Formally founded in 1932, the journey of the House of Al Saud towards power began in the 18th century and was achieved two centuries later with European help, as Britain and France carved up West Asia after World War I
The proposed four-nation Asia-Pacific quadrilateral has soft edges still. An expanding China can rest easy.
Mohammed bin Salman’s brutal power grab tramples tradition and pushes Saudi Arabia towards the abyss
Canada’s so-called liberal edifice is built on the debris of AI Flight 182. Though most of the 329 dead were Canadians, Khalistani sympathies still haunt the country.
The source for alternative systems through Soviet reinventions, the Russian Revolution is now recalled with uneasy sufferance
The Six-Day War split and recast power centres in West Asia, shaped jehadism, consigned Palestinians to a harrowing fate and deepened Israel’s self-justificatory, racist paranoia
Britain walking out of EU last year is only the climax of a jinxed sequence that began for the country in 1967
In 1967, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto launched a struggle for social justice when he founded the PPP. Whither his legacy?
On the 200th anniversary of her death, Jane Austen is as hugely influential as ever. Her tales are re-imagined in every new media.
Trump’s volte face on Pakistan startles India. But impetuosity apart, harder realities may have forced the presidential tweet.
Proximity to the Guptas brought the South African president under a cloud. But who are the Guptas?
In the wake of its deadliest mass shooting, America once again confronts its unending cycle of gun violence
Caught between geo-politics and race, defining ‘terrorism’ is a slippery terrain
Angela Merkel’s smaller victory means sterner challenges. Then there’s the AfD threat.
As Rohingyas flee their burning homes, Aung San Suu Kyi’s credibility takes a hit. Yet, her situation is a complex one.
The Rohingya crisis is the legacy of accursed history—going back to Partition-era politics—and the fog of violence clouds the possibility of real solutions
A Pakistani general and a dove? It would usually be an oxymoron. But AfPak, BRICS all set a new context.
Talks with China and the BRICS declaration on terror are promising. Coupled with Trump’s Afghan policy, it’s significant.