• STARTING THE NEW YEAR WITH A BANG AND A WHIMPER0

    by William Milam 19 January 2020 I was disconnected, electronically and, to some extent psychologically, from current events during December. I have now reconnected, and being so has its downsides. As I came back online, President Trump had another brain cramp and appeared to be preparing to start a war with Iran. I guess we

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  • Escalating to De-Escalate – From Balakot to Ain al-Asad0

    By Waqas Jan    18 January 2020 With tensions between the United States and Iran dramatically escalating just days into the new year, the risks of a new and even more damaging war erupting in the Middle East have once again reached worrying levels. This was sparked by the brazen US drone strike which targeted General

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  • Strategic stability in the new decade: Ports of Asia in a period of escalation0

    by ASANGA ABEYAGOONASEKERA 19 January 2020 “The previous Government gave it [Hambanthota Port] on a 99-year lease, and even though China is a good friend of ours and we need their assistance for development, I am not afraid to say that was a mistake.” Gotabaya Rajapaksa[i] 2020 dawns with a US airstrike. The significance of

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  • Unforgettable Zia, As I Knew Him0

    By R Chowdhury 23 May 2019 Following my escape from Pakistan Army in 1971, I was posted to Z Force of Colonel Ziaur Rahman in the eastern theater of the Bangladesh liberation war. The nearly 20-day journey took me from Lahore to Khem Karan to Rajoke to Ferozepur to Delhi to Kolkata to Agartala and

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  • Bangladesh: The Quagmire Of The CAA And The NRC0

    January 17, 2020 Those who will not reason are bigots, those who cannot are fools and those who dare not are slaves. ~Lord Byron by Sabria Chowdhury Balland   17 January 2020 Recent political developments in India have opened up a Pandora’s box, to say the least. These developments are overtly targeting the country’s largest minority,

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  • India: HARMONY OF RELIGIONS0

    by Eduardo Faleiro 17 January 2020 Religion has emerged as a major source of conflict across the globe. Ideological strife has now given place to the “clash of civilizations” and it is felt that in the foreseeable future, religion will be a major source of conflict within and among nations. The possibilities of conflict are

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  • Justifying a Pakistani Response to India’s Hybrid Warfare Campaign0

    By: Haris Bilal Malik 17 January 2020 Hybrid warfare has irreversibly changed the dynamics of war in the contemporary era. In a way, it can be perceived as forming a ‘new normal’ that has also transformed the nature of warfare in South Asia, one of the most volatile regions of the world. There is no

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  • Iran crisis: A high-stakes bet on who blinks first1

    By James M. Dorsey 15 January 2020 Two sets of US government cables suggest that Iran hawks in and outside the Trump administration appear to have the upper hand as European countries give hardliners a helping hand by attempting to force Iran to seek a diplomatic solution to a crisis that threatens to engulf the

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  • India: Muslim Ladies Hit Headlines!0

    by Nilofar Suhrawardy 14 January 2020 Muslim ladies who had not ever stepped out of their homes to participate in any demonstration are now in news all over the world. They have been protesting at Shaheen Bagh, New Delhi now for over a month. Unfazed by biting cold and even showers, the women’s demonstration at

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  • India: Politics in the time of anti-CAA row0

    by Nava Thakuria 12 January 2020 Defying the relentless protests by a number of organizations in the Brahmaputra valley of Assam, the Union government in New Delhi has lately imposed the citizenship amendment act 2019 (CAA) by bringing the gazette notification and it was another reason to make the people in northeast India angry and

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  • Soleimani’s death opens a door to alternative security arrangements in the Gulf0

    By James M. Dorsey | January 7, 2020 A podcast version of this story is available on Soundcloud, Itunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, Spreaker, Pocket Casts, Tumblr, Podbean, Audecibel, Patreon and Castbox. The US killing of Iranian general Qassim Soleimani has further opened the door to a potential restructuring of the Gulf’s security architecture. In line

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  • The Baghdad Air Strike: Pre-emptive self-defence or Assassination?0

    By Devansh Kaushik | January 9, 2020 Introduction In the early hours of January 3, missiles launched by a USAF MQ9 Reaper slammed into a convoy exiting the Baghdad International Airport, killing Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Mohandes, deputy commander of an Iraqi militia. General Soleimani was the leader of the elite

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  • Does Modi’s J-K move shut the door on Lankan intervention?0

    N Sathiya Moorthy | Rediff.com | 7 January 2020  The problem for India may not stop with abrogation of Article 370 and the possibility of Sri Lanka telling them that the ethnic issue was an ‘internal affair’ of that nation — if and when it came to that. Citing the Centre’s decision to bifurcate Jammu

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  • Iran plays chess, the US plays backgammon0

    By James M. Dorsey | January 9, 2020 A podcast version of this story is available on Soundcloud, Itunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, Spreaker, Pocket Casts, Tumblr, Podbean, Audecibel, Patreon and Castbox. Iranians play chess, Americans play backgammon when it comes to warfare, military strategy and conflict management. That is becoming increasingly obvious in the US-Iranian

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