• Sri Lanka: Leveraging The Politics Of Geography0

    By Asanga Abeyagoonasekera Rural Hambantota was once best known thanks to featuring in a book by Leonard Woolf in the early 20th century, and now, as a port shaping Sri Lankan politics. Woolf’s Village in the Jungle was the first novel in English literature to be written from an indigenous perspective rather than a coloniser’s.

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  • In Afghanistan, Keep Your Eye on the Exit0

    August 25, 2017 | Ambassador Richard Boucher The President’s announcement of his strategy for Afghanistan opens a new era for the 16-year war, yet most of the rhetoric and strategy matches that of two previous administrations. He identified broad goals such as “winning” against terrorists and building a capable Afghan government not necessarily one made

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  • The US Has Shown Its Teeth With Trump’s Afghanistan Policy, but Can It Bite?0

    By Mohammad Taqi on 23/08/2017 If implemented, the new policy will likely lead to confrontation with nuclear-armed Pakistan, but that does not mean the US should shy away from holding Islamabad’s feet to the fire. US President Donald Trump announces His Afghanistan Policy. Credit: Reuters Donald Trump, the 45th US president and the third one to preside

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  • SHOULD INDIA FIGHT AMERICA’S WAR IN AFGHANISTAN?0

    President Trump has said that he would expect greater role by India in Afghanistan, even as the USA is involved in a protracted war in Afghanistan for many years now. Many American soldiers have lost their lives in Afghanistan, even as the end of the war in Afghanistan is nowhere in sight. Obviously, Trump and

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  • 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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