While the public outcry and spontaneous acts of solidarity toward refugees in Europe appear very moving, the hard work lies in ensuring that refugees have access to education and vocational skills training, because this is in the best interests of everyone.
The Pakistan military's deepening involvement in state affairs and public expectations could lead to a slippery path.
The way Islam and American Muslims have been treated in the current U.S. presidential race is deeply disturbing. Opinions nurtured and policies formulated in the run-up to the election just over a year from now are bound to have a far-reaching impact both within the United States and across the world.
Gender ministries tend to be underfunded and lack the influence and weight of larger and stronger ministries, such as foreign affairs or treasury functions. This is where we intend to learn from history -- and change it.
Chinese mainland leader Xi Jinping's state visit to the United States will be high powered, high profile and of high intensity -- Internet and big business events in Seattle, a formal summit in Washington and activities honoring the 70th anniversary of the United Nations in New York.
Hong Kong's economy "lags" behind regional rivals Singapore and Macau because Hong Kongers have failed to "de-colonize" after the 1997 British handover, according to a former senior mainland official who oversaw the territory's affairs.
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has had his way by ramming through key legislation that would permit his forces to fight overseas for the first time since World War II.
The month of August was overshadowed by news of economic woes in China. There was a meltdown in the Chinese stock market, the growth figure was a low 7 percent, way below the historical rates of above 10 percent for two decades, and China was forced to devalue its currency to jumpstart exports.
Tens of thousands heeded the call to support Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak against demands by electoral reforms group Bersih for him to step down, but Wednesday's "red shirts" rally ended up focusing on affirming Malay rights rather than Najib's leadership.
The recent case involving the rape, assault and starvation of two Nepali women -- a 28-year-old and a 48-year-old -- by a Saudi diplomat and his acquaintances in Delhi speaks volumes of the gap between our words and actions, of our commitment and the honesty with which we deliver it, of our social reality and lofty ideals.