Dr. Imran Khalid

Journalism and the Threat of Neo-Populism

cc Palácio do Planalto, modified, https://www.flickr.com/photos/palaciodoplanalto/51222048510

Populist disdain for the journalist profession is the rule, not the exception; and if it continues unchecked it represents an existential threat to democracy.

Brazil’s Bolsonaro-Lula Duel Enters Endgame

cc PT - Partido dos Trabalhadores, flickr, modified, https://www.flickr.com/photos/partidodostrabalhadores/34251134475

Upcoming presidential elections will be an important test for Brazil’s fledgling democracy.

Zawahiri Killing: A New Twist in Afghanistan

Osama bin Laden sits with his adviser and purported successor Ayman al-Zawahiri during an interview in Afghanistan, Barack Obama; Hamid Mir, modified, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Hamid_Mir_interviewing_Osama_bin_Laden_and_Ayman_al-Zawahiri_2001.jpg

The recent Zawahiri killing highlights how hard it is for Washington to completely quit the region.

India’s Challenge to Belt and Road in Asia

Chabahar Port, cc Beluchistan, modified, https://www.flickr.com/photos/drymountains/5646023308

Though New Delhi can’t match Beijing dollar-for-dollar, the Indian foreign policy establishment is doing everything it can to ensure that Belt and Road does not go unchallenged in Central and Southeast Asia.

Can Sri Lanka Be Stabilized over the Short-Term?

cc Vikalpa, modified, wikicommons, Sri Lanka civil society protest in 2014; https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?sort=last_edit_desc&search=sri+lanka+protest+filetype%3Abitmap&title=Special%3ASearch&profile=advanced&fulltext=1&advancedSearch-current=%7B%22fields%22%3A%7B%22filetype%22%3A%22bitmap%22%7D%7D&ns0=1&ns6=1&ns14=1#/media/File:CPA_IMG_0658_(14676396095).jpg

A new president brings a fresh start, but given the numerous economic problems facing the island nation, no one should be expecting a long honeymoon period.

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