The Neighbourhood/World
Apologizing to Japan - Paul Krugman, NYT
For almost two decades, Japan has been held up as a cautionary tale, an object lesson on how not to run an advanced economy. After all, the island nation is the rising superpower that stumbled. One day, it seemed, it was on the road to high-tech domination of the world economy; the next it was suffering from seemingly endless stagnation and deflation.
Pakistan: Hope from history - Sakib Sherani, Asian Age
For those younger Pakistanis born in the 1990s and later, the country’s growing dysfunctionality and its slipping further behind in the global comity of nations across a wide front, has seemed to be the only reality they have grown up with. Sombre and immutable. However, this was not always the case. Nor is it destined to continue.
Ethnic divisions threaten the stability of Pakistan's democracy - Mehr F Husain, Mail Today
Pakistan is no stranger to a range of factors that work individually or collectively to stunt the growth of democracy or prevent it from taking root altogether. These include religious militancy, provincial insurgency, terrorism, praetorianism, linguistic preference and dharnas questioning a government's legitimacy.
Fight against ISIS is Turkey’s litmus test - Bezen Balamir Coskun, Pioneer
Just a couple of years ago, Turkey was enjoying its reputation as being the rising star of West Asia. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyib Erdogan was very popular on the Arab streets, including in Syria. After a long period of putting its relations with West Asia on hold, the Justice and Development Party Government has changed the course of Ankara’s relations with the Muslim world. 2008-2010 were the heyday of Turkey in West Asia.
The rise of an Iranian troubleshooter - David Ignatius, Washington Post
An intriguing new figure is gaining prominence in the Iranian government just as regional conflicts in Iraq and Syria intensify and nuclear talks with the West move toward a November 24 deadline.
An outrageous penalty - Hindu
The death sentence imposed on five Indian fishermen by a Sri Lankan court for drug trafficking has added an unfortunate dimension to relations between the two countries. The issue has roiled Tamil Nadu, where it is being seen as one more atrocity by Sri Lanka against the State’s fishing community. 
US could not even commit a $1 billion loan guarantee when Modi came: Kerry - IE
The US is not sufficiently committing the resources it should contribute to the world, Secretary of State John Kerry said today as he cited Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the country wherein it could not even commit a USD 1 billion loan guarantee.
The Mesopotamia mess - Chinmaya R Gharekhan, Indian Express
Most of the chaos and turmoil in West Asia today can be traced to events during and after World War I. But the different Arab states created out of the Ottoman Empire with artificial boundaries have by now acquired well-established identities and their peoples have developed a sense of nationhood and nationalism strong enough for them to be ready to defend their countries’ sovereignty and territorial integrity.
China: Reining in a ‘rogue’ Army - PK Ghosh, Pioneer
The actions or adventures of China's People's Liberation Army just before the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to India had grabbed headlines in India, China and many other countries. The intrusion into the Indian territory in the Ladakh region badly affected Mr Xi's much anticipated and hyped visit. But, why did the PLA do it? Was it done with the knowledge of the President himself?
Getting the basics right on India-Pakistan ties - G Parthasarathy, Pioneer
Just over a year ago, Mr Nawaz Sharif was swept back to power, prompting expectations that he would tackle the country’s security and economic crises, and improve relations with India. But, one year is an eternity in the politics of Pakistan! The United States is refusing to pledge additional aid beyond what was promised earlier under the Kerry-Lugar Legislation.
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