Mullah Umar’s Death: Implications Of Taliban Leader’s Demise – Analysis

The death of the Taliban leader Mullah Umar will spark a protracted power struggle within the Taliban movement and derail the fledgling peace process between the Taliban and Afghan government. Islamic State will benefit from Umar’s death. By Abdul Basit* On July 29, 2015, news of the Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Umar’s demise exploded like … Continue reading Mullah Umar’s Death: Implications Of Taliban Leader’s Demise – Analysis

Gurdaspur: Advantage Pakistan – OpEd

The attack in Gurdaspur this week was different from any previous Pakistan-sponsored terrorist hit. India must be wary of the new and improved strikes coming from across the border, and must also plan a robust, long-term policy response. By Sameer Patil* Barely two weeks ago, on 10 July, amidst fanfare, Prime Minister Narendra Modi met … Continue reading Gurdaspur: Advantage Pakistan – OpEd

China: Internet Finance Pioneer – Analysis

The new guidance on the development of internet finance in China provides insight into the future of China’s pioneering internet finance industry and the defining role it will play in the country’s economic reform process. By Dev Lewis* On July 15, the People’s Bank of China (PBC), China’s central bank, released a long-awaited document “Guiding … Continue reading China: Internet Finance Pioneer – Analysis

Radiological Weapons And Iran’s Un-Constrained Missile Program – Analysis

By John R. Haines* The well-respected Arms Control Association (ACA) recently claimed “the potential threat from Iranian ballistic missiles has been radically reduced” by the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) signed in Vienna on 14 July 2015 by the Islamic Republic of Iran and the E3/EU+3 (of which the United States is part).[1] This … Continue reading Radiological Weapons And Iran’s Un-Constrained Missile Program – Analysis

Germany Sees Immigration Boom As Native Population Declines

(EurActiv) — More than 20% of Germany’s population has a migrant background. Migrants are almost twice as likely to have a university education as the average German. Statistics released by Germany’s Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) on Monday (3 August) show a recent surge of immigration in Germany. The European Union is out in front, followed … Continue reading Germany Sees Immigration Boom As Native Population Declines