China Struggles with Belt and Road Pushback

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by James M. Dorsey China, in an implicit recognition that at least some of its Belt and Road-related projects risk trapping target countries in debt or fail to meet their needs, has conceded that adjustments may be necessary. “It’s normal… Continue Reading  

Iran Should Not Expect Much From Imran Khan’s Pakistan 

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif meeting with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan in Islamabad, August 31

by Shireen T. Hunter Last week Iran’s foreign minister Javad Zarif was in Islamabad as the first official of a foreign country to visit Pakistan since Imran Khan became prime minister. It has also been reported that Imran Khan will… Continue Reading  

Self-Fulfilling Prophecies: Chinese Fear Attacks By Uyghur Jihadists

Uyghurs in a market in Kashgar, Xinjiang (Kylie Nicholson / Shutterstock.com)

by James M. Dorsey A seemingly obsessive fear of Uyghur nationalist and religious sentiment has prompted Chinese leaders to contemplate military involvement in Syria and Afghanistan and risk international condemnation for its massive repression in its north-western province of Xinjiang,… Continue Reading  

Shaping A New Peace In Pakistan’s Tribal Areas

Flag of Pakistan's former Federally Administered Tribal Areas region (Wikimedia Commons)

by International Crisis Group What’s new??Pakistan has merged the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) along the Afghan border into an adjacent province, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, a big step toward bringing constitutional governance and restoring peace to these lands. But the interim… Continue Reading  

Playing Politics With Religion

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan (Wikimedia Commons / Irfan Ahson)

by James M. Dorsey Less than a month in office, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has made blasphemy one of his first issues, empowering militants and initiating international moves, long heralded by Saudi Arabia, that would restrict press freedom by pushing… Continue Reading