Set to the backdrop of continuing violence, growing narcotics production and fear about the future following the pullout of international forces, the recent round of Afghanistan's presidential elections have become all the more crucial to produce a climate of needed stability in a land that knows only chaos.
In a bid to prevent history from repeating, an interim charter will likely incorporate a provision that empowers the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) to have control over an interim government, especially when it comes to issues that affect national security.
Among many factors, the Pakistani state's protracted apathy and inaction on the issue of security has provided non-state actors the space to grow and expand their influence.
Three and a half years ago, the world was riveted by massive crowds of youths mobilizing in Cairo's Tahrir Square to demand an end to Egypt's dreary police state. We watched transfixed as a movement first ignited in Tunisia spread from one part of Egypt to another, and then from country to country across the region. Before it was over, four presidents-for-life had been toppled and the region's remaining dictators were unsettled.
Reform and reconciliation are often mentioned in the same sentence. That's most likely because a lot of people believe, or hope, that the two things can go hand in hand, or at least one can lead to the other.
Four years ago, China was crowned the world'ssecond largest economy, having overtaken Japan. Three months ago, the World Bank said that in purchasing power parity terms, China would become number one this year, surpassing the United States.
The dispute over the use of the word “Allah” by non-Muslims first erupted in 2008 when the home ministry banned the Herald, the Roman Catholic Church in Malaysia's weekly newspaper from using it in its Malay-language section.
Recently, tensions have risen significantly in Northeast Asia as a rivalry between the United States and Japan on one side and China and Russia on the other takes shape.
The latest move by the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) to micro-manage traditional and new media after the May 22 power seizure could seriously tarnish or even paralyze the NCPO's public diplomacy within Thailand and abroad.
Earlier this month, King Juan Carlos of Spain abdicated his throne after reigning for four decades. His abdication was, among others, a measure to save the Spanish crown from its plummeting popularity among the Spanish populace.