• Trouble in Sport Paradise: Can Qatar Overcome the Diplomatic Crisis?0

    by James M. Dorsey     7 August 2018 The crisis in the Gulf pitting a United Arab Emirates­-Saudi­-led alliance against Qatar is the least of the country’s problems as it prepares for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Indeed, Gulf States, primarily the United Arab Emirates (UAE), have long sought to discredit Qatar as a host

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  • Sri Lanka: ‘Constitutional conspiracy’ or what0

    N Sathiya Moorthy  7 August 2018 Sad but true, the Constitution-making process has once again hit a road-block. All stake-holders, starting with the Sri Lankan people, whom it is supposed to serve, knew it would be so. Yet, the political class, or at least the ruling combine and their ‘non-committed, free-will’ TNA ally, seemed wanting to

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  • Sleeping with the Enemy: The Demise of Afghan War0

    By Adnan Qaiser   6 August 2018 Afghanistan has stayed less a homogenous state and more a montage of feuding ethnicities and warring tribes bound by strings of self-interest and foreign subservience. Having written nearly two dozen analyses on Afghanistan since 2010, I can give you two good and one not-so-good news today. First of all, the

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  • INDIA FORGING AHEAD UNDER MODI’S STEWARDSHIP IN SPITE OF CONSTRAINTS0

    by N.S. Venkataraman    5 August 2018 Last four years plus in India with Mr. Narendra Modi as the Prime Minister has been an eventful and exciting period. One of the senior members of Mr. Modi’s party described him as an event manager before Mr. Modi became the Prime Minister. While Mr. Modi proved this

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  • Afghan Quicksand Evading Consistency in American Strategy of War and Peace0

    by Dr. Manoj Kumar Mishra    5 August 2018 Afghanistan appears to be a quagmire in the face of the American strategy of war and peace. While Obama Administration’s peace and reconciliation efforts in Afghanistan shifted to a hardened stance towards the concluding phase of its term, Trump Administration’s coercive approach was quickly switched over

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  • The Curious Negation: Confluence and Conformity of Thoughts on Social Media0

    Image source: Digital Vidya by Mrittika Nandi      5 August 2018 Social Media is an innovative platform that offers diverse perspectives on the socio-political issue. It’s a camouflage of truth-falsity on any given situation with political or religious undertones. It’s a potential ground to shun other’s views through abusive or humorous trolling. But in

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  • Economic Crime & The P118 Of Sri Lanka0

    By Asanga Abeyagoonasekera    5 August 2018 “If the top beam is askew, the bottom beams will be crooked.” ~ Chinese proverb There is a plague in the streets of Sri Lanka. If this plague has not entered your door steps, your family will still pay an indirect price. Most of us were aware of

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  • Sri Lanka: For JVP’s ‘missing persons’…0

    Image credit: Sunday Observer N Sathiya Moorthy  5 Augusty 2018 News reports about Srimathi Chinthrangani Wijeweera, wife of JVP’s dreaded founder, Rohana Wijeweera, filing a habeas corpus petition in the Court of Appeal for the Sri Lankan State to produce her husband, comes up with possibilities. Coming as it does 500 days after the Tamils’ protest

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  • Russia Pakistan relations: economic and diplomatic dimensions0

    by Venita Christopher        3 August 2018 The warming up of the relations between Russia and Pakistan started only recently A visible tilt could be witnessed in the foreign policy of Russia towards Pakistan for some time now where Russia has been focusing on building its long-term economic, military and political relations with

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  • US lead the War on Terror and the Afghan Peace0

                                  The region is known today as Afghanistan has been subjugated to a series of warfare since the Soviet occupation, till date, including the United States, led NATO, is on in full swing. Afghanistan shares its borders with multiple countries, including

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  • Plight of Women of Kashmir Conflict: Special Reference to Mysterious Braid Chopping0

    Introduction: Kashmir turmoil that has been simmering since 1947 has fulminated and intensified since past 3 decades. The issue is protracted and violent, which has taken a massive toll on human lives. Women amidst the mayhem have been equal recipients in the suffering. Most Kashmiri women have not only been an important component but were

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  • The NRC Draft and India’s Assam Conundrum2

    Dr. Adfer Shah     3 August 2018 The very process of updating the National Register of Citizens (NRC), which is supposed to help identify Indian citizens residing in Assam in accordance with the Citizenship Act, 1955 and the Assam Accord needs to be welcomed by one and all irrespective of political affiliations and ideologies. As

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  • What Does the General Elections of 2018 In Pakistan for Minorities mean?0

      Is there any hope for minorities after the general elections of 2018?  By Aftab Alexander Mughal    3 August 2018 On the 25 July, the Pakistani nation took part in the general elections to choose their political representatives. More than 105 million people cast votes for 849 national and four provincial seats. Imran Khan’s party,

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  • Talking to Rouhani: Is Trump shooting from the hip or following a script?0

    By James M. Dorsey     1 August 2018 Message to Abu Dhabi, Riyadh and Tel Aviv: Not to worry, US President Donald J. Trump has no intention of meeting his Iranian counterpart, Hassan Rouhani, unconditionally. On the contrary, Mr. Trump’s surprise announcement that he is willing to talk to Mr. Rouhani is likely part of

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