Due to the ever-increasing globalization, the role of the media has become that of paramount importance. The journalists are bravely reporting from conflict zones to let the world know about heart-rending stories and ground realities in Syria, Iraq, Nigeria, Afghanistan and Crimea. It is the media that provides the distressing stories of innocent refugees sinking into the deep Mediterranean Sea. The media has repeatedly informed the world about the abduction of girls by Nigerian terrorist group, Boko Haram, so that the United Nations would take required measures; it has warned of a war due to the imminent water crisis in South Asia and shown the world the shocking atrocities committed by terrorist groups such as Daesh, TTP and Al-Qaeda. After considering these, The Asia Watch has been officially launched to make a similar effort to cover important news of Asia and provide objective, unbiased, impartial and logical analyses.
As far as the scope of TAW, the articles of the magazine will deal with questions of Asian (the Far East Asia, South Asia, Central Asia and the Middle East) interest. They will cover a broad range of subjects such as political, historical, economic and security. Why Asia? The twenty-first century has been regarded as the century of Asia where new powers are emerging by bringing about marvelous opportunities and mounting challenges for the world. In the Far East Asia, due to the assertiveness of some rising powers, a situation of Cold War has been created. The potential territorial disputes in the South East China Sea and South West China Sea would trigger off ominous conflicts in future, thus instigating more challenges to the anarchic world system. North Korea, with poorly-handled nuclear bombs, is like a dormant volcano that could erupt any time in future, thereby engulfing the whole region.
South Asia is no different; the simmering mistrust, divergences, arms race both conventional and non-conventional between Pakistan and India and India and China will continue to haunt these nations in the foreseeable future. War-torn Afghanistan would also continue to be the main incubator of terrorism, militancy and drug trade. Apart from these challenges and crises, new beginnings such as China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) will create increasing economic opportunities for the developing nations in Asia. In Central Asia, the New Great Game of oil and gas pipelines would create turns and twists in international affairs in the coming years. In the Middle East, popular uprisings, militancy, arms race after Iran nuclear deal, changes of traditional boundaries and Israeli imperialism will continue to be the ominous challenges to the regional stability and world’s security. The Asia Watch will strive to exercise maximum objectivity while covering and analysing the above-mentioned issues.
In pursuance of its ideals, TAW will not dedicate itself to the support of any one cause, however worthy. Like an impartial and bipartisan publication, it will tolerate wide divergences of views and opinions. What is demanded from them is that they shall be competent and well informed, representing frank opinions seriously held and persuasively expressed. Opinions which are so designed as to criticize and malign a person or a government or an organization for political and sectional interests will find no space in TAW.
Above all, TAW magazine will highly encourage young, dynamic and creative youths of colleges, universities and research centers throughout Pakistan to write on diverse topics for TAW. However, it does not accept responsibility for the views expressed in any article which appears in its pages. What it does accept is the responsibility for giving them a chance to appear there. The road ahead for TAW is rocky and long enough which the editorial team accepts by considering the Chinese saying that: “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”