• 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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  • South India: RK Nagar (Chennai) verdict against both AIADMK and DMK, an independent Dinakaran wins!0

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    • December 28, 2017

    – Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal Considering the by-poll outcome of RK Nagar in Chennai It seems Tamil Nadu politics is making a pointed departure from the usual path for several decades so far pursued by the Tamil Nadu state to give DMK or AIADMK mandate to rule, by rrejecting bothand electing an independent candidate Dinakaran

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  • Review of the Working of National Family Health Survey (NFHS) In India0

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    • December 28, 2017

      Aijaz Ahmad Turrey   National Family Health Survey (NFHS) The National Family Health Survey (NFHS) is conducted all over India, taking a representative sample of households. It is a broad survey piloted at different levels highlighting information about health for the entire country. Until now three rounds of the survey have been conducted­­ –

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  • India’s Nuclear Strategy: A Shift to Counterforce0

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    • December 28, 2017

    Asma Khalid South Asian security landscape tends to comprise of belligerence, increasing arms race, potential changes in nuclear strategies or doctrines, and absence of nuclear risk reduction measures. These factors have urged the security strategists to analyze the risks of ‘shifting strategic logic’ and ‘growing military capabilities’ of India. Recent debates on South Asian security

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  • Buying Arts to Bury Resistance0

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    • December 28, 2017

      Zaahid Mushtaq   Arts and Artists occupy a unique role in the society. Through a diversity of approaches, they explore new terrains that words alone are incapable of describing. Art can address issues, help solve problems and even help serve as a ‘public psychiatrist’ that surfaces social anxieties. People ultimately need to be reminded

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  • CPEC: Opportunity for Iran and Pakistan0

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    • December 28, 2017

    Historically, Iran and Pakistan enjoyed friendly relations, and this relationship has noticeably improved in the recent years. The two countries have been successful in harmonizing their differences over Afghanistan where they have no more to enter into contestation, given Iran’s reconciliation with the Taliban and the two countries’ common threat perceptions over the rise of

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  • Chess Tournament puts Sports Governance and Saudi Change under the Microscope0

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    • December 26, 2017

    By James M. Dorsey Saudi Arabia’s hosting of an international chess tournament focuses attention on the fundamental problem wreaking havoc in international sports governance and shines a spot light on the limitations of covert Saudi-Israeli cooperation in confronting Iran and political Islam and the Palestinians’ ability to be a game spoiler. By seducing the World

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  • Diverging Trajectories in Bangladesh: Islamic State vs al-Qaeda0

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    • December 25, 2017

      Publication: Terrorism Monitor Volume: 15 Issue: 23 By: Nathaniel Barr Bangladeshi Muslims attend the funeral of activist Xulhaz Mannan (Source: AP) Al-Qaeda and Islamic State have adopted divergent strategies in their competition for dominance in Bangladesh. Al-Qaeda has sought to build popular support by exploiting the grievances of the country’s political Islamists, and by

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  • China ‘stirring up’ anti-India discourse in neighbourhood?0

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    • December 23, 2017

    N Sathiya Moorthy, 22 December 2017 At a time when New Delhi continues to be guarded in its comments on sovereignty-centric independent decisions of its neighbours, the new extra-regional player in China, seeking a fast-tracked proactive regional role, seems wanting to provoke internal anti-India debates in individual South Asian nations. The idea is obvious: to try

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  • How Facebook’s Secret Unit Created India’s Troll Armies For Digital Propaganda To Influence Elections0

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    • December 23, 2017

    Just days after GreatGameIndia exposed how American and Japanese companies could be hacking Indian elections, a recent Bloomberg report has revealed how a secret unit of Facebook has helped create troll armies for governments around the world including India for digital propaganda to influence elections. By Shelley Kasli December 22, 2017 Share on Facebook Tweet on

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  • Trade agreement: Pakistan for FTA with Pacific South East nations0

    -Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal ______ Pakistan aims initiate negotiations with Pacific and South East Asian nations on a proposed Free Trade Agreement (FTA) to enhance multilateral trade. Japan, Indonesia, Vietnam, the Philippines in the Pacific region are among the countries in the list to start a dialogue on Preferential Trade Agreement (PTA) which will pave

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  • Verdict washes away DMK’s 2G stain0

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    • December 21, 2017

      December 21, 2017 The tough question before the DMK and its leader MK Stalin now is, what should their response be if sounded out for an alliance by the BJP for or after the next parliamentary polls, says N Sathiya Moorthy  It is celebration time for the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam in Tamil Nadu, but the

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  • China’s One Belt One Road Initiative in Nepal0

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    • December 19, 2017

    To maintain its status quo in international politics, China under the nomenclature “One Belt One Road” (OBOR) revived it age-old strategy called conspirational strategy. This strategy believed to be introduced by Admiral Zheng in the fifteenth century. The main understanding was to get close to its neighbors and find new areas with the desire to

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