The World’s Most Dangerous Arms Race Is Escalating—Rapidly

Pakistan conducts first successful flight-test of new nuclear-capable Ababeel medium-range ballistic missile / Twitter video screenshot

The world’s most dangerous arms race is not to be found in Moscow and Washington, or in East Asia, where tensions are high on the Korean Peninsula and a showdown looms in the Western Pacific between Beijing and the United States. Nor is it to be found in the Middle East, a region in turmoil where two powers–Iran and Saudi Arabia–are engaged in proxy warfare in several hotspots. No, the answer lies in South Asia, and the ongoing rivalry between India and Pakistan.

Why You Should Be Concerned About ISIS in Pakistan

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ISIS evidently has a presence in Pakistan–and one significant enough that established regional terror groups are willing to work with it. Here’s the greatest threat that an ISIS presence in Pakistan poses, and it’s one that policymakers should plan for now: the potential escalations that could follow a major terrorist attack on India, Pakistan’s arch-foe. The aftermath of such an assault could have global consequences if both countries are not careful.

Indian ‘Solar Village’ a Total Failure

A worker labors on a solar panel in India / AP

A village in India that western environmental groups hoped would provide a model for green energy in the third world is now powered by coal-fired electricity after the total failure of its solar-powered “microgrid,” E&E News reports.

Russia Plans Army Training Exercises With China, India

Vladimir Putin

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Russian land forces will join troops from China, India, Mongolia and Belarus in a series of joint military training exercises during the second half of this year, President Vladimir Putin’s office said on Wednesday.

Moscow’s Declining Arms Exports

Vladimir Putin and Sergei Chemezov  / AP

Kiev—Sanctions imposed on Russia after its invasion and occupation of both the Crimea and eastern Ukraine have had a negative impact on Russia’s defense industry, cutting off the supply of many important manufacturing components and leaving Moscow’s arms makers ready to consider fulfilling contracts for Iran.