The global fight against money laundering and financial crime continues unabated, albeit in different and often surprising forms and locations, as three disparate recent events have indicated. And cash, in the form of high-denomination bank notes, is being targeted.
Tensions are rising again between India and Pakistan over violent attacks in Jammu and Kashmir. India and Pakistan have differing views on the role of international mediation in resolving this conflict. But foreign involvement remains essential, and China–US cooperation may be a way forward.
A new Request for Information, a standard business process for collecting written information about the capabilities of various suppliers, has been issued by the Indian Air Force. It will whet the appetite of many foreign producers, although only a few stand any chance of winning the future contract.
The Brexit vote has created an urgent need for the United Kingdom to redefine its global identity if it is to remain a leading player in international affairs. Re- assessing relationships with Asia and Africa might be a good place to start.
As British troops depart Afghanistan, increasing production of opium and heroin in the country remains a cause for concern. There is a clear need for the British government to continue funding counter-narcotics programmes, and work with regional partners, including Iran.
Former President Pervez Musharraf is now in custody as a result of a fateful decision to sack judges in 2007. His arrest is unprecedented as the Pakistani military refrains from intervening in a case which will see a military ruler indicted for the first time.
The Afghan National Army is seen by many policy-makers as the only viable 'exit strategy' for NATO forces. While NATO has made significant progress in developing it as a professional armed force, the army has major hurdles ahead before it attains full control in 2015.
India's defence markets become ever more lucrative as the country propels itself to superpower status. However, if India wishes to use offsets to create a strong indigenous defence industry, it needs to foster a transparent and streamlined regulatory environment.