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Obama’s Era – William Pfaff

Action begets reaction in foreign policy as in physics, and action unconsidered for its possible consequences has been responsible for many results for which statesmen...

Power: Hard, Soft And Smart – Ikram Sehgal

Power is nothing more than the ability to get others to do what you want. For doing that you require tools of coercion or payment, or ‘hard power’, and tools of...

Martian ‘prestige’

Nationalist euphoria is invariably conjured up when India conducts a seemingly sophisticated scientific experiment or makes bombs, missiles or submarines. India’s...

Formulating public policy

HE consolidation of democratic polity in Pakistan in the last few years has raised a legitimate and interesting question. Who sets public policy in Pakistan and how is...

Amazing Energy

While oil, coal, wind and solar power are well-known by the general public, the new trend has been to explore the resources of methane on our planet. Indeed the...

The Chinese Experience

I recently led a delegation of the Regional Peace Institute (RPI) at an international conference on peace and disarmament in China. The theme was cooperation between...

Time To Look East

The prime minister was still in the US when speculations started on whether his visit was a success or a failure. His party men called it a success; his detractors...

Censoring Opinion

China’s less-than-stellar human rights record has drawn criticism once more. In addition to continued systematic mistreatment of prisoners and the use of the death...

False Prestige

So addicted is the Indian power elite to being treated as the representative of an unstoppable rising great power that it finds the recent decline in India’s global...

Bhasha Or Kalabagh?

The recent earthquake in Balochistan has caused havoc and reduced many towns to mere rubble. Its tremors were felt in the distant areas of the province. It so happens...

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