• Pakistan and its Militants: Who is Mainstreaming Whom?0

    Gandhara RFE/RL Members of Pakistani Islamist parties protesting against U.S. aid cuts in January 2018 by James M. Dorsey  23 October 2018 Abstract Pakistani militants of various stripes collectively won just under ten per cent of the vote in the July 2018 parliamentary elections. Some represented long-standing legal Islamist parties, others newly established groups or fronts for

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  • Answering the CPEC Challenges0

    By Qura tul ain Hafeez    23 October 2018 China-Pakistan Economic Corridor will help sustain the economic growth of China and will highlight the strategic importance of Pakistan. It will offer Pakistan with a chance to broaden the horizon of its economy and enlarge its foreign reserves. However, whilst venturing towards industrialization and Foreign Direct Investment

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  • Can Nepal become Tourist Hub, despite India’s air-blockade?0

      Shangrila Alive By Hari Prasad Shrestha      22 October 2018 Recent India’s decision to refuse additional entry air routes to Nepal could be a big blow to its tourism industry in the future. In the past nine years, Nepal requested India to grant air routes, but India was only haunting without accepting or

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  • A gruesome murder bares world powers’ flawed policies0

      By James M. Dorsey  20 October 2018 A podcast version of this story is available on Soundcloud, Stitcher, TuneIn and Tumblr. Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s gruesome murder raises fundamental questions that go far beyond Middle Eastern geopolitics. They go to the risks of support for autocratic regimes by democratic and authoritarian world powers, the

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  • Kashmir: When PoK dwellers stand against Islamabad0

    By Nava Thakuria     19 October 2018   For millions of common Indians, Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) functions like a province of Pakistan. It is guessed that nearly 4.5 million PoK habitants happily agree to any proposal from the Pakistan government in Islamabad. With the proximity of religion, the people of PoK seemingly feel comfortable

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  • Khashoggi crisis highlights why investment in Asia is more productive than in the Middle East0

        By James M. Dorsey    19 October 2018   A podcast version of this story is available on Soundcloud, Stitcher, TuneIn and Tumblr.   Growing Western political and corporate reluctance to be associated with Saudi Arabia in the wake of the suspected killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi spotlights fundamentally different investment strategies and

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  • Nonviolent Afghans Bring A Breath Of Fresh Air0

      By Dr. Hakim Young    18 October 2018 Grade 12th Afghan student Jamila Omary asked, “Do you have any plans to arm yourselves, because of the threats and dangers you have faced?” Iqbal Khyber answered, “No. Though it is easy to buy weapons today, arming ourselves will worsen the war. Weapons will make us less

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  • Sir Syed Ahmed Khan – a man of vision0

    by JAVID AHMAD AHANGERR     18 October 2018 As we celebrate the 201st birth anniversary of Sir Syed Ahmad Khan on 17 October 2018—the founder of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), at a time when the whole debate is about nationalism and hyper-nationalism. We are living in a strange time when false narratives are constructed by none

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  • Sri Lanka: A RAW deal, yet again!0

    N Sathiya Moorthy 18 October 2018 Whether Sri Lanka and Sri Lankans can live without the northern neighbour India, they just cannot live without naming India’s external intelligence agency, ‘Research and Analysis Wing’, R&AW, popularly known as RAW, for most if not all their woes. This has been proved one more time this week with news

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  • WTO AGREEMENTS ON AGRICULTURE AND CHALLENGES FOR FOOD SECURITY IN INDIA0

    by Aijaz Ahmad Turrey   16 October 2018 World Trade Organization (WTO): World Trade Organization (WTO) is an organization for opening trade relations among countries. WTO is a medium as well as a place for member governments to settle trade disputes and negotiate trade agreements. WTO came into existence as a result of negotiations operating under

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  • Turkey plays Khashoggi crisis to its geopolitical advantage0

    By James M. Dorsey    16 October 2018 A podcast version of this story is available on Soundcloud, Stitcher, TuneIn and Tumblr. With Turkish investigators asserting that they have found further evidence that Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed when he visited the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul two weeks ago, Turkey appears to be leveraging

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  • Military Modernization: Transforming Strategic Outlay of India0

    Image credit: Indiatimes.com   India has been engaged in an ongoing comprehensive process of military modernization. The primary purpose behind this military modernization has been to develop effective military capability in order to protect and promote Indian national interest abroad and at home while project military power in South Asia and Indian Ocean region for political

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  • ‘Forever war’ in Afghanistan fading from Americans’ memory0

    Michael Kugelman October 10, 2018  Sunday marked the 17th anniversary of the start of the war in Afghanistan. The conflict has dragged on for so long that, very soon, America’s youngest soldiers could be fighting in a war that began before they were born. Aside from a series of news articles, this 17-year milestone didn’t

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  • Srilanka: Rajapaksas all the way 0

    Sathiya Moorthy 16 October 2018 There used to be times in the history of a Nation and a people that historians describe a given condition of theirs as being in the ‘crossroads.’ It is often related to cultural and civilisation-related aspects on the one hand, and economic policy and reforms on the other. Occasionally, situations appear

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