• PLIGHT OF MYANMAR’S ROHINGYA: MILITANT ISLAM’S NEXT RALLYING CALL?0

    Calls for jihad in defence of the Muslim minority prompt fears of a second front against Islamic State-linked fighters in Southeast Asia, and – for Arab leaders – concerns the issue will re-energise militants and opposition groups alike BY JAMES M. DORSEY 9 SEP 2017 Protests condemning Myanmar’s violence against the Rohingya are stirring deep-seated

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  • The U.S.-Pakistan Relationship Is on Life Support0

    There is genuine anger and apprehension. Michael Kugelman   In the days since President Trump came down hard on Pakistan in his speech outlining America’s new Afghanistan strategy, the reaction in Islamabad—and elsewhere across the country—has been predictably angry and defiant. Pakistan’s National Security Committee, a group of top government and military officials, rejected Trump’s

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  • India needs to take a humane view of Rohingya issue0

    By Bawa Singh Given its rich mineral resources, historical and civilizational ties and strategic location, sharing maritime and land borders, Myanmar holds a pivotal position in India’s Act East Policy. However, Rohingya refugees (from Myanmar) have become a serious security concern not only for Myanmar, India and Bangladesh but for the entire region. Indian Prime

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  • Trump’s new strategy for Afghanistan and South Asia: What does it mean to India?1

    By Dr. Shanthie Mariet D’Souza 06/09/2017 “America’s enemies must never know our plans or believe they can wait us out. I will not say when we are going to attack, but attack we will.” These words, part of Donald Trump’s strategy for Afghanistan and South Asia announced on August 21, were intended to highlight the novelty

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  • MYANMAR MILITARY’S ADDICTION TO POLITICAL POWER0

    – F R Chowdhury Myanmar (previously known as Burma) is a vast country of 676,550 sq. km. or 261,217 sq. Miles on the north-east coast of Bay of Bengal. It is between Bangladesh and Thailand though it has also long shared a border with India and China. Its population is only about 49 million. The

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  • From Doklam To Tibet0

    September 6, 2017 By SAAG By Dr. Parasaran Rangarajan* As the Doklam standoff ended last week, observers were left wondering what the legal circumstances of the situation is, including the international legal status of Tibet. Even the large online Wikipedia encyclopedia added a section titled “Tibetan sovereignty debate” which was last edited on August 27,

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  • Maldives: Whither ‘international community’?0

      N Sathiya Moorthy, 1 September 2017 With politics in the country dead-locked, the questions in the lips and minds of every Maldivian are these: Where is the so-called ‘international community’? What is its intention? What is its capability in a given context? And have they ever matched their intention and capabilities, fair or unfair, to

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