Leapfrogging into the light

Financial Times | 27 March, 2017 Solar systems help Rwanda government switch from provider to regulator of electricity by Imaduddin Ahmed Mobile phones were the “leapfrog” infrastructure of the last decade. They allowed governments and companies in developing countries to skip installing landline systems underground. Off-grid solar home systems are proving to be the leapfrog…

What’s in a name?

Pakistan Today | 20 March, 2017 BY IMADUDDIN AHMED “India” should be a shared nomenclature between the Republic of India and Pakistan   Disputes over the Indus waters divide the Republic of India and Pakistan. There is talk of talks in Lahore this month between the countries’ representatives. Recognising shared historical identity stemming from the…

Crowd-sourcing an apology to Bangladesh

Pakistan Today | Dec 9, 2015 By Imaduddin Ahmed   In 44 years, the state of Pakistan has failed to make an official apology for the war crimes committed by its armed forces against the people of Bangladesh in 1971. With the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ recent denial of atrocities, it is unlikely one is…

What Obama’s re-election means for the world

The Lost Pakistani | GQ India The world is going to be a better place because Mitt Romney has not been elected the United States’ 45th president, despite President Barack Obama’s shortcomings. Obama’s first term left plenty to be desired. The rule-of-law presidential candidate of 2008 failed to shut down Guantanamo Bay, ordered the extra-judicial…

China’s economic rise will not make it the dominant political power

Given its domestic market size, resources and untapped potential for leverage, China, according to Goldman Sachs’ projected rates of growth, is set to become the largest state economy by 2030.[1] The other BRIC economies, meanwhile, are projected to an aggregate economy worth half of the USA’s by that time, which will be relegated to the second largest economy….

America’s face to Muslims

Fletcher Features Farah Pandith, F95, sworn into the position of US Department of State Special Representative to Muslim Communities by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Imaduddin Ahmed | June 18, 2010 Tufts University Fletcher School graduate Farah Pandith spearheads US President Barack Obama’s initiative to launch a ‘new beginning’ with Muslim communities “I have come…

Foreign direct investment into Latin America

Recommended reading by Professor of International Economics Krohn, with a summary by Erika Tabacniks and me below. Daniel Chudnovsky and Andres Lopez, ‘Foreign Direct Investment and Development: the Mercosur Experience,’ CEPAL Review #92, August 2007. http://www.eclac.org/publicaciones/xml/0/31920/ChudnovskyLopez.pdf Ruth Rios-Morales y David O’Donovan, Can the Latin American and Caribbean countries emulate the Irish model of FDI attraction? CEPAL Review #88, April 2006….

What happened at Copenhagen and why China didn’t cooperate

The Friday Times (Pakistan) Imaduddin Ahmed | Jan 8, 2010 With China projected by Goldman Sachs to overtake the US as the largest economy by 2030, the way for the US to remain the most dominant force in global politics will be by having China sign itself into US-led global governance structures The generally accepted…