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Mira Patel


Mira Patel has an academic background in international affairs and has worked in research and public policy. You can follow her on Twitter @patelsmira

Who are the Taliban – Part 2: Will there be changes on the ground?
Fri, Jul 30, 2021

On the surface, several Taliban officials have indicated a willingness to moderate their position on matters such as education. But how the Taliban will govern will likely depend on the degree of resistance they face from the Afghan people.

Who are the Taliban – Part I: From hardliners to moderates, is there a generational shift?
Thu, Jul 22, 2021

As the Taliban gain ground, districts across Afghanistan are being ruled by force and fear. But for many international observers and Afghans on the ground, who the Taliban actually are remains a mystery

How a threatened fish species highlights climate racism against indigenous peoples in the US
Thu, Jul 15, 2021

Economic dependence on land, a history of discrimination, and inadequate government help make tribal populations particularly vulnerable to climate change.

Explained: What’s the story behind the 751 unmarked graves found in Canada?
Sat, Jun 26, 2021

The unmarked graves add to the plethora of data showing the atrocities committed against indigenous children by the Canadian residential school system and the callousness with which the government treated the matter of their deaths.

Bennet’s choice: Israel’s new PM has to choose between Ben Gurion and Netanyahu’s strategies
Thu, Jun 24, 2021

The Israel- Palestine conflict will determine Bennet’s legacy and be the lens through which the world judges him. He would perhaps look to the policies of Israel’s two longest serving Prime Ministers – David Ben Gurion, its first and Benjamin Netanyahu, its last.

Explained: What is the Single National Curriculum proposed for schools in Pakistan and what are its criticisms?
Thu, Jun 24, 2021

Since its proposal, the SNC has come under significant criticism for its focus on religious topics, its impact on state’s autonomy and its efficacy in improving educational standards.

Forecasts suggest that the 2021 California wildfire season could be worst one yet
Tue, Jun 22, 2021

Already this year, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) is reporting more than 16,000 acres burned across the state.

The new Atlantic Charter: Renewing a ‘special relationship’ between US and UK 
Wed, Jun 16, 2021

While the new Atlantic Charter is written for the world of today, it still speaks to commonalities between the long-time allies that may have been lost in recent decades.

In Family Man 2, three aspects that remind us of Tamil rebels
Wed, Jun 09, 2021

While never overtly mentioning the LTTE or any Tamil separatist leaders, the show makes several references to people and institutions that were part of the Tamil Eelam movement.

Explained: Why George Prescott Bush is making the headlines
Sat, Jun 05, 2021

George Prescott Bush was born into a family dynasty that rivals political heavyweights like the Kennedys and the Gandhis in India. While he would be continuing a four-generation long family legacy in politics, what actually made the headlines has been his willingness to embrace Donald Trump.

Where is Donald Trump?
Fri, Jun 04, 2021

After losing the presidential election to Joe Biden, Trump has largely disappeared, prompting a flurry of jokes on social media, reminiscent of the barrage of ‘Hillary in the woods’ memes that dominated the internet in the wake of her 2016 election loss.

Explained: Why is the world getting closer to Internet from the skies?
Thu, Jun 03, 2021

Euroconsult, a leading satellite consultancy firm, estimates that 1,250 satellites will be launched annually this decade, with 70% of them for commercial purposes.

From support to Israel, youth in America are making a generation shift to pro-Palestine thinking
Tue, May 25, 2021

For young Americans, the conflict between Israel and Palestine can be viewed through the lens of Israel’s dominant military advantage, shifts in domestic American politics and liberal college ecosystems.

A complex history and layered present: What determines India’s response to military rule in Myanmar
Thu, May 20, 2021

Myanmar is the gateway to Southeast Asia and as such, a vital trade partner for India and the only neighbour with which India shares both a land and sea border. It is also an important ally in combating extremism and insurgency.

Explained: The possibility of a second Scottish independence referendum and its implications
Fri, May 07, 2021

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, who leads the pro-independence Scottish National Party (SNP,) has described this election as the most important in her country’s history.

Behind Biden’s move to recognise the Armenian genocide, a century of rejection
Sun, Jul 18, 2021

Thus far only 30 nations including Brazil, Canada, Lebanon, Cyprus and Syria have acknowledged the genocide publicly.

With US withdrawal from Afghanistan, fears of another ‘Great Game’ sequel
Thu, Apr 22, 2021

Due to its geographical positioning and influence on regional stability, the political future of Afghanistan will be of considerable significance to several nations with competing sets of interests as well as to pan-Asian relations as a whole.

From Smallpox to Covid-19: The history of vaccine passports and how it impacts international relations
Fri, Jun 04, 2021

Regarding vaccine passports, the World Health Organisation (WHO) raised concerns surrounding the operational, ethical and diplomatic consequences of allowing certain individuals to avail of privileges that others face hurdles to access.

Explained: Small and rich States dominate list of worst hit by Covid-19
Sat, Apr 03, 2021

A number of systemic factors are common amongst the nations with the worst records in tackling the pandemic, primarily inadequate healthcare systems and inconsistent government strategies.