Pakistani Woes Likely to Dominate Chinese Vice President’s Visit

by James M. Dorsey Security and the viability of China’s massive investment is likely to top Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan’s agenda when he lands this weekend in the Pakistani capital of Islamabad. A series of violent attacks, including on… Continue Reading  

Balochistan: A Geopolitical Powder Keg

by James M. Dorsey Balochistan should be oozing with optimism as Chinese and Saudi investment pours into the troubled Pakistani province. It is not. Instead, Balochistan, a key node in China’s Belt and Road initiative that borders Iran, is gripped… Continue Reading  

The World’s Most Dangerous Divide

by John Feffer In the beautiful and terrifying novel The City of Devi, communal hatreds escalate in India and Pakistan until the two countries feel compelled to threaten each other with nuclear weapons. At least, it starts out as a… Continue Reading  

Iran: Countering Extremism Through Inclusiveness

by Fatemeh Aman The Iranian government has long accused some of its neighboring states of using terrorism and insurgency to destabilize the country. There may be some truth to these accusations. But Iran’s treatment of minority groups has also contributed… Continue Reading  

A Deadly Enough Crisis to Forget MAGA for a Moment?

by Akbar Ahmed and Lawrence Wilkerson While Michael Cohen mesmerized the Democrats in the House of Representatives and provided more fodder for Republican ire, President Trump resumed his love affair with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un in a second U.S.-DPRK… Continue Reading