• Kashmir-A Colossal Challenge

    Kashmir-A Colossal Challenge0

    Common sense dictates one thing but Kashmir moves to the other direction. Researches, commission reports and articles, along with a plethora of propaganda (by media vultures), keep piling up on the human or social fallout of the K-issue. Plenty of discourses remains on the assaults  (sexual or physical) on the vulnerable, the monster of women

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  • Indo-US Joint Strategic Vision: Implications for the Indo-Pacific

    Indo-US Joint Strategic Vision: Implications for the Indo-Pacific0

    The emergence of the Indo-Pacific as a region, which is distinct from the Asia-Pacific in terms of geostrategic significance, as opposed to it being a sub-region of the Asia-Pacific, is yet to happen. The cooperation between the US and India in this region has the potential to effect this much needed transformation. The due recognition

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  • The Killing of Osama bin Laden

    The Killing of Osama bin Laden0

    It’s been four years since a group of US Navy Seals assassinated Osama bin Laden in a night raid on a high-walled compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. The killing was the high point of Obama’s first term, and a major factor in his re-election. The White House still maintains that the mission was an all-American affair, and

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  • US Rebalancing in Asia-Pacific: Indian Response and Way Ahead

    US Rebalancing in Asia-Pacific: Indian Response and Way Ahead0

    There have been major transformations in the US foreign and defense policies over the last two decades. It is a well-known fact that due to its dynamic nature, foreign policy keeps changing according to the internal and external environment. Though it is not easy to understand the intricacies of foreign policy but there are certain

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  • The Curious Courtship of Barack Obama and Narendra Modi

    The Curious Courtship of Barack Obama and Narendra Modi0

    Why have two very different leaders struck up such a close bond? Several months after U.S. President Barack Obama’s trip to India, one question still lingers: Why did he and his host, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, get along so well? The memories of this bonhomie still resonate: the bear hug, the warm body language,

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  • Locked in freedom: Machiavelli vs. La Boetie in present context

    Locked in freedom: Machiavelli vs. La Boetie in present context0

    Today, Sri Lanka is in a state of transition while there is minimum level of attempt to examine authentic political dissent factor in the Sri Lankan context and how it can change the entire society in terms of oppression against absolute power. The report issued by the United States Department of State on May 24,

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  • Prospect of a SAARC Power Grid

    Prospect of a SAARC Power Grid0

    The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) comprising India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan and Maldives began in 1985 with the objectives of promoting the quality of life and economic growth in the region, to strengthen collective self-reliance, to encourage active collaboration in economic, technical and scientific fields and increase people to people

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  • Saudi-led coalition: The causes behind Pakistan’s negative decision

    Saudi-led coalition: The causes behind Pakistan’s negative decision0

    Pakistan has politely declined Saudi Arabia’s request to join the Arab coalition fighting its current military operation to restore the deposed Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi. After days of discussion in the media and parliament, a joint session of parliament passed a resolution on April 10 saying that Pakistan “should maintain neutrality in the

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  • What could India 2020 look like?

    What could India 2020 look like?0

    Three Scenarios Over the past decade, an increasing number of Indian pundits have championed the idea that the 21st century will be the “Indian century.” This is largely based on economic projections suggesting that, in the second half of this century, India will surpass both the United States and China and become the world’s largest

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  • Democracy in Bhutan: A Critical Assessment

    Democracy in Bhutan: A Critical Assessment0

    The tiny Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan adopted democracy quite late. The country, after 100 years of absolute monarchy, was finally declared a constitutional monarchy with its first ever general election held in 2008. In the case of Bhutan democracy came from above. The fourth King is said to have willingly abdicated the throne in favor

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  • Progress through pragmatism in the Indo-Bangla relationship

    Progress through pragmatism in the Indo-Bangla relationship0

    The relationship between India and Bangladesh has long been characterised by contradiction and cooperation. Relations have tended to fluctuate depending on the attitude of the governments in the respective countries. For example, when Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) was in power in 2001-2006 the Indian side alleged that Bangladesh was harboring anti-Indian elements seen to pose

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  • Should Pakistan be granted an NSG Exemption?

    Should Pakistan be granted an NSG Exemption?0

    For some time now Pakistan has been arguing for an exemption from the 48-member Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG). At the Hague Nuclear Security Summit in 2014, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif appealed to the international support to have access to civilian nuclear technology. Pakistan contends that it must be accorded similar rights to engage in

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  • Water and Disaster Management in South Asia: Threats to Peace and Security

    Water and Disaster Management in South Asia: Threats to Peace and Security1

    The statement of the UN Security Council identifying the impacts of climate change as a threat to international peace and security is most timely. Climate change has become not only one of the greatest challenges to international peace and security, but also the greatest emerging humanitarian and development challenge of our time. There is a

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  • Revisiting Hunger in South Asia

    Revisiting Hunger in South Asia0

    Hungry Kya? (Are you Hungry?) This widespread pseudo language phrase has been floating around in electronic, print and digital media besides being projected on billboards across South Asia. The advertiser, while using this phrase along with the image of a slice of a pizza, invites the attention of a section of population to the culture

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