• Uproar over diplomat’s car crash strains ties between US and Pakistan0

    By Michael Kugelman May 18, 2018 Pakistani protesters carry placards during a demonstration against the killing of a local resident in a car accident involving a US diplomat in Islamabad on April 25, 2018. Michael Kugelman is the senior associate for South Asia at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington. You can

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  • Sri-Lanka: Who then wants to ‘retire’ gracefully?0

      N Sathiya Moorthy, 16 May 2018 It does not require great wisdom to guess why President Maithripala Sirisena said that he would not retire from active politics in 2020, when the next polls to the nation’s highest office is due, by early January. His predecessor-boss, Mahinda Rajapaksa, has hit the nail on the head when

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  • Ex-Pakistani Prime Minister puts Pakistani military and China on the spot0

    By James M. Dorsey       16/5/2018 Ousted Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif kicked up a storm when he earlier this month seemingly admitted that Pakistan had supported militants who attacked multiple targets in Mumbai in 2008, killing 166 people. Mr. Sharif’s admission, which he has since tried to walk back, put a finger on

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  • Sino-Russian axis moves India to secure other friendships0

    India has heavily reordered its policies to survive against the (Sino-Russian) axial threat – reliance on past sentimentalism and old friendships is being challenged by the new global geostrategic environmental revamp, writes Adrij Chakraborty for South Asia Monitor May 12, 2018, By Adrij Chakraborty Russian President Vladimir Putin’s landslide victory in the 2018 elections extended

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  • Kashmir: Blow to International Humanitarian Law0

    by Baber Ali Bhatti        15/5/2018 International humanitarian law (IHL) is applicable on both international armed conflict and non-international armed conflict. Given the Kashmir issue, this law, being the major component of international law, has a wider scope and germane applicability on India despite well-staged encounters and operation by its armed forces. Status of

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  • The credibility of India’s Second Strike Capability0

    The third leg of the bourgeoning Nuclear Triad of India is of great significance. In any event, the first strike takes out India’s land-based ballistic nuclear missiles and strategic aviation, then the Indian Navy’s Arihant lurking in the ocean depths to avoid and launch an ambush and retaliatory strikes will render the attacking country unfit

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  • South Asian Strategic Stability and Indian Nuclear Bomb0

    by Ahyousha Khan      15/5/2018 In the history of proliferation, the month of May is of great significance for the South Asian region as in this month both India and Pakistan tested their nuclear weapons. South Asian nuclearization is still interesting, dynamic and dangerous enough to be the issue of concern for not only

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