• A game of chess: Gulf crisis expands into the Horn of Africa0

      By James M. Dorsey        January 3, 2018 The six-month-old Gulf crisis has expanded to the Horn Africa, potentially fuelling simmering regional conflicts. Renewed fears of heightened tension in the Horn, a region pockmarked by foreign military bases that straddles key Indian Ocean trade roots with its 4,000-kilometre coastline, was sparked by

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  • Afghanistan Mining Potential, Challenges And Way Forward0

    By Mohammad Ismail Amin       January 2, 2018 Afghanistan’s strategic location is not only of an immense importance but also the tremendous natural resources the country possesses. According to AISA research, there are various types of valuable minerals in Afghanistan that are yet to be unearthed. Afghanistan potential as a rich country in terms

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  • What’s the UN doing to Stopping Genocide of the Rohingyas of Myanmar?0

    By  Habib Siddiqui     January 1, 2017   One of the sinister methods employed to justify genocide has been to deny the history of the targeted victims. And that is what the criminal Buddhists within the apartheid state of Myanmar has been doing for nearly 70 years since earning independence from Britain on January 4, 1948.

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  • Iranian protests raise tricky questions for US and Saudi policymakers0

    By James M. Dorsey       January 1, 2017 If Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s chequered foreign policy track record is anything to go by, Iran could tempt him to embark on yet another risky adventure inspired by widespread anti-government protests in Iran, the real focus of his multiple regional quagmires that include the

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  • Growing Inequality Dulls India’s Sheen0

      December 25, 2017 YaleGlobal Online By YaleGlobal Online India’s economy surges, but inequality threatens democracy, culture and security with 80 percent of wealth in the hands of 10 percent. By Riaz Hassan* Spectacular economic growth over the past three decades has made India a global economic powerhouse. Between 1990 and 2016, India’s economy grew

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  • Defiance of Nuclear Deterrence and Indian Space Militarization0

    By: Ahyousha Khan     27, December 2017 For South Asian Nuclear Deterrence, the year 2017 was quite arduous owing to the unending arms race in the region between two bellicose nuclear neighbors. If we look at the arms race trajectory of South Asia, first it was only limited to terrestrial bases but in recent years

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  • AFTER A CHURCH WAS ATTACKED, PAKISTANI CHRISTIANS CELEBRATED CHRISTMAS UNDER SECURITY0

    By Aftab Alexander Mughal (December 26, 2017) – Despite the security challenges, Pakistan Christians, a tiny minority, celebrated Christmas with religious fervor. Just a week before the Christmas day, another terrorist attack struck a church in Pakistan. By attacking the church in Quetta, which was full of worshipers, the Islamic State (also known as ISIS)

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  • BANGLADESH; WHAT WE LEARN FROM 20170

    F R Chowdhury, December 28, 2017 As we come to the end of 2017, I try to recollect the headline news of Bangladesh published in various papers. I can summarise them in a few major items: Deaths due to road/ traffic accidents; Mass rape and rape of minors; Extra-judicial killings and disappearances; and Rohingya crisis.

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  • Challenging the Saudi Crown Prince: Alwaleed bin Talal toughs it out0

    By James M. Dorsey Incarcerated for almost two months in a gilded cage in Riyadh’s luxurious Ritz Carlton Hotel, Saudi billionaire businessman Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal appears to be putting up a fight that could challenge Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s assertion that his two month-old purge of scores of members of the ruling family,

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  • The Killing of Ali Abdullah Saleh – Is Peace in Yemen Possible?   1

    By James M. Dorsey Based on remarks at a 19 December 2017 NUS Middle East Institute seminar The Middle East being the Middle East, everything is interrelated. What happens in the region impacts Yemen and what happens in Yemen impacts the region. The crisis in Yemen, like many conflicts in the Middle East, did not

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  • Changing Political Horizons in Sri Lanka?0

      by Asanga Abeyagoonasekera “Yet you don’t have any democratic machinery—voting, and so on?” “ Oh, no. Our people would be completely shocked by having to declare that one policy was completely right and another completely wrong.” James Hilton, Lost Horizon The circumstances were right in 1933 for James Hilton to craft the image of

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  • Dark Clouds of Islamism Over Pakistan0

    Dr. Nasir Khan, December 19, 2017 Islam, in Pakistan, has transformed from a multidimensional universal religion into an ossified and stilted cult of Islamism. How this happened has a historical context, beginning in 1947 when Pakistan emerged as a new state. The division of India at the end of the British Raj was only possible

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  • What’s the UN doing to Stopping Genocide of the Rohingyas of Myanmar?0

    By Habib Siddiqui One of the sinister methods employed to justify genocide has been to deny the history of the targeted victims. And that is what the criminal Buddhists within the apartheid state of Myanmar has been doing for nearly 70 years since earning independence from Britain on January 4, 1948. Instead of carrying out

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  • Trading Jerusalem for Iran0

    By James M. Dorsey US president Donald J. Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem potentially sets the stage for a controversial American effort to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict backed by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. The United States and the two Gulf states see a US peace plan-in-the-making as a way of paving the way

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