• The Killing of Ali Abdullah Saleh – Is Peace in Yemen Possible?   0

    By James M. Dorsey Based on remarks at a 19 December 2017 NUS Middle East Institute seminar The Middle East being the Middle East, everything is interrelated. What happens in the region impacts Yemen and what happens in Yemen impacts the region. The crisis in Yemen, like many conflicts in the Middle East, did not

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  • Changing Political Horizons in Sri Lanka?0

      by Asanga Abeyagoonasekera “Yet you don’t have any democratic machinery—voting, and so on?” “ Oh, no. Our people would be completely shocked by having to declare that one policy was completely right and another completely wrong.” James Hilton, Lost Horizon The circumstances were right in 1933 for James Hilton to craft the image of

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  • Dark Clouds of Islamism Over Pakistan0

    Dr. Nasir Khan, December 19, 2017 Islam, in Pakistan, has transformed from a multidimensional universal religion into an ossified and stilted cult of Islamism. How this happened has a historical context, beginning in 1947 when Pakistan emerged as a new state. The division of India at the end of the British Raj was only possible

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  • What’s the UN doing to Stopping Genocide of the Rohingyas of Myanmar?0

    By Habib Siddiqui One of the sinister methods employed to justify genocide has been to deny the history of the targeted victims. And that is what the criminal Buddhists within the apartheid state of Myanmar has been doing for nearly 70 years since earning independence from Britain on January 4, 1948. Instead of carrying out

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  • Trading Jerusalem for Iran0

    By James M. Dorsey US president Donald J. Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem potentially sets the stage for a controversial American effort to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict backed by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. The United States and the two Gulf states see a US peace plan-in-the-making as a way of paving the way

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  • Understanding Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah: Politics & Role0

    Abstract Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah, the saint politician of the valley, was one of the famous leaders of modern India. He was not only the most dominating political figure of modern Jammu & Kashmir State, but he played a significant role in shaping the post-1947 sub-continental politics. His contribution as a political leader is so great,

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  • US-Saudi nuclear talks: A barometer for whither the Middle East?0

      By James M. Dorsey December 14, 2017 Talks aimed at transferring US nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia serve as an indicator of where the Saudi-Iranian rivalry is heading as well as the strength of the informal Saudi-Israeli alliance against Iran. The possible transfer could spark a new arms race in the Middle East and

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