• India: Use of National Security on Electoral Sentiments0

    by Adrij Chakraborty 22 July 2019 Politics with Policy As India steps into the second term of governance by the (Bharatiya Janata Party led) National Democratic Alliance, I attempt to analyse what caused the mammoth upsurge of votes in its favour. Amidst other significant reasons behind the ruling party’s landslide victory, there is a small

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  • Trump’s Hard Line on Pakistan Is All Bluster0

    U.S. needs in Afghanistan have overridden promises to get tough on Islamabad. By Michael Kugelman | July 22, 2019 U.S. President Donald Trump is meeting Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan at the White House today. According to a White House statement, the two leaders will “focus on strengthening cooperation between the United States and Pakistan

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  • India’s policy must respond to Changing Aspirations and Dynamics within Nepal0

     Dr. Manoj Kumar Mishra 19 July 2019    The Indian government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership was quick to underline the importance of the South Asian neighborhood since it came to power for the first time in 2014. The government ever since believes that a ‘neighborhood first’ policy is key to realize the larger

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  • Muslim causes vs national interest: Muslim nations make risky bets0

    By James M. Dorsey 18 July 2019 A podcast version of this story is available on Soundcloud, Itunes, Spotify,Stitcher, TuneIn, Spreaker, Pocket Casts, Tumblr, and Patreon, Podbeanand Castbox. Saudi attitudes towards the plight of thousands of illegal Rohingya in the kingdom fleeing persecution in Myanmar and squalid Bangladeshi refugee camps help explain Saudi support for China’s brutal clampdown on Turkic Muslims in its troubled, north-western province

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  • Many More Than Just Maritime Powder Kegs in the Gulf0

    by James M. Dorsey 18 July 2019 A recent interview in which Baloch National Movement chairman Khalil Baloch legitimised recent militant attacks on Iranian, Chinese and Pakistani targets is remarkable less for what he said and more for the fact that his remarks were published by a Saudi newspaper. Speaking to Riyadh Daily, the English

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  • President Ershad : Remembering a departed soul0

    by Dr. Rajkumar Singh 17 July 2019 Contributions of President Ershad (1930-2019) who died on 14 April are taller than his size and preservable in the history of Bangladesh. He lacked political background but seized power as head of the army during a bloodless coup against President Abdus Sattar in 24 April 1982 by imposing martial law and suspending the Constitution. He

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  • GREATEST FESTIVAL OF CRICKET0

    F R Chowdhury 17 July 2019 CWC19 (Cricket World Cup-2019) started with a match between the host nation England and South Africa in the Oval on 30th May. 2019. The opening ceremony took place in front of the Buckingham Palace the day before the first game. After the opening ceremony HM The Queen met the

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  • How the Kulbhushan Jadhav ICJ verdict could change India-Pakistan relations forever0

    Even a soft verdict could inflame India-Pakistan tensions by aggrieving hardliners on both sides. 17-07-2019 MICHAEL KUGELMAN@michaelkugelman Just when India-Pakistan tensions appeared to be easing a bit after a successful round of talks on the Kartarpur Corridor and Islamabad’s decision to reopen its airspace for Indian aircraft — the relationship is poised to suffer another blow. The

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  • Increased scandalization: Pakistan political scandals0

    by Fawad Kaiser 16 July 2019 With regard to types of scandals, offences related to economic affairs and personal behaviour scandals are the most prominent scandal types. Legislation, which influence what is defined as scandalous, may thus differ radically between South Asian countries that, in most areas, are regarded as relatively similar. The scandals in

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  • Military Modernization of ASEAN States: The New Agenda0

    By: Warda Irum 16 July 2019 The discourse about the international security and defense affairs have always been impregnated with the dynamics of security dilemma. Even today, when complex interdependence has connected states in multiple ways, the global politics still tends to favor Machiavellian norms. Therefore, it is forcefully propagated that the security of the

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  • A Nation of Paradoxes: Will the Bhutan Refugees be Re-integrated into the Philosophy of Gross National Happiness?0

    by Dr. Bawa Singh and Dr. Jaspal Kaur 16 July 2019 Bhutan’s social system is comprised of different social structure and has different ethnic identities, engaged in different occupations; profess different faith, beliefs, customs, and values. Notwithstanding these differences, Bhutan is believed to be one of the happiest countries in Asia and the world. As

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  • Sri Lanka: No trust in ‘no-trusts’0

    N Sathiya Moorthy  16 July 2019 So, one more no-trust motion has been moved against the Government, and one more has been defeated. If nothing else, the incumbent Government of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe may have the dubious distinction of being faced with so many of no-trust motions in Parliament. To its not-so-dubious credit should

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  • Navigating Opportunities for Cooperation on the Brahmaputra River – The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR)0

    Interview with Nilanthi Samaranayake, Satu Limaye, and Joel Wuthnow July 11, 2019 The Brahmaputra River, which originates in China and flows through India and Bangladesh, provides a critical supply of water, vast potential for clean-power generation, and opportunities for economic growth. Despite the importance of this river for three of the world’s most populous nations,

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  • How Bangladesh Is Benefiting From the China-India Rivalry0

    Conventional wisdom says great power rivalry makes smaller neighbors vulnerable. As recently echoed by Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, “When elephants fight, the grass suffers, but when they make love, the grass suffers also.” However, this conventional wisdom seems flawed in the case of the China-India rivalry for regional influence in Bangladesh. Instead of

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