• Saudi diplomatic offensive seeks to put Khashoggi behind it and thwart Qatar0

    By James M. Dorsey A podcast version of this story is available on Soundcloud, Stitcher, TuneIn and Tumblr. As Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman tours friendly Arab nations in advance of the Group of 20 (G-20) industrialized nations summit in Argentina, Saudi diplomacy aims to achieve two goals: put the killing of journalist Jamal

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  • Private Maritime Security Service providers: Yay or Nay?0

        by Natasha Fernando     28 November 2018 Maritime piracy is a significant threat to safe navigation of the seas.  Due to the rise of Somali piracy, different states entered collaborative defense pacts to mitigate the threat.  Among these inter-governmental coalitions are those of the European Union Naval Force, Operation Ocean Shield, Combined Task Forces

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  • Arihant First Successful Deterrent Petrol: Dawn of new era or Nothing New but a Hyped Political Statement0

      By: Ahyousha Khan    27 November 2018 Few days ago on the successful completion of the first deterrence petrol of Arihant, which is SSBN (ship submersible ballistic missile nuclear powered) Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave statement that now India possesses “credible nuclear deterrence”. There is no doubt that with INS Arihant, India now possess

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  • Implications of the Political Imbroglio in Sri Lanka0

      Dr. Manoj Kumar Mishra    26 November 2018 Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirsena by sacking prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on October 26 this year has not only precipitated the country into a political crisis, but this is also likely to lead to an economic disarray. Ousted finance minister Mangala Samaraweera not only reminded of

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  • Nuclear energy; Saudi Arabia’s coming Washington battle0

      By James M. Dorsey   26 November 2018 A podcast version of this story is available on Soundcloud, Stitcher, TuneIn and Tumblr. When Saudi General Khalid bin Sultan bin Abdul Aziz went shopping in the late 1980s for Chinese medium-range missiles capable of carrying nuclear, chemical or biological warheads he made no bones about keeping

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  • China reaching deeper and deeper into Nepal0

    A planned Himalayan railway connecting China to Nepal will give the landlocked latter nation a vital new trade route but also stir security concerns in neighboring India By Bertil Lintner New Delhi, November 26, 2018 Nepal’s Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli (R) reviews a military honor guard with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang at the Great

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  • Chinese consulate attack puts Pakistan between a rock and a hard place0

    Dawn.com By James M. Dorsey    23 November 2018 A podcast version of this story is available on Soundcloud, Stitcher, TuneIn and Tumblr. Two attacks in Pakistan, including a brazen assault on the Chinese consulate in Karachi, are likely to complicate prime minister Imran Khan’s efforts to renegotiate China’s massive, controversial Belt and Road investments

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