Compromises and cooperation in Afghanistan’s resettlement

Just after, the Soviet Union’s disintegration, US owned unipolarity over the world. Then, US engage itself in Asian conflicts. During the same era, China emerged in the region and now China is second largest economy of the... More

5 jobs, 23,000 applicants: India’s jobless millions a key election issue for...

Vishal Chowdhary is young, bright and armed with an MBA. But he has spent two years struggling to find work in India's sluggish jobs market - a major headache for Prime Minister Narendra Modi ahead of looming... More

What does the ‘Indo-Pacific strategy’ mean?

Nine months ago, in this column, I wrote about the Free and Open Indo-Pacific (FOIP) strategy. Some argue that it was initiated by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as early as in 2012. Other claim that the originally... More

Belt and Road reaches Nepal’s wild north, winning China influence

Some 140 km to the north of Nepal's capital Kathmandu, China's "Belt and Road" infrastructure plan is in full swing. "On the Chinese side, the road is so smooth that it looks like Switzerland; on the Nepalese side,... More

India has clearly abandoned its policy of strategic restraint

Now that the dust has settled over the pines around Jaba top in Balakot, it is instructive to draw operational and strategic lessons and flag history-making events from the Indian air raid inside Pakistan and its retaliation. Firstly,... More

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan is committed to peace and will fight...

In the last few weeks, one of the most important manifestations of the re-hyphenation of Pakistan and India was the underscoring of the stark reality: even in 2019 a catastrophic thing called war is bandied about as... More

India’s North-East: Another Kashmir

Many fear that another Kashmir is in the making in North-East (NE) India. In the last few years, a series of disturbing developments in NE have created a genuine apprehension in the minds of citizens and political... More

In India, a search for ‘traitors’ after conflict with Pakistan

The first time Sandeep Wathar received a message on Facebook from a total stranger calling him a traitor, he was amused. When dozens more followed, he knew something was wrong. After India and Pakistan nearly went to war... More

How rage and love gripped India after the Kashmir terror attack

A young suicide bomber carrying 350kg of explosives rammed his car into an armed convoy on February 14 in Kashmir, killing 44 Indian paramilitary soldiers. The attack spurred a surge of collective grief in India, as people... More

Bloody spring offensive continues in Afghanistan despite dialogue

The commemoration of the 24th death anniversary of Shiite Hazara Leader Abdul Ali Mazari in Kabul Afghanistan was interrupted with mortars which caused death of more than 3 persons and injuring multiple folds. Right, when the former... More

US tries in vain to pull Nepal into its orbit

In an effort to address the increasingly strained bilateral relationship between Washington and Kathmandu, a senior US official was sent to Nepal on February 25 on a diplomatic mission. Joseph H Felter, the US deputy assistant secretary... More

Armchair generals are marching India into trouble

Peace appears to have been given a chance in South Asia. Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, striving to play the statesman, has not only released a captured Indian pilot but also detained several alleged Pakistani militants. Still,... More

New Delhi’s muscular approach to Kashmir reflects its policy paralysis

This has hollowed out public discourse on nationalism and deeply polarised Indian society along communal lines. Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had warned about the disaster that the Narendra Modi-led regime would inflict with its Hindutva brand... More

China and Saudi Arabia Converge on Pakistan

A trilateral alliance of China-Pakistan-Saudi Arabia, driven by geo-economic interests, is emerging, with the Pakistani port of Gwadar on the Arabian Sea as its hub. This builds upon a geopolitical foundation dating back to the mid-1960s. With... More

Asia investors split with West over Myanmar’s Rohingya crackdown

In a vast convention center in Naypyidaw, Myanmar’s sprawling and eerily empty capital, prospective investors listened politely as local companies pitched opportunities and government officials spoke of the country’s vast economic potential. Yet in the hallways, conversations drifted... More

Low turnout at election rally should worry BJP

With the crowds that once eagerly attended and cheered Narendra Modi’s every rally no longer so keen to turn up, the Indian Prime Minister’s battle for a second term in office may be in trouble. Modi’s Sunday rally... More

Legislation proposed in US senate to end Afghan war

Two influential members of the United States Senate have introduced legislation that would end the nearly two-decade long war in Afghanistan. The move comes at a time when US officials are engaged in direct talks with Taliban... More

Nepal refuses to drift between China and India

International relations observers are more likely to see Nepal as a piece of bread sandwiched between China and India. The metaphor is often used by Western media in terms of geopolitics of the region. Today's Nepal and the... More

Balakot airstrike: India’s failure at legal front?

Emotions, political rhetoric, and patriotism aside what is the legality of the actions of Pakistan and India during this latest episode of escalation. Pulwama attack happened for which India blamed Pakistan, which denied any role. Not to... More

Modi’s politicization of security could backfire

India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is making every effort possible to turn the forthcoming general election into a ballot on national security. The Narendra Modi-led BJP is leaving no stone unturned to exploit the Indian Air... More

How the ICJ could resolve the Kashmir conflict

The world has averted an all-out war over Kashmir between India and Pakistan, but probably not for long, judging by the past. For a few days last week, it appeared as if the two nuclear nations were... More


Regulators and conflict of interest

A governmental body created by a legislature to implement and enforce specific laws, a "Regulatory Agency" or a "Regulator" would usually have quasi-legislative functions, executive functions, and judicial functions. Many laws govern social and economic matters, such as income tax, environmental laws, occupational health and safety laws, real estate law, employment laws, etc. A regulatory agency serves two primary functions in govt: implement the laws and enforce the same. Regulations... More

Is Bangladesh an online state?

Bangladesh is an online state with an incredibly high number of virtual citizens. Few can match them in enthusiasm, participation and enjoyment of what the online world offers, good or bad. Much great stuff happens on the net but so does nasty stuff. It’s also a great producer of cultural and otherwise, not to mention, political ones. The recent spate of actions against online content considered “harmful” have spiked, which,... More

How China might undo Saudi plans for Iran?

The recent Saudi bid to increase its economic and political influence in South Asia (Pakistan and India) is, as I pointed out in my previous stories for SAM, largely informed not just by the imperative of a Saudi economic expansion across Asia and avoid economic doom, but also by the objective of snatching Iran’s share of oil market in this part of the world. This is partly one reason... More

Pakistan receives warning from Iran not to join Saudi proxy war

Pakistan has received a stern warning from Iran's Major-General Qasem Soleimani, commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps' Qods Force and other senior in the aftermath of the February 13, 2019 attack on their forces by Iranian Baluch militants in the country's restive Sistan and Baluchistan province bordering Pakistan. The new tone from Tehran is a response to Pakistan's recent tilt back toward Saudi Arabia since Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran... More

‘Syndrome 2020’ unleashes a new bid to change the constitution

Myanmar’spro-democracy forces have launched a new bid to change the country’s constitution. With some 18 months left before the 2020 elections, the ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) has initiated a process in parliament it hopes will amend the military-drafted constitution and give the party an important campaigning issue. It is the latest evidence that the country has been plunged into “Syndrome 2020” in the lead up to 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