• Xinjiang: Pan-Turkism fuels China’s hearts-and-minds campaign0

    By James M. Dorsey       13/7/2018 Chinese efforts to woo Saudi Arabia’s ethnic Chinese community highlight the People’s Republic’s effort to avert criticism from the Muslim world of its crackdown in the north-western province of Xinjiang and strengthen relations with the kingdom and Middle Eastern nations. The efforts to woo a community, a significant

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  • Dangers of maritime piracy, hidden figures and the need to secure the Indian Ocean0

        The Indian Ocean has immense strategic and economic value, due to trade and commercial activities. However, maritime crime which includes: piracy, human, drug and weapons trafficking have posed a threat to safe navigation of the seas. A Stimson Institute study (2012) on maritime security challenges in Indian Ocean region identifies the following: it

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  • US-India relationship in need of a reboot0

    Michael Kugelman    July 12, 2018 Back on June 27, the White House abruptly postponed a summit, scheduled to take place in Washington on July 6, between Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Defense James Mattis and their Indian counterparts Sushma Swaraj and Nirmala Sitharaman. Pompeo, in a phone call with Swaraj, cited “unavoidable reasons” for

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  • Afghanistan: A Theatre for Managing India-China Rivalry0

    By Chayanika Saxena July 10, 2018    The 21st century has been described as the “Asian Century”. For good and bad and for right and wrong reasons, the century in which we live appears to be centred on this vast continent both temporally and spatially. Not only is Asia home to myriad conflicts, but this

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  • Xinjiang: China ignores lessons from the past0

    By James M. Dorsey      July 11, 2018 A Chinese campaign to forcibly assimilate ethnic Uyghurs in its north-western province of Xinjiang in a bid to erase nationalist sentiment, counter militancy, and create an ‘Uyghur Islam with Chinese characteristics’ ignores lessons learnt not only from recent Chinese history but also the experience of others.

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  • Sri Lanka: Scientific rigging0

    Sathiya Moorthy    10 July 2018    Election Commission Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya and his two fellow-members need to be commended for being persistent with their efforts to have the much-delayed Provincial Council (PC) polls conducted at least before the year is out. But no one is really convinced that the Election Commission can pull out a

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  • SAARC in coma, China throws another challenging regional initiative0

    N Sathiya Moorthy,  10 July 2018 In an event not much publicised in India, China, on 15 June, launched the ‘First China-South Asia Cooperation Forum’ (CSACF) in Yunnan Province. It was also attended by the Indian Consul-General in Guangzhou, Sailas Thangal. The parallel, yet unasked question, either at or outside the CSACF venue, was if the

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  • Sri Lanka: Now, Wiggy in the Box0

    N Sathiya Moorthy  7 July 2018 Through a least-publicised interim order with constitutional consequences otherwise, the Court of Appeal has stayed Northern Province Chief Minister C V Wigneswaran’s unilateral removal of Fisheries and Transport Minister P Deniswaran in August last year. According to available media reports, the Bench comprising Justices Kumudini Wickramasinghe and Janaka de Silva

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  • Bangladesh’s Unemployment Nightmare for college graduates!0

    By Habib Siddiqui     7/7/2018 The other day I was talking with Raju, an unemployed Bangladeshi with a graduate degree in Pharmacy. After graduating from a private university, he briefly worked as a lecturer for a college. Although he was teaching three days a week, he was required to be present there every weekday. The

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  • Could Ashraf Ghani Become The Gandhi Of Afghanistan? 0

    July 6, 2018 Zarif Aminyar Dr. Ghani a theorist, thinker, World Bank economist and professor of John Hopkins University was elected as the president of Afghanistan following a controversial, problematic and contentious presidential election in 2014. Dr. Ghani and his election rival Dr. Abdullah were agreed to form the National Unity Government (NUG) proposed by

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  • Afghanistan: Tug Of War Between Western Educated Technocrats And Strongmen0

    By Ahmad Shah Katawazai*   July 7, 2018 At a critical moment when the Afghan government and U.S. troops are fighting against emerging ISIS-K and after a successful temporary ceasefire when a new momentum is taking place for peace talks with Taliban insurgents, warlords and strongmen pose a brazen challenge to the central government. The national

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  • Pakistan’s financial crisis puts Belt and Road on the spot0

      By James M. Dorsey    7/7/2018 Increased Pakistani dependence on China to help it avert resorting to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to avoid a financial and economic crisis spotlights fears that the terms of Chinese investment in massive Belt and Road-related projects would not pass international muster. Concerns that China’s US$ 50 billion

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  • Threats to scribes are omnipresent now0

    by Nava Thakuria     6/7/2018 As we were preparing to complete the first half of 2018, shocking news broke from America, one of the professed liberal space for journalists in a democracy on Earth. A gunman stormed into the newsroom of a Maryland newspaper in the USA and killed five media employees including journalists. The

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  • Combatting political violence: Pakistan’s determination is put to the test0

    By James M. Dorsey Pakistan’s determination to crack down on United Nations-designated global terrorists is being put to the test barely two weeks after the South Asian nation evaded blacklisting by an international anti-money laundering and terrorism finance watchdog. A statement by a group widely viewed as a front for UN-designated Jamat-ud-Dawa and its leader,

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