• WHAT IT TAKES TO CHALLENGE MODI IN 2019 PARLIAMENT ELECTIONS IN INDIA?0

      by N.S. Venkataraman     4/3/2018 With the impressive gain that Modi’s party (BJP) has achieved in the recent northeast state elections, the ardent admirers of Modi government feel that Modi would be unstoppable and would win the 2019 parliament elections hands down. With Modi now emerging as the be all and end all of

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  • Hanif Attmar´s Saudi Visit- A timely Endeavor0

    Ahmadullah Archiwal    3/3/2018 Amid the efforts of bringing stability and accelerating peace process by the Afghan government, Afghanistan National Security Adviser paid a three days official visit to Saudi Arabia on the invitation of Saudi Crown Prince and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Muhammad Ben Sulman, on February 21, 2018. Atmar´s visit bears importance

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  • The Middle East’s nuclear technology clock starts ticking0

      By James M. Dorsey    3/3/2018 The Middle East’s nuclear technology clock is ticking as nations pursue peaceful capabilities that potentially leave the door open to future military options. Concern about a nuclear arms race is fuelled by uncertainty over the future of Iran’s 2015 nuclear agreement, a seeming US willingness to weaken its

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  • Cries mounted for reviving Nabin Chandra Bardoloi Library0

    By Nava Thakuria   1/3/2018 Persistent voices are being raised to revive a historic public library cum hall at the heart of Guwahati city and popular demands are floated for using the space for occasional and selected public gatherings. The library, surrounded by Cotton University, Handique Girls’ College, Gauhati High Court, State Museum, Ravindra Bhawan etc,

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  • China’s dilemma: Balancing support for militants with struggle against political violence0

    By James M. Dorsey    28/2/2018 China’s recent failure to shield Pakistan from censorship by an international anti-terrorism funding and anti-money laundering body suggests that the People’s Republic is struggling to balance its contradictory interests in South Asia and may be trying to evade the potential cost of its long-standing support for Pakistani-backed, anti-Indian militants.

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  • CPEC: Conflict Management0

    by Qura tul ain Hafeez     27/2/2018   CPEC is a great opportunity to enhance Pakistan’s economy. The new commercial and economic businesses nevertheless encompass certain security issues pertaining to the development and implementation of the new projects under the Long-Term Projects (LTP – 2018 to 2030). These challenges and threats are internal as well as

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  • Arguing about India; Assam and citizenship0

      by Mukul Kesavan Feb 25, 2018 The political history of India over the last century and a half needs to be revisited because it is often assimilated in to the history of nationalism. The claim of the Indian National Congress to speak for the ‘nation’ or the raj’s subjects has always been contested by

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  • Nuclear Deterrence and Doctrines in South Asia0

    By: Ahyousha Khan     27/2/2018   Even after witnessing the harrowing devastation of nuclear bombings in Hiroshima and Nagasaki during WW2 many states still wanted to have nuclear bombs in their arsenals. States knew the potential of nuclear weapons to inflict unacceptable damage yet they chose to develop these arsenals. The reason behind the pursuit

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  • Pakistan and Non-Proliferation Treaty: Concerns and Challenges0

    Asma Khalid      27/2/2018   In the contemporary security environment, one of the predominant challenges to the world peace and security is the spread of nuclear weapons. The Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty (NPT), since its inception, is considered as universal arms control agreement, which has been adhered to by all states except India, North Korea,

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  • Now that it’s headed to the grey list, Pakistan faces real economic risks too0

      Michael Kugelman  26 February, 2018 The FATF decision is bad and good news for Pakistan. Getting grey-listed is much less serious, particularly on reputational levels, than getting blacklisted. Pakistan may have dodged a bigger bullet, but it’s far from being out of the woods. After much anticipation, speculation, and confusion, we now know that the

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  • Gulf crisis upends fiction of a separation of sports and politics0

    By James M. Dorsey        26/2/2018 The Gulf crisis that has pitted World Cup host Qatar against a United Arab Emirates-Saudi Arabia-led alliance for the past eight months is showing up the fiction of a separation of sports and politics. Regional and international soccer bodies seeking to police the ban on a mixing

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  • South African Corruption with Indian Flavor0

    Jacob Zuma resigned as the President of South Africa on 14th February after days of defying orders from the ruling African National Congress to leave office. This came on the eve of a no-confidence vote against him in the parliament. The 75 year old Zuma’s resignation in a televised address to the nation ended an

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  • CANADA NEED TO RELOOK IT’S IMMIGRANT POLICY0

    by N.S. Venkataraman     23/2/2018 After the conclusion of the much publicised week-long visit of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to India and as he settles down in the aircraft for his return trip to Canada, Prime minister Justin Trudeau should be wondering as to why his visit to India virtually became an anti-climax. The

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  • “An entire generation lost”: Analysing the true casualties of war in Afghanistan0

    by Anant Mishra     23/2/2018 Introduction A vicious cycle of “violence, ignorance, seclusion, ethnic conflicts, and socio-economic instability”, resulted in the loss of an entire generation in Afghanistan; furthermore, failure of international communities, global aid organizations, think tanks and international political institutions such as the UN, to timely and adequately assist the Afghan masses could potentially

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