• Maldives: Ahead of presidential polls, West going slow on Yameen?0

    N Sathiya Moorthy      24 April 2018 Through separate but related developments, involving the UNHRC and the EU, the international community (read: West) seems to have resigned to the possibility/inevitability of talking Maldivian democracy with incumbent Abdulla Yameen even after the presidential polls, scheduled for September-October. If it came to that, India as the immediate but recently-estranged

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  • SCO Ministerial Meeting 2018: Missed Opportunities for India and Pakistan?0

    by Bawa Singh, Ph.D.      23/4/2018 SCO Foreign and Defence Ministers Meeting are going to be held in Beijing (China) on 23-24 April 2018. The SCO (2001) has come into existence with the objectives of regional cooperation for the elimination of terrorism, fundamentalism, and secessionism. In due course of time, some other areas like education,

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  • Bangladesh: Tainted Judiciary0

    M A Hossain       24/4/2018 Britain is the oldest democracy, while the United State is one of the finest democracies in the world. Democratic systems also prevail in most of the European nations as well as that of the Australian continent. In Asia, we can see strong democracies in Japan, Republic of Korea, Taiwan,

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  • A CALCULATED MOVE TO WEAKEN JUDICIARY AND DESTABILISE INDIA0

        N.S. Venkataraman      23/4/2018 The move of some opposition political parties in India to impeach the Chief Justice of India is one of the worst incidents happening in India in the last several decades. No member of parliament has been irresponsible enough to vote for impeaching the Chief Justice of India in

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  • Sri Lanka; Travails still for the TNA!0

    Sathiya Moorthy      Colombo, 22 April 2018 If someone thought that the post-LG poll travails of the ruling TNA in the North has had a happy ending, it is not to be – or, so it seems. If anything, the Provincial Council elections in the North, due later this year, could open up new wounds,

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  • Saudi engagement in Iraq: The exception that confirms the rule?0

    By James M. Dorsey     21/4/2018 Stepped up Saudi efforts to forge close diplomatic, economic and cultural ties to Shia-majority Iraq in a bid to counter significant Iranian influence in the country appear to be paying off. The Saudi initiative demonstrates the kingdom’s ability to engage rather than exclusively pursue a muscular, assertive and confrontational

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  • Sri Lanka: Learning it from Bangladesh!0

      Sathiya Moorthy     18 April 2018 For all those, both inside Sri Lanka and outside, who want an ‘instant closure’ to war-crimes probe and all, they only need to look at fellow South Asian nation Bangladesh. Full four decades and more after the ‘Bangladesh freedom war’, the nation has put those that indulged in

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  • Economic Growth Can Help Afghanistan0

    M Ashraf Haidari | APR 18, 2018 SYRIA, North Korea, and Yemen have largely dominated headlines. But Afghanistan also remains in the global conscience. If anything, the much-needed international focus on the campaign against the Taliban has outlined how difficult the fight has become, despite our steady military gains. Frustrated with what many are mistakenly

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  • Impact of Pak-China relations on Sino-India relations0

    Sino-Indian relations have undergone significant changes in last five decades. India and China, however, are seen as important emerging powers in Asia. Their relations went through an active phase of rivalry in the years between 1960’s and 1970’s and then towards cooperation for peace, or some may call it Rapprochement policy after the end of

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  • CONTRAST IN THE APPROACH OF USA AND ALLIES TOWARDS SYRIA AND TIBET0

      N.S. Venkataraman For over seven years, civil war has been going on in Syria between the Syrian government and the rebels. Thousands of people have been killed, many more have been injured, and a large number of people have left Syria and sought asylum in Europe. In the civil war in Syria, the Syrian

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  • Bhutan’s China Policy0

    Abstract Bhutan and China represent two ends of the international system, one being a small power and the other a great power. The annexation of Tibet by China and Bhutan’s close historical and political affinity with India put Bhutan into a dilemma and force always them to pose a question – ‘how to deal with

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  • Sri lanka: A bull, a buffalo and a cart!0

      N Sathiya Moorthy  17 April 2018 JVP’s Anura Kumara Dissanayake may be right in drawing the parallel: that just now, the ‘yahapalana government’ is like a “cart pulled by a bull and a water buffalo, yoked together – and pulling in two different directions”. But then, he too missed the point: where is the man

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  • The Saudi Export of Ultra-conservatism in the Era of MbS – an Update0

      by James M. Dorsey        18/4/2018 Edited remarks at The Middle East and the Geopolitics of Religious Soft Power, Schar School of Policy and Government, George Mason University and the Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution, Washington DC 18-19 April 2018 There has long been the debate about the

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  • Negating Nuclear Bluff0

    Asma Khalid    14/4/2018 The war of words between India and Pakistan’s militaries prove that both South Asian nuclear states are intertwined in a traditional security competition. Indian Army Chief Gen. Bipin Rawat, while delivering the annual Army dinner, stated:”We will call the (nuclear) bluff of Pakistan. If we will have to confront the Pakistanis,

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