International Crisis Group

  • South Asia is one of the world’s nuclear hotspots. Pakistan posesses the one of the world’s fastest growing nuclear arsenals and is politically unstable. India, also armed with nuclear weapons, has been to war with Pakistan three times in the last three decades. And Afghanistan, plagued by war and terrorism, threatens to destabilize the region.

    December 21, 2011 - By admin
  • News of the downed SEAL chopper in Afghanistan earlier this month overshadowed a historic positive development for the region. On Aug 12, Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zardari announced the first reforms to the archaic Frontier Crimes Regulation (FCR). These laws, imposed by the British in the 1800s, govern the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and trump state jurisdiction. Although some say that the reforms don’t go far enough, the changes are likely to have positive consequences for crisis stability along the border region as citizens of the region gain greater access to political rights.

    August 31, 2011 - By Anonymous