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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 are eventually sorry, as are multitudes (as it may be) who pay the…

Martian ‘prestige’

Nationalist euphoria is invariably conjured up when India conducts a seemingly sophisticated scientific experiment or makes bombs, missiles or submarines. India’s entry into a supposedly ‘select’ high-technology ‘club’ is uncritically…

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 it formulated? Under the Constitution, the responsibility of…

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 world’s methane reserves are more than all the coal, oil and gas reserves on…

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 China and South Asia. A large number of delegates from South Asian…

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 termed it a flop. If a third world leader makes a successful visit to the…

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 penalty, the UN human rights council has also condemned the Chinese…

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 stature and influence incomprehensible. The signs of decline are…

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 that there weren’t any major structures like huge water reservoirs and…