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Strategic polarization evident in SA


Sharp strategic polarization among major powers with South Asia at the center is about to emerge after certain developments this week in the region. Talks in Moscow between Russia, China and Pakistan on the one hand, and... More

New Delhi nixes tripartite talks on Brahmaputra


New Delhi is not interested in tripartite negotiations on the Brahmaputra water-sharing issue. First and foremost, they are seeking to resolve the issue of Zangmu Dam that China plans to build upstream of the Brahmaputra. India's current... More

Nepal-China military drill worries Delhi


Nepal's first joint military exercise with China is making their large neighbor India increasingly anxious. Officially Nepal and China are yet to admit the news of joint military exercise, but Indian media is highlighting this and now... More

Bangladesh struggles to leave the LDC bracket


The latest United Nations report stated that Bangladesh will be able to make its transition from the Least Developed Country or LDC list by 2024.  The government projected Bangladesh to be a middle-income country by 2021. Economic... More

Bangladesh’s election enigma


The election enigma deepens in Bangladesh’s political scenario. The government’s moves hints at an election in the near future. However, opposition parties cannot be fully certain as to whether an early election will actually take place.  There... More

Sri Lanka’s new constitution and the long shadow of Rajapaksa

Sri Lanka’s new constitution-making process remains embroiled in an enigmatic muddle where it is caught between sentiments of Tamil politicians, the central government, and former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa has turned a deaf ear to... More

Controversy over India’s top security appointments 


India's opposition Congress has attacked the ruling BJP for 'violating' the seniority rule in appointing the country's new army chief. Three senior lieutenant generals were superseded when the government decided to appoint Lt-Gen Bipin Rawat as the next... More
Choudhuri body, Notebandi

Modi’s notebandi narrative is a washout


The death of Kallol Roy Choudhuri,45, in an ATM queue and his dead body lying unattended by thousands desperate to get cash will be the lingering image of Narendra Modi's notebandi. The government employee suffered a heart... More

Rahul Hard On Modi


Just a few days earlier, in a parliamentary speech, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi said he had information on Modi, which will create Tsunami if it gets exposed. He said this while criticizing Modi on demonization issue. BJP... More

Postponement of Hasina’s India visit sparks off speculations


After the sudden postponement of Bangladesh  Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s two-day state visit to India, scheduled to kick off on December 18, officials of both countries are now working for another “mutually convenient date’’. This would have... More

Will elections resolve Nepal’s political crisis?


Amid the worsening political situation in Nepal over amendments to the country’s constitution, the President Vidya Devi Bhandari advised the Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal to prepare for the election taking all parties in the hold. The... More

India-built Myanmar seaport ready to open


The deep seaport built in Myanmar’s Sittwe on the Bay of Bengal by India is ready to be commissioned. The strategically important facility will start its operation formally next month, Vikram Misri, the Indian envoy to Myanmar,... More

PM’s postponed India visit: The story behind


Speculations run high over the abrupt postponement of the three-day bilateral visit of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to India. There is also contradictory information over the new schedule of the visit. Neither India nor Bangladesh has so... More

India’s regional linking plan being derailed


Bhutan has put a hurdle in India’s ambitious road connectivity plan involving Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal after its Parliament refused to ratify the deal. Experts doubt Chinese hand in persuading the legislators to withhold approval. Bhutan, the... More

India presses Bangladesh to sign Chittagong & Mongla port deals


Bangladesh is to sign an agreement allowing the use Chittagong and Mongla seaports for the movement of transit goods to and from India. Officials from both sides agreed to the issue at a shipping secretary-level meeting in Dhaka... More

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 in 2017. Modi visited... 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 who have been... 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 Parrikar during his... 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 being held on... 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 influence of China... 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 soon make its... More

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Trump’s melodrama vis-à-vis Pakistan meets ground realities

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

Imran Khan needs better advisers

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 Bangladesh, a poor politician is of no use to anyone

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. Politics is not just about power... More

Hunt with the hound, swim with the crocodile

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

India’s dead-end Afghan policy

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

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OUTCOME AND FUTURE OF BMISTEC? & WHAT’S ON THE BALANCE?


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

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