• 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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  • Afghanistan; The Bloody atmosphere continues0

      by Sidiqullah Sahel  * August 2019 Italian Historian, Diplomat, Politician and the writer of Renaissance period Niccolo Machiavelli held that “Human nature is to glorify past cry over present and hope for a better and bright future”. His theory of human nature applies and suits the conditions of many countries in the world. Even

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  • Sri Lanka: ‘Transactional approach’ to India relations persists, still0

    N Sathiya Moorthy  8 August 2018   The off-again-on-again buoyancy in the bilateral relations with the Indian neighbour notwithstanding, Sri Lanka’s approach in this regard has ab initio been stymied by successive governments’  ‘transactional attitude’, which makes for mistrust rather than and confidence-building. While Sri Lanka and Sri Lankans can go back in contemporary history to argue how

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  • Pakistan-Iran relations: India factor0

    www.pakistantoday.com.pk by Venita Christopher      8 August 2018 Pakistan and Iran’s relationship has been evolving. The relationship between the two states deteriorated after the Iranian revolution, the ties improved when the two countries signed the Free Trade Agreement in 1999. Today, both states have come together to bring stability in Afghanistan and to overcome

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  • India’s Probable Move toward Space Weaponization0

    Credit: India Defence update By: Ahyousha Khan      8 August 2018 The term Space Weaponization tends to raise the alarm as it implies deployment of weapons in the outer space or on heavenly bodies like Sun and Moon or sending weaponry from earth to the outer space to destroy satellite capabilities of other states.

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  • Bangladesh: “You cant tame a nation through fear”- Shahidul Alam0

    Tuesday, August 7, 2018 A few hours before the celebrated photographer Shahidul Alam was forcibly picked up from his Dhaka home by 25 plain clothes dressed Detective Branch officers, he gave a live skype interview to Al Jazeera about the ongoing student protests over road safety. A case has been filed against him under section 57 of

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  • Multiple diplomatic spats raise questions about Saudi concept of sovereignty0

    By James M. Dorsey          8 August 2018 The failure of Western allies to rally around Canada in its dispute with Saudi Arabia risks luring the kingdom into a false belief that economic sanctions will shield it from, if not reverse mounting criticism of its human rights record and conduct of the

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  • Tamil Nadu, India: Stalin’s succession will be smooth, but challenges remain0

    N Sathiya Moorthy  August 07, 2018 19:30 IST Muthuvel Karunanidhi Stalin does not face any threat to his full-fledged succession as DMK chief, just now. If he were to face any threat, it would only be over his ‘non-performance’ as the party boss, reports N Sathiya Moorthy. The death of nonagenarian Muthuvel Karunanidhi has created a political vacuum in

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  • Pakistan: Plan of Action of the New PTI Government0

    Pakistan faces complex challenges, both external and internal, that needs bold actions by the new PTI government. Determined leadership and resolve by the new government can set the direction for the next five years. It is imperative to get it right the first time around. Much is expected from the PTI by the people of

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  • Withering Away? : US Foreign Policy in the Time of Trump0

      By Kimberley Anne Nazareth      7 August 2018 The world and most of America stood still in wonder when Donald Trump took the center stage and became the 45th President of the US. As the President approaches his midterm, an analysis of his leadership in foreign policy is important. PRESIDENTIAL LEADERSHIP DOES IT EXIST?

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  • India and China Vying for Influence in South Asia0

    by Dr. Manoj Kumar Mishra      7 August 2018 The author of the books ‘China’s India War: Collision Course on the Roof of the World’, and ‘The Costliest Pearl: China’s Struggle For Indian Ocean’, Bertil Lintner, a Swedish journalist known for his expertise on Southeast and South Asia, views the Chinese mega connectivity initiatives

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  • Are the Corporates Working towards our Common Future?0

    By Mrittika Nandy       7 August 2018 The neo-liberal development model essentially refers to liberalization, privatization, and globalization of the earth’s resources for the more significant benefit of the people. The emergence of big corporates and their ambition for the optimization of individual profits has not only divided the world between the rich and

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