• Kazakhstan – Chairman of the UN Security Council0

    by Nasrullah Brohi   27/1/2018 The UN Security Council is waiting for an interesting time. At least, such a conclusion can be drawn from the stated working agenda for the next month. In January 2018, the UN Security Council was headed by one of its non-permanent members, the Republic of Kazakhstan. This young, ambitious country has

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  • Unrest in Iran will continue until religious rule ends0

    Haidar Khezri, Indiana University The two-week protest movement that rocked cities across Iran earlier this year has largely subsided, but the fallout from the government’s harsh response has just begun. More than 3,700 people were arrested and 23 were killed in sometimes violent nationwide marches that started on Dec. 28, 2017, in response to an

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  • Development challenges Bangladesh faces0

    Implementation of the Development challenges Bangladesh faces: Challenges and way forward Shamsul Alam | January 25, 2018 Development of Bangladesh is about defying various odds ranging from frequent devastating disasters to managing the highly dense population and emerging as a development puzzle. Social achievement in Bangladesh has superseded the economic one. Recognition from the international

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  • Avoiding Nuclear Crises In Asia0

    January 24, 2018 RSIS Confrontations between nuclear-armed states in Northeast and South Asia conform to a historical pattern of brinkmanship mixed with caution. But with risks still serious, a more effective response is required. By Rajesh Basrur The spectre of nuclear war, once thought to be receding with the end of the Cold War, is

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  • US Strategy In Afghanistan Requires Diplomacy And Military Power0

      January 24, 2018 YaleGlobal Online To ensure a stable Afghanistan, convincing the Taliban to negotiate, the United States must cooperate with China and Pakistan. By Ehsan M. Ahrari* President Donald Trump desperately needs to win the ongoing war in Afghanistan. But the Central Asian state of 35 million people continues to offer hard choices

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  • India’s Pursuit of Missile Development and Strategic Stability in South Asia0

    India once again tested a long-range Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) with a range of 5-5500 km. The missile is capable of delivering a payload of 1.5 tons, enough to carry a fusion and fissile nuclear warhead. This is the fifth missile of the Agni series. Previously India tested the Agni-1 with 700km range, Agni-2 with

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  • US Has Treated Poor Countries Like Shitholes For Decades0

      By John Feffer, January 24, 2018 The United States has never invaded Norway. It has never bombed Oslo. It has never rounded up Norwegians and thrown them in Guantanamo. Perhaps some U.S. diplomats have referred to the country as “shithole” — because the food’s rather bland and the nightlife rather staid — but the

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  • Single Member District- A Firm Step in Materialization of Greater Stability in Afghanistan0

    by Ahmadullah Archiwal       24/1/20189 If elections are meant to earn legitimacy through the representation of a particular populace, then higher is the turnout in an election greater will be the legitimacy of a regime and vice versa. The questions of representation and regime legitimacy are mainly addressed through elections in the post-2001 Afghanistan.

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  • Iran: Protests and threat of renewed sanctions focus economic thinking0

    By James M. Dorsey Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei appears in the wake of recent anti-government protests to have put his weight behind President Hasan Rouhani’s repeated calls for reduced military and Revolutionary Guards involvement in the economy. Mr. Khamenei signalled his support by ordering the military and the Guards to start divesting from

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  • Whither Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s ‘moderate’ Islam?0

    By James M. Dorsey   23/1/2018 Recent Algerian media reports detailing Saudi propagation of a quietist, apolitical yet supremacist and anti-pluralistic form of Sunni Muslim ultra-conservatism raises questions about the scope of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s commitment to what he has termed ‘moderate’ Islam. So does Saudi missionary activity in Yemen. The missionary activities

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  • Eleven Journalists Killed, 46 Attacked, 27 Cases of Police Action: Report on Press Freedom 20170

    By The Wire Staff on 20/01/2018 From Gauri Lankesh’s murder to defamation suits, attacks on the media have become commonplace. Credit: Karnika Kohli/The Wire New Delhi: The ‘India Freedom Report: Media Freedom and Freedom of Expression in 2017’ by The Hoot confirms with data what an alarming year 2017 was for journalists, including photographers and stringers,

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  • Gulf crisis turns Qatar into the ‘region’s Israel’0

    By James M. Dorsey Prominent US constitutional lawyer and scholar Alan M. Dershowitz raised eyebrows when he described Qatar as “the Israel of the Gulf states.” Known for his hard-line pro-Israel views, Mr. Dershowitz drew his conclusion following an all-expenses paid trip to the Gulf state. Mr. Dershowitz argued that Qatar like Israel was “surrounded

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  • Society, Rights and Tradition0

    by Aishwarya Chaturvedi      19/1/2018 The idea of a society which we confront is not something given by nature but instead that which was crafted by human beings in the past and that which is constantly being made and remade by them in the present. Neither in respect of individuals nor in respect of society,

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  • Pretending to be savior of Bengalis in Assam0

      By Nava Thakuria       18/1/2018 For many people in eastern India, Bangladeshi means Bengali. It indicates that everyone living in Bangladesh must be a Bengali. But in reality, Bangladesh is a tiny neighboring nation with a secular identity comprising various ethnic tribes. The populous country is however dominated by Muslim population where almost

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