• China economics spurs Myanmar religious repression0

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    • October 16, 2018

      Bold Chinese plan for economic ‘corridor’ changes game for the civil war in Myanmar’s Kachin and northern Shan states A file image of members of the United Wa State Army (UWSA) on June 26, 2017. The UWSA, a 30,000-strong militia known as Asia’s most heavily-armed drug dealers, boast their own autonomous territories on the

  • IMF bailout may put Pakistan-China relations under slight strain0

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    • October 16, 2018

    By Editor on October 16, 2018                     By P.K.Balachandran/Daily Mirror US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s remark that an IMF bailout package to Pakistan should not be used by the latter to pay off its debt to China, is partly meant to put a strain on Islamabad’s relations with Beijing. The

  • Bangladesh’s BNP, Partner Parties Link Up with New Opposition Front0

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    • October 15, 2018

    Kamran Reza Chowdhury Dhaka 2018-10-15 Kamal Hossain (center, in front of microphones), head of the National Unity Front, answers questions about the alliance’s new partnership with the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party, during a news conference in Dhaka, Oct. 13, 2018.  BenarNews The opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and its coalition partners have joined forces with


  • China’s policies spur Central Asians to cautiously chart independent course0

    By James M. Dorsey      25 July 2018 China’s brutal crackdown in its north-western province of Xinjiang and growing questions about the dark side of some of its Belt and Road investments is fuelling anti-Chinese sentiment, prompting some countries to explore ways to chart an independent course, and feeding into the narratives of rising

  • Tamil Nadu’s ‘developmental dilemma’0

    Protesters in large numbers take out a march against the Sterlite copper plant on May 22, 2018.   Wikimedia Commons.   N Sathiya Moorthy  25 July 2018  The ‘Thoothukudi protests’ and police-firing, followed by multiple localised agitations against land-acquisition for the Rs 10,000-crore Chennai-Salem, eight-lane ‘Green Corridor’, again accompanied by pre-emptive police action preventive arrests, have raised questions

  • Is Imran Khan the Pakistani military’s ‘favourite son’?0

     by Michael Kugelman 23 July 2018 Given Khan’s personality and policy positions, there’s reason to doubt that he is the army’s blue-eyed boy. Imran Khan, chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) political party, speaks during an interview at his home on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan on July 29, 2017 [File: Reuters/Caren Firouz] MORE ON PAKISTAN

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  • End of Year Editorial; Evolving Political Dynamics in South Asia

    By M. Adil Khan, Guest Editor 2018 has been an eventful year for South Asia especially at the political level. During 2018 several countries in the region have had their elections and these elections have altered their political pictures. In others preparations for elections are underway and yet in others sub-national elections and their outcomes

  • 2018 Bangladesh General Election: A Time for Stock-taking and Pondering the Stakes

      By Adil Khan and Habib Zafarullah*    4 December 2018 The 2018 Bangladesh General Election scheduled on December 30, 2018 marks the end of two consecutive terms of the ruling Awami League (AL), first ever by any political party since 1991, the year a combined opposition movement against a decade long dictatorship resurrected and re-introduced

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