• Bangladesh: How safe is the current Awami League government?0

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    • February 9, 2019

    Why hold a free and fair election which you risk losing, when you can rig it to ensure certain victory, and get away with it?  This was clearly in the mind of the Awami League in Bangladesh which three weeks ago won 293 of the 300 parliamentary seats in what must be the country’s most

  • The Unpredictable Rise of China0

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    • February 9, 2019

    Americans Misunderstand China’s Ambitions for ‘Renewal’ – The Atlantic Xi Jinping seeks national rejuvenation, but his nation’s mounting power masks increased instability. Feb 3, 2019 Daniel Blumenthal Director of Asian Studies at the American Enterprise Institute Since the end of the Cold War, Beijing has viewed Washington as its chief geopolitical rival, yet official Washington

  • Fate of Maldives-China FTA uncertain as Male loosens ties with Beijing0

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    • February 9, 2019

    by Editor February 8, 2019  By P.K.Balachandran/South Asian Monitor The Maldives-China Free Trade Agreement (MCFTA) which was signed amidst great controversy on December 8, 2017, is today in limbo as the new Maldivian government headed by Ibrahim Mohamed Solih is looking into all deals, including the MCFTA, entered into by the previous regime headed by strongman Abdulla

  • Rajapaksa urges revival of war-time Troika to manage India-Lanka relations0

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    • February 9, 2019

    by EditorFebruary 9, 2019  Colombo, February 9 ( Mahinda Rajapaksa, Leader of the Opposition in the Sri Lankan parliament and a former Sri Lankan President, has strongly urged the governments of India and Sri Lanka to revive the “Troika” system which managed relations between the two countries during the crucial final phase of the war against

  • Afghanistan: the tensions inside the Taliban over recent US peace talks0

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    • February 6, 2019

    Michael Semple, Queen’s University Belfast  6 February 2019 When members of the Taliban’s Political Commission in Doha sat down with US peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad on January 21, talks were expected to last only a couple of days. Instead, the two sides talked for six days. By the end of the week, many Afghans hoped there might even

  • Pakistan Fights to Save the Adorable and Endangered Pangolin0

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    • February 6, 2019

    By Haniya Javed 6 February 2019 The WWF has found at least 239 shops in six different cities of Pakistan that were involved in the sale of pangolin body parts, while local websites list the sale of baby pangolins for 80,000 Pakistani rupees ($570). SourceShutterstock Why you should care Pangolin numbers have gone down by

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  • Iran: Hawkish Trump0

    Mr. Trump has gathered the hawkish cohort of advisors led by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the national security adviser, John R. Bolton to smoothen the internal resistance in his administration on the face of unreasonable policies. One of them appears in the form of US withdrawal from Iran Nuclear deal. Joint Comprehensive Plan

  • United States: Peace Broker or War Monger?0

        by Shabbir Kazmi     16 September 2018 On Friday, 14th September 2018 I was among the audience who were invited by Institute of Business Administration (IBA) Karachi to a talk led by Dr. Moeed Yusuf, Associate Vice President, Asia Centre, United States Ins­t­itute of Peace. The other two worthy speakers were former Defence

  • China struggles with Belt and Road pushback0

        By James M. Dorsey      15 September 2018 China, in an implicit recognition that at least some of its Belt and Road-related projects risk trapping target countries in debt or fail to meet their needs, has conceded that adjustments may be necessary. “It’s normal and understandable that development focus can change at

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  • Indian Politics: — Modi Returns!

    by Nilofar Suhrawardy 25 May 2019 Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)’s stunning victory in Indian parliamentary elections marking return of Narendra Modi as the Prime Minister have raised apprehensions of it spelling danger signals for Indian secularism as well as democracy. Undeniably, Modi’s term, from 2014 to present, has been marked by saffronization of certain institutions

  • Unforgettable Zia, As I Knew Him

    By R Chowdhury 23 May 2019 Following my escape from Pakistan Army in 1971, I was posted to Z Force of Colonel Ziaur Rahman in the eastern theater of the Bangladesh liberation war. The nearly 20-day journey took me from Lahore to Khem Karan to Rajoke to Ferozepur to Delhi to Kolkata to Agartala and

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