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S Qaisar Shareef
S Qaisar Shareef

  • September 28, 2023

    When allies go rogue

    On September 18, Canadian PM Justin Trudeau stood before his parliament and made an astounding declaration – that the Indian government had been...

  • September 14, 2023

    India on the global stage

    Fresh from the success of the moon landing, India hosted world leaders at the G20 summit in its capital Delhi on September 9-10. Meticulously...

  • September 01, 2023

    Freedom in America

    I moved to the US over 45 years ago to pursue graduate studies. It was an amazing and mind-opening experience, learning about and adjusting to this...

  • August 17, 2023

    A deep divide

    In recent years much has been written about the deep political divisions that exist in the US. Suspected causes range from changing demographics to...

  • August 04, 2023

    America prepares for Election 2024

    The next American presidential elections are more than 15 months away, but political activities are already picking up. President Biden has...

  • July 19, 2023

    The war goes on

    The Nato member summit has just concluded in Vilnius, Lithuania. This was the first meeting since Finland was admitted to the alliance. After...

  • July 06, 2023

    Modi and the press

    Towards the end of his recent visit to the US, Indian Prime Minister Modi and President Joe Biden held a joint press conference. Two reporters were...

  • June 22, 2023

    Rule of law

    On June 13, Donald Trump appeared in federal court and pleaded not guilty to all 37 charges leveled against him for putting national security...

  • June 09, 2023

    What makes the US exceptional?

    Late last month Henry Kissinger celebrated his 100th birthday. Kissinger of course served as US national security adviser and secretary of state...

  • May 25, 2023

    Turkish surprise

    On May 14, the Turkish nation voted for their president as well as for their parliament. This was the most closely watched Turkish election in...

  • May 11, 2023

    Electoral autocracy

    In recent years the world has started to see a reversal of the trend towards democratization. While the contrast between democracies and...

  • April 27, 2023

    American economy

    In the spring of 2020, with the onset of a global pandemic, the US economy suffered a severe shock along with the economies of much of the...

  • April 11, 2023

    Alternate universes

    “The whole world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” This is a quote ascribed to Saint Augustine, the fourth century...

  • March 28, 2023

    Twenty years later

    I recently listened to a New York Times podcast titled ‘First Person’ in which journalist Lulu Garcia-Navarro recounts her years of reporting...

  • March 01, 2023

    Double standard?

    On January 24, Twitter took down links to a two-part BBC documentary titled ‘India: the Modi Question’, at the behest of the Indian government....

  • February 15, 2023

    Fraught relationship

    On February 1, a very large balloon was spotted over the US state of Montana; the balloon was determined to have originated in China. Why exactly...

  • February 01, 2023

    American allure

    In 2022 the population of China declined for the first time in decades. It is now estimated that India may have surpassed China, becoming the most...

  • January 17, 2023

    Ethics and politics

    Last August, the FBI raided former US president Donald Trump's resort home in Florida. They searched for and confiscated a large number of...

  • January 04, 2023

    Global order upended

    Over the past several decades there have been a few years that really stand out for having an impact that resonates for many years to come. One such...

  • December 22, 2022

    Unintended consequences

    The dust has settled on the American midterm elections. It was widely expected the Republican Party would make major gains, as has been typical of...

  • December 22, 2021

    Minority rule

    In the last nine elections for the president of the United States stretching across 30+ years, the Republican Party candidate has only twice been...

  • December 08, 2021

    Backsliding democracy

    International IDEA, a European think tank which tracks progress of democracies across the world, has in its recently released report assessed the US...

  • November 24, 2021

    Biden’s ten months

    The US political scene continues to be rife with acrimony, and negativity. Discussion in the political press these days is mostly focused on how...

  • November 10, 2021

    Political circus

    In early November a handful of states, among them Virginia and New Jersey, conducted elections for governor and other key positions. Both these...

  • October 28, 2021

    A good soldier

    On October 18, retired American general Colin Powell passed away due to complications from Covid. He was 84 years old and had been treated for blood...

  • October 14, 2021

    Dysfunctional democracy

    Last week, after much back and forth, the US Congress passed a resolution to increase the government’s borrowing limit so it could continue to...

  • September 29, 2021

    A new cold war?

    On September 21, US President Joe Biden delivered his first address to the UN General Assembly. In his speech, he laid out the vision for how the US...

  • September 15, 2021

    Lessons learnt?

    The past few weeks have been tumultuous for the US. The abrupt and ill planned withdrawal from Afghanistan after 20 years of war, and the rapid...

  • September 01, 2021

    Uncertain future

    The rapid collapse of the US-supported government in Kabul and take over by the Taliban has taken everyone by surprise.The US was caught entirely...

  • August 25, 2021

    In memoriam

    Aftab Hassan Usman : on August 6, I received a message from Seher Usman, my friend Aftab Usman’s daughter, simply stating “Papa has passed...

  • August 18, 2021

    Freedom

    Of the many ideas that loom large in the American psyche, the notion of freedom is close to the top. We hear too often utterances such as “we are...

  • August 04, 2021

    American exceptionalism

    On Tuesday, July 27 the US Congress held the first hearing of the Select Committee set up to investigate the events of January 6, 2021. On that day...

  • July 21, 2021

    American wars

    With US forces almost entirely out of Afghanistan, the Taliban are resurgent again. All indications are they may be headed for an outright military...

  • July 07, 2021

    Reading the reality

    After 20 years of conflict and nation-building efforts, the US is now on its way out of Afghanistan. With the shutting down of the US military base...

  • June 23, 2021

    American leadership

    Last week, Joe Biden concluded his first overseas trip since becoming president. He chose to travel to Europe where he met with leaders of the...

  • June 09, 2021

    Reckoning with history

    Last week, US President Joe Biden visited Tulsa, Oklahoma to publicly acknowledge the 100th anniversary of one of the worst massacres of Americans...

  • May 26, 2021

    On Israel and Palestine

    Joe Biden came into office wanting to focus on key US foreign policy priorities – checking China’s rise, and mending fences with Western...

  • May 12, 2021

    Six months

    The six months since November 2020 US elections have been among the most eventful, and not always in a positive way.For the first time in American...

  • April 28, 2021

    Justice for Black Americans

    On April 20, a 12-person jury in Minneapolis gave its verdict in the trial of police officer Derek Chauvin. The jury rendered a guilty verdict on...

  • April 14, 2021

    Democracy in peril

    The last twelve months have seen unprecedented assaults on American democracy, starting with a sitting president claiming the only way he could lose...

  • March 31, 2021

    Shifting geopolitics

    Last week, Iran and China signed a massive economic pact. Under this agreement, China will invest $400 billion in several sectors in Iran over the...

  • March 17, 2021

    Role of government

    Last week, the US Congress approved the $1.9 trillion American Relief Plan proposed by President Biden to pull the country out of the economic...

  • March 02, 2021

    America and the Middle East

    Americans often fret at the never-ending US entanglements in the Middle East. The region is considered “beyond repair”, with little regard to...

  • February 16, 2021

    US in Afghanistan

    Very soon after taking office in 2009, President Obama appointed Richard Holbrooke as special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan.This ‘Af-Pak’...

  • February 02, 2021

    Pakistan and the US

    Most of the key foreign policy posts in the Biden administration have now been filled. A conversation has started in Pakistan as to how best to...

  • January 19, 2021

    Trump’s legacy

    At noon on January 20 the presidency of Donald Trump will have come to an end and this one-term, twice-impeached president will be gone.From the day...

  • January 12, 2021

    America’s week of shame

    Throughout its history and certainly in modern times, the US has been through many crises – including some resulting in significant violence and...

  • January 07, 2021

    Good for Pakistan

    Every time a US presidential election approaches, a discussion begins in the Pakistani-American community. Which of the two candidates will be good...

  • December 23, 2020

    Democracy moves along

    On December 14, the US Electoral College cast their votes. As expected, Joe Biden received 306 votes against Donald Trump's 232. While this is not...

  • December 17, 2020

    Forty-nine years on

    In recent months there has been an improvement in relations between Pakistan and Bangladesh. A couple of months ago, Prime Minister Imran Khan...