• United States And Iran: Confrontation Or Dialogue?0

    August 13, 2018 Kaveh L. Afrasiabi The Trump Administration has bracketed the previous Iran containment policy in favor of a confrontational approach based on coercive sanctions aiming to cripple the Islamic Republic and bring about a regime change. Reflected in the United States’ unilateral exit from the Iran nuclear deal, Trump’s Iran policy faces formidable

  • Rajiv Gandhi’s Foreign Policy: Diplomacy in Tough Times 0

    August 13, 2018 Modern Diplomacy By Antony Clement* The end of the World War II in 1945 gave the birth to Cold War among the two superpowers. The U.S. and the USSR had respectively been spreading their ideologies (Capitalism and Socialism) across the globe. This was continued till the disintegration of the Soviet in 1991.

  • Bangladesh: Protests Of Students, Need For Caution?0

    August 13, 2018 SAAG By Dr. S. Chandrasekharan A bad motor accident involving the death of two students, followed by violent protests by students, inept handling of the protests by the Government and an indiscreet statement by the shipping and transport minister making light of the accident- all added up to an explosive situation in


  • The rise of Islamism in Bangladesh0

    Rashed Nabi     13 August 2018 Islamism in Bangladesh is rising precipitously. It is permeating every aspect of life and has taken root as much in urban centers as in rural communities. Everywhere – from modern business office to daily social life – Islamic codes tend to exert authority. Burqa and hijab-wearing women who vow

  • Yemen war challenges Saudi moral authority0

    By James M. Dorsey     12 August 2018 Saudi conduct of its ill-fated war in Yemen coupled with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s alignment with the Trump administration and Israel, and his often coercive approach to diplomatic relations, has opened the door to challenges of the kingdom’s moral leadership of the Sunni Muslim world, a

  • Post-Karunanidhi, Tamil Nadu politics hit uncertain times0

    Post-Karunanidhi, Tamil Nadu politics hit uncertain times N Sathiya Moorthy  8 August 2018 The death of nonagenarian Muthuvel Karunanidhi, the longest-serving ‘elected party chief’ in the democratic world, owing to age-related problems removes from the face of not just native Tamil Nadu but the nation as a whole, a part of its contemporary history, as much

  • Sri Lanka: Greed, gimmick or confidence0

      N Sathiya Moorthy  10 August 2018 At a recent meeting, with envoys appointed when he was in office for 10 long years (2005-15), former President Mahinda Rajapaksa has sought their inputs for framing the nation’s foreign policy under a future government. By implication, it indicates his desire, hope and or confidence of staging a come-back;

  • Saudi Arabia and Iran woo incoming Pakistani prime minister0

    Credit: MPC Journal By James M. Dorsey An offer by a Saudi-backed bank to lend financially strapped Pakistan US$4 billion is likely intended to bolster Saudi influence when former international cricket player Imran Khan is sworn in in the coming week as the South Asian country’s next prime minister. The offer was most immediately related

  • Why India’s Afghan Strategy Proved Fledgling0

    Dr. Manoj Kumar Mishra     9 August 2018 Afghanistan was a neighbor of undivided India and shared long historical, cultural and political contacts. While the emergence of Pakistan with its anti-Indian identity to the west of India complicated the bilateral relationship, India’s efforts at improving ties with Afghanistan fell short of Afghan expectations. India’s role

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  • Bangladesh: Will this country become Pakistan or Kashmir?

      1. A political group is spreading the perception that the country will again become Pakistan if Awami League loses control of Bangladesh. They even suggested a label “Banglastan” for this supposed nation which transforms into an improvised Pakistan in the East. But symptomatically it appears to become another Kashmir, or in a classical sense

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