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India And Pakistan Exchange Fire In Kashmir

India Pakistan Flags

As America prepares for a Presidential transition, an old conflict with a history of turning dangerous rears its head.

More Immigrants To The U.S. Come From China And India Than Mexico


The sources of new immigrants to the United States are changing, but it’s unclear if that will have any impact on the political debate over immigration reform.

Hindu Nationalists Win Big In India

India Flag Map

The world’s most populous democracy recently completed an election process that lasted nearly two months, and it’s resulted in some big political changes; NEW DELHI — The Indian National Congress, which has headed India’s government for nearly all the country’s post-Independence history, conceded defeat to the opposition leader Narendra Modi on Friday, as voters rendered […]

Indian Army Mistook Jupiter, Venus For Chinese Spy Drones


The Indian Army apparently thought that they were being spied on by the Chinese, but it turned out they were looking at a more extraterrestrial observer: New Delhi, July 23: Phew! Science has saved a Roman god and a goddess from possible Armageddon launched from the Earth by the mighty Indian Army, egged on by […]

Power Outages Leave 600 Million In India In The Dark


For the second day in a row, massive power outages have struck wide areas in India: (AP) NEW DELHI – India’s energy crisis spread over half the country Tuesday when both its eastern and northern electricity grids collapsed, leaving 600 million people without power in one of the world’s biggest-ever blackouts. The power failure has […]

China Will Continue Buying Iranian Oil

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There’s a big hole in the latest sanctions against Iran.

At Least 10 Dead After Explosions In Mumbai, India


An apparent terrorist attack in one of the world’s most populous cities: At least ten people were killed and 100 injured after three explosions hit India’s business capital of Mumbai, the city’s police chief told Indian television The chief added that the death toll could be even higher, as reports were still coming in. Delhi-based […]

Meanwhile, In Kashmir……


Just a reminder of what else could go wrong: JAMMU, India (Reuters) – Indian and Pakistani troops exchanged sustained cross-border fire on Sunday, security officials said, a day after an Indian soldier was killed by Pakistani troops while patrolling one of the world’s most heavily guarded borders. The two sides exchanged small arms fire for […]

Global Warming Resolves Island Dispute with Wisdom of Solomons


Greatest Story Summary Evah: “Rising sea levels have submerged an island claimed by both India and Bangladesh. Global warming appears to have buried the dispute.” More details: What the Indians call New Moore island and the Bangladeshis call South Talpatti lies in the Bay of Bengal, a region with large potential reserves of gas and […]

Caption Contest Winners


The When You’re Hot, You’re Hot Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over. (AFP/Narinder Nanu)

Protocol Economy Easier Said Than Done


In his latest column, “The Protocol Society,” David Brooks argues that, In the 19th and 20th centuries we made stuff: corn and steel and trucks. Now, we make protocols: sets of instructions. A software program is a protocol for organizing information. A new drug is a protocol for organizing chemicals. Wal-Mart produces protocols for moving […]

Advice from the Saudis on Afghanistan


In this morning’s Washington Post Prince Turki al-Faisal of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, former director general of their intelligence service and also their former ambassador to the United States offers President Obama some advice on how to proceed in Afghanistan with which I find I am in almost complete agreement. His advice consists of […]

Why We Drive on the Right – And Others Don’t


Monday, Samoa will switch to driving on the left side of the road in order to benefit from cheap used cars from Australia and New Zealand.  This gave Time’s Randy James to explain, “Why Don’t We All Drive on the Same Side of the Road?”  It’s especially odd that two-thirds of the world drives on […]

Money Is Fungible: Pakistan Edition

Do you recall the aid we’ve been sending Pakistan so that the Pakistani government will let us supply our troops in Afghanistan via Pakistan, secure their nuclear weapons, and oppose the Taliban and Al Qaeda being harbored within Pakistan’s borders? Apparently, Pakistan is seizing the opportunity to build up its nuclear arsenal: WASHINGTON — Members […]

“Look upon My Works, Ye Mighty!”


Shelly’s poem Ozymandias is forced to mind when reading this piece from the Herald-Tribune of Sarasota, Florida. It makes perfect economic sense—cheap, useful cars with good gas mileage—but does it ever speak volumes about the inevitability of change… Indian car company readies Sarasota showroom Toni Whitt SARASOTA COUNTY – While working for General Motors in […]

The New Plan for Afghanistan

In anticipation of next week’s NATO meeting in which the issue of Afghanistan will be front and center, President Obama has briefed Congressional leaders on his plans: WASHINGTON — President Obama plans to further bolster American forces in Afghanistan and for the first time set benchmarks for progress in fighting Al Qaeda and the Taliban […]

Mumbai Attacks Planned in Pakistan

Yesterday Pakistan acknowledged what the Indians have been saying all along, that the terrorist attacks in Mumbai last November were planned in Pakistan and executed by Pakistanis with the assistance of the Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist group: ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Pakistani officials took what could be a decisive step forward in the country’s fight against Islamic extremism […]

‘Slumdog Millionaire’ Tanking in India


The critically acclaimed “Slumdog Millionaire” is not doing well in its native India, Madhur Singh reports for TIME. For many Indians, the film’s subject and treatment are familiar to the point of being banal. A lot of Indians are not keen to watch it for the same reason they wouldn’t want to go to Varanasi […]

Second Shoe Drops in Indian Outsourcer Scandal

India Satyam Pricewaterhouse

Over the last several months a scandal has been emerging in India that’s received precious little attention over here: the Indian information technology services outsourcing giant, Satyam Computer Services Ltd., has been found to have been cooking the books, overstating its financial and business strength over the period of nearly a decade. Now the next […]

America and the World After Bush: Economics and Globalization


On Barack Obama’s second day in office, the Bush administration is fast fading into memory.   As accidental tax evader Timothy Geithner prepares to take over at Treasury in an administration where transparency and the rule of law will be touchstones, it’s an excellent time to begin looking at the global economy. To do that, we’ll […]

America and the World After Bush: Diplomacy and Security


Barack Obama has been president for more than 24 hours now.  America is once again beloved by one and all.  Hubris and overreach are things of the past, as the inmates of Gitmo have been freed and the troops are all home from Iraq, participating in rebuilding the infrastructure at home.   Or, certainly, change is […]

The Scenarios of the India-Pakistan Confrontation


There’s an article over at Reuters listing some of the possible scenarios that might emerge in the confrontation between India and Pakistan. I think the article is best described as an editorial. A mixture of opinion and superficial analysis, if it had a by-line it would be an op-ed. It’s not a news article since […]

The Roiling India-Pakistan Situation

There have been a couple of interesting developments in the tense exchange of words between India and Pakistan that’s been going on since the terrorist attacks in Mumbai in November. Pakistan has responded angrily to the claims by India’s prime minister of involvement of the Pakistani government in the attacks: ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Jan. 7 (UPI) […]

Terrorism as a Policy Tool


India’s Prime Minister has characterized Pakistan’s actions as using terrorism as a tool of state policy: India’s prime minister accused Pakistan of using terrorism as a policy tool and said the Mumbai attackers must have had the support of some official Pakistani agencies, allegations that appeared to dim any prospect of cooperation between the two […]

Links Between Pakistan and Mumbai Attacks

Indian officials have been saying it all along but now Pakistani officials, too, are pointing to links between last month’s terrorist attacks in Mumbai and the Pakistani Lashkar-e-Taiba: ISLAMABAD — Pakistan’s own investigation of terror attacks in Mumbai has begun to show substantive links between the 10 gunmen and an Islamic militant group that its […]

Double-Talk from Islamabad

Apparently the troops Pakistan has transferred from the border with Afghanistan to the border with India are just going there for a nice Christmas holiday: ISLAMABAD (AFP) — Pakistan again said on Saturday that it did not want war with India, as the international community tried to defuse tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbours after Islamabad […]

Avoiding Pakistan and India War One Piece of Larger Puzzle


Yesterday, Dave Schuler did an excellent job outlining the brewing mess on the subcontinent in Tensions Rising Between Pakistan and India. I’ve been blogging on the subject at New Atlanticist as well. My most recent posts on the subject are Pakistan Scales Down Anti-Terrorist Operations and Pakistan Readies for War with India. The upshot is […]

Tensions Rising Between Pakistan and India (Updated)

The news from Pakistan and India isn’t exactly the sort to promote Christmas cheer. The tensions between the two countries, on hair trigger since the attacks in Mumbai last month with Indian officials blaming the attacks on Pakistan and Pakistani officials denying it vehemently, have ratcheted up another notch: Pakistani officials say the Pakistani army […]

India-Pakistan War Unlikely, So is Peace


In a New Atlanticist essay, “India-Pakistan Walking Line Between War and Peace,” I note that India is ratcheting back its rhetoric against Pakistan and argue that the prospect over the Mumbai attacks leading to war between these nuclear powers is exceedingly remote.  Unfortunately, so is anything worthy of the name “peace.”

Indian Government Names Mumbai Suspects


The Indian government has announced the names of all of the nine dead terrorists responsible for the attacks in Mumbai last month: Police in Mumbai today released the identities and home addresses in Pakistan of the nine dead gunmen who allegedly attacked India’s financial centre last month – in a move apparently intended to increase […]

Pakistan Raids LeT Training Camp – Mumbai Mastermind Captured?

The Guardian was apparently the first to report that the Pakistani authorities have raided a Lashkar-e-Taiba training camp: The suspected planner of last month’s Mumbai terror attacks has been arrested in a raid on a militant group in Pakistan, an official close to the extremist organisation said today. The official from Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD), the charity […]

Krugman: US Auto Industry Doomed (UPDATED)

Paul Krugman says the death of the American auto industry is inevitable. Nobel economics prize winner Paul Krugman said Sunday that the beleaguered U.S. auto industry will likely disappear. “It will do so because of the geographical forces that me and my colleagues have discussed,” the Princeton University professor and New York Times columnist told […]

Hoax Put India and Pakistan on Brink of War


A prankster put India and Pakistan on the brink of war. That this is possible demonstrates just how fragile that relationship is. That it didn’t escalate, though, tells us something important, too. See my New Atlanticist essay, “Hoax Tests India-Pakistan Relationship” for more.

The Mumbai Terrorist Attacks and “Open Source” Warfare

We still don’t know for certain yet why the attacks in Mumbai took place or who the perpetrators were and we may not know for quite a while if ever. There are lots of speculations and accusations but precious little hard data. We don’t even know for certain how many were in the group that […]

Bobby Jindal Presidential Bid Underway


A long profile in today’s WaPo extolling Bobby Jindal as the Republican Party’s best hope to regain the White House may constitute the unofficial start of Campaign 2012.  It’s about time. Last weekend, 18 days after Barack Obama decisively defeated their candidate for president, a mostly Republican crowd of self-described conservatives received their first introduction […]

Terrorist Rampage Ended in Mumbai (Updated)


After nearly three days the terrorist rampage that has rocked India’s financial capital, Mumbai, has ended in a hail of bullets as Indian forces killed the last three gunmen who had barricaded themselves within a luxury hotel: MUMBAI, India — A 60-hour terror rampage that killed at least 195 people across India’s financial capital ended […]

What the Heck Happened in Mumbai? (Updated)


The Washington Post is now reporting that the Indian Army is conducting raids in an attempt to free the hostages that have been taken in the attack that took place in Mumbai yesterday: Sharpshooters and Indian Army commandos launched dramatic raids Thursday into two of India’s most luxurious hotels, attempting to root out gunmen whose […]

The World of 2025

The World of 2025

Thomas Fingar, the chair of the National Intelligence Council, spoke to the Atlantic Council last night on the release of “Global Trends 2025: A Transformed World.” He and his team project nearly two decades into the future in order to “stimulate strategic thinking” among U.S. policymakers during this period of transition between presidential administrations.  This […]

Quantifying World Poverty

Today the New York Times has an editorial about world poverty: There is a lot more poverty in the world than previously thought. The World Bank reported in August that in 2005, there were 1.4 billion people living below the poverty line — that is, living on less than $1.25 a day. That is more […]

Do What About Pakistan?

Spurred by Russia’s invasion of Georgia and Pervez Musharraf’s resignation, Robert Tracinski has an article at Real Clear Politics titled “What To Do About Pakistan?”. There are three components to Mr. Tracinski’s ideas: Win in Afghanistan This is a distinctly “chicken and the egg” sort of proposition. I’m not entirely sure how one goes about […]

Pakistan ISI Planned, Supported Indian Embassy Bombing


Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence agency helped plan and provided logistical support for last month’s bombing of the Indian embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan according to U.S. intelligence reports leaked to the press by various “officials.” Mark Mazzetti and Eric Schmitt report for the NYT that, The conclusion was based on intercepted communications between Pakistani intelligence officers and […]

Why Print Media Isn’t Dead Yet

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Jeff Jarvis argues, persuasively, that newspapers should get out of the business of printing, distribution, circulation, and ad sales and concentrate on their essential function. And he’s not just saying that they should shut down their print operations and focus on the Web. He figures that Google and others do all that stuff so well […]

Jesse Helms’ Foreign Policy Legacy

Jesse Helms Chairman Senate Foreign Relations

Christopher Hitchens joins the legions dancing on Jesse Helms’ grave.   Rather than piling on about the racism of a Southern politician whose career began sixty-odd years ago, he instead focuses on Helms’ foreign policy: His chairmanship of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee was a period of national embarrassment and, sometimes, disgrace. The Helms-Burton Act of […]

G8 and EU Growing Pains

Sarkozy Wins Photo

Two articles cited in today’s Small Wars Journal roundup have almost nothing to do with wars, small or otherwise, but are nonetheless interesting in showing the state of flux of some key international institutions. Steven Erlanger reports on a bold attempt to forge a “Union of the Mediterranean” which would be something of a minor […]

Supreme Court Focus of 2008 Election

The Roberts Court

The NYT editorial board want you to know that they’re very disappointed in the Roberts Court, particularly its upholding of Indiana’s law requiring would-be voters to be able they are who they claim to be, allowing Kentucky to continue using lethal injection for convicted murderers who’ve exhausted seventeen years of appeals, and its ruling that […]

Biracial = Black?


One of the oddities of this election cycle is that, with all the focus on Barack Obama’s race, he’s almost invariably referred to as “black” or “African-American” despite having a white mother. The same phenomenon is true pretty much across the board, from Tiger Woods to Halle Barry. Biracial or multiracial people, regardless of hue […]

Obama’s Bounce Redux

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Conflicting headlines today on the state of the polls and, specifically, whether Barack Obama has gotten a “bounce” after consolidating the Democratic nomination and getting Hillary Clinton’s support. John Zogby: “Reuters/Zogby Poll: Obama Leads McCain, But Wins No Big Bounce — Defeating Hillary Clinton and locking up the Democratic Party nomination fails to propel Obama […]

Ambassador: US-Pakistan Need ‘Strategic Partnership’

Pakistan Ambassador Hussein Haqqani Atlantic Council Photo

H.E. Husain Haqqani, who presented his credentials as Ambassador of Pakistan to the United States a mere nine days ago, delivered his first public address since taking office this evening at the Atlantic Council. Following is a summary of his remarks. While our two countries have been allies since the 1950s, neither side has viewed […]

Freedom to Offend an American Exceptionalism

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Adam Liptak reminds us that free speech rights are much more extensive in the United States than in most of the developed world. He cites the ongoing suit against Canada’s MacLean’s magazine and the numerous judgments against Brigitte Bardot in France, both for speech that offended Muslims. “In much of the developed world, one uses […]

Is it Worth Drilling For More Domestic Oil?


Newt Gingrich’s American Solutions group has mounted an online petition designed to persuade Congress to open up domestic sites that are currently closed to oil and natural gas exploration. That’s certainly an understandable sentiment, given the skyrocketing increases in the price of oil over the past couple of years. But opening up for exploration is […]

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