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.
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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
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The Trump administration's renewed push to seek Pakistan's help in bringing the Afghan Taliban to the negotiating table comes as a striking contrast to what the US president had only very recently said in one of his interviews about Pakistan not doing anything in Afghanistan to help the US win the war, or even get out of it. Coming from a president who is famous for his unpredictable habit of... More
One of the central problems of Imran Khan’s government is the quality and commitment of his range of advisers, not only for day-to-day politics but for short and long-term decision-making processes. The PM has been more than once given the perception of taking off-the-cuff decisions through speeches and interviews. Even good advisers do not matter until there is a due process for diligence and analysis to not only sort... More
In Dhaka’s swirling political speculations and gossip, the latest is about who among the electoral candidates is wealthy and who is not. On paper, many have declared their wealth and almost none have been found credibility among the public. They know that to survive in politics you need to make and spend a lot of money which, going by wealth levels, would be impossible.
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On the sidelines of the G20 conference in Argentina, there were two very important summits. One involved US President Donald Trump, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. This was the first trilateral that brought Modi and Trump together.
“The relationships between our three countries is extremely good, extremely strong. I think, with India, maybe stronger than ever. And with Japan, I think, stronger than ever,” Trump said, as... More
While India has been investing in Afghanistan for several years, the changing dynamics of the Afghan war indicate that this economic, political and diplomatic investment may not yield the desired results after all. First and foremost, India’s Afghan-policy has been driven by the imperative of having a strong presence on Pakistan’s western border, which India has been able to pursue—and aims to continue—with the help of Kabul. But the... 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