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  • Challenges to South Asian security0

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    • December 19, 2018

    By Editor  December18, 2018 By P.K. Balachandran Terrorism, religious fanaticism and class wars are endemic in South Asian states. There is continuous cross-border terrorism which is but a proxy war between States. There are external economic and military threats from new and old hegemonic forces.  There are threats from non-State actors like terrorists, pirates, human smugglers

  • Sri Lanka’s crisis clouds fate of 20,000 missing people0

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    • December 12, 2018

    Relatives of those who disappeared during the country’s civil war fear their fight for justice may soon come to a halt due to the current political crisis By JONATHAN GORVETT SRI LANKA, DECEMBER 12, 2018  1 Sri Lankan workers bury the bodies of 41 suspected Tamil Tiger combatants recovered by government forces after heavy fighting in the island’s

  • National identity is fake. We should focus on the wider common good0

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    • December 9, 2018

    Carlo Rovelli Across Europe solidarity at state level can become toxic – and give rise to isolation and intolerance when we need co-operation Tue 24 Jul 2018 Supporters of the Italian nationalist far right party Lega Nord in Milan, 2018. Photograph: Tristan Fewings/Getty Great Britain is old. My country, Italy, is young. Both pride themselves

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  • Should Pakistan be granted an NSG Exemption?

    Should Pakistan be granted an NSG Exemption?0

    For some time now Pakistan has been arguing for an exemption from the 48-member Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG). At the Hague Nuclear Security Summit in 2014, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif appealed to the international support to have access to civilian nuclear technology. Pakistan contends that it must be accorded similar rights to engage in

  • Chinese and Indian Investment in South and Central Asia is Good for Washington

    Chinese and Indian Investment in South and Central Asia is Good for Washington0

    The United States is increasingly on the outside looking in as China — and India — invest across South and Central Asia. And that’s a good thing for Washington. On April 20, Chinese President Xi Jinping received a hero’s welcome in Islamabad. It’s easy to understand why. He was in town to announce a bonanza

  • Pascal’s wager in real time

    Pascal’s wager in real time0

    The gamble in the Middle East and the gamble in Bangladesh Readers will understand that I am exercising heroic self-restraint by limiting my remarks on the recently-completed Nuclear Framework Agreement to two paragraphs. It is, to quote London’s Financial Times (FT) a “singular” achievement, and in my view another possible inflection point in the modern

  • What Iran Nuclear Deal Means for India

    What Iran Nuclear Deal Means for India1

    Lausanne witnessed a historic moment on April 2, when Iran and the P5 + 1 (United States, Russia, China, France, Britain, and Germany) announced the interim agreement on the Iranian nuclear programme. The agreement is currently in progress and the final deal is scheduled to be signed on June 30 (fingers crossed). If the agreement

  • Delicate Modernization in the Last Shangri-La

    Delicate Modernization in the Last Shangri-La0

    Bhutan is widely romanticized as the last Shangri-La meaning the “hidden paradise”. It would not be an exaggeration to state that this Shangri-la is a country known for its traditions, culture and identity. The importance of its traditions can be felt from the words of Harald Nestroy that the “early history of Bhutan is not

  • Playing with Peace in Myanmar

    Playing with Peace in Myanmar0

    International aid and “statebuilding” exercises risk exacerbating ethnic conflicts in Myanmar. Here’s a more realistic approach. As ceasefires in Myanmar enter their third fragile year, international aid commitments geared towards “peacebuilding” have proliferated, particularly from the West and Japan. Although aid remains one of the few tools available to these governments, and there are countless

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  • Bangladesh: The manuscript of a forbidden history

    Bangladesh government’s Year of Mujib begins this Friday (January 10th). The authorities will do all they can to stop the publication of history critical of the country’s independence leader. Pinaki Bhattacharya January 9, 2020 In 2013, I read the book India after Gandhi by Ramchandra Guha. By then I had written a book, Sonali Banglar Rupali Kotha, on the

  • Telling good lies: Digital rhetoric and rumor in Bangladesh

    by Sayeed Al-Zaman 15 February 2020 How to convince people? Thousands of ways might be there but with a single instrument, that is language. Pursuing others using speech was thought be an art in the Classical Greece: they named it “rhetoric”. Yet, some thinkers like Plato, who was discontented with rhetoric and designated it as

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