• Civil Nuclear Cooperation between India, Russia, and Bangladesh: Implication for Pakistan0

    by Asia Maqsood      16 September 2018 India signed a tripartite agreement for the first time with Russia and Bangladesh for civil nuclear cooperation on March 1, 2018. Nuclear Power Cooperation of India Limited (NPCIL) is intended to play an active role in the construction of a nuclear power plant with the proposed supply

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  • Iran: Hawkish Trump0

    Mr. Trump has gathered the hawkish cohort of advisors led by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the national security adviser, John R. Bolton to smoothen the internal resistance in his administration on the face of unreasonable policies. One of them appears in the form of US withdrawal from Iran Nuclear deal. Joint Comprehensive Plan

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  • United States: Peace Broker or War Monger?0

        by Shabbir Kazmi     16 September 2018 On Friday, 14th September 2018 I was among the audience who were invited by Institute of Business Administration (IBA) Karachi to a talk led by Dr. Moeed Yusuf, Associate Vice President, Asia Centre, United States Ins­t­itute of Peace. The other two worthy speakers were former Defence

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  • China struggles with Belt and Road pushback0

        By James M. Dorsey      15 September 2018 China, in an implicit recognition that at least some of its Belt and Road-related projects risk trapping target countries in debt or fail to meet their needs, has conceded that adjustments may be necessary. “It’s normal and understandable that development focus can change at

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  • Wobbling China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) hides more than it reveals1

    Dr. Manoj Kumar Mishra  15 September 2018 Through the mega ‘Belt and Road Initiative’ (BRI), Beijing has moved massive capital in the shape of loans to many countries for infrastructural and interconnectivity projects with the apparent objective of reviving Silk Road and Maritime Silk Road cutting across Asian, European and African continents and CPEC is

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  • India: The Man in a blue scarf – Chandrasekhar Azad’s NSA revoked0

      Suhail Mohammed      14 September 2018 Chandrasekhar, also known as Ravan,30 was arrested in June 2017 in connection with the May 5 clashes in which one person was killed, and 16 others were injured at Shabbirpur village in Saharanpur, Uttar Pradesh. The Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh has decided to revoke through

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  • India: Three legal precedents that may impact arrested activists’ case0

    N Sathiya Moorthy  14 September 2018   N Sathiya Moorthy goes back in time to dig up three cases that may not have any citation in legal text-books or lawyers’ ready-reckoners quoted before courts but which may still have a bearing on the current case against the arrested activists.   Independent of the final outcome of the

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  • US too threatens sanctions on Maldives, but Yameen remains firm0

    N Sathiya Moorthy  14 September 2018 With only a fortnight left for the presidential polls in Maldives, the government of incumbent Abdulla Yameen has nearly pooh-poohed threats of sanctions by ‘sole super-power’ US, dubbing it ‘intimidation and coercion’. The two statements came in the midst of the sluggish poll campaign picking up some momentum lately, with

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  • Party vs Faith: China drafts restrictions for all religions0

    By James M. Dorsey        12 September 2018 China intends to extend aspects of its crackdown on Islam in the north-western province of Xinjiang to all religions as is evident from the publication of proposed restrictive guidelines for online religious activity. The guidelines, according to Chinese Communist Party newspaper Global Times, would ban

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  • Sri Lanka: Sirisenas and Wickremesinghes now need Rajapaksas even more0

      Sathiya Moorthy      11 September 2018 Courts may have barred the Police from banning the SLPP (JO) anti-Government rally on Wednesday, 5 September, but there is still no denying the politics of the protest. The GNU leaders are not wide off the mark when they indicated that the rally might not have happened, had

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  • LGBTQ in India: The Sweet Smell Of Freedom, Pride, and Love0

    After every rain comes the rainbow- a multicolored circular arc is drawn. It’s caused by reflection, refraction, and dispersion of light in water droplets resulting in a spectrum of light appearing in the sky. There’s an element of surprise with its every appearance. And associating with the colors of the rainbow are the LGBTQ groups

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  • Is India bracing for a Proactive Strategy in South Asia and Indo-Pacific Region?0

    Dr. Manoj Kumar Mishra     10 September 2018 Indian strategic practices were not only shaped by Kautilya’s pragmatic ideas contained in his magnum opus ‘Arthashastra’ and practices of ancient kings and medieval rulers, equally and importantly, the doctrines of non-violence inherent in the philosophy of Buddhism and Gandhian idea and practice of Satyagraha, exerted a

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  • Sri Lanka: Post-war trauma still haunts TNA0

      N Sathiya Moorthy 8 September 2018 Sad but true, but then the nation’s Tamil polity has since made a fine-art of infighting that they do not any more have the fig-leaf of blaming the majority/majoritarian Sinhala-Buddhist counterpart, as also the Sri Lankan State, for all their eternal woes. Better or worse still, a substantial portion

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  • After The 2+2 Dialogue, The Ball Is In Washington’s Court 0

    Union ministers Sushma Swaraj and Nirmala Sitharaman, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and US Secretary of Defence James Mattis. PTI   Michael Kugelman      September 07 2018, 3:52 AM This week, after several false starts, the United States and India finally held their 2+2 Dialogue. The talks breathed some much-needed life into a

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