Today in South Asian history: the Durand Line is drawn (1893)

The Durand Line, AKA “the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan,” is one of those legacies of colonial times that everybody’s still, unfortunately, living with today. Named after the guy who dreamed it up, British Foreign Secretary for India (at the time) Sir Mortimer Durand, it was meant to fix the border between British India and… Continue reading Today in South Asian history: the Durand Line is drawn (1893)

Today in Central/South Asian history: the Durand Line is drawn (1893)

The Durand Line, AKA “the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan,” is one of those legacies of colonial times that everybody’s still, unfortunately, living with today. Named after the guy who dreamed it up, British Foreign Secretary for India (at the time) Sir Mortimer Durand, it was meant to fix the border between British India and… Continue reading Today in Central/South Asian history: the Durand Line is drawn (1893)

Asia/Africa update: May 8-11 2017

I’m doing tonight’s mega-update in multiple parts. This one deals with news from the parts of Asia and Africa that aren’t in the Middle East. SOUTH KOREA South Korea has a new president: as expected, it’s Moon Jae-in. So…what the hell does this mean? Perhaps you’ve noticed that things around the Korean peninsula have been… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: May 8-11 2017

Today in South Asian history: the Durand Line is drawn (1893)

The Durand Line, AKA “the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan,” is one of those legacies of colonial times that everybody’s still, unfortunately, living with today. Named after the guy who dreamed it up, British Foreign Secretary for India (at the time) Sir Mortimer Durand, it was meant to fix the border between British India and… Continue reading Today in South Asian history: the Durand Line is drawn (1893)

Today in Central Asian history: the Durand Line is drawn (1893)

The Durand Line, AKA “the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan,” is one of those legacies of colonial times that everybody’s still, unfortunately, living with today. Named after the guy who dreamed it up, British Foreign Secretary for India (at the time) Sir Mortimer Durand, it was meant to fix the border between British India and… Continue reading Today in Central Asian history: the Durand Line is drawn (1893)

Badly-drawn colonial borders are still a problem

WARNING: VERY LONG At a time when the world seems to be confronted by challenges that are uniquely modern, like the threat posed by climate change* (which for my money is our greatest looming crisis), or globalized Islamic extremism, or America’s massive worldwide surveillance network, we shouldn’t lose sight of old problems that still cause… Continue reading Badly-drawn colonial borders are still a problem