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Towards better borders

Unregulated border management appears to be one of the emerging challenges threatening relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan. In an environment of heightened security concerns, the issue of coordinated border management…

Refugees and art

Walking the streets of Palermo, Sicily, it is immediately obvious why this Italian island should be hosting its second festival of migrant literature this year. The festival, on the Mediterranean…

Branding Refugees

Branding refugees

Weeks ago, 12-year-olds at a school on the south coast of England, walked into an English lesson to find a large image of a street in which all the houses…

Fine-feathered Foes

Fine-feathered foes

No two nations in the world are as proud of their armed forces as Pakistan and India. These armies are more than swords; they are sceptres of national sovereignty. Wars…

The right to rule

AMONG the first things senior military commanders are taught is never to fight on two fronts. Hitler and his Nazis learned this the hard way by attacking the Soviet Union…

Simmering And Rising Tensions

Simmering and rising tensions

The recent near collision between a Russian destroyer and the American guided missile cruiser, USS Chancellorsville, this past Friday in the Philippine Sea should be a cause of concern for…

Shooting Wars

Shooting wars

Last week, Steve Bannon, the ‘eminence gris’ in the Trump White House, blithely observed that the US will soon be in a “shooting war” in the Middle East. He may…