Washington’s tragic misadventure in Afghanistan is over. Despite the botched ending, America’s withdrawal was long overdue. Central Asia never warranted so much U.S. attention. Afghanistan first drew Washington in after the Soviets invaded. Few Americans knew where the country was. None expressed an interest in building a modern nation there. The idea was simple: arm […]
LRVs are prying open the conventional battlespace and causing a dilemma to nations like Pakistan and North Korea which depend on a military strategy of lowering nuclear thresholds and the threat of TNWs and nuclear weapons to deter their adversaries. The arrival of LRVs and their enhanced ranges, precision, and automation is increasingly becoming the weapon of choice of modern militaries.
A tired and over-committed Pakistan Army facing a binary stretch has sued for a cease-fire with India on the LOC, a realistic acceptance that it is time to give up the terror as an instrument of state policy in J&K. It is best that the Pakistan government revisits its policy on J&K and come to terms with the new reality of the changing equations in the UT of J&K.
Businesses that wish to have ties with China now think twice, having to balance market access on one hand and popular blowback on the other.
Whether or not China will be able to make the transition to an advanced and innovative economy with the amount of counterproductive economic and social controls it maintains is yet to be seen.
China’s authoritarian policies have consequences and it seems like the chickens are starting to come home to roost. This should be another reason to double down on our confidence in the superiority of a free and open society, an objective that we can safely pursue to our own benefit.