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Indian soldiers examine the debris after an explosion in Lethpora in south Kashmir's Pulwama district February 14, 2019. Younis Khaliq/Reuters

A Lesson From the Kashmir Bombing: America Needs to Get Tougher on Pakistan

On February 14, a terrorist drove a car filled with explosives into a paramilitary convoy in Pulwama, Jammu and Kashmir. A Pakistan-based terrorist group, Jaish-e-Muhammad, claimed responsibility shortly after the attack. The death toll of Indian soldiers has now exceeded forty, more than twice the number of fatalities in the September 2016 Uri attack, which resulted in India’s “surgical strikes” in response. So Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who faces national elections within weeks, is under enormous domestic pressure to respond strongly. Read More

February 8, 2019

Southeast Asia
Thailand’s Election Season Gets Even Wilder

In the run-up to Thailand’s elections on March 24, Thailand’s ruling junta initially seemed to have set the stage for the military and its allies to maintain power, one way or another, over the country. They would do so by ensuring, via the new junta-backed constitution, that no one party or coalition commanded control of the lower house of parliament, allowing pro-military parties to eventually cobble together control.

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February 7, 2019

United States
The State of the Union Speech Trump Didn’t Deliver

This was originally published on the Quint and is reposted here with permission.

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February 4, 2019

Japan
Japan-South Korea Tensions Spur the Need for Courage and Creativity

This post is co-authored with Brad Glosserman, deputy director of and visiting professor at the Tama University Center for rule making strategies and senior advisor for Pacific Forum. Scott A.

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