The 2014 Aspen Security Forum brought together top military brass, intelligence officials, and ambassadors to discuss hot button issues in international affairs, and possible solutions for more peaceful relations between nations. Below are highlights from these conversations.
A new government has taken office in India a couple of months ago, a government that was voted in to majority on the backs of a coalescence of Hindu support, the first ever instance in the country's history.
For the first time in my life, I got an opportunity to spend Ramadan outside my home country, the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. The mantra of an "Islamic" state of Pakistan is continuously blared on every other media one comes across. But, is real Islam being practiced?
It has yet to be determined whether Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's decision to invite Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to his swearing-in ceremony will translate into substantive improvement in Pakistan-India relations. This will be dictated primarily by two factors: the mutual interests and actions of both actors and the state of security within Pakistan.
Bahrain finds itself in an increasingly untenable position. If it misplays its hand, or events in the region outpace the government's ability to manage domestic politics, the Bahraini government could find itself facing a dire crisis in the near future.
The political elite of Pakistan are divided over the prosecution of General Musharraf. While a listless prosecution is moving at a snail pace, some prominent politicians are speaking against the wisdom of prosecution.
Women for Afghan Women is fighting an uphill battle. Last year, violence against Afghan women increased 28%. But WAW's work is critical, and betters not only the safety and health of women in both the States and Afghanistan, but assists them - one at a time - often in seemingly small but very important ways.
The building of new, immensely costly, nuclear-armed submarines by the U.S. government and others may soon raise the level of earlier anxiety to a nuclear nightmare.
More than once, my research as a journalist led me to the most infamous red light district in Pakistan. Heera Mandi, in Lahore, has since the time of Mughals housed courtesans, dancers and commercial sex workers. But time has been unkind to the people here.
World Environment Day is in June, so it seemed fitting to post this article in June. Then, I got to thinking, every day should be a day where we are working to make sustainable changes for our environment.
Criminal networks are robbing from our past to fund their terrorist activities, intimidate and undermine already struggling countries. This global crisis requires a global solution, and the United States is well-positioned to lead this charge.
A nation facing existential problems needs silence, not agitation; patience, not protest; cool-headed hard work, not emotional eruptions. A boring democracy has no use for rebels.
While the future of the CIA drone campaign in Pakistan is uncertain, the terrorists have been given advance notice that the drones are once again hunting them.
Peshawar, in the North-Western Khyber region on the edge of the country's tribal areas, has been dubbed the "terror capital" of Pakistan for good reason.
At that moment, little did I know that in my part of the world too, history was being written. Local news channels were blaring with "breaking news" tickers. No, this time around news did not deal with the money laundering case.
A closer examination of Singh's record reveals a combination of both profound failure and accomplishment. Far from being settled, Singh's legacy is likely to remain the subject of vigorous debate for years to come.