• The Gulf crisis: A coming out of small states0

    By James M. Dorsey Buried in the Gulf crisis are two significant developments likely to shape future international relations as well as power dynamics in the Middle East: the coming out of small states capable of punching far above their weight with Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, a driver of the crisis, battling it

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  • Defense Defined Modi’s visit to Israel: Implications for Pakistan0

    Since the establishment of diplomatic ties between India and Israel on Jan 29, 1992, No Indian Prime Minister visited Israel in these 25 years. Since then both emphasized on the need of stronger economic and security relations.  Narendra Modi is the first Indian PM who broke the tradition and visited Israel on July 4, 2017.

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  • ‘India has deployed troops in a third country for the first time to challenge China’0

    ‘This is potentially escalatory, as China does not believe that India has any basis for interfering in a bilateral dispute between China and one of its neighbours.’ M Taylor Fravel, an expert on China’s border issues, weighed in on the standoff between that country and India at Dokalam over a dispute with a third country,

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  • Labor Migration: A Gender-Neutral Lens to Human Trafficking0

    July 12, 2017 By Nandita Baruah, Nischala Arjal The issue of human trafficking took center stage in the global development discourse with the release of the U.S. State Department’s annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report on June 27, 2017. The report assesses the progress made by countries worldwide to combat human trafficking and grades them

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  • In Wake of Lynching of Muslim Men, BJP’s Resolve to Empower Muslim Women Rings Hollow0

    By Flavia Agnes on 11/07/2017 With its engrained anti-Muslim agenda, the current political regime may find it problematic to hold up its image as a champion of Muslim women. The government has effectively used triple talaq as a political whip. Credit: Reuters Two issues affecting the Muslim community – which have been in the public domain

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  • In the Tri-Junction Entanglement, What Does Bhutan Want?0

    By P. Stobdan on 11/07/2017 People in Bhutan seem to think it is time to resolve the dispute with China once and for all, without pandering to Indian interests. The Tashichhoedzong in Thumpu, where the Bhutan civil government sits. Credit: Christopher J. Fynn/CC BY-SA 3.0 As the India-China standoff persists, the key question is where Bhutan

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  • Wigneswaran Fronting For Ananthi?0

    Sathiya Moorthy In  hindsight, the question now arises if the entire Northern Provincial ministers-sack drama was enacted only to bring in the controversial and even more rebellious Ananthi Sasitharan into the Government, that too over the head of the ruling TNA-ITAK’s moderate leadership? If that was not the case, still the fact remains, Ananthi is

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  • Gulf crisis: A case study for the future of international relations0

    By James M. Dorsey The five-week-old Gulf crisis raises questions about the fundaments of international relations, the definition of national security, and the ability of small states to chart an independent course that are likely to be debated long after Gulf states have buried their hatchets. The crisis that pits a Saudi-UAE-led alliance against Qatar

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  • No, Bangladesh, The Truth is Not a ‘Smear Campaign’0

    Instead of Investigating, Authorities Reject Report of Enforced Disappearances Meenakshi Ganguly South Asia Director, Human Rights Watch   Expand Relatives hold portraits of disappeared family members at an event calling for the end of enforced disappearances, killings, and abductions, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, August 30, 2014. © 2014 Zakir Hossain Chowdhury/ ZUMA Wire/Alamy Just hours after

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  • G 20 SUMMIT A PHOTO OPPORTUNITY!0

      One more G 20 summit has ended,  now in Germany, without paving way for any tangible improvement in the ground situation in the world for the better. Why protests? This G 20 summit has been marked by protests against the G 20 leadership when over 160 police officers were injured, dozens of activists hospitalized

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  • Pakistan’s Proxy Strategy Principal Cause of Mistrust for U.S.0

    July 6, 2017 | Daniel Markey Despite Pakistani claims to have taken action against all terrorist groups on its soil, U.S. government officials have continued to signal that neither anti-Afghan Taliban groups like the Haqqani Network or anti-Indian groups like Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) have been specifically targeted in any of the Pakistani military’s security operations. To

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  • Agenda of G20 Summit 2017!0

    -Dr. Abdul Ruff  7/7/2017 Amid clashes between police and protesters, the top advanced nations are known as Group of 20, or simply ‘G-20′ summit is getting underway on 7-8 July in the German port city of Hamburg with terrorism, global trade and climate change among the major issues on the agenda. From Paris Climate Accord

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  • India’s Fake News Industry & Mob Lynchings0

    In India a massive fake news industry has sprung up exercising influence over traditional discourse of politics and has a potential in becoming a security challenge like the Arab Spring if not kept in check. As the debate over mob lynching in India is raging it should be understood that such incidents would not have

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  • Partition Of India In An International Perspective0

    Anita Inder Singh July 7, 2017 The partition of British India in 1947 was one of the most cataclysmic events in world history, and the debate on it is endless. It was one of several partitions that were carried out in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East since the 18th century. Like most of

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