• Will the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration solve the crisis?0

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    • January 10, 2019

    Rajeesh KumarRajeesh Kumar is Associate Fellow at Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi. Click here for detailed profile. More from the author January 02, 2019 At an intergovernmental conference convened under the auspices of the United Nations in Marrakesh, Morocco, 164 nations adopted a pact on 10 December 2018 to manage the global migration

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  • ‘New Way’ to Manage Sino-Indian Engagement?0

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    • January 10, 2019

    by P S Suryanarayana 10 January 2019 SYNOPSIS Buoyed by four summit meetings and the formation of a new people-to-people ‘mechanism’ in quick succession, China-India engagement appears to be on a firm track. Despite challenges, this marks an opportune moment to press ahead towards total rapprochement. COMMENTARY CHINA AND India have resorted to soft-power diplomacy

  • Best of The Interpreter 2018: Khashoggi, Skripal, deaths & duels0

    THURSDAY 10 JAN 2019 | SYDNEY by The Interpreter@lowyinstitute A worrying recent trend of violence outside of war zones, some of it state-sanctioned, has captured the attention of governments and, increasingly, the public. The Interpreter covered some of the best-known instances, and some sadly overlooked ones.  On 4 March, former Russian intelligence operative Sergei Skripal and

  • Myanmar: a country reluctant to help the world understand itself0

    THURSDAY 10 JAN 2019 Aung Sun Suu Kyi’s government is bound to the military (Photo: Wikimedia Commons) Some have called Myanmar a struggling beauty. Without a doubt, the country is beautiful, home to a number of unique heritage sites. Yet it is also a country that claims it has been widely misunderstood. The basis to

  • Muslim clerics denounce radicalism in Pakistan0

    Declaration by 500 Muslim clerics also recognizes multi-ethnic and multi-religious character of the country Islamist activists beat an effigy representing Asia Bibi — a Pakistani Catholic woman released after spending eight years on death row for blasphemy — in Karachi on Nov. 21, 2018. (Photo by Asif Hassan/AFP) Kamran Chaudhry, Lahore Pakistan January 8, 2019

  • No alternatives to resettlement for Rohingya in Rakhine0

    Internally displaced not allowed to return to their original homes and they still lack basic rights A file image of Rohingya children and elders gather at the Thet Kel Pyin camp in Maynamr’s Rakhine State during the Eid al-Adha celebrations on Aug. 22, 2018. (Photo by Phyo Hein Kyaw/AFP) John Zaw, Mandalay Myanmar January 9,


  • 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

  • Geo-economic Significance of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

    Geo-economic Significance of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank0

    Since the dawn of civilization, except for the last 250 years, Asia had half the world’s wealth and two centres of gravity – China and India. With Asia estimated to possess two-thirds of global GPD in 2050, because of favourable demographics India has the potential to overtake the United States and once again become the

  • Pakistan’s Promises Will Remain Unfulfilled

    Pakistan’s Promises Will Remain Unfulfilled0

    Pakistan remains unwilling to change the substance of its policy on terrorism even as it tries to reassure the international community that it is ready for a drastic transformation. Several recent developments affirm the Pakistani military’s belief that cosmetic changes or words alone will suffice to convince others, especially the U.S., that Pakistan is serious

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