• Myanmar’s Ethnic Armed Conflict: Emerging Trends In Violence0

     June 13, 2018 IPCS  By Angshuman Choudhury 2018 has been a violent year in Myanmar. Besides the crisis in the northern Rakhine State concerning the Rohingyas, the country has been engulfed by incessant fighting between the Tatmadaw (the military) and various Ethnic Armed Organisations (EAOs) from almost all sides. The third iteration of Myanmar’s flagship biennial

  • India and Saudi Arabia: United against global terrorism0

    India has time and again lauded efforts by the kingdom in fighting terrorism such as the royal decree on counter-terrorism issued by King Abdullah. The kingdom is also a member of the 68-nation strong Global Coalition Against Daesh and one of the founding countries of the Islamic Military Alliance against ISIS in Syria and Iraq,

  • Kashmir: walking the line0

      BY       Stuti Bhatnagar*       7 June 2018 Perhaps the biggest casualty of the current state of India–Pakistan relations has been Kashmir, where issues regarding territory, autonomy, and cross-border confrontations have been a long-standing flashpoint between the two countries. Recent times have seen total disregard for the 2003 ceasefire at points known as the Line of Control, which

  • Gunfights” in Bangladesh0

    Gunfights” in Bangladesh Members of Rapid Action Battalion, RAB, in Dhaka, Bangladesh BY    Syed Badrul Ahsan*    13 June 2018 In the past three weeks, no fewer than 130 people have died in what Bangladesh’s security forces have described as “gunfights”. The police and other forces, such as the Rapid Action Battalion, used this term to

  • In Assam, a Myth, WhatsApp and Lack of Faith in Justice System Have Fuelled Lynchings0

    by Shaheen Ahmed    13/6/2018 The recent brutal killing of two young men after suspicions that they were child-lifters did not happen in a vacuum, and scholars argue that the state must put in place strong anti-lynching legislation to avoid such violence. A protest rally against the lynching two men in central Assam’s Karbi Anglong

  • India’s top Muslim cleric wants govt to change its ways0

    PM Modi’s party seeks to mend fences with the Islamic community ahead of national elections next May Indian Muslims leave after attending prayers on the last Friday of the holy month of Ramadan at the Jama Masjid in the old quarters of New Delhi on June 8. The pro-Hindu Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national government


  • India’s Public Diplomacy in Afghanistan and Implications for Pakistan0

      by Zeenat Mughal      10/5/2018 In the modern age of globalization, states pursue their national interest through Public diplomacy, and it is used as a strategy to win the hearts and minds of other state locals instead of launching hidden propaganda against any state, and that’s exactly what India is doing. India’s growing

  • Bangladesh’s diplomatic blunder in the Middle East0

    Credit : Benar news M A Hossain        10/5/2018 When Saudi King Salman accorded a royal reception to Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and sought Dhaka’s active participation in the Saudi-led coalition by sending Bangladeshi troops, Hasina gave a cautious reply. She vowed to send troops only if the holy mosques in Mecca

  • Cologne Declaration on The Rohingya Crisis and Solution0

    By Habib Siddiqui       10/5/2018   Cologne Declaration on The Rohingya Crisis and Solution [Forwarded by Habib Siddiqui, a participant to the conference in Germany] Preamble: Humans’ right to life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness are inalienable These rights cannot be usurped nor can they be violated by any government, people, or community. Perpetrators

  • Global Trends of Maritime Piracy0

      Muhammad Abbas Hassan Maritime transport is the backbone of international trade and the global economy. Around 80 percent of global trade by volume and over 70 percent of global trade by value are carried by sea and are handled by ports worldwide. These shares are even higher in the case of most developing countries.

  • Sri Lanka; Bench-marking Cabinet berths!0

    Sathiya Moorthy,  10 May 2018  In London recently for the Commonwealth Summit, President Maithiripala Sirisena was reported to have told the BBC Sinhala channel that those selected for Cabinet positions ‘must not only be acceptable locally but also internationally’. Though the question reportedly pertained to the choice for Law and Order Minister, the President was quoted as

  • Playing US sanctions: China walks a fine line in Iran0

    By James M. Dorsey      10/5/2018 Chinese businessman Sheng Kuan Li didn’t worry about sanctions when he decided in 2010 to invest $200 million in a steel mill in Iran that started producing ingots and billet within months of the lifting of punitive measures against the Islamic republic as part of 2015 international nuclear

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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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