• ‘Defending’ Hambantota, still!0

    by Sathiya Moorthy  2 May 2018 The problem with a grandiose plan of the Hambantota kind is that every time some security analyst or the media of a third nation passes and adverse remark, then the partner-governments ‘defend’ their dream project. The problem with China’s BRI, or ‘Belt and Road Initiative’, is that there is nothing

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  • Shifting energy import patterns enhance China’s clout in the Middle East0

      By James M. Dorsey       2/5/2018 Subtle shifts in Chinese energy imports suggest that China may be able to exert influence in the Middle East in alternative and subtle ways that do not involve military or overt economic pressure. The shifts involve greater dependency of the Gulf states on oil and gas exports

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  • State’s Hegemony and Ethnic Conflict: The Case of Tamils in Sri Lanka0

    By Ashawti CK and Rajeesh CS     1/5/2018 Introduction Communal strife and civil war in Sri Lanka lasted more than sixty-four years. This paper analyzes the state’s direct support to the ethnic and religious antagonism that fuelled it, the political miscalculations that precipitated it and the mistrust which permeated both battling sides. In the first section,

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  • “New dimension of Japan’s public diplomacy.”0

    By Maham Akhtar      1/5/2018 Public diplomacy is the way in which government and private sector directly or indirectly influence public positions and opinions in such a way that these opinions influence the international political decision-making process of another government. Diplomatic activity is meant for progression of national interests with practices of persuasion. The

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  • Democracy, autocracy and military rule0

    M A Hossain      1/5/2018 None of the real democracies in the world are at all concerned about military intervention, because the members of their Armed Forces are genuine patriots. They never show any ambition in intervening in politics unless the politicians are caught to be enemies of the nations. The tendency of democratic

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  • Khadim Hussain Rizvi and Rise of Religious Extremism 2.0 in Pakistan0

    by Mehmood Hussain           1/5/2018 Introduction Until January 4, 2011 nobody was aware of Allama Khadim Hussain Rizvi, who later gained popularity for his firebrand style of oratory. Khadim Hussain Rizvi is a religious cleric born on June 22, 1966, in the Pindi Gheb area of Attock District Punjab. A Hafiz-e-Quran and

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  • The new and real Bangladesh paradox0

      William Milam  30 Apr 2018 Is Bangladesh heading toward more acute political instability and renewed internal violence? The Awami League government faces allegations of a concerted persecution of its opponents   I had thought of writing again this week about the Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM). It has had an interesting two weeks since I wrote about

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