• Saudi Prince Mohammed’s Religious Moderation Unlikely To Change Asian Realities0

     March 24, 2018 James M. Dorsey   Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman may be seeking to revert his kingdom to an unspecified form of moderate Islam but erasing the impact of 40 years of global funding of ultra-conservative, intolerant strands of the faith is unlikely to be eradicated by decree. Not only because ultra-conservatism has taken root in

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  • CAN CHINA AFFORD  TRADE WAR ?0

      by N.S. Venkataraman         24/3/2018   China’s growth and dominance It is well accepted all over the world that during the last one decade or so, the world economy has been primarily driven by the industrial and economic growth in China, which is more than any other individual country. China’s share of

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  • Is Bangladesh an underdeveloped country?0

     by Obaidul Karim Khan, Consultant and freelance writer  March 18, 2018 Bangladesh has been on the list of Least Developed Countries (LDC) list since 1975 but last week, the country has been removed from the list. Bangladesh is expected to get a status as developing country by 2024. This means that Bangladesh officially is not an

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  • Hurdles in Pakistan’s Quest for Reaching Space0

    By: Ahyousha Khan       23/3/18 Space exploration is an expensive national objective for the state to pursue. Also, if a state is a developing country facing much pressing traditional and non-traditional threats, space exploration tends to end up an optional objective. Every state has a right to prioritize whichever national objective it wants to

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  • Trends in Global Arms Transfer: Viewpoint from the Sub-continent0

    Asma Khalid        21/3/2018 Over the past several years, India’s unprecedented military modernization goals have worsened the security environment of South Asia. India’s increasing defense spending and its quest for acquiring sophisticated weapon systems and technologies have threatened the regional peace and stability. India is directing a huge scale modernization of its military

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  • Saudi moderation: How far will Crown Prince Mohammed go?0

      By James M. Dorsey       21/3/2018 In his effort to improve Saudi Arabia’s badly tarnished image and project the kingdom as embracing an unidentified form of moderate Islam, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has hinted that he envisions a conservative rather than an ultra-conservative society, but not one in which citizens are

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  • Iran’s Offer to Pakistan to join Chabahar reflects its trust deficit with India0

    by Asia Maqsood     21/3/2018 Iran’s recent proposal for Pakistan to join Chabahar Port may reflect its lack of trust on its counterpart “India.” India may stop the development of this project under the US pressure. Besides, the Indo-US strategic robust strategic partnership can put pressure on Iran because US-Iran relations are not cordial. In

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