• Redefining the secular mode for India0

    By Romila Thapar   18/1/2018 17 January 2018 India needs to own its historical secularism, rather than reject it as an alien concept, to move the country towards more just governance. Flickr / M. Aditya Bharadwaj Let us begin with the assumption that we want a secular society in India. How then would one define it?

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  • IGNORANCE, JEALOUSY, AND HATRED BRING SELF DESTRUCTION0

    F R Chowdhury   17.1.2018 Donald Trump had a simple and easy slogan for his election campaign – MAGA – make America great again. Many think that Trump was trying to refer to Barrack Obama presidency period as a dark chapter and promised to bring back the white supremacy again. Obama is not only black, but

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  • WHAT VANCOUVER DIALOGUE MUST CONSIDER?0

      U.S. secretary of state Rex Tillerson and his Canadian counterpart Chrystia Freeland made the announcement of Vancouver dialogue to take place on 16 January in order to deal with North Korean (DPRK) nuclear crisis. Countries like South Korea and Japan are also participating as they are directly under threat from DPRK. Astonishingly, India is pitching in the conference

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  • Nepal: As Political Revolution Completed, Massive Challenges Ahead for Economic Transformations0

    By Hari Prasad Shrestha Proper execution of federalism is of utmost importance agenda for prosperity in Nepal. The country has been devastated by great earthquake and reconstruction of infrastructures need great attention for its timely completion. It is necessary to increase employment opportunities for the population of the country and to work abroad through growth

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  • The Untold Story of India-North Korean Secret Nuclear Connection:0

    by Syed Zain Jaffery   15/1/2018 North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in his 2018 New Year’s address proudly declared, “The entire mainland of the US is within the range of our nuclear weapons, and the nuclear button is always on the desk of my office.” The US president Trump immediately took to the twitter, his favorite

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  • Nuclear Deterrence Equation in South Asia: Chess vs. Chess0

    by Asma Khalid     15/1/2018 The supreme art of war is to subdue enemy without fighting: Sun Tzu Deterrence equilibrium in South Asia serves as an assurance for peace and stability in the region. The strategic significance of nuclear weapon in the South Asian security equation is undeniable because these weapons reduce the chances of

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  • Trumpism and the Diplomatic Dragon: Balancing Interests in the New Year0

    by Prof. Asanga Abeyagoonasekera        14/1/2018 “I’m gonna do what’s right. I want to be unpredictable, The voters want unpredictability” -Donald J Trump Trumpism thrives. It influences decisions with a sense of unpredictability, and the effects of Trumpism on policy has affected the entire world. The release of the National Security Strategy articulates

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  • Salafi mission calls into question Saudi concept of moderation and policy in Yemen0

    By James M. Dorsey  January 13, 2017 Plans to open a Salafi missionary centre in the Yemeni province of Al Mahrah on the border with Oman and Saudi Arabia raise questions about Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salah’s concept of a moderate form of Islam. The questions are prompted by the fact that Prince Mohammed

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  • Iranian Protests Expose Contours Of Leadership In Muslim World0

      Credit: Iran Review January 12, 2018 By James M. Dorsey If week-long anti-government protests in Iran exposed the Islamic republic’s deep-seated economic and political problems, they also laid bare Saudi Arabia’s structural inability to establish itself as the leader of the Sunni Muslim world. The responses to the protests of major Sunni Muslim countries

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  • Saudi sports: The dark side of Crown Prince Mohammed’s reforms0

    By James M. Dorsey      January 11, 2018 Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman will be putting his best foot forward when enthusiastic women soccer fans this week attend for the first time a men’s soccer match in the kingdom. The event symbolizes the social and economic changes Prince Mohammed is introducing in his

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  • South Asia 2018: A few prospects0

    Luciane Noronha M. de Oliveira South Asia is one of the most unstable regions of the world. Last year, the subcontinent saw old issues becoming more complex and new problems that will continue to shape and influence its countries’ domestic politics and the security environment this year. This article aims to point out three critical

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  • Pakistani politics risk aggravating problems and heightening regional tension0

    By James M. Dorsey Self-serving Pakistani politics threaten to aggravate the country’s myriad problems that have strained its relations with the United States and could heighten tension in the restless, key geo-strategic region of Balochistan, a vital node bordering Iran in China’s Belt and Road initiative and the earmarked home for the People’s Republic’s second

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  • Afghanistan’s Overstayed House guest : US Strategic Regional Interests0

      By Adnan Qaiser,   January 8, 2018   Winston Churchill held the view that Americans can be trusted to do the right thing; only after having exhausted all other alternatives. Defying common sense and international counsel to bring about a political solution in Afghanistan, US has not only reenergized its (aerial-dominated) military campaign to defeat

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  • Covert wars: Iran and Saudi Arabia revisit their strategies0

    By James M. Dorsey Expressions of support by US President Donald J. Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu have provided the grist for Iranian claims that anti-government protests were instigated by foreign powers. The largely baseless assertions offer nonetheless insight into the very different strategies adopted by Iran and Saudi Arabia in their vicious

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