• Americans are not likely to leave Afghanistan without Interests Protected: Lessons from Cold War Geopolitics0

    Dr. Manoj Kumar Mishra         14 August 2018 Afghanistan’s sensitive geo-strategic location caught attention not only of regional powers but also the extra-regional powers like the British Empire in the nineteenth century and the US in the twentieth century. Its prized location instead of being a boon for Afghanistan has become a bane

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  • Amid ethnic protests, Iran warns of foreign meddling0

    By James M. Dorsey       14 August 2018 Iran has raised the spectre of a US-Saudi effort to destabilize the country by exploiting economic grievances against the backdrop of circumstantial evidence that Washington and Riyadh are playing with scenarios for stirring unrest among the Islamic republic’s ethnic minorities. Iran witnessed this weekend minority Azeri

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  • Sri Lanka: What next after ‘Panda Bonds’?0

    Sathiya Moorthy     14 August 2018 Living beyond one’s means is something that parents, family and religion condemn in people. The West-induced ‘credit card culture’ aimed at promoting consumerism and with it the ‘capitalists’ near-exclusively, may have changed it all, yet more and more people are finding the truth in the ancient wisdom even more.

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  • Pakistan General Elections 2018- Addressing the U.S. Concern0

    by Hareem Aqdas     13 August 2018 General elections were held in Pakistan on July 25th, 2018. The elections were held after successful completion of five-year term by the outgoing government. As a result of the elections, Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) – party led by ex-cricket captain turned politician, Imran Khan turned out to be the

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  • The Uyghur militant threat: China cracks down and mulls policy changes0

    By James M. Dorsey      13 August 2018 China, responding to United Nations criticism, academic and media reports, and an embarrassing court case in Kazakhstan, has come closer to admitting that it has brutally cracked down on the strategic north-western province of Xinjiang in what it asserts is a bid to prevent the kind

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  • Tamil Nadu: Will Azhagiri queer the pitch for DMK ahead of bypolls?0

    N Sathiya Moorthy  August 13, 2018 Calculated or otherwise, if Azhagiri’s firing of the first salvo after Karunanidhi’s death does not create some space for him to politico-electorally exploit at a later date, there may not be any space left for him at all, says N Sathiya Moorthy. By sounding the bugle for succession days after Dravida

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  • Understanding the UN Report on Human Rights Violations in Kashmir0

    A British representative on the UN Security Council, Mr. Noel Baker, once described the Kashmir dispute as “the greatest and gravest single issue in international affairs.” Finally, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has released their “Report on the Situation of Human Rights in Kashmir” in June 2018, the

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  • TAMIL NADU IN INDIA PAYING HIGH PRICE DUE TO POOR WATER GOVERNANCE0

    by N.S. Venkataraman      13 August 2018 Now, Tamil Nadu is facing an awkward and embarrassing situation,  as millions of cusecs of Cauvery water is now being let into the sea due to want of storage capacity. This is not the first time in recent years that such awkward and unacceptable situation has arisen

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  • The rise of Islamism in Bangladesh0

    Rashed Nabi     13 August 2018 Islamism in Bangladesh is rising precipitously. It is permeating every aspect of life and has taken root as much in urban centers as in rural communities. Everywhere – from modern business office to daily social life – Islamic codes tend to exert authority. Burqa and hijab-wearing women who vow

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  • Yemen war challenges Saudi moral authority0

    By James M. Dorsey     12 August 2018 Saudi conduct of its ill-fated war in Yemen coupled with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s alignment with the Trump administration and Israel, and his often coercive approach to diplomatic relations, has opened the door to challenges of the kingdom’s moral leadership of the Sunni Muslim world, a

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  • Post-Karunanidhi, Tamil Nadu politics hit uncertain times0

    Post-Karunanidhi, Tamil Nadu politics hit uncertain times N Sathiya Moorthy  8 August 2018 The death of nonagenarian Muthuvel Karunanidhi, the longest-serving ‘elected party chief’ in the democratic world, owing to age-related problems removes from the face of not just native Tamil Nadu but the nation as a whole, a part of its contemporary history, as much

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  • Sri Lanka: Greed, gimmick or confidence0

      N Sathiya Moorthy  10 August 2018 At a recent meeting, with envoys appointed when he was in office for 10 long years (2005-15), former President Mahinda Rajapaksa has sought their inputs for framing the nation’s foreign policy under a future government. By implication, it indicates his desire, hope and or confidence of staging a come-back;

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  • Saudi Arabia and Iran woo incoming Pakistani prime minister0

    Credit: MPC Journal By James M. Dorsey An offer by a Saudi-backed bank to lend financially strapped Pakistan US$4 billion is likely intended to bolster Saudi influence when former international cricket player Imran Khan is sworn in in the coming week as the South Asian country’s next prime minister. The offer was most immediately related

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  • Why India’s Afghan Strategy Proved Fledgling0

    Dr. Manoj Kumar Mishra     9 August 2018 Afghanistan was a neighbor of undivided India and shared long historical, cultural and political contacts. While the emergence of Pakistan with its anti-Indian identity to the west of India complicated the bilateral relationship, India’s efforts at improving ties with Afghanistan fell short of Afghan expectations. India’s role

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