Tag Archives: Pakistan
Narendra Modi India

Post-election, Modi faces Pakistan trade question

Guest analyst Dr. Kiran Hassan discusses how India’s general election comes at a pivotal time in South Asia. As the largest democracy voted, many wondered what Narendra Modi’s foreign policy might be towards archrival Pakistan once elected as the next prime minister of India. Just days before his winning, Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi was quoted […]

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Prospects improve for China-Pakistan economic corridor

Pakistan and China recently signed agreements to build a new airport and upgrade the Karakorum Highway in Balochistan, demonstrating further commitment to a China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Recently signed agreements between the Pakistan and Chinese governments will benefit an already well-established relationship that saw bilateral trade over $12 billion in 2012. These agreements come in […]

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Pakistani government seeks to privatize state-owned companies

Pakistan has begun work to privatize many of its state-owned industries, both to raise revenue and to secure loans from the IMF. Although opposition exists domestically, the government hopes privatization coupled with new foreign energy investments will save its struggling economy. Pakistan has yet another force competing to shape its future: privatization. The government sees […]

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Resumed trade means hope for India-Pakistan relations

Guest analyst Dr. Kiran Hassan discusses the strained trade relations India and Pakistan have endured since the partition. India’s scheduled elections later this year and thawing political relations could help restart interstate trade. By waving an olive branch at the larger and more economically advanced India, Pakistan’s Punjabi chief minister, Shahbaz Sharif, has made a […]

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Hamid Karzai

Karzai Consolidates Power before 2014 Elections

Following a summer of promising electoral reforms, President Hamid Karzai is now moving to broker peace talks with the Taliban following years of failed attempts. The Taliban were removed from power in 2001 by a US-led invasion because of their connection with Al-Qaeda. However, despite being politically usurped, the Islamist group has remained active in Afghanistan. […]

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Japan coast guard

Trade to Benefit from Japan-India Strategic Alliance

Much focus in the international affairs community in East Asia has lately revolved around Japan. Given recent electoral developments, this is quite understandable. On July 21, 2013 the Japanese people made an important vote, where the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) gained control of the House of Councillors, Japans’ upper house. This means that the party […]

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Indian Military

India’s Naval Buildup Positive For Regional Commerce

On August 5, 2013 late in the night, five Indian soldiers were killed in an ambush while on patrol in the Poonch sector of Jammu and Kashmir. Early reports show that the soldiers were attacked by about twenty men, some of whom were wearing Pakistani uniforms, shortly after beginning their patrol on the Indian side of […]

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Abdul Malik

Balochistan Talks May Release Local Resource Wealth

Over the past month, Pakistan’s long-term, slow-burning Balochistan conflict has seen both continued violence and new rhetoric about possible peace deals. The newly elected provincial chief, Abdul Malik, a Baloch nationalist leader, called on insurgents to engage in dialogue with the national government. This step could lead to a breakthrough, but only if various disparate […]

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Kashmir silk

Kashmir’s Silk Industry Struggles

Despite recent attempts to revive Kashmir’s silk production, the centuries old industry is slowly dying. Kashmir sericulture, or silkworm farming, is a casualty of changing regulations, regional political tensions and competition with China. Unless Kashmiri silk factories can find a way to produce as cheaply and efficiently as their East Asian competitors, sericulture will lose […]

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Liu Yang Chinese astronaut

China’s Space Launch Signals Commercial Desires

The recent news that the People’s Republic of China has launched its fifth manned space mission – during which three astronauts will spend fifteen days in space, including twelve days at the Tiangong 1, a space station prototype – created a flurry of news. As a result, this is a natural time to examine the […]

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