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The most important result of Osama bin Laden’s death is likely to be a new US approach to Afghanistan. President Obama is now essentially in a position to “declare victory and get out”, without risking too much in terms of US public and military opinion. Unfortunately, everything I know of the Pashtun areas of Afghanistan...
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Given the dimensions of the human tragedy that has unfolded in Japan since the earthquake struck on 11 March 2011, it is not surprising that the possible consequences for the rest of East and South East Asia have received comparatively little attention. Most commentators have followed the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank in...
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Hannah, Social Europe Journal, March 25, 2011 At the beginning of this series, Thomas Pogge highlighted the close relationship between equality and justice and the connection between these factors and the principles of a democratic society. Within any system, the ability for wealth and power to become concentrated within certain groups has a fundamental impact...
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U.S. strategy toward Pakistan is focused on trying to get Islamabad to give serious help to Washington’s campaign against the Afghan Taliban. There are two rather large problems with this approach. The first is that it is never going to happen. As U.S. diplomats in Pakistan themselves recognize (and as was made ever so clear...
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Chinese people are becoming richer, and the wealth gap in China is, as expected, growing. The just concluded Spring Festival holiday saw consumption reach about 400 billion yuan ($60.69 billion), with many rich Chinese travelling abroad to enjoy their holiday and, with some of them, buying luxury goods. The CLSA Asia-Pacific Markets has even forecast...
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In the wake of the global financial crisis a new international order is coming to the fore, writes Chris Luenen. What we are witnessing today are the birth pangs of a world of three regional monetary and trading blocs. The realisation is slowly setting in that once the global crisis has abated, globalisation, as we...
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Last Friday’s revelations about India’s use of torture in Kashmir are the latest in a disturbingly long line of stories that undermine attempts to portray India’s rise in the international system as a force for the global good. Following a period of transition that has seen a move away from Cold War non-alignment and a...
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One of the byproducts of China’s fast economic development over the last 30 years is the growing income disparity between rural and urban residents. It is undeniable that absolute living conditions have improved for almost everyone, with the most notable examples at both ends of the spectrum being the eradication of poverty and the recent...
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As one of the largest economies in the world, China is being asked by the international community to take a more and more active role in world affairs, ranging from contributing to stabilizing the post-financial crisis global economy to cutting greenhouse gas emission. Sometimes, Western approach toward China is contradictory or driven by political agenda....
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Voltaire remarked of Frederick the Great’s Prussia that “where .some states have an army, the Prussian Army has a state!” The same can easily be said of Pakistan. The destruction of the army would mean the destruction of the country. Yet this is something that the Pakistani Taliban and their allies can never achieve. Only...
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