Anindita writes how the surging poppy cultivation and opium production has got embedded in the socio-economic structure of Afghanistan, and how it creates multiple challenges for the country . Opium economy is is not just fuelling the Taliban Insurgency but has also become the backbone of the rural economy.
Brig Narender writes, The US has given China a reason to build anti US trade alliance that may include Russia, some members of EU, ASEAN nations and Iran. Is it that Trump has given a platform to China to build a transregional trade alliance? Giving an adversary a chance to build an alliance is a bad strategy.