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China-India-Pakistan relations.
China-India-Pakistan relations.


China And Pakistan: India’s Strategic Choices – Analysis

By D. S. Rajan Given its pre-eminent position in South Asia and rising potential to become a global player, it is natural that for India, the external environment has become an important factor in its formulation of the country’s overall strategic vision. In that vision, occupying the main place is India’s domestic development; specifically, the […]

Police using tear gas against Hong Kong protesters. Photo credit VOA.
Police using tear gas against Hong Kong protesters. Photo credit VOA.


Making Sense Of Hong Kong Pro-Democracy Protests – Analysis

By D. S. Rajan As of today (24 November, 2014), the current wave of Pro-Democracy protests in Hong Kong, one of the biggest   to be organized since the People’s Republic of China (PRC) attained its sovereignty over the former British Colony in 1997, is seven weeks old. They began on 28 September 2014, when about […]

Kyrgyzstan
Kyrgyzstan


Kyrgyzstan: Strange Bedfellows Ahead Of Elections – Analysis

By Pavel Dyatlenko Mergers between former political rivals ahead of the autumn 2015 parliamentary ballot in Kyrgyzstan reflect the more competitive environment that smaller parties will face, especially if changes to electoral law go through. Last month, the Ata Jurt party, whose main constituency is in southern Kyrgyzstan, merged with Respublika, led by Omurbek Babanov, […]

Afghanistan
Afghanistan


The Price Of Inequality: The Dangerous Rural-Urban Divide In Afghanistan – Analysis

By Tamim Asey* In Afghanistan, coups and regime changes are often initiated from the countryside mountains by heavily indoctrinated and disgruntled barefoot rural boys, who are deep in poverty and without many economic prospects. These youth are often at the forefront of the fight for various ideologies and regional proxy powers, while the urban elites […]

New train track 75 kilometers long between Afghanistan border and Mazar-e-Sharif provides hundreds of jobs to local Afghans and means of importing and exporting goods (DOD/Michael Reinsch)
New train track 75 kilometers long between Afghanistan border and Mazar-e-Sharif provides hundreds of jobs to local Afghans and means of importing and exporting goods (DOD/Michael Reinsch)


The Afghanistan National Railway: A Plan Of Opportunity – Analysis

By Lawrence J. Pleis, Richard Lliteras, David A. Wood, Matthew D. Bain, and Steven J. Hendrickson Steam railroading is important not because it represents some nostalgic past that, in truth, never was. Steam railroading is important because it was a human tool that radically transformed a continent, affecting everyone. — William L. (Bill) Withuhn, Curator […]