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India, Israel take ties to a new high


India and Israel are further strengthening their strategic relations, as indicated by recent developments. After Israeli President Reuven Rivlin’s weeklong visit to India, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi is now set to visit Israel... More

Sri Lanka’s Sirisena awaits a thumbs-up from Trump


It is yet to be seen how the Donald Trump victory in the United States will impact Sri Lanka in the long term, mainly its relations with the ethnic minorities, especially the Tamil minority... More

India-BD agreement for joint military command


Bangladesh and India are working on an agreement framework for joint military command to counter terrorism, take up security measures in time of crisis, increase border patrols and intelligence exchange. Indian Defense Minister Manohar... More

India to tout Chabahar Port at Amritsar conference


New Delhi will focus on Chabahar port of Iran at the “Heart of Asia” ministerial conference which begins in Amritsar. The Afghan government will also present its case at the meeting. The two-day conference is... More

India to lift strategic cooperation with Bangladesh


The Indian proposals to enhance military cooperation with Bangladesh is a new move for strengthening Delhi’s strategic position in the South Asia, say defense analysts. They believe, the country wants to prevent the growing... More

Bhutan working on a diplomatic relation with Israel


Slowly but steadily Bhutan is developing its relations with Israel. This is being done through agricultural training mooted out to Bhutan’s agro students by Israel. Israeli expertise on crop cultivation and agricultural technology may... More

Regional readjustments impact Afghanistan


All sorts of conflicting regional initiatives are being taken in Afghanistan in the name of establishing peace and stability. India’s Amritsar is set to host the sixth Heart of Asia (HoA) ministerial conference on... More

Indian Defense Minister Visiting Dhaka To Impede China Influence?


India’s defense minister and one of Narendra Modi’s most reliable person Manohar Parrikar is set for a two-day visit to Dhaka on Wednesday. During the visit, he will meet with the President, the Prime... More

Russia and Turkmenistan in Gwadar-CPEC: New Sign of Polarization


Pakistan approves Russia's request to use Baluchistan’s Gwadar deep-sea port on a commercial basis, thus joining China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Authorities also decided to deploy Chinese aircraft carrier for port’s security. This decision of... More

Is India Serious About Water-War? 


India's prime minister Narendra Modi once again strongly hinted about a water-war against Pakistan. By obstructing the water flow of common rivers, will he retract from the 1960 Indus Waters treaty brokered by the World Bank between two countries? Or is this just a ploy... More

Constitution amendment again divides Nepal


Major friction emerges once again as the prime minister prepares for second round constitutional amendment. Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ said the bill for amendment will be officially presented to the parliament in... More

Why the pressure on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor?


Pressure has been piling up on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, or CPEC, ever since the formal inauguration of Gwadar port. The inauguration took place after a series of sabotages and immediately after an incident... More

Govt.-parliament conflict intensifies crisis in volatile Afghanistan


Frequent Taliban attacks as well as intense feuds between the government and parliament are intensifying crises in already volatile Afghanistan. The parliament is asking ministers to make statements about performance and success of the... More

India preparing to upgrade offensive forces


India, the largest country in South Asia, has always been alert about its  own military defense. Although this was one of the architect nations in the neutral alliance during cold war, India always maintained... More

How president Trump will affect South Asia


SA    Monitor   Report-> Even until a few days ago, nobody thought Donald Trump will be a US president in foreseeable future. But that situation is changing with every new event. Being accused of... More

Bangladesh: Winds of changes in the leadership of ruling party


Bangladesh: winds of changes in ruling party leadership SA Monitor staff Significant leadership changes were made in the two-day council meeting of Awami League, the ruling party of Bangladesh. Although Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is still the head... More

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On India’s attempts to woo Russia-EEU into economic union

While the US has been cultivating India as its major ally in the region in what the US officials have tacitly called ‘containment’ of China, prospects of this cultivation have become brighter ever since the recent out-break of trade-war between the US and China. While Indian and US interests strongly... More

Comey’s book and Pakistan’s leaders

James Brien Comey Jr served as Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for four years till fired by President Donald Trump on May 9, 2017. Trump initially claimed this was because of Comey's mishandling of the investigation into the private email of Hillary Clinton. The overriding perception... More

UN says Nasheed’s trial was flawed, but Maldivian govt maintains it...

The UN Human Rights Committee (UNHRC), which went into the trial of former Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed had listed the flaws in it and asked the Maldivian government to release him to enable him to contest the September 2018 Presidential election. But the government on Sunday rejected the UNHRC’s observations and recommendations... More

Bangladesh election 2018: is there a Sino-Indian stake?

It’s pretty odd to think that Bangladesh elections should be of any interest to China and India given the complete lack of its strategic value. However, Bangladesh maybe becoming a reluctant pawn of sorts in a regional ‘great game’. China’s rising influence in the region and India’s relative decline in what... More

Tripura’s new pitch for Geo-Economics

Biplab Deb is a BJP chief minister with a difference. In a 40-minute interview with this writer last week, he did not mention even once any of the usual saffron agenda -- Ram Mandir, beef, illegal migration from Bangladesh. "My agenda is development, development, development all the way," he... More

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Iran to team up with China on nuke development if Trump...

As US President Donald Trump decides whether to reauthorize the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, which he has long wanted to exit or renegotiate, Iranian authorities have announced they will be getting help with their nuclear program from China. "Some negotiations have been held on mutual cooperation and building small nuclear... More

Pinarayi and Gadkari link up on development

The American think tank, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, had featured a riveting ‘curtain-raiser’ to the 2014 poll in India entitled Does Good Economics Mean Good Politics In India? The essay appeared in December 2013 and I’d carefully stored it in my archives, as a fairly prescient analysis of... More

Mutual respect is the key

I will not reach any deal that would go against the national interest of Nepal,” K P Sharma Oli, the prime minister of Nepal, reportedly assured parliamentarians in Kathmandu earlier this week, before heading out to India. That such questions should be asked and answered is a definitive sign... More

Reviving Nepal’s independent foreign policy

The long political transition in Nepal has come to an end with the successful completion of local, provincial and federal elections. A new phase of history beckons Nepal as it has adopted federalism under the new constitution promulgated in 2015. The achievement of economic prosperity has now been prioritized... More

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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... More