• Why is the world bending over backward for Indo centric US interests?0

    by Uzge Saleem      25/6/2018 There are no permanent friends nor permanent enemies in the international order there is only time confined strategic partners or allies which change with the ever-changing interests and concerns of a state. This pattern has both, a positive and a negative side to it. The state being favored at

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  • Bangladesh – the face of endemic corruption0

    By Habib Siddiqui          25/6/2018 I arrived in Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka last week via the Emirates Airlines. Since the death of my mother some three years ago, I have been visiting Bangladesh more frequently. This latest visit is planned for an extended stay, almost three months so that I could spend some

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  • Malaysia type political ‘earthquake’ awaits for Bangladesh0

    by M A Hossain       25/6/2018 As per the advice of the policymakers of Delhi’s south block, the current autocratic and corruption-plagued government in Bangladesh are determined in holding another fraudulent election with the active collaboration of its loyalist election commission, law enforcing and security agencies as well as some of the opportunist senior

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  • INDIAN GOVERNMENT’S HARD AND INEVITABLE DECISION ON KASHMIR0

    by N.S. Venkataraman         25/6/2018 The unrest and terrorist acts in Kashmir have been continuing for several years now. It appears that those, who want to split Kashmir from India by waging violent war with the tacit support of international terrorist outfits, have now become more bold and determined. No country in the

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  • Nuclear Deterrence and Action-Reaction Paradigm in the Indian Ocean0

    By: Ahyousha Khan        25/6/2018 South Asian security architecture is complex and comprises traditional and non-traditional threats. However, conventional security threats which are of strategic nature hold the center stage within the overall regional security and threat matrix. The destructive power of nuclear weapons gives them the psychological edge over the enemy, and

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  • SCO Ensuring Regional Security and Economic Interests0

    by Qura tul ain Hafeez    25/6/2018 Asia is the region which perhaps shares the most dynamic volatile and complex geostrategic environment. The Asian countries by and far have tried to sort out the emerging issues through different channels and platforms. However, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) is most successful among them until now. SCO is

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  • Malaysian-Saudi relations: A lesson in the pitfalls of authoritarianism and autocracy0

    By James M. Dorsey    24/6/2018 Embattled former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak was the main loser in last month’s election upset that returned Mahathir Mohamad to power as his country’s anti-corruption crusader. Yet, Mr. Razak is not the only one who may be paying the price for allegedly non-transparent and unaccountable governance. So is

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  • Can India and China work for a ‘new normal’ in regional relations?0

    N Sathiya Moorthy 20 June 2018  Whatever was believed, talked and written about for months and years since the sudden end of the ‘Cold War’, the informal, two-day Wuhan Summit has suddenly halted all doomsday predictions on India’s China relations. Now after the pre-scheduled Qingdao SCO Summit, where the leaders of the two nations met for

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  • One Unit Scheme of Pakistan, 1955-1970 revisited1

    Dr. Rajkumar Singh         19/6/2018 As administrative divisions formed a basic tier of the government at independence in 1947, the new nation of Pakistan was comprised by two wings-the eastern and western, separated by India. At the time three of the provinces of Pakistan were subdivided into ten administrative divisions. The single area

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  • Bangladesh’s World Cup Frenzy; dribbling Beyond the Obvious1

      By Adil Khan      19/6/2018 2018 Football World Cup frenzy in Bangladesh has left everyone astounded. Entire nation seems to have gone crazy over this year’s championship tournament. Supporters have divided themselves among their favourites and doing the most unthinkable to reveal their choices.  For example, a guy in a village, a supporter of

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  • After the ‘abhaya’ row, Tamils can forget re-merger0

      N Sathiya Moorthy     18 June 2018 It is anybody’s guess if the ‘abhaya row’ involving Muslim women teachers in the eastern Trincomallee’s Shanmuga College was motivated, or was only an expression of increasing Islamic traditions across the world. However, in the immediate Sri Lankan context, it has the potential to delay, if not deny,

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  • CPEC: Pakistan’s ‘Chinanization’ or Colonization?0

    By Adnan Qaiser     17/6/2018 Adnan Qaiser is a Research Associate at the prestigious Conference of Defence Associations Institute, Canada, with a distinguished career in the armed forces and international diplomacy. He examines Sino-Pak relations in the emerging new global order and can be reached at a.qaiser1@yahoo.com. It is said that in 1960 when Chinese Chairman

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  • Israel adopts abandoned Saudi sectarian logic0

    By James M. Dorsey       16/6/2018 Amid ever closer cooperation with Saudi Arabia, Israel’s military appears to be adopting the kind of sectarian anti-Shiite rhetoric that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is abandoning as part of a bid to develop a national rather than a religious ethos and promote his yet to be

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  • India’s Blood-Filled Kashmir Policy0

    By Ishaal Zehra   15/6/2018 Indian Occupied Kashmir continue to witness bloodshed as Indian forces are indiscriminately and incessantly hunting down the innocent people in the name of so-called search operations. Though the Indian government announced to suspend these operations during the holy month of Ramadan, however, on the second Friday of the Ramadan, heavy shelling

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