• Questioning the Novelty of India’s New Normal0

    By Haris Bilal Malik 25 Janaury 2020 In recent years Indian notions of Pre-emption and so-called surgical strikes have been referred to as the ‘new normal’ by many in India. These have contributed to further affecting the security, stability and strategic equilibrium in the South Asian region. This is evident in how the top-brass within

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  • Iran crisis test drives fundaments of Trump’s foreign policy0

    By James M. Dorsey A podcast version of this story is available on Soundcloud, Itunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, Spreaker, Pocket Casts, Tumblr, Podbean, Audecibel, Patreon and Castbox. At the core of US president Donald J. Trump’s maximum pressure campaign against Iran lies the belief that Iran can be forced to negotiate terms for the lifting

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  • From Scapegoat Back to Key Ally – Pakistan and the Perils of US Maximalism0

    by M. Waqas Jan 25 January 2020 In the two years since President Trump accused Pakistan of giving nothing but deceit and lies, relations between both countries seem to have undergone a dramatic turnaround. This is evident not only in the official narrative being put forth by both countries with respect to one another, but

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  • Inheritance of divisive politics in modern Sri Lanka0

    by Dr. Chandra Prakash Singh 24 January 2020 In course of time Sri Lanka became a mosaic of cultural, religious, ethnic and logistic diversities. Sinhalese and Tamils are the most dominating communities. The heterogeneous nature of Sri Lanka is instrumental in generating a plethora of internal and external threats to the nation. Since 1833 the

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  • India-Pakistan: Stitched in Multilateral Interests0

    by Shamsa Nawaz 24 January 2020 Bilaterally botched relationship, Pakistan and India would be working together in an economic and strategic multilateral forum of Eurasia’s Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). The China-led Organization has eight members – India, Kazakhstan, China, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan – and four observer states, Afghanistan, Belarus, Iran and Mongolia.

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  • CAA and NRC – A Nightmare for Bangladesh Future Growth Sustainability0

    by Ishaal Zehra 23 January 2020 Shaikh Hasina, the premier of Bangladesh, has long been accused of sacrificing her country’s interests and selling out to India by her political critics. This narrative intensified when the videos of Abrar Farhad, a student at the elite Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, went viral which showed how

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  • China’s a factor in India’s regional approach0

    By Manoj Kumar Mishra 23 January 2020 The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) has been a recurrent hostage to downturns in India-Pakistan relations, which has often led New Delhi to turn to subregional initiatives, as has been witnessed by the current prime minister’s invitation to the member countries of the Bay of Bengal

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  • The Indian Ocean Rorschach test0

    by Nilanthi Samarnayake, January 22, 2020 The Rorschach test asks viewers to describe their interpretations of a series of inkblots. Like the psychological test, how observers interpret what is taking place in the Indian Ocean depends on their strategic orientation, argues Nilanthi Samaranayake (CNA, Washington). A map of the Indian Ocean evokes a wide range of potential

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  • Maldives: Need to secure Indian Ocean with India’s lead0

    N Sathiya Moorthy 22 January 2020 The week-end Colombo meeting India’s National Security Advisor (NSA), Ajit K Doval, had with Sri Lankan President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa should be of as much interest to common neighbour Maldives, if not more, compared to the other two. This is particularly so in the aftermath of the recent Maldivian acknowledgement

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  • China and India place risky bets on Muslim acquiescence to anti-Muslim policies0

    By James M. Dorsey 20 January 2020 A podcast version of this story is available on Soundcloud, Itunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, Spreaker, Pocket Casts, Tumblr, Podbean, Audecibel, Patreon and Castbox. Last month’s Islamic summit in Malaysia failed to challenge with a bang Saudi influence in the Islamic world and Muslim silence about repression of adherents

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  • The 1969 Mass Uprising in East Pakistan: As I saw it2

    by Taj Hashmi 20 January 2020 This is my eyewitness account of events, which took place in erstwhile East Pakistan, exactly 51 years back in January-February 1969. Although not fully comparable with what 1789 signifies for France, yet 1969 signalled the beginning of some revolutionary changes in the history of Pakistan. It witnessed the end

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  • Sri Lanka: High-voltage visits and the UNHRC0

    N Sathiya Moorthy 21 January 2020 Barring international or regional conferences that he is hosting, very rarely do Third World leaders especially get to receive representatives of some of the world’s most powerful powers, all within 24 hours. President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa now has his ‘second coming’ after the day he was sworn in to office only

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  • Many Rivers, One Sea: Bangladesh and the Challenges of Islamic Militancy – Book review1

      Review by Arnold Zeitlin 19 January 2020 Writing as Joseph Allchin, the author lays out in vivid, if not bloody, detail, the persistence in contemporary Bangladesh of violent extremism in the name of Islam. He has produced one of the best compilations of terror in Bangladesh in English and between two covers. Allchin, who has

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  • How well equipped is Pakistan Military for modern warfare0

    by Kashif Mehmood 19 January 2020 The Post Balakot episode of 27 Feb, 2019 was an eye Opener for the people sitting at the helm of affairs  in New Delhi , the Military masterminds of India and the Defense top brass .  Apparently un-nerved, composed on TV screens and going with the usual rhetoric of

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