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US pulls its punch on new Myanmar sanctions


The United States finally backed its words with actions against Myanmar military commanders and units seen as responsible for last year’s lethal crackdown in Rakhine state that drove over 700,000 Rohingya Muslims as refugees into neighboring Bangladesh.... More

Chinese NGOs operating in Nepal offer key development model


A deal to let 30 Chinese NGOs work in Nepal has generated socio-political interest in the Himalayan nation. The entry of the Chinese organizations following an MoU between China NGO Network for International Exchanges and Social Welfare... More

It’s time to end America’s war in Afghanistan


A child born on this date in 2001 – just before the terrorist attacks of 9/11 – is old enough to be fighting today in the war in Afghanistan. This week – almost 17 years after the war... More

The consequences of shifting US-Pakistan military ties


The Trump administration, in its latest attempt to put pressure on Pakistan, has started to close various training programs for Pakistani military officials. Trump’s decision to shut down military training programs that have kept the two countries’... More

India’s wrong step


India’s political divides increasingly look unbridgeable. Yet, when former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee died last Thursday, he was mourned even by those who had been his opponents in life, whether within or outside his Bharatiya Janata... More

Vajpayee’s Kashmir policy: Myth and reality


One of the biggest contributions of the late Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vapayee is regarded his effort to seek resolution of Kashmir through a policy of accommodation with Pakistan and engagement with Hurriyat. But over the years,... More

How Bhutan’s monarchy is unique


Responding to one of the graduates' question on the form of monarchy in Bhutan before it was reinstated as the constitutional democratic monarchy at the ongoing National Graduates Orientation Programme (NGOP) in Thimphu, former chairperson of the... More

Rise of Imran spurs similar demands in Sri Lanka


Sparked by Imran Khan’s ascent to the Prime Minister’s chair in Pakistan, sporting fans in Sri Lanka have been quick to pitch their own cricket stars as prospective leaders. And going by social media endorsements, Kumar Sangakkara... More

India cast millions of Muslims as illegal immigrants, their legal battles are...


The list drew lines through villages, divided families and caused chaos in communities. The Indian state of Assam last month put out a draft of the National Register of Citizens that excluded 4 million people who claimed to... More

China’s growing footprint in Nepal alarms India


Nepal has traditionally been a key ally for India stretching the cooperation between the two countries in the overlapping domain of economy and defense. As far as the economic ties are concerned, the Indian cooperation started in... More

Ghazni might be safe but the Afghan Government is surely falling?


A gunfight ensued in Kabul for over seven hours on Thursday after gunmen attacked a training center of Afghanistan’s intelligence service in Kabul. No civilians were harmed, reportedly. But the fact that these attacks are taking place... More

US imposes sanctions on Myanmar military over Rohingya crackdown


The United States on Friday imposed sanctions on four Myanmar military and police commanders and two army units, accusing them of “ethnic cleansing” against Rohingya Muslims and widespread human rights abuses across the Southeast Asian nation. The sanctions... More

Myanmar taps Japan connections to overcome Rohingya crisis


Myanmar appears to be aiming to work with Japan in its attempt to repair its international standing that was damaged over its handling of the Rohingya humanitarian crisis. An independent panel set up by the Myanmar government to... More

Can India win Nepal again using soft power?


American scholar Joseph S. Nye Jr. coined the term ‘soft power’ when the United States’s power and influence were at its peak, and the argument was simple—Should USA resort to hard power for diplomatic settlements or not?... More

India’s narrative faces trouble in Afghanistan


The Donald Trump administration has over the past few months seemingly started to work in a steadfast manner to come to some sort of a conclusion in Afghanistan—America’s longest running war, now in its 17th year. Trump... More

Pakistan’s foreign policy at crossroad: Imran Khan shows support for Turkey during...


Turkey is facing one of the direct challenges in recent times to keep its economy going after the row with the United States of America over the detention of a U.S pastor on charges of espionage for... More

Indian PM condemns lynchings but critics say it’s too late


Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has condemned acts of violence committed against minorities in the country, but critics say his comments come too late. In a Q&A interview with Times of India, Modi said state governments should take... More

The need of acknowledgement-war on terror and efforts of Pakistan


Acknowledgment, recognition, acceptance and appreciation is a patent formula of success and to achieve goals and targets anywhere in the world. If you are fighting a war and you have most advanced technological ammunition, weapons and strong... More

Russia expands assets and naval horizons across Indo-Pacific


On July 29, at an event marking his country’s Navy Day, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that 26 new warships and vessels would be delivered to Russia’s navy by the end of the year. And there is more... More

Efforts needed to counter anti-CPEC propaganda


US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has warned the IMF against providing Pakistan with a bailout package to rescue its fragile economy. US Secretary of Defense James Mattis has also voiced concerns about the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor... More

The gov’t of Bangladesh needs to stop silencing its citizens


A tragic traffic accident that killed two students in Bangladesh led to mass student protests across Bangladesh’s capital, Dhaka. Students were demanding that the government take steps to improve road safety, but the peaceful protests were interrupted... More

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India’s multi alignment challenge 

This is clearly the big diplomatic season for India and its travel-driven Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Chinese defence minister Wei Fenghe's visit to India (Aug 21-24) is a hugely important event, coming as it does after PM Modi and Chinese president Xi Jinping defused the long military stand-off at Doklam through informal summits and after... More

To forge their peace, Afghan Taliban wage their war

While the latest Taliban attack on the city of Ghazni in Afghanistan has led many in the West, especially the mainstream media, to conclude that no peace talks with the Taliban can bring peace, these analysis seem to have completely missed the whole points of talks as they are going on: the Taliban are... More

Has digital media changed politics in Bangladesh?

Political nostalgia in Bangladesh centres around public and street agitations. It begins with the language movement of 1952 which defined the basic parameters of national aspiration. The next station of political memory is the 1962 student’s movement against Gen. Ayub Khan’s martial law regime imposed in 1958. It ended in 1969 with the most glorified... More

Accountability begins at home

A democratic form of government being accountable to the people, the elected representatives are accountable to the people who elect them. Our enduring constant crisis in governance stems from our inept and corrupt rulers trampling the essential pillars of good governance, rule of law and accountability. This gives rise to unbridled and widespread corruption,... More

Bangladesh: A social media driven state?

It’s not easy to have a calm conversation in Bangladesh. Everyone is rushing to make a comment, observe and abuse. Or make a counter to all that. Anything that requires critical thought is discarded and the instant reaction is the most common form of response. In a society not unduly famous for pondering, Bangladesh... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

Bleak times for freedom of expression, whether emergency or not

Its time to stop the nitpicking. All that hair-splitting about whether what we are witnessing in India today is classical fascism or not – stop it. The argument that this is not like the Emergency of 1975 – completely irrelevant. Those bookish notions belong to seminar rooms and academic discussions, where high-minded... More

India’s social-media ‘lynch mobs’ pose growing threat

Social-media platforms are often criticized for their susceptibility to toxic dialogue and vicious attacks. It is a problem that India knows well. Just ask External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, whose recent vilification by members and supporters of her own ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is a case in point. Swaraj has developed a... More

The new trade order

Since the start of the year, U.S. President Donald Trump has lashed out at allies and adversaries alike on trade. Often, as with India, the U.S. has pushed for enhanced security cooperation at the same time it declared trade relations a national security threat. The belligerence has left many baffled. Some pointers A first... More

One day does not an election make

The much-awaited Gazipur city election is over, the “we-knew-it-from-before” polls results are upon us, the “impartiality” of the police and the “neutrality” of the civil administration have once again been demonstrated, the never-too-late-to-follow “certificate” of the Election Commission has been delivered and, of course, our democracy now stands “strengthened”. As some would have... More

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READER'S VIEW

Gorkhaland, Mamata and the Chinese factor

Just a few days ago I warned two young student leaders in Darjeeling of West Bengal, against the violent movement which has started there for a separate Gorkhaland. I told them in no way should they support this demand. This has multifarious geo-political risks. If a Gorkhaland state is formed, this will... More

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