• Rohingya deal aims to repatriate refugees in Bangladesh ‘within two years’0

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    • January 16, 2018

    Rohingya Muslim refugees wait for food aid at Thankhali refugee camp in Bangladesh’s Ukhia district on January 12, 2018. (AFP) AFP, YangonTuesday, 16 January 2018 Text size A A A Myanmar and Bangladesh have agreed to repatriate Rohingya displaced by an army crackdown “within two years”, Dhaka said Tuesday, outlining the first clear timeline for a return of

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  • Where will the global political hotspots be in 2018? (Spoiler alert: it’s not all about Donald Trump)0

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    • January 16, 2018

    With so many global flashpoints, and so little diplomacy, 2018 could be a turbulent year. AAP/The Conversation Tony Walker, La Trobe University Writing for Foreign Policy, Robert Malley, the newly appointed head of the International Crisis Group, makes a good point when discussing global challenges in 2018: It is not all about Donald Trump. To

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  • Sovereign wealth funds: Investment vehicles or political operators?0

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    • January 15, 2018

      By James M. Dorsey    15/1/2018 The $6.85 billion acquisition in 2006 of Peninsular & Oriental (P&O) Steam Navigation Company, a storied British shipping and logistics company, by Dubai’s state-owned DP World, one the world’s largest port management and terminal operators, sparked fears that governments could employ cash-rich sovereign wealth funds (SWFs) and state-run

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  • Trump-Pakistan Relations: Critical Days Ahead0

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    • January 15, 2018

    by Michael Kugelman   14 January 2018 Summary The future trajectory of U.S.-Pakistan relations will depend in great part on Washington’s next move — and how Islamabad responds. In the aftermath of a traumatic week for U.S.-Pakistan relations — marked by a threatening, truculent tweet by President Donald Trump and his administration’s decision to suspend nearly

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  • Rising Urban Unemployment & Farming Woes Confront India0

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    • January 15, 2018

    by Guarav Tyagi      15.1.2018 Results of the Gujarat provincial elections held in December 2017 were declared on 18th December. This province is the home base of Indian Prime Minister Narender Modi and his chief strategist, Amit Shah. Modi’s party BJP emerged as the largest party and formed the government in Gujarat however, BJP’s

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  • Trump’s Dilemma: Pakistan’s Improved Narrative is Imperative0

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    • January 15, 2018

    Ubaid Ahmed     15/1/2018 The uneasy Pak-US ties since Donald Trump’s new Afghan Policy (21st August 2017) suffered a new year set back when on Monday Trump accused Islamabad as a ‘Liar.’ This is not the first time Pakistan has been accused or blamed; subsequently, 9/11 all we got as a nation to our unyielding

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  • What Lies Behind BJP’s Eager Support for Updating NRC in Assam0

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    • January 14, 2018

    By Debarshi Das on 13/01/2018 Notwithstanding hopes in certain quarters, it is difficult to fathom what the mammoth and distressing exercise will deliver. A field-level officer re-verifying documents for upgradation of the National Register of Citizens. Credit: PTI The release of the first draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) has generated much heat

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  • Modi and Netanyahu May Get Along Great, But There Are Serious Limitations to India-Israel Relations0

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    • January 13, 2018

    By Talmiz Ahmad on 12/01/2018 The Israeli prime minister may want closer ties with India as the situation in Palestine deteriorates, but that’s not going to be easy. Prime Minister Narendra Modi with his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu. Credit: Twitter/PMO Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will commence his return visit to India on Sunday, January 14,

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  • American aid cuts to Pakistan won’t change its policy toward terrorism0

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    • January 11, 2018

    By Michael Kugelman,  01/12/18  © Getty Images On Thursday, the State Department announced a freeze on most of Washington’s security aid to Pakistan. The decision won’t torpedo the U.S.-Pakistan relationship, as a rupture in relations would more likely result from a more drastic measure, such as designating Pakistan as a state sponsor of terror. Still, a

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  • Sri Lanka’s Local Government Polls: Time To Send Signals?0

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    • January 11, 2018

    January 11, 2018 By Dr. S. I. Keethaponcalan Local Government (LG) bodies in Sri Lanka are one of the cornerstones of public administration and structure of the state. There are 341 local bodies including municipal councils, urban councils and pradeshiya sbhas (regional councils). Although local government bodies are primarily responsible for community-level operations, they provide

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  • Pakistan’s Harba Naval Cruise Missile Test and Deterrence in the Indian Ocean0

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    • January 11, 2018

    By Ahyousha Khan; January 10, 2018 The year 2017, ended with the commitment by Pakistan to acquire deterrence at all spectrums of threat. At the meeting of National Command and Control Authority, Pakistan resolved to a policy of Full Spectrum Deterrence, which is in line with the policy of Credible Minimum Deterrence. So, to validate

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  • India turns deadly for journalists0

    By Nava Thakuria     January 1, 2017 As the year 2017 bids adieu, India finds itself in an awkward position with the annual statistics of 12 journalists either murdered or killed in suspicious situations. The populous country, known as the largest democracy in the globe, thus emerges as one of the hazardous places for media

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  • Betting on the wrong horse? US and Iranian hardliners spin anti-government protests0

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    • December 30, 2017

      By James M. Dorsey In supporting recent anti-government protests in Iran, both Iranian hardliners and the US State Department may want to be careful what they wish for. Not only are the protests unlikely to spark the kind of change either of the two adversaries may be hoping for, they also are refusing to

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  • Strained Pak-US Ties: All is Not Lost0

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    • December 29, 2017

    Ubaid Ahmed      29 December 2017 Pakistan has always desired and wanted sustainable peace, stability, and prosperity in the region. For that reason, it stayed pragmatic about the peace talks and chiefly the Afghan peace process for peace in Pakistan is bound to the peace and stability in Afghanistan. In any case, amid this

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