Current Affairs World October 2016

The US Presidential Election: A How-to Guide

The American presidential election falls this year on November 8. The quadrennial exercise always takes place on the Tuesday following the first Monday in November, as spelled out in the US Constitution. ”

Read more October 29

Constructing International Politics By Rizwan Asghar

What is a threat? When does a threat become really threatening? And why do some threats take precedence over others in terms of being harmful to a state’s security? These questions have dominated the theoretical debates in the field of International Relations (IR) for more than half a century. ”

Read more October 25

The Great Myth About U.S. Intervention in Syria By Stephen M. Walt

As a the carnage in Syria continues with no end in sight, it is hardly surprising that many people are redoubling their efforts to get the United States to “do something.”

Read more October 25

Challenges For The New US Administration By Shahid Javed Burki

The new American president, when she or he takes office on January 20, 2017, will need to be fully aware of the various international developments that have occurred in the last decade.

Read more October 24

Why Just Counting the Dead in Syria Won’t Bring Them Justice By Patrick Ball

Nearly 18,000 people died in Syrian government prisons between March 2011 and December 2015. My colleagues and I at the Human Rights Data Analysis Group (HRDAG) calculated this estimate for Amnesty International, which published the findings on Aug. 18.

Read more October 23

U.S. Seeks to Scupper Proposed Ban on Nuclear Arms By Colum Lynch

Almost eight years after President Barack Obama pledged in a landmark speech in Prague to seek “a world without nuclear weapons,” U.S. diplomats are mounting an aggressive campaign to head off a bid by non-nuclear states to ban such atomic arms.

Read more October 23

Afghanistan: A War Without End By Humayun Shafi

The long-running war in Afghanistan tragically does not appear to be moving towards an early resolution. The informal contacts for peace talks between the Afghan government and Taliban in Doha.

Read more October 22

US Elections And Donald Trump | Editorial

As the date of the US election comes close, speculations are rife about the capability of nominee candidates for the presidency. Between the two choices, Donald Trump is being seen as the most dangerously unfit nominee in the history of the US.

Read more October 22

Are Russia and America Headed Towards a Nuclear War? By Dave Majumdar

The current tensions between Russia and the NATO Alliance are more dangerous than even the Cold War at its height in the view one former top-level uniformed Western official.

Read more October 21

Donald Trump, The Worst of America By Charles M. Blow

Donald Trump has virtually stopped trying to win this election by any conventional metric and is instead stacking logs of grievance on the funeral pyre with the great anticipation of setting it ablaze if current polls turn out to be predictive.

Read more October 17

Fight For The Alawites: Russia-Iran Rivalry Behind Syrian Civil War – Analysis By Alexis Amini

Tehran and Moscow’s disagreement over Assad’s fate following the Syrian civil war should be seen as just one flashpoint within a broader Russian-Iranian competition over the Syrian Alawite community.

Read more October 14

Joining The Nuclear Cartel By S Sadia Kazmi

Generally speaking the functional utility, efficacy and relevance of Nuclear Supplier Group, make it imperative for states to actively pursue its membership

Read more October 13

Addressing Climate Change By Shahid Javed Burki

There has been a consensus in the scientific community for several years that human activity was causing the globe to warm. Human activity had produced global warming; it will take human action to bring the situation under control.

Read more October 10

Vladimir Putin’s Outlaw State | NYTimes Editorial

President Vladimir Putin is fast turning Russia into an outlaw nation. As one of five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, his country shares a special responsibility to uphold international law.

Read more October 9

Trump: An ‘Unfit’ Candidate | Editorial

The Republican nominee in the US presidential race, Donald Trump, has managed to stir yet another controversy only five weeks before the elections.

Read more October 9

Global Inaction By Arif Azad

MIGRATION is a recognised fact of today’s globalised world, largely caused by wars, conflicts and humanitarian disasters. According to a recent UN report, 65 million people have been uprooted and displaced as a consequence of war, conflicts and persecution this year, 5m more than the previous year.

Read more October 9

America Rising: Indispensable Again in Asia By John Lee

China’s aggressive militarism, declining economy, and stagnant leadership has renewed America’s status as the welcome and indispensable force for prosperity and security in Asia.

Read more October 8

The UN — A New Secretary General | Editorial

The United Nations (UN) has chosen a new Secretary General to replace Ban Ki-moon at the beginning of next year. To the surprise of none but the disappointment of many it is a man and not a woman.

Read more October 7

Top UN Court Rejects Marshalls Nuclear Case Against Pakistan, India

The UN's highest court Wednesday threw out a bid by tiny Marshall Islands to sue Pakistan for “failing to halt the nuclear arms race”, moments after rejecting a similar case against India.

Read more October 5

The Syrian Tragedy By Talat Masood

While one of the great human tragedies is currently unfolding in Syria, the Muslim countries in particular and the world at large remain oblivious.

Read more October 5

Iran And America: Establishment Of Relations Or Peaceful Coexistence? – Analysis By Saeed Davar

How relations between Iran and the United States can be changed? This has been among the most important questions with regard to Iran and the United States during about 40 past years.

Read more October 4

India's Admission Into The NSG Would Be Catastrophic For South Asian Security By Beenish Altaf

There is a possibility of a special Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) plenary session in the coming months spotlighting the membership issue of the non-NPT states.

Read more October 4

The US and the State of World Politics By Shahid Javed Burki

The “end of history” celebration by Francis Fukuyama in his best-selling book of that title turned out to be premature. The collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 and the end of European Communism did not mean that the world was going to opt for liberal democracy as the ideal form of governance.

Read more October 3