Is SCO Expansion a Good Thing?

Catching up on some old posting again, combination of being busy and some technical difficulties causing issues with updating. This is a piece for The Diplomat in the wake of the SCO Summit in Tashkent which passed with very little attention. Is SCO Expansion a Good Thing? “The SCO was already having difficulty crafting an […] Read more »

China–Pakistan: With Great Investment Comes Some Responsibility

Another new piece for my institute’s in-house magazine, RUSI Newsbrief, this time looking at China-Pakistan and some of the problems that China has been experiencing in trying to implement its China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project. As ever, more on this topic to come and found on the China in Central Asia site. China-Pakistan: With Great […] Read more »

Sunday surprise the second — the Laws of Nature and Nature’s God

[ by Charles Cameron — wishing you all blessings on the Fourth ] . My eye was caught today by yet another disaster — which in turn reminded me of tomorrow, the Fourth of July. It’s just one example among many: Flood hits mosque in Pakistan, dozens feared dead https://t.co/hXA1vTP8Gy — Mike Walker (@New_Narrative) July […] Read more »

In Central Asia, China’s New Silk Road stirs memories of over-reach and entanglement

This is a slightly longer freeflowing piece for an old site I used to contribute to fairly regularly called The Interpreter, the blog for a great Australian think tank called the Lowy Institute. Was based off some reflections from some recent travel I got to do to China, Pakistan and Uzbekistan. I’ve been lucky with […] Read more »

Comparative martyr photos for Ibn Siqilli

[ by Charles Cameron — Muslim and Sikh memorial photos have similar aesthetic & emotional appeal ] . I’ve long been interested in the death photos used in AQ and IS propaganda, several of which Chris Anzalone [aka Ibn Siqilli] has documented, eg: Al-Zubayr al-Sudani, as featured in the AQC-produced video series “Wind of Paradise“ […] Read more »

Can China Assert Itself in Afghanistan?

A new piece with a Chinese friend looking again at China-Afghanistan relations and trying to establish how Beijing might play a more positive role in the country. Something that looks increasingly complicated nowadays with the current chaos, but I think still remains an important project for Beijing to undertake. Much more on this topic to […] Read more »

No man’s land, one man’s real estate, everyone’s dream?

[ by Charles Cameron — borders and distinctions from Trump to Revelation, plus one ] . Donald Trump‘s “three core principles of real immigration reform”: 1. A nation without borders is not a nation. ** G Spencer-Brown wrote of his book. Laws of Form, “The theme of this book is that a universe comes into […] Read more »

Of royalty and wildlife

[ by Charles Cameron — observing with interest the slow turning of the tides ] . That was then: When King George V went to Nepal in 1911, he killed 39 tigers, 18 rhinoceroses and 4 bears. http://t.co/J462ghqHKA pic.twitter.com/qCQzsGFqOy — Anup Kaphle (@AnupKaphle) August 3, 2015 This is now: Meet the houbara bustard, an endangered […] Read more »

Two new collections from Tim Furnish, plus two

[ by Charles Cameron — a chance to have Tim Furnish’s recent writings in book form, plus a couple of recent apocalyptic issues bcoz apocalypse hasn’t gone away, oh no ] . Friend, blog friend and colleague Dr Tim Furnish recently tweeted: I have two new books coming out this fall: one on #Islam & […] Read more »

Twice Deceived: the U.S. by Pakistan’s I.S.I.

Now really, is it possible that Mullah Omar died in Pakistan’s largest city, only a few hours drive from Quetta, in Pakistan’s Baluchistan, where, it’s been suspected but never officially acknowledged, Afghanistan’s deposed Taliban rulers have been living in exile for lo! this past ten years or so, without the I.S.I. having the least hint of his demise there? Or of his initial disappearance from Quetta. Two years ago! This, too, is incredible. And knowing or strongly suspecting either, wouldn’t a trustworthy Pakistan have immediately informed the U.S., which has been hunting high and low for Mullah Omar? Read more »