• India-Pakistan Strife and Diplomatic Logjam0

    by Sunil Kumar 22 June 2019 The Balakot air strikes carried out by Indian Air Force against alleged terrorist camps inside the territory of Pakistan on 26th of February, 2019 hangs like an albatross around the neck of South Asian region. Post strikes, the diplomatic standoff and one-upmanship maneuvering between India and Pakistan is leading

  • Sri Lanka’s Muslims bloodied by Buddhism0

    By Ana Pararajasingham June 20, 2019 Sri Lanka has become more fragile, fractured and polarized following the Easter Sunday bomb attacks as the country’s Muslims are harassed and subjected to violence by mobs of Sinhala Buddhists who form the majority of the island’s population. Although those targeted by jihadist violence on Easter Sunday were the

  • Bangladesh: LDC graduation: Progress brings its own challenges0

    by Shamsul Alam    20 June 2019 The development progress of Bangladesh, measured in terms of income, poverty and human development, is truly impressive, especially after 2009. Between FY1974 and FY 2018, per capita income increased from $90 to $1,752, the incidence of moderate poverty declined from 72 per cent to 22 per cent, average life

  • Bangladesh And Revenge Politics: To What End?1

    “Revenge, the sweetest morsel to mouth that ever was cooked in hell.” ~Sir Walter Scott from The Heart Of Mid-Lothian Revenge politics has long been the bedrock of Sheikh Hasina’s personal and political motto and raison d’etre. The people of Bangladesh are well aware of this unwelcome fact, which has, very regrettably, become mundane in

  • US-India relations0

    by Tridivesh Singh Maini and Mahitha Lingala 18 June 2019 Introduction While in certain areas, especially pertaining to terrorism and cooperation in the Indo-Pacific, India-US ties may be witnessing an upswing, there are serious differences on critical economic and strategic issues, such as India’s economic relations with Iran, disputes over trade issues between Washington and

  • Toward Post Terror Stability In Sri Lanka0

    by IPCS June 18, 2019 By Asanga Abeyagoonasekera A few weeks ago, a security expert who has studied the so-called Islamic State (IS) rightly said to this author, that “Your country was ‘staged’.” While the IS attempted to take credit for the attacks, they do not appear to have been directed by the group. Those

  • Sri Lanka; West giving up on Ranil, too?0

    N Sathiya Moorthy 17 June 2019 Whoever said that the nation is yet to become normal post-Easter blasts need to have their eyes and ears tested – some, even their minds and brains. In which other nation would you have the President and Prime Minister fly out overseas almost at the same time, only weeks after a


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