• Maldives: Understanding politico-religious ‘conservatism’0

    N Sathiya Moorthy  7 March 2019 Even as the Government of President Ibrahim ‘Ibu’ Solih is seeking to re-build relations with the northern Indian neighbour, brick by brick, after predecessor Abdulla Yameen had single-handedly demolished them, peripheral efforts are still on to revive India-baiting an occasional past-time to be re-visited and refuelled. Heading it just

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  • Nepal moving closer to China through connectivity0

    by HARI PRASAD SHRESTHA 6 March 2019 In fact, many Nepalis have little knowledge about Nepal’s relation with Tibet that it was easier and safe compared to travel towards south at least until the 19th century. As a sociologist, Dor Bahadur Bista mentions, until the beginning of the 19th century, Nepal shared a greater cultural

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  • Neglect of Education, Death-Squads, and the Deep State Syndrome in Bangladesh0

    by Taj Hashmi 6 March 2019 Education has almost everything to do with changing, modifying, and improving the levels of people’s culture (although “improving the cultural level” is a loaded and controversial expression). To remain politically correct, we may assert that education helps us broaden our world view, liberate ourselves from age-old, prejudicial ideas and

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  • Walking a Chinese tightrope: Kazakh quiet diplomacy produces limited results0

    By James M. Dorsey 6 March 2019 A podcast version of this story is available on Soundcloud, Itunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn and Tumblr The Kazakh government, in defense of Kazakh and by implication Central Asian behind-closed-doors diplomacy towards China in the face of mounting domestic pressure, has offered a rare public account of its ability

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  • Pakistan: Intractable Positions0

     Oct 03 2018   By Aparna Pande Narinder Nanu—AFP Pakistan and India will not be able to achieve peaceful ties unless both are willing to sacrifice long-standing issues The failure of the latest attempt at resuming talks between India and Pakistan reflects the inability of both governments to make an extremely difficult political decision. Pakistan’s leaders

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  • Does it matter who has come out on top in the recent brink of war over Kashmir, India or Pakistan?0

    by Dr. Muhammad Ahmedullah  5 March 2019 Based on my experience of engaging with a variety of people, reading history, analysing views/ideologies of groups and observing developments, I strongly believe that extremists, regardless of what side they belong to, wrongly imagine that there are easy solutions to complex problems, which they mistakenly view as simple,

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  • Pakistan Lived Up To Its Public Commitment, Says NO to War0

    Pakistani residents walk on a bridge in the mountainous area of Balakot where the Indian Air Force (IAF) launched a raid, on February 26, 2019.Jameel Ahmed | AFP | Getty Images After Indian strike inside Pakistani territory, Islamabad vowed a solid response Ishaal Zehra 4 March 2019 Cynthia D. Ritchie truly depicts the psychology of

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  • When India meets China’s Digital Silk Road0

    Chan Jia Hao and Archana Atmakuri 4 March 2019 Summary India, in an attempt to upgrade its technology, has in recent years bolstered its relationship with China, particularly in telecommunications and digital technology. Despite perceptions of rivalry, China-India synergy in digital technology shows there is great potential for cooperation in their relations. While both India

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  • Locating the Ongoing USA-China Trade War on the pretext of Liberalization-Protectionist Debate0

    by Atriya dey 4 March 2019 Economists from all across the spectrum have mainly been favorable to free trade and have argued that free trade is theoretically far more superior to trade protection. Contrary to this commonly academic perception among economists, history demonstrates that since the global economy started to get integrated protectionist policies have

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  • ‘Engagement,’ not ‘Estrangement’ can de-escalate Indo-Pak Tension in the 21st Century: An Opinion0

    Sandeep Singh 4 March 2019 A thought can be put up that business and economic cooperation between India and Pakistan transcending politics can help both countries to dominate the 21st-century Eurasian space. Their cooperation would not only bring plenty of opportunities to bolster peace and prosperity in South Asia but also help in integrating Eurasian

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  • Once the backbone of Middle Eastern protests, ultras are down but not out0

    By James M. Dorsey 4 March 2019 A podcast version of this story is available on Soundcloud, Itunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn and Tumblr Ali Issa Ahmad, a British football fan, who was lingering earlier this year in jail in the United Arab Emirates for wearing a Qatari soccer jersey during the 2019 Asian Cup that

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  • Turkish-Chinese spat puts Central Asian leaders on the spot0

    By James M. Dorsey 4 March 2019 A podcast version of this story is available on Soundcloud, Itunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn and Tumblr A Turkish-Chinese spat as a result of Turkish criticism of China’s crackdown on Turkic Muslims in its strategic but troubled north-western province of Xinjiang complicates efforts by Kazakhstan and other Central Asian

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  • Democracy In Bangladesh: The Silence Is Deafening 0

    by Sabria Chowdhury Balland 4 March 2019 The price of apathy is to be ruled by evil men. —Plato The aforementioned quote was chosen for this piece as it reversely relates to the current socio-political climate in Bangladesh, where the apathy of the general public  towards the political future of the country did not give

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  • The Kashmir problem and the ‘Entente of Evil’1

    By Dr. Habib Siddiqui 3 March 2019 Perhaps the most important event last week was Pakistan’s magnanimous release of the captured Indian pilot. Prime Minister Imran Khan announced Thursday to release captured Indian Air Force pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan on Friday as a ‘gesture of peace’. However, in the same breath he warned India that

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