By Jaishree Balasubramanian on Nov 02, 2018 Some Indian officials are expressing concern that New Delhi’s strategic projects in Sri Lanka are at risk as a constitutional crisis unfolds in the island-state, giving rival power China an opening to further expand its influence at India’s southern doorstep. Political turmoil erupted in Sri Lanka last
Image credit: Slate magazine By Margareth Sembiring 5 November 2018 Synopsis The latest IPCC special report released in early October 2018 estimated that global temperature increase may reach 1.5°C anytime between 2030 and 2050. This is much sooner than the end of the century timeframe set in the 2015 Paris Agreement. Will this report
By Editor on November 5, 2018 Colombo, Nov 5 (newsin.asia): Sri Lanka’s Executive and the Legislature seem to be heading for a head-on clash when parliament meets on November 14. Parliament Speaker Karu Jayasuriya, on Monday said he will not recognize the new government sworn
AFP November 05, 2018 DAWN Pakistan Afghan President Ashraf Ghani shakes hands with a foreign delegate during the Kabul Process conference at the Presidential Palace. — AFP/File photo An Afghan delegation will attend international talks on the war-torn country in Russia this month, officials said on Monday, as the Taliban consider whether to participate. Moscow announced on Saturday it
October 20, 2018 A stronger India offers the prospect of a more stable balance of power in the Indo-Pacific, the world’s most economically dynamic region which stretches from the eastern shores of Africa to the west coast of the Americas. by Chris Coons Puneet Talwar The United States must infuse its relationship with India with a renewed
The dragon bites its tail – Part I BY KANAK MANI DIXIT 16 OCTOBER 2018 FROM THE ARCHIVES: A longform piece on Bhutan’s Lhotshampa question . (This article was first published in our July-August 1992 print issue. Click here to read Part II and Part III of the article.) Travelling east on the highway from Siliguri to Guwahati, looking north,
The Indian Ocean has immense strategic and economic value, due to trade and commercial activities. However, maritime crime which includes: piracy, human, drug and weapons trafficking have posed a threat to safe navigation of the seas. A Stimson Institute study (2012) on maritime security challenges in Indian Ocean region identifies the following: it
Michael Kugelman July 12, 2018 Back on June 27, the White House abruptly postponed a summit, scheduled to take place in Washington on July 6, between Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Defense James Mattis and their Indian counterparts Sushma Swaraj and Nirmala Sitharaman. Pompeo, in a phone call with Swaraj, cited “unavoidable reasons” for
By Chayanika Saxena July 10, 2018 The 21st century has been described as the “Asian Century”. For good and bad and for right and wrong reasons, the century in which we live appears to be centred on this vast continent both temporally and spatially. Not only is Asia home to myriad conflicts, but this
By James M. Dorsey July 11, 2018 A Chinese campaign to forcibly assimilate ethnic Uyghurs in its north-western province of Xinjiang in a bid to erase nationalist sentiment, counter militancy, and create an ‘Uyghur Islam with Chinese characteristics’ ignores lessons learnt not only from recent Chinese history but also the experience of others.
Sathiya Moorthy 10 July 2018 Election Commission Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya and his two fellow-members need to be commended for being persistent with their efforts to have the much-delayed Provincial Council (PC) polls conducted at least before the year is out. But no one is really convinced that the Election Commission can pull out a
N Sathiya Moorthy, 10 July 2018 In an event not much publicised in India, China, on 15 June, launched the ‘First China-South Asia Cooperation Forum’ (CSACF) in Yunnan Province. It was also attended by the Indian Consul-General in Guangzhou, Sailas Thangal. The parallel, yet unasked question, either at or outside the CSACF venue, was if the
2 March 2019 M. Adil Khan Whole thing started with Pulwama in Kashmir in Indian Kashmir where a suicide bomber attacked an Indian army convoy and killed 40 soldiers. The incident has happened in the wake of upcoming general election in India which also coincides with Modi’s plummeting popularity that have made some people looking
Taj Hashmi 1 March 2019 Dear Gowher: In hindsight, I think I should have written this letter ten years back, days after you became the International Affairs Adviser to the Prime Minister of Bangladesh. I am sorry, I failed miserably to perform my duty as a friend towards a very good old friend on time.