• Defeat is an Orphan: How Pakistan Lost the Great South Asian War0

    Book Review by Adnan Qaiser, May 2018   Adnan Qaiser, a Research Associate at the Conference of Defence Associations Institute, Canada, with a distinguished career in the armed forces and international diplomacy, reviews Myra MacDonald’s book on Indo-Pakistan relations. The author can be reached at a.qaiser1@yahoo.com   Rarely is history narrated in whole truth; it stays the

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  • May 12: A potentially future-shaping day for the Middle East0

    Credit: Newsrescue.comBy James M. Dorsey      4/5/2018 With US President Donald J. Trump scheduled to announce whether he will uphold the international community’s nuclear agreement on Iran and Iraqi elections slated for the same day, May 12 is gearing up to be a day that could shape the future of the Middle East. May

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  • Investments in the era of SDGs and LDC transition0

    by Shamsul Alam | April 29, 2018  The private sector has been historically playing an important role in economic development of Bangladesh. Almost all the past medium-term development plans have relied on private financing for their implementation. In the seventh Five-Year Plan (7FYP), private sector is expected to finance 77.3 per cent of the total

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  • Gulf crisis escalates as major corporations are forced to take sides0

      By James M. Dorsey      3 May, 2018 The Gulf crisis that pits a United Arab Emirates-Saudi-led alliance against Qatar is escalating in discreet but no less worrisome ways that affect major third-party commercial interests and could increase international pressure for a resolution of the dispute. In a major shift away from Saudi

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  • ‘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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