Moment of truth for Pakistan’s marriage of convenience with Afghan Taliban

Given Pakistan’s close ties with the Taliban, how it chooses to proceed will have a significant bearing on the country’s international standing By being an honest mediator, Islamabad can rise to the occasion and help establish lasting peace and stability in Afghanistan, and the region With accusations made against Pakistan with regard to the Taliban’s… Read More

A climate change narrative that India can steer

The Glasgow COP26 meet offers New Delhi a chance to update its Nationally Determined Contributions to meet targets In a keynote speech on September 8 in a seminar organised by a think tank, R.K. Singh, Union Minister for Power, New and Renewable Energy stated, “Environment is something we are trustees of and have to leave… Read More

Why South Asia should engage with the Taleban

  Unlike the US, Afghanistan’s neighbours have to find a way of living with the new rulers in Kabul. Syed Munir Khasru As the Soviets left Afghanistan in 1989, setting the stage for the rise of the Taleban, the world silently witnessed human rights violation in the years that followed. It was only after the… Read More

South Asia’s emerging digital transformation

Syed Munir Khasru August 7, 2021 There is evidence that the region’s post-pandemic adoption to digital life will shape its future prosperity. COVID-19 has forced South Asia to take a quantum leap in digitalisation. The shift to remote work and education has propelled an unprecedented spike in Internet penetration, with even smaller nations such as… Read More

Amid a pandemic, Tokyo Olympics is a disaster waiting to happen

The decision by Japan and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to hold the summer Olympics, which starts on July 23, continues to be controversial due to the health risks posed by Covid-19 to all the participants. The world’s best athletes are being left at the mercy of a government and an international organisation that are supposed… Read More

The key to Asean’s post-pandemic recovery is digital transformation

  The pandemic has accelerated Southeast Asia’s adoption of e-commerce, which holds great economic potential But, for the region to become a major digital economy, gaps in infrastructure, access, inclusion, skills and policy must be addressed The coronavirus pandemic has accelerated Asean’s digital transformation at an unprecedented scale and speed. With bricks-and-mortar businesses in Southeast… Read More

49 years on, India, Bangladesh should deal with unresolved issues

Media: Hindustan Times
Date Published: 16 Dec, 2020

The Global South’s Pandemic Path to Self-Reliance

Media: Project Syndicate
Date Published: 17 Nov, 2020

After four years of Trump’s ‘America first’, Biden must pivot back to Asia

Media: South China Morning Post
Date Published: 11 Nov, 2020

Navigating unchartered territories needs both caution & diplomacy

Media: Cyber Risk Leaders Magazine
Published in: Issue 3, 2020
Media: Australian Cyber Security Magazine
Date Published: September 24, 2020