despite Taliban bombings and scattered gun violence, millions turned out to vote in…
  1. Calculated Political Tension at China-India Mountain Border

    China might be fueling the border dispute to discourage India’s assertive foreign policy.

    In the Himalayas, two great powers are blaming each other for stirring tension. India says Chinese troops crossed the Line of Actual Control, the de facto border there. China claims it was merely responding to earlier intrusions carried out by Indian border guards. We don't know who is speaking…
  1. Uniquely, Pakistan’s Army Not Involved in Political Transition

    For the first time in Pakistani history, the army is not involved in picking the next government.

    Defying predictions about its continuity in office and amid all sorts of political troubles, Pakistan's ruling People's Party led by President Asif Ali Zardari successfully completed its fixed term in office this week. In the beginning and middle of its term, the administration…
  1. Border Incident Sparks India-Pakistan War of Words

    After a shooting in Kashmir, South Asia’s two rivals engage in another verbal spat.

    As usual, after the military tension at Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir earlier this month, India and Pakistan have reengaged in a verbal spat. The first causalities of the recent tension were senior citizens…
  1. India-Pakistan Engagement Set Back by Border Dispute

    All the progress that was made in 2012 could unravel again over an old border dispute.

    In modern international relations, states are expected to act rationally and responsibly. Looking into the behavior of South Asia's great powers, however, it can hardly be said that the two act rationally and certainly not responsibly. The region is in turmoil. The…
  1. War’s Legacy Still Frustrates Sino-Indian Relations

    Despite increasing Sino-Indian trade, border disputes complicate the bilateral relationship.

    There is a popular Marxist axiom that says history repeats itself. That may be the case in many social sciences but a challenging proposition in international relations because of the constant changes that take place in the structure…
  1. Singh, Zardari Deserve Admiration for Détente

    The leaders deserve praise for at least keeping India-Pakistan dialogue going.

    The leaders of India and Pakistan are embroiled in scandals at home but can be applauded for at least keeping the dialogue between the two rivaling nations going. Various scams have been unearthed during the most…
  1. Central Asia: India’s New Strategic Neighborhood

    India’s booming economy needs the oil and gas reserves of the former Soviet republics.

    Indian foreign policy has started to morph in recent years from the idealistic and sometimes naive notions of Cold War nonalignment into a more realistic strategy that recognizes the country's…
  1. Coup Unlikely After Pakistani Prime Minister’s Dismissal

    Despite the dismissal of Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani by Pakistan’s supreme court, the army is unlikely to take power.

    Pakistan's supreme court on Tuesday disqualified Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani because he refused to investigate corruption charges against the president, Asif Ali Zardari. The decision was the outcome of a months long struggle between parliament and the judiciary. President Zardari is known as "Mr 10 percent" because that is what he used to charge for local investments. He was…