• Saudi-UAE demands challenge fundamentals of international relations0

    Source: Debka By James M. Dorsey A list of 13 conditions for lifting the Saudi-UAE led embargo of Qatar handed to the Gulf state this week by Kuwaiti mediators offers a first taste of newly-promoted Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s foreign policy approach that if endorsed by the international community would call into question

  • US-Pakistan- India after Trump Administration0

    Since the Donald Trump came to power, there are fewer policy clues but from his inauguration speech to anti-globalization, anti- internationalism broadly pointed at its nationalistic stance. In all probabilities, Trump’s priorities are inclined towards trade, immigration, terrorism, the Iran nuclear deal and relations with Israel. While the rest of foreign policy including geopolitics or

  • Five Things Modi Should Bring Up With Trump0

    BloombergQuintOpinion Michael Kugelman @MichaelKugelman June 21, 2017, 9:21 am June 21, 2017, 3:30 am Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will soon be travelling to Washington D.C. for a visit with President of the United States Donald Trump. Since the two men will be meeting for the first time, a major focus of their exchange will

  • The Change in Saudi Arabia’s Royal Succession Portends Darker Times for the Region0

    The Change in Saudi Arabia’s Royal Succession Portends Darker Times for the Region By Talmiz Ahmad on 21/06/2017 Mohammed bin Salman, 31, the prince behind Saudi Arabia’s disastrous war in Yemen and boycott of Qatar, has replaced 57-year-old Mohammed bin Naif as crown prince. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Credit: Reuters/Joshua Roberts The appointment of Prince Mohammed


    N.S.Venkataraman With the number of private TV channels in India increasing in various languages and most of them controlled and managed by business houses, there is now bitter competition between them to increase viewership and get advertisements. As a result, views are being publicized as news, and very impolite and vituperative language are being used

  • Urban India: PM Modi launches Kerala’s first metro line in Kochi!0

    Dr. Abdul Ruff India, like most countries in the world, gives importance to urban development. Since independence, India’s villages have remained without much development as the state and federal governments focus on urban enrichment. This has been a disturbing trend in India in spite of the fact the many leaders belong to villages and with

  • The Gulf Crisis: Southeast Asia has seen it all before0

      Semaan Khawam: Thawrat / Source Middle East Institute, NUS By James M. Dorsey Two competing visions of ensuring regime survival are battling it out in the Gulf. To Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, the 2011 Arab popular revolts that toppled autocratic leaders in four countries and sparked the rise of Islamist forces

  • Sri Lanka: Crisis And Foresight0

    By IPCS By Asanga Abeyagoonasekera* The dawn of the Fourth Industrial Revolution brings with the promise of further human advancement. And yet, while humanity should be aspiring for a better life, disturbing events like the terrorist attacks in Manchester, London, and the Philippines, and the recent white phosphorus attack in Raqqa, Syria, point to humanity’s


  • Sri Lanka: Will Rajapaksa Return?

    Sri Lanka: Will Rajapaksa Return?0

      It was hopped that the Madamulana Reich had fallen and that a new leader had come to power as I predicted moment after the announcement was made by a then minister, now the President, of his willingness to be the Common Candidate. Defeating the Rajapaksa administration, or Madamulana ‘Reich’ was the result of collective

  • India’s Journey of Emissions Reduction in 2015

    India’s Journey of Emissions Reduction in 20150

      The Policy Outlook Indian policymakers have long used India’s poverty as an excuse to not take concrete action on climate change. Limiting carbon emissions is a costly proposition, they argue, and these costs will impede development and push the common man further into poverty. As a result, unlike the developed countries of the west,

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