In an interview at the US Embassy in Rangoon recently, The Irrawaddyâ€™s editor Kyaw Zwa Moe talked to the US Ambassador to Burma, Scot Marciel about the countryâ€™s troubles and achievements over the past year.
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National Conference chief and former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir Dr Farooq Abdullah, who is contesting the state by-elections from Srinagar, said that the violence and loss of lives during the bypolls in the state "are... More
Prominent Bangladeshi hydrology expert Dr Ainun Nishat sits down with the Dhaka Tribune to discuss the much-talked-about issue of sharing Teesta water between Bangladesh and India. Excerpts:
Q: As we have learnt, the Teesta Water Sharing Treaty might... More
Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) Leader Rauff Hakeem, in an interview with Daily Mirror speaks about the aspirations of Muslims in Constitution making and the current crisis of his party. Minister Hakeem, who is also the Urban... More
Private power producers such as Adani Power and Reliance Power have robust investment plans for Bangladeshâ€™s energy sector, Indiaâ€™s High Commissioner to Bangladesh Harsh Vardhan Shringla told Business Line in an interview prior to the visit of... More
The recent Assembly elections in five Indian States have established theÂ pre-eminence of the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the countryâ€™s polity. Nistula Hebbar spoke to Professor Walter Andersen, Director of the South Asia Studies... More
Sebastian Rosato, an Associate Professor at the University of Notre Dameâ€™s Department of Political Science andÂ Director of the Notre Dame International Security Program, famously theorized that the United States and China are on a collision course. He... More
Not something we are used to reading about the Mughal emperor, but historian Audrey Truschke has a distinct take on the most hated of Baburâ€™s successors. In her book, â€œThe Life and Legacy of Indiaâ€™s Most Controversial... More
The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) started its operation as a new multilateral financial institution on January 16 last year. Its president Jin Liqun is in Kathmandu to attend Nepal Investment Summit as a keynote speaker. Sagar... More
After seven public meetings on Monday, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, 43, has a bit of hoarse throat. That, however, doesnâ€™t deter him from taking on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bahujan Samaj Party leader Mayawati.... More
Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan, alias Karuna Amman, the former LTTEÂ Commander for Batticaloa and Amparai, who this week formed a new party, Tamizhar Aikkiya Suthanthira Munnani (Tamil United Freedom Front)Â says the purpose of his party is to help... More
Former Finance Minister in the UPA government of India, P. Chidambaram has come out with a new book, â€˜Fearless in Oppositionâ€™, at a time when his home State of Tamil Nadu is going through a period of... More
Strategic consultant and Burma expert Bertil Lintner has known U Ko Ni by name for a long time, ever since he became acquainted with the network of NLD lawyers that U Ko Ni belonged to. The two... More
On the verge of celebrating its silver jubilee as an independent nation, Bangladesh has seen many changes, reached milestones in reducing poverty, improving healthcare and education, and empowering of women.Â A feather in Bangladeshâ€™s cap is itsÂ pioneering role... More
More than two months after the demonetization, Nobel Laureate and economist Amartya Sen says that any proper â€œeconomic reasoning could not have sensibly led to such a ham-handed policy.â€ He predicts that the demonetization will hit the... More
The Director of Center for South Asian Studies, Nischalnath Pandey presentedÂ his views on Chinaâ€™s perceived assertiveness in Nepal, on Nepal-India ties and on Nepalâ€™s foreign policy priorities.
Q: There have been many speculations regarding the joint military exercise... More
With 10 days to go for the swearing-in ceremony for the USâ€™s new President Donald Trump, The Hindu asked foreign policy expert David Rothkopf, CEO and Editor of portal FP.com on what is expected from his first... More
Israeli Ambassador to India Daniel Carmon says his government appreciates Indiaâ€™s stand, and a favourable â€œshift in positionâ€ at the UN in the past two years.
Q: 2017 marks 25 years since India and Israel established full diplomatic... More
Myanmar media The Irrawaddyâ€™s HtetNaing Zaw recently sat down with U OoHla Saw, an outspoken Lower House lawmaker representing Arakan Stateâ€™s MraukU, to outline his perspective as an Arakan National Party (ANP)Central Executive Committee member (CEC) on... More
The U.S. is not concerned about Chinaâ€™s growing economic role in Bangladesh as infrastructure development is a â€œgood thingâ€, the U.S. Ambassador in Dhaka, Marcia Stephans Bloom Bernicat, has said. Bernicat, who recently visited Kolkata spoke to... More
In a recent interview given to The Hindu at Temple Trees in Colombo, Ranil Wickremesinghe, the Prime Minster of Sri Lanka answered questions relating to many key local, regional and international issues
Q: Prime Minister, the overall political... More
“The pulsating cheering crowd in the National Stadium Karachi for the PSL Final, and subsequently for the three international T20s, underscored the return of peace to a city (and country) torn by internal strife. Bereft of any sports spectacle and living in cold fear for life and limb of their (and their families) because of open-ended threats from terrorists, political, religious and the criminal kind, the people of Karachi... More
New Delhi has been receiving shock after shock in the past few days from Nepal, a country which is the closest to India in religious and culture terms, and which Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has visited four times since he came to power four years ago.
The simplistic theory of the votaries of Hindutva that Hinduism alone is enough to keep Nepal in the Indian sphere of influence has... More
There was once a time when international pressure on domestic issues of the less developed countries mattered. People would look at the West as the great savior particularly in countries where human rights was at bay. During the cold war days, this was strong too and many decisions were taken on the basis of what global public opinion would say. However, in recent years this has mattered less and... More
Just few days before the arrival of the US Secretary of the State, Mike Pompeo, in Pakistan, the US officially cancelled US$300 million aid to Pakistan, signaling the acute low health of Pak-US ties. Then came Mike Pompeo, who stayed in Pakistan for a few hours, and went to India, claiming to have “reset” ties with Pakistan, implying as if deconstructing an old building (the military aid) was necessary... More
The UN’s independent human rights investigators have issued the toughest verdict yet on the crisis in Myanmar’s war-torn western region of Rakhine State. The investigators’ report does not mince words and is going to have major ramifications, both within the country, and within the international community.
In their report, they called on the UN Security Council to refer the Myanmar situation to the International Criminal Court (ICC) or for an... More
The fourth summit of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC), held in Kathmandu on August 30 and 31, was “not fruitful” because of the inherent “weakness” of the regional inter-state institution,... More