• Sri Lanka: Hambantota back in news0

    N Sathiya Moorthy 3 July 2018 Sri Lanka’s controversial Hambantota port project, involving massive Chinese investments, real estate holding and large human presence, and well into the future, is back in the news. First, there was local news reports about the China Merchant Port Holdings Ltd (CM Port) holding back the last tranche of the 99-year

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  • Shooting Oneself In Ones’ Own Foot: Pakistan’s Failed Effort To Evade Terrorism Finance Listing 0

    By James M. Dorsey     July 2, 2018 The Pakistani government’s removal of a virulently anti-Shiite militant from its terrorism list at the very moment that an international money laundering and terrorism finance watchdog was deciding to put the country on a watchlist highlights Pakistan’s struggle to come to grips with militancy. The decision by

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  • Bangladesh: Will this country become Pakistan or Kashmir?1

      1. A political group is spreading the perception that the country will again become Pakistan if Awami League loses control of Bangladesh. They even suggested a label “Banglastan” for this supposed nation which transforms into an improvised Pakistan in the East. But symptomatically it appears to become another Kashmir, or in a classical sense

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  • The Middle East: History threatens to repeat itself0

    By James M. Dorsey     1/7/2018 If the notion that history repeats itself is accurate, it is nowhere truer than in the Middle East where the international community, caught by surprise by the 2011 popular Arab revolts, has reverted to opting for political stability as opposed to sustainability, ignoring the undercurrents of change wracking the

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  • False Dawn in Afghanistan?0

    A temporary Taliban truce, despite the opportunity it presents, doesn’t mean peace is about to break out anytime soon. By Michael Kugelman | June 26, 2018, 12:03 PM Kandahar Air Field on Sep. 9, 2017. (Andrew Renneisen/Getty Images) In recent days, unprecedented developments in Afghanistan have brought new hope to one of the most war-stricken

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  • REVERSAL OF DEMOCRACY IN BANGLADESH0

      by Mohit Musaddi      29/6/2018 Democracy has been considered to be the best form of governance. But is democracy in Bangladesh undergoing a reversal? Since gaining independence in 1971, the country has witnessed one-party dominance, flirted with a single party system, lived under military rule for more than 15 years and labored to

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  • Sri Lanka; Insensitivity or worse?0

    N Sathiya Moorthy  25 June 2018 The dust may have quietly settled down as fast as it had appeared on the horizon. Yet, the insensitivity of the Sri Lankan State system to the decades-old ethnic issue stood out like a sore-thumb when President Maithiripala Sirisena swore in his SLFP-UPFA parliamentarian Kader Masthan as a Deputy Minister,

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  • Postrevolutionary Iran; A Political Handbook Hardcover0

      Mehrzad Boroujerdi and Kourosh Rahimkhani,’s new book, Postrevolutionary Iran: A Political Handbook (Syracuse University Press, 2017), traces the political events that mark almost four decades of revolutionary rule and includes biographies of the 2,300 most important political players in the Islamic republic. The book is certain to be a must have reference for anyone

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  • Modi it is for BJP in 2019 but will state allies play along?0

    N Sathiya Moorthy, 27 June 2018 Having focussed excessively on the Congress, and continuously drawing a Modi-Rahul parallel as if it were the sole selling point, the BJP has lost sight of the regional parties that are seeking to take the centre-stage, says N Sathiya Moorthy. Independent of the Bharatiya Janata Party parting company with the

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  • How America Can Win the Drug War in Afghanistan0

    Regional cooperation is needed to curb the flow of precursor chemicals into Afghanistan and export of narcotic products out of the country to other states. by M. Ashraf Haidari This past November, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) released its annual survey of opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan for 2017. As ever, the

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  • A temporary Taliban truce, despite the opportunity it presents, doesn’t mean peace is about to break out anytime soon.0

    By Michael Kugelman| June 26, 2018, 12:03 PM In recent days, unprecedented developments in Afghanistan have brought new hope to one of the most war-stricken countries in the world. The Afghan government and the Taliban declared separate brief cease-fires to mark the Eid al-Fitr holiday. Over a remarkable three-day period, smiling soldiers, civilians, and Taliban

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  • Iran’s Chabahar port is where Asian and Middle Eastern rivalries collide0

    By James M. Dorsey      27/6/2018 Iran’s Indian-back port of Chabahar, inaugurated months before the United States re-imposed sanctions on the Islamic republic, is where Asia and the Middle East’s multiple political conflicts and commercial rivalries collide. Chabahar was destined to become a player in geopolitical and economic manoeuvring between China, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan,

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  • Sri lanka: ‘Machang’, Whither 30/1 now?0

      N Sathiya Moorthy, Colombo 26 June 2018 Responding to a blogger, who addressed him as ‘Machang’ in Sinhala, Atul Keshap, outgoing US Ambassador to Sri Lanka, used the same Buddy slang and said that if we responded to every inaccurate news story that appears, we would have little time for anything else. The reference of course

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  • 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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