• Middle East Conundrum: Saudi Jitteriness – Sanctifying Sectarianism1

     July 12, 2017 CDA Institute Research Associate Adnan Qaiser with a distinguished career in the armed forces and international diplomacy examines the Saudi-Qatar row and the ill-effects of an Islamic military alliance. In my paper this spring: Radical Islamism: Understanding Extremist Narrative and Mindset, I had postulated that all Middle East’s ills lie in its oppressive monarchies

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  • Confession, Being a Mainstream Sympathizer in Kashmir0

    I belong to a family, whose guardian feeds his family without pitfalls. Every family member holds a job, fitting his/her station. Hence, all continued generally to contribute. I wedded with a long track of education, got imprinted variably by literal ideas of life and polity. The clash of ideas continued, at times I desired to

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  • Gorkhas Unrest in India and Their Nepal Connections0

    By Hari Prasad Shrestha The Indian Gorkhas, Nepali speaking great warriors, have once again started their unrest and demonstrations demanding a separate state of Gorkhaland based on their language, ethnicity, and history. In the 1980s, Subhash Ghishing raised the demand for the creation of a state called Gorkhaland within India to be carved out of

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  • LET MEMORIAL FOR DEAD CHINESE NOBEL LAUREATE BE BUILT ELSEWHERE, IF NOT IN CHINA0

    To the “relief” of the Chinese government and its leadership, Chinese Nobel Laureate Liu Xiaobo has passed away. With a characteristic ruthlessness that the present government of China is known for, Nobel laureate was given a sea burial, probably to ensure that there would be nothing for the world to remember about him. Even his

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  • Calls for Stripping Qatar of World Cup suggests Gulf crisis at a stalemate0

    By James M. Dorsey A Saudi-UAE-led alliance has tabled a long-expected demand that world soccer body FIFA strip Qatar of its 2022 World Cup hosting rights. With little chance of FIFA acting on the demand any time soon, the move suggests that the alliance, struggling to figure a way forward amid mounting international pressure for

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  • In Defence of China Pakistan Friendship and CPEC0

    By Muhammad Adil Sivia C. Christine Fair in her recent opinion article titled  Pakistan Can’t Afford China’s ‘Friendship’ has tried to muddle the clarity of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) reflective of enduring mutually beneficial friendship between the two countries. Her analysis on Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and CPEC reflects the enormous loss of

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  • In Maldives, the fight again moves to court0

    N Sathiya Moorthy  13 July 2017 In a week-plus of rapid developments in Maldives, Attorney-General (AG) Mohammed Anil moved the Supreme Court, seeking to disqualify ‘defector’ MPs after 10 parliamentarians of President Abdulla Yameen’s camp of the ruling Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) signed in and made up the numbers for a no-trust motion against Speaker

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  • Legitimizing NSG Membership: Comparing India & Pakistan’s Case0

    Dr. Syed Shahid Hussain Bukhari Nuclear technology around the world is usually associated with the negative connotations in international politics. The devastation of Hiroshima and Nagasaki shook the world and taught the consequences of the harmful use of nuclear technology. But, apart from the destructive capacity of nuclear technology, it also has very constructive and

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  • Emergent Nuclear Pakistan0

    By: Muhammad Abbas Hassan Pakistani Nuclear program has been under global focus; unfortunately, the focus has always been determined by a subjective understanding of the program than an objective analysis. The key determinants of the Pakistani nuclear program are the energy and security needs of the country. It is the result of efforts put in

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  • 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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