• Sri Lanka; Insensitivity or worse?0

    N Sathiya Moorthy  25 June 2018 The dust may have quietly settled down as fast as it had appeared on the horizon. Yet, the insensitivity of the Sri Lankan State system to the decades-old ethnic issue stood out like a sore-thumb when President Maithiripala Sirisena swore in his SLFP-UPFA parliamentarian Kader Masthan as a Deputy Minister,

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  • Postrevolutionary Iran; A Political Handbook Hardcover0

      Mehrzad Boroujerdi and Kourosh Rahimkhani,’s new book, Postrevolutionary Iran: A Political Handbook (Syracuse University Press, 2017), traces the political events that mark almost four decades of revolutionary rule and includes biographies of the 2,300 most important political players in the Islamic republic. The book is certain to be a must have reference for anyone

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  • Modi it is for BJP in 2019 but will state allies play along?0

    N Sathiya Moorthy, 27 June 2018 Having focussed excessively on the Congress, and continuously drawing a Modi-Rahul parallel as if it were the sole selling point, the BJP has lost sight of the regional parties that are seeking to take the centre-stage, says N Sathiya Moorthy. Independent of the Bharatiya Janata Party parting company with the

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  • How America Can Win the Drug War in Afghanistan0

    Regional cooperation is needed to curb the flow of precursor chemicals into Afghanistan and export of narcotic products out of the country to other states. by M. Ashraf Haidari This past November, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) released its annual survey of opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan for 2017. As ever, the

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  • A temporary Taliban truce, despite the opportunity it presents, doesn’t mean peace is about to break out anytime soon.0

    By Michael Kugelman| June 26, 2018, 12:03 PM In recent days, unprecedented developments in Afghanistan have brought new hope to one of the most war-stricken countries in the world. The Afghan government and the Taliban declared separate brief cease-fires to mark the Eid al-Fitr holiday. Over a remarkable three-day period, smiling soldiers, civilians, and Taliban

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  • Iran’s Chabahar port is where Asian and Middle Eastern rivalries collide0

    By James M. Dorsey      27/6/2018 Iran’s Indian-back port of Chabahar, inaugurated months before the United States re-imposed sanctions on the Islamic republic, is where Asia and the Middle East’s multiple political conflicts and commercial rivalries collide. Chabahar was destined to become a player in geopolitical and economic manoeuvring between China, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan,

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  • Sri lanka: ‘Machang’, Whither 30/1 now?0

      N Sathiya Moorthy, Colombo 26 June 2018 Responding to a blogger, who addressed him as ‘Machang’ in Sinhala, Atul Keshap, outgoing US Ambassador to Sri Lanka, used the same Buddy slang and said that if we responded to every inaccurate news story that appears, we would have little time for anything else. The reference of course

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  • Why is the world bending over backward for Indo centric US interests?0

    by Uzge Saleem      25/6/2018 There are no permanent friends nor permanent enemies in the international order there is only time confined strategic partners or allies which change with the ever-changing interests and concerns of a state. This pattern has both, a positive and a negative side to it. The state being favored at

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  • Bangladesh – the face of endemic corruption0

    By Habib Siddiqui          25/6/2018 I arrived in Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka last week via the Emirates Airlines. Since the death of my mother some three years ago, I have been visiting Bangladesh more frequently. This latest visit is planned for an extended stay, almost three months so that I could spend some

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  • Malaysia type political ‘earthquake’ awaits for Bangladesh0

    by M A Hossain       25/6/2018 As per the advice of the policymakers of Delhi’s south block, the current autocratic and corruption-plagued government in Bangladesh are determined in holding another fraudulent election with the active collaboration of its loyalist election commission, law enforcing and security agencies as well as some of the opportunist senior

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  • INDIAN GOVERNMENT’S HARD AND INEVITABLE DECISION ON KASHMIR0

    by N.S. Venkataraman         25/6/2018 The unrest and terrorist acts in Kashmir have been continuing for several years now. It appears that those, who want to split Kashmir from India by waging violent war with the tacit support of international terrorist outfits, have now become more bold and determined. No country in the

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  • Nuclear Deterrence and Action-Reaction Paradigm in the Indian Ocean0

    By: Ahyousha Khan        25/6/2018 South Asian security architecture is complex and comprises traditional and non-traditional threats. However, conventional security threats which are of strategic nature hold the center stage within the overall regional security and threat matrix. The destructive power of nuclear weapons gives them the psychological edge over the enemy, and

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  • SCO Ensuring Regional Security and Economic Interests0

    by Qura tul ain Hafeez    25/6/2018 Asia is the region which perhaps shares the most dynamic volatile and complex geostrategic environment. The Asian countries by and far have tried to sort out the emerging issues through different channels and platforms. However, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) is most successful among them until now. SCO is

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  • Malaysian-Saudi relations: A lesson in the pitfalls of authoritarianism and autocracy0

    By James M. Dorsey    24/6/2018 Embattled former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak was the main loser in last month’s election upset that returned Mahathir Mohamad to power as his country’s anti-corruption crusader. Yet, Mr. Razak is not the only one who may be paying the price for allegedly non-transparent and unaccountable governance. So is

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