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  • Trump’s New Afghanistan Strategy: Implications for India0

    August 23, 2017 By Luciane Noronha M. de Oliveira The night of August 20 was marked by Donald’s Trump much awaited speech on the USA’s new strategy for America’s longest war. Despite not talking openly about what will change in operational terms, it is important to point out a few strategic features of his plan

  • Afghanistan is now officially James Mattis’ war0

    How will U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis handle America’s “Forever War’? Jonathan Ernst/Pool Photo via AP Simon Reich, Rutgers University Newark Donald Trump’s speech on his administration’s strategy in Afghanistan – in which he announced the introduction of an unspecified number of new combat troops, without a mission and without a specified end date, in

  • Washington Runs Serious Risk in Coercing Islamabad0

    August 23, 2017August 23, 2017 | Daniel Markey U.S. President Donald Trump’s call for Pakistan to stop harboring terrorists, or else – outlined in a speech on U.S. strategy for Afghanistan and South Asia on Monday night – risks enflaming tensions in the region. Trump also called on Monday for more cooperation with India, and

  • Is India sharing the Ganga’s water fairly?2

    India complies with the 1996 water-sharing treaty most of the time, but when it doesn’t Bangladesh takes a serious hit. Does this mean the countries are cooperating or not? Kimberley Thomas, August 18, 2017  Officially, India and Bangladesh share 54 rivers, but that number is currently under review. Between 10 to 16 additional rivers are

  • Tamil polity split helping Sinhala hardliners0

    N Sathiya Moorthy, 19 August 2017  Some of the recent events and developments in the ruling four-party Tamil National Alliance (TNA) in the ethnically-sensitive Northern Province has raised more questions about Sri Lanka’s ‘national questions’ than provide any answers. If anything, they may have also provided greater confidence to ‘Sinhala hard-liners’ to think in terms of

  • President And The Constitution0

    Sathiya MoorthyThe Sunday Leader, Colomb0, 20 August 2017 Joint Opposition Leader and constitutional expert G. L Peiris has said that Sirisena keeps talking about General Elections whenever pressure builds on the Government to face local government polls, and now provincial council elections, the former due long ago and the latter beginning next month. The chances of

  • India: Tamil Nadu politics: Sasikala must quit AIADMK!0

    -Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal The era of confusion and uncertainty that prevailed in Tamil Nadu since the death of the then CM Jayalalithaa in Tamil Nadu seems to have receded, if not disappeared, as the two major factions of the ruling AIADMK – Amma AIADMK of E. Palanisamy and Puratchithalaivi Amma AIADMK of O. Pannerselvam

  • Trump draws geopolitical battle lines in South Asia0

    By James M. Dorsey President Donald J. Trump has drawn battle lines in South Asia that are likely to have a ripple effect across Eurasia: a stepped-up war against the Taliban in Afghanistan, a tougher approach towards Pakistan’s selective support of militancy, and closer cooperation with India – moves that are likely to push Pakistan

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  • Sri Lanka: Will Rajapaksa Return?

    Sri Lanka: Will Rajapaksa Return?0

      It was hopped that the Madamulana Reich had fallen and that a new leader had come to power as I predicted moment after the announcement was made by a then minister, now the President, of his willingness to be the Common Candidate. Defeating the Rajapaksa administration, or Madamulana ‘Reich’ was the result of collective

  • India’s Journey of Emissions Reduction in 2015

    India’s Journey of Emissions Reduction in 20150

      The Policy Outlook Indian policymakers have long used India’s poverty as an excuse to not take concrete action on climate change. Limiting carbon emissions is a costly proposition, they argue, and these costs will impede development and push the common man further into poverty. As a result, unlike the developed countries of the west,

  • Strengthening Right to Information in South Asia

    Strengthening Right to Information in South Asia0

    All eyes were on Kathmandu last week as Nepal hosted the 18th annual SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) Summit from Nov. 22-27, 2014. The annual meeting, convening the heads of state of the eight member nations – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka – focused this year on the

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