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  • “DO MORE, DO MORE, DO MORE”0

    The policy that came out after months of deliberations by the newly elected President Trump, to end the long standing war in Afghanistan appears highly flawed. However, the policy deals with three key areas: first, no predetermined timelines for the U.S. troops withdrawal hence putting the argument of the ‘indefinite war’ on its toes. Second,

  • Rohingya Refugees In Malaysia: Need For Policy Rethink0

    With the United States closing its doors on refugees, the Malaysian authorities should prepare long term strategies to accommodate over 200,000 Rohingya within its borders who lack rights and legal protection. By Chan Xin Ying* President Trump’s refugee ban had crushed resettlement dreams of countless Rohingya refugees in Malaysia as the United States is the

  • WILL CHINA OCCUPY BHUTAN AS IT DID IN TIBET?0

    The standoff between India and China about Doklam is said to have been sorted out. India claims that it has stood against China with dignity and determination, in spite of many provocative statements from China and resisted China’s attempt to enter Doklam. India further says that China will stop construction of the road in Doklam

  • US Strategy In Afghanistan: An Indian Perspective0

    August 30, 2017 The recently announced US strategy for Afghanistan was welcomed by the Indian Government but does not address underlying Indian concerns. Indian diplomacy has to convince major strategic partners of the advantages of a US strategy that aims at “killing terrorists” in Afghanistan. By Tara Kartha* The announcement of the much-awaited United States

  • Variations on a theme: The Gulf crisis settles into a family squabble0

      By James M. Dorsey A three-month old crisis in the Gulf that has pitted Qatar against an alliance led by the UAE and Saudi Arabia has settled into a family squabble in which the protagonists appear to be singing different variations of the same song. Qatar and its detractors disagree on how they view

  • India: Sasikala, Dinakaran threaten unified AIADMK. Will they support DMK to pull down AIADMK government in Tamil Nadu?0

      Chief Minister before election J. Jayalalithaa AIADMK, Elected Chief Minister  J. Jayalalithaa AIADMK by Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal 30/08/2017 In Tamil Nadu as elsewhere in the country, corruption plays a pivotal role in politics. As the problems of rung party increasing, corruption in the state keeps playing devil’s role at all levels. No one can do anything without adequately bribing the

  • Pakistan will stop at nothing for CPEC0

    Asma Maqsood 30/08/2017 Being part of OBOR Strategy, CPEC is playing an inevitable role in China’s aim for economic expansion which will benefiting Pakistan’s economic situation. It depends upon Pakistan’s ability to sustain its political stability, internal security situation and provincial harmony and ability to curb extremism which is up to certain extent, Pakistan have

  • Arming without Aiming: India’s strategic underpinning0

    by Asma Khalid 30/08/2017 South Asia is considered as one of the most insecure and unstable regions of the world where Pakistan and India are two major powers in term of military might, population, economy, and territory. South Asia has been a victim of traditional and non-traditional security issues where countries focus more on traditional

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  • 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

  • Three Ways on How ISIS Can Make Inroads in South Asia

    Three Ways on How ISIS Can Make Inroads in South Asia0

      Recent weeks have brought a bevy of news headlines attesting to the rising profile of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in South Asia. The group’s literature has circulated in Pakistan, and its flags have been spotted in Kashmir. Several Pakistani militant commanders expressed their allegiance to ISIS leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Alleged

  • Flashpoints from Indo-US Nuclear Deal for Business

    Flashpoints from Indo-US Nuclear Deal for Business0

    The India-U.S. nuclear agreement represents a $17 billion opportunity for Indian business. It will also help India secure fuel for its indigenous reactors, and contribute to cheap and plentiful energy. But a major concern remains—will these projects be efficiently executed? With the U.S.-India nuclear agreement clearing two major hurdles on 25 January—civil nuclear liability and

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