Imperfect Democracies

Imperfect Democracies

I began writing my column for India Currents at the time of the Kargil crisis of 1999. America, India, and their partnership have undergone profound changes since then. America and India have each enjoyed some important national successes and some grand failures. In...
Obama Got Osama

Obama Got Osama

The Abbotabad raid was an act of profound symbolic importance. Its immediate material impact on terrorism is not much. But its symbolic impact will have material consequences in time. The greatest impact will not be in Pakistan or in the Muslim world. The greatest...
Comparing Pakistan and Egypt

Comparing Pakistan and Egypt

Pakistan continues to manage America successfully, from the Pakistan army’s perspective. Pakistan’s arrest of the American consular employee, Raymond Davis—possibly a pseudonym—is the latest instance of that country successfully defying America’s will. A windfall for...
President Obama’s India Visit

President Obama’s India Visit

President Obama’s visit to India came at a time of fundamental change in world politics. China is rising. India is also rising, but perhaps not as much. America is descending, but from a very high place. Many Asian countries have suddenly begun clinging to America...
Poverty In India

Poverty In India

Indian economic growth has been accelerating steadily over the last few decades and may well exceed ten percent per annum in the near future. Yet India as a whole is still quite poor, and the poorest Indians are among the world’s poorest. The average Indian’s income...