"Numerous Taliban militants in Afghanistan and Pakistan, unhappy about their leader’s long absence, had already started affirming allegiance to Islamic State," writes Michael Kugelman.
"[In Afghanistan], the U.S.–Iran deal’s implications are less complicated and largely positive. Afghanistan could be one of the deal’s biggest beneficiaries, and for two major reasons," writes Michael Kugelman.
"The India-US civil nuclear accord proved a gamechanger for broader ties between Delhi and Washington. A decade hence, perhaps we will be able to describe the recently signed nuclear agreement with Iran in similar terms," writes Robert Hathaway.
Under a bill approved by Japan’s lower house of parliament today, the country’s soldiers would be able to serve overseas for the first time since World War II. There were huge protests in the streets of Tokyo during the vote and opposition lawmakers walked out. Shihoko Goto discusses the measure and its significance with Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson.
"Pakistan’s energy crisis is rooted in such a complex and interrelated web of causes (including but not limited to crushing sectoral debt, gross mismanagement, and dysfunctional institutions) that there is little consensus on what needs to be done and how," writes Michael Kugelman.
"As the second-largest founding member nation of the TPP, Tokyo has a distinct advantage in setting the future rules for trade in the world’s most economically robust region," writes Shihoko Goto.
"Pakistan is in the midst of rapid urbanization — a major societal shift that could worsen the effects of energy problems in the years ahead...With droves of Pakistanis entering cities and becoming dependent on grids, supply pressures will deepen exponentially," writes Michael Kugelman.
"Groundwater is water security’s last resort — it is what we tap into when surface supplies run dry. And yet in Pakistan, this safety net is fraying. The country’s water security blanket is in danger of being yanked away," writes Michael Kugelman.
The Honorable Raymond E. Vickery, Jr., noted author on US-India relations and former Assistant Secretary of Commerce in the Clinton Administration, has been named a Global Fellow of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars for the 2015-2017 term.
"In essence, the Pakistani military invokes the threat of India, and the specter of RAW-sponsored terrorism in Pakistan, to underscore the armed forces’ self-proclaimed role as the nation’s sole protector. In so doing, the armed forces seek to provide more justification for their outsize role in the Pakistani state," writes Michael Kugelman.