• Trump gets counterterrorism strategy right on Afghanistan0

    By Michael Kugelman © Getty Images President Trump’s new Afghanistan strategy has attracted ample criticism, and a major complaint is its lack of new ideas. It’s true that in its focus on ramping up the fight against the Taliban, redoubling support for the Afghan government and getting Pakistan to eliminate Taliban sanctuaries on its soil,

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  • India: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan wins against Lavalin witch-hunt!0

    -Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on August 23 was acquitted of all charges by the Kerala High Court in the SNC-Lavalin case. Pinarayi Vijayan, a top leader of the CPM, who has been accused by the CBI of swindling Kerala of about 375 crores in the 1990s through hiring a Canadian

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  • While India, Afghanistan Hail Trump’s South Asia Strategy, Questions Remain on What It Really Means0

    By Devirupa Mitra on 22/08/2017 • Leave a Comment Indian officials have expressed their satisfaction at US President Donald Trump calling Pakistan a “safe haven” for “agents of chaos”. US President Donald Trump announces his strategy for the war in Afghanistan during an address to the nation from Fort Myer, Virginia, US, August 21, 2017. Credit:

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  • Decoding BJP’s haste to gain in Tamil Nadu0

    N Sathiya Moorthy 23 August 2017  The BJP’s national leadership seems to have convinced itself that with a weakened, post-Jaya AIADMK for company, they should be able to strike roots before long, and start by winning about 10-15 Lok Sabha seats in 2019, says N Sathiya Moorthy. In a day of high drama, two events as

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  • Trump’s New Afghanistan Strategy: Implications for India0

    August 23, 2017 By Luciane Noronha M. de Oliveira The night of August 20 was marked by Donald’s Trump much awaited speech on the USA’s new strategy for America’s longest war. Despite not talking openly about what will change in operational terms, it is important to point out a few strategic features of his plan

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  • Afghanistan is now officially James Mattis’ war0

    How will U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis handle America’s “Forever War’? Jonathan Ernst/Pool Photo via AP Simon Reich, Rutgers University Newark Donald Trump’s speech on his administration’s strategy in Afghanistan – in which he announced the introduction of an unspecified number of new combat troops, without a mission and without a specified end date, in

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  • Washington Runs Serious Risk in Coercing Islamabad0

    August 23, 2017August 23, 2017 | Daniel Markey U.S. President Donald Trump’s call for Pakistan to stop harboring terrorists, or else – outlined in a speech on U.S. strategy for Afghanistan and South Asia on Monday night – risks enflaming tensions in the region. Trump also called on Monday for more cooperation with India, and

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  • Is India sharing the Ganga’s water fairly?2

    India complies with the 1996 water-sharing treaty most of the time, but when it doesn’t Bangladesh takes a serious hit. Does this mean the countries are cooperating or not? Kimberley Thomas, August 18, 2017  Officially, India and Bangladesh share 54 rivers, but that number is currently under review. Between 10 to 16 additional rivers are

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  • Tamil polity split helping Sinhala hardliners0

    N Sathiya Moorthy, 19 August 2017  Some of the recent events and developments in the ruling four-party Tamil National Alliance (TNA) in the ethnically-sensitive Northern Province has raised more questions about Sri Lanka’s ‘national questions’ than provide any answers. If anything, they may have also provided greater confidence to ‘Sinhala hard-liners’ to think in terms of

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  • President And The Constitution0

    Sathiya MoorthyThe Sunday Leader, Colomb0, 20 August 2017 Joint Opposition Leader and constitutional expert G. L Peiris has said that Sirisena keeps talking about General Elections whenever pressure builds on the Government to face local government polls, and now provincial council elections, the former due long ago and the latter beginning next month. The chances of

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  • India: Tamil Nadu politics: Sasikala must quit AIADMK!0

    -Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal The era of confusion and uncertainty that prevailed in Tamil Nadu since the death of the then CM Jayalalithaa in Tamil Nadu seems to have receded, if not disappeared, as the two major factions of the ruling AIADMK – Amma AIADMK of E. Palanisamy and Puratchithalaivi Amma AIADMK of O. Pannerselvam

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  • Trump draws geopolitical battle lines in South Asia0

    By James M. Dorsey President Donald J. Trump has drawn battle lines in South Asia that are likely to have a ripple effect across Eurasia: a stepped-up war against the Taliban in Afghanistan, a tougher approach towards Pakistan’s selective support of militancy, and closer cooperation with India – moves that are likely to push Pakistan

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  • Food for thought: UAE ambassador’s hacked mails feed crucial policy debates0

    By James M. Dorsey The hacked email account of Yousef al-Otaiba, the influential United Arab Emirates ambassador in Washington, has provided unprecedented insight into the length to which the small Gulf state is willing to go in the pursuit of its regional ambitions. Mr. Al-Otaiba is unlikely to acknowledge the contribution the insight has made

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  • India at UN: Rise from polemics to practicalities0

    By Arul Louis India has come a long way from the theatrics of Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru’s acolyte and Defence Minister Krishna Menon giving an eight-hour-long speech on Kashmir, punctuated by a melodramatic fainting spell in 1957, and the contentious polemics of the Cold War and the anti-colonial era. Now the rhetoric is several decibels

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