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  • Singapore And The ISB Arrests

    Singapore And The ISB Arrests0

    The recent arrests of an eight-man cell of Bangladeshi migrant workers calling itself the Islamic State of Bangladesh illustrates the reality and potential of the “insider threat” of transnational terrorism. The discovery of an eight-man cell of radicalised Bangladeshi foreign workers in Singapore calling itself the Islamic State of Bangladesh (ISB) is unsettling. It is

  • Running scared of China

    Running scared of China0

    From all accounts, it was a major event – the conference of Chinese dissidents in Dharamshala, India. It brought together Uyghurs, Tibetans, Mongolians, Taiwanese and Falun Gong practitioners among 69 foreign delegates. Yet, for the otherwise proactive Indian as well as the world media, it was a non-event. As of now, very little is known

  • Politics and legitimacy of news in Bangladesh

    Politics and legitimacy of news in Bangladesh0

    The importance of media in a democracy is well-known. The media in a democracy seeks to play the role of a fourth estate by informing and educating people about various aspects of state, including the functions of a government. Therefore, historically, whenever a government comes into power without the mandate of the people who it is

  • The Lahore Attack: Limits Of Pakistan’s Counter-Terrorism Policy

    The Lahore Attack: Limits Of Pakistan’s Counter-Terrorism Policy0

    The devastating terrorist attack in Lahore last month has exposed the limits of Pakistan’s militarised counter-terrorism approach and signifies a revival of the Pakistani Taliban groups in Afghanistan. A comprehensive counter-terrorism policy and counter-terrorism cooperation with its neighbours are required if Pakistan is not to suffer from intermittent terrorist attacks. By Abdul Basit The Easter

  • Indo-Pacific: US’ New Asian Pivot?

    Indo-Pacific: US’ New Asian Pivot?0

    On January 30, USS Curtis Wilbur, a US missile destroyer, went tantalisingly close (12 nautical miles) to Triton Island (which is a part of the disputed Paracel Islands) without any prior information to the countries in dispute. This is on the back of a similar move by the US in the South China Sea (SCS)

  • CPM-Congress alliance in West Bengal makes perfect sense in terms of electoral maths

    CPM-Congress alliance in West Bengal makes perfect sense in terms of electoral maths0

    Even a few months ago, if one were to do election forecasting in West Bengal, few would have predicted any contest. The Trinamool Congress led by Mamata Banerjee was widely seen as the undisputed winner –  well on the way to repeat or even better the 2011 Assembly election performance that brought the once unvanquishable

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