• Sri Lanka launches new campaign on enforced disappearances0

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    • January 14, 2019

    Heartbroken Tamils still seeking answers about missing kin a decade later not sold on OMP’s move to ‘clear up confusion’ Activists and families of the disappeared demonstrate for their loved ones in Colombo in 2018. Tamils have long been demanding accountability for crimes they allege were committed during the nation’s long and bloody civil war. ( photo)Quintus

  • Beijing tightens its grip on IslamabadDid China convince Pakistan to pay $90 billion for China’s benefit?0

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    • January 14, 2019

    China’s President Xi Jinping (right) shakes hands with Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan ahead of their meeting in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing in November 2018. (Photo by Thomas Peter/AFP)Anders Corr Pakistan  The Financial Times revealed on Jan. 1 that China is planning a secret US$2 billion loan to Pakistan to avoid any future

  • Great Power Rivalry Reaches Africa0

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    • January 11, 2019

    Anand KumarAnand Kumar is Associate Fellow at Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses. Click here for detailed profile January 09, 2019 The United States finds its position increasingly challenged by two emerging powers with global ambitions, China and Russia. This rivalry now threatens to engulf the continent of Africa as well. China has expanded its economic

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  • US-India relationship in need of a reboot0

    Michael Kugelman    July 12, 2018 Back on June 27, the White House abruptly postponed a summit, scheduled to take place in Washington on July 6, between Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Defense James Mattis and their Indian counterparts Sushma Swaraj and Nirmala Sitharaman. Pompeo, in a phone call with Swaraj, cited “unavoidable reasons” for

  • Afghanistan: A Theatre for Managing India-China Rivalry0

    By Chayanika Saxena July 10, 2018    The 21st century has been described as the “Asian Century”. For good and bad and for right and wrong reasons, the century in which we live appears to be centred on this vast continent both temporally and spatially. Not only is Asia home to myriad conflicts, but this

  • Xinjiang: China ignores lessons from the past0

    By James M. Dorsey      July 11, 2018 A Chinese campaign to forcibly assimilate ethnic Uyghurs in its north-western province of Xinjiang in a bid to erase nationalist sentiment, counter militancy, and create an ‘Uyghur Islam with Chinese characteristics’ ignores lessons learnt not only from recent Chinese history but also the experience of others.

  • Sri Lanka: Scientific rigging0

    Sathiya Moorthy    10 July 2018    Election Commission Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya and his two fellow-members need to be commended for being persistent with their efforts to have the much-delayed Provincial Council (PC) polls conducted at least before the year is out. But no one is really convinced that the Election Commission can pull out a

  • SAARC in coma, China throws another challenging regional initiative0

    N Sathiya Moorthy,  10 July 2018 In an event not much publicised in India, China, on 15 June, launched the ‘First China-South Asia Cooperation Forum’ (CSACF) in Yunnan Province. It was also attended by the Indian Consul-General in Guangzhou, Sailas Thangal. The parallel, yet unasked question, either at or outside the CSACF venue, was if the

  • Sri Lanka: Now, Wiggy in the Box0

    N Sathiya Moorthy  7 July 2018 Through a least-publicised interim order with constitutional consequences otherwise, the Court of Appeal has stayed Northern Province Chief Minister C V Wigneswaran’s unilateral removal of Fisheries and Transport Minister P Deniswaran in August last year. According to available media reports, the Bench comprising Justices Kumudini Wickramasinghe and Janaka de Silva

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  • Bangladesh And The Political Chess Game

    “Chess is a war over the board. The object is to crush the opponent’s mind.” ~Bobby Fischer, World Chess Champion. Sheikh Hasina Wajed is known not to accept any objections or opposition, so much so that any form an opposition has disappeared out of sight from the Bangladeshi political stage. She and her party, the

  • Bangladesh: Sheikh Hasina’s Fear of Fall is The Issue

    “Fear cuts deeper than swords.” ― George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones by R Chowdhury 13 July 2019 Dan Brown of The Da Vinci Code fame said, “Men go far greater lengths to avoid what they fear than to obtain what they desire.” That describes Sheikh Hasina Wazed, the Prime Minister of Bangladesh today.

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