• The Taliban’s Hidden Moderate0

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    • September 27, 2019

    By Pallabi Munsi 27 September 2019 Why you should care Because he’s central to any potential Afghan peace deal.After the Longest War: What’s next in Afghanistan?After the Longest War: What’s next in Afghanistan? Outside Moscow’s President Hotel in February, the deputy political head of the Taliban, Mullah Abdul Salam Hanafi Ali Mardan Qul, voiced his

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  • Why India and Kashmir Are Headed Back to the 1990s0

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    • September 27, 2019

    By Maroosha Muzaffar 27 September 2019 Why you should care Because 7 million Kashmiris still have no mobile or internet connectivity. A friend and fellow Kashmiri journalist visited our home region from Delhi last week, after going almost 20 days without speaking to his parents. Ever since the government of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi

    By OZY
  • India’s ‘No First Use’ Nuclear Doctrine0

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    • September 27, 2019

    Rajiv NayanRajiv Nayan is Senior Research Associate at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi. Click here for detail profile. More from the author ShareTweetEmailLinkedinSeptember 16, 2019 The August 16 statement of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has once again brought India’s ‘no first use’ (NFU) nuclear doctrine into the limelight. This was his first public

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  • Kashmir: ‘Ordinary People Living Under Iron Siege,’ Finds All-Women Team0

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    • September 26, 2019

    Collating information from people’s testimonials, their report noted that “boys as young as 14 or 15 are taken away, tortured, some for as long as 45 days.” The Wire Staff 25/SEP/2019 New Delhi: Tehmina*, a resident of Anantnag town of Jammu and Kashmir, recently told her husband Abdul Haleem*, “Let us have another child.” The thought

  • To take – not retake ­– “Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir”0

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    • September 26, 2019

    CHRISTOPHER SNEDDEN  26 September 2019 Is this just more chest-beating by India’s politicians,or speculation we should take seriously? Increasingly, we are seeing reports that senior Indian politicians want India to obtain what New Delhi calls “Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir” (POK). It’s hard to know how seriously to take such remarks. Some Indians certainly aspire to reunify India

  • Ground Report: Kashmir’s Blackout Is Triggering a New Wave of Mental Health Issues1

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    • September 26, 2019

    On average, an adult living in the Valley has witnessed or experienced more than seven traumatic events during their lifetime, an MSF survey found. Swagata Yadavar and Athar Parvaiz, 14/SEP/2019 Srinagar/Baramulla: She sat in a corner, beside the door of the doctor’s office, hidden by papers and medicine boxes on the compounder’s table. “I feel frustrated


  • A US-Afghanistan spat with troubling implications0

    Michael Kugelman March 22, 2019 Before assuming his current position as Afghanistan’s national security adviser, Hamdullah Mohib was his country’s ambassador to the US. On March 14, while speaking to reporters in the city where he previously served as Afghanistan’s top diplomat in America, he made some decidedly undiplomatic remarks. Mohib’s comments — and the

  • Civilizationism vs the Nation State0

    By James M. Dorsey 24 March 2019 Edited remarks at Brookings roundtable in Doha A podcast version of this story is available on Soundcloud, Itunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn and Tumblr Many have framed the battle lines in the geopolitics of the emerging new world order as the 21st century’s Great Game. It’s a game that

  • Saudi-Iran conflict threatens to flare in Pakistan0

    Sabena Siddiqui March 21, 2019 ARTICLE SUMMARY Recent Saudi investments in a Pakistani port near the border with Iran are likely to irk Tehran, but Islamabad’s strategic ties to both Tehran and Riyadh make it a prime contender to ease the tensions. Illustration by Ed Woodhouse/Al-Monitor The decades-old rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran has re-emerged

  • Autocratization: Is Bangladesh ahead or behind schedule?0

    Where there are waves, there must be retreats, writes William Milam by William MilamMarch 22, 2019 Two Swedish political scientists have just published a fascinating study of the continuing growth of authoritarianism, which seems to have been renamed “autocratization.” Google defines autocratization as the reverse of democratization, i.e. going from a democratic political system or

  • UN Environment, Google, EC partnership effective to depoliticize water crisis in South Asia0

    Bilal Ahmad Pandow 22 March 2019 This year the theme for World Water Day 2019 is ‘Leaving no one behind’ and goes hand in hand with the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG)-six which is ‘water for all by 2030’. However, the ground reality in South Asia appears gloomy and too far to achieve the SDG-6 as


    byAsanga Abeyagoonasekera 21 March 2019 “…members of the foreign policy elite are rarely held to account, they were able to make the same mistakes again and again.” Stephen M.Walt on US foreign policy USA and Sri Lanka need to recalibrate their respective foreign policies.  On both ends of global power scales, I suspect the world

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  • Neighbours challenge political Hindutva’s Ram agenda

    N Sathiya Moorthy  24 July 2020 Indian claims to the Ram story and ownership could be challenged from more places than one, says N Sathiya  Moorthy.  Nepal Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli’s recent diatribe that the birthplace of Hindu god Ram is located in his country and not in Ayodhya, need not be a

  • The Top Brass is Shattered in Bangladesh: Aftermath of a Retired General’s Interview

    Lieutenant General (retired) Chowdhury Hasan Sarwardy (left) and General Aziz Ahmed, the Chief of Army Staff (right)   by Taj Hashmi     20 July 2020 Although neither the puppet and illegitimate government of Sheikh Hasina nor the pro-Indian Deep State, which has been running Bangladesh for the last twelve years, gathered enough courage to broadcast

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