• High Expectations as China’s Xi Lands in Nepal0

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    • October 14, 2019

    The first Chinese leader to visit Nepal since 1996, Xi’s trip carries with it high expectations and geopolitical undertones. Peter Gill, October 13, 2019 SHARE Facebook Twitter Over the past week, Kathmandu’s streets have been transformed. Potholes have been fixed and whole roads repaved. An empty, trash-strewn lot was turned into a public park overnight. Streetlamps were

  • The Walls Close in on Modi as India’s Bureaucrats Quit in Protest0

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    • October 14, 2019

    By Pallabi Munsi 13 October 2019 Why you should care The unprecedented wave of resignations in the U.S. State Department under Donald Trump is now spreading to the bureaucracy in Modi’s India.  Just last year, Kannan Gopinathan was the toast of India’s civil services, after his efforts at rebuilding a broken dam in the flood-ravaged state

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  • Dalit women stuck at bottom of India’s social ladder0

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    • October 14, 2019

    Dalit women stuck at bottom of India’s social ladder Symposium told that constitutional and legal provisions have done nothing to prevent discrimination Bijay Kumar Minj, New Delhi India October 11, 2019 Dalit women continue to face violence and discrimination in India even though they have been given constitutional rights. Church leaders and activists heard at

  • Iranian Tanker Explodes Off Saudi Coast0

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    • October 13, 2019

    October 11, 2019 by Reuters By Parisa Hafezi and Sylvia Westall DUBAI, Oct 11 (Reuters) – An Iranian-owned oil tanker was struck, probably by missiles, in the Red Sea off Saudi Arabia’s coast on Friday, Iranian media said, an incident that if confirmed will stoke tension in a region rattled by attacks on tankers and oil sites

  • As India’s Modi and China’s Xi head into summit, Tibetans are detained0

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    • October 13, 2019

    11 Oct 2019 MAMALLAPURAM, India: Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi are expected to agree new security measures along their unsettled border during a summit on Friday (Oct 11), officials said, in an effort to smooth ties ruffled by differences over Kashmir. The two are meeting in a seaside resort

  • Sheikh Hasina’s Delhi gestures: The ball is in India’s court0

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    • October 13, 2019

    It is not the duty of Bangladesh to convince or pressurize the Chief Minister of West Bengal to make her understand diplomatic and regional realities; rather it is the duty of the Indian government,  writes Swadesh Roy for South Asia Monitor By Swadesh Roy OCT 9, 2019 We can dissect Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s


  • The Game-changing Fallibility of BMD Systems – Lessons from the Middle East and South Asia0

    by Waqas Jan 14 October 2019 As the Middle East’s major powers recalculate their defence and foreign policies following last month’s missile strikes on Saudi oilfields, there have emerged some telling lessons with regard to the changing nature of modern warfare. While these lessons are perhaps painfully obvious to the likes of Saudi Arabia who

  • Decoding War and Oral Culture of Afghanistan0

    By Krishna Sharma* 14 October 2019 Had President Trump kept his original schedule to meet with the Taliban at Camp David early September and encouraged his hostile guests for the lasting peace process in Afghanistan, life of ordinary Afghans would have started changing for good by now, at the least with ceasefire in place. Sadly,

  • Landing in Riyadh: Geopolitics work in Putin’s favour0

    By James M. Dorsey 13 October 2019 A podcast version of this story is available on Soundcloud, Itunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, Spreaker, Pocket Casts, Tumblr, Patreon, Podbean and Castbox. When Russian President Vladimir Putin lands in Riyadh this week for the second time in 12 years, his call for endorsement of his proposal to replace

  • Whither the BNP? Let’s Still Identify with It0

    by Q M Jalal Khan 12 October 2019 “To be, or not to be, that is the question.” That is how the 30-yr old Prince Hamlet of Denmark is deeply and frightfully pondering over whether to continue to live a safe and long life (possibly a love and family life too) and thereby passively tolerate

  • Walking the tight rope: India’s Diplomatic Strategy in the Middle East0

    Walking the tight rope: India’s Diplomatic Strategy in the Middle East By Prannv Dhawan 11 October 2019 India’s diplomatic corps have been resolutely articulating India’s stances and furthering its interests in the international fora where multiple challenges emanating from historical and contemporary contexts are being faced. One important factor which India’s astute foreign policy makers

  • Trump has no option but to resume Afghan peace talks soon0

    by Yead Mirza 12 October 2019 In early-September, the US President Donald Trump called-off the peace negotiations with the Taliban after they had carried-out a suicide car bomb attack that took several lives in Kabul, including a US soldier. The decision to call-off the negotiations came at a time when some sort of agreement was about to

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  • India and China must deepen their relations to sustain the vision of the Asian Century

    Dr. Manoj Kumar Mishra, 12 October 2019 While the second informal meeting between India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping takes place at Mamallapuram, in the Indian city of Chennai after the two leaders met last time in China’s Wuhan in April last year, some attempts need to be considered in order

  • India-Pak Nuclear War Would Kick Off Catastrophic Scenarios

    By Abdus Sattar Ghazali * 10 October 2019 IDN FREMONT, California, USA (IDN) – Amid rising tension over Kashmir between the two nuclear neighbors, India and Pakistan, a new U.S. study examines how such an hypothetical future nuclear conflict would have consequences that could ripple across the globe. [Read also New Study Warns of Devastating

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