Myanmar marks Martyrs’ Day amid growing tensions between the military...

What a difference a year makes. Last year, the anniversary of martyrs’ day marked an amazing rapprochement between Myanmar’s military leader, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing and Aung San Suu Kyi... More

Myanmar continues press repression

Myanmar’s human rights situation is again under the spotlight with the arrival of Professor Yangkee Lee – the UN special rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar – last Sunday for a... More

Myanmar’s peace process in tatters

Myanmar’s peace process is fast falling apart. The increasing divisions amongst the county’s rebel ethnic groups is going to severely test the government’s continuing efforts to achieve peace through the Panglong... More

Myanmar embraces responsible business

Myanmar’s economic performance is increasingly causing foreign investors to shy away from the country, while local businesses complain of government inertia. But the government insists that the country is on the... More

China looms larger than ever in Myanmar

Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s top civilian leader – the State Counselor -- remains torn between Asia and the West. And a spat with the UN is pushing Myanmar increasingly into... More

Myanmar’s peace process hits a bumpy road

Myanmar’s peace process remains stalled after the peace conference held some two weeks ago. “It’s one step forward and two steps backwards,” said an Asian diplomat, who closely follows developments, on... More

Myanmar and China strengthen their alliance

In recent weeks, several signals have emerged that show Myanmar is opting to be part of Beijing’s orbit rather than strengthen relations with the West, particularly Washington. This is in part... More

Myanmar’s fragile peace process set to unravel

Myanmar’s peace process is slowly unraveling as the discussions between the government and the ethnic groups involved remains marred by confusion, indecision and division. Days away from the next round of... More

Asia is central to China’s strategic vision

China’s international summit to help promote its strategic vision – ‘One Belt, One Road’ (OBOR), now dubbed the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) – has just concluded in Beijing. Twenty-nine heads... More

The lady and the generals are learning to get along

In the last few weeks there has been growing speculation that Myanmar’s military leaders are planning a possible coup if the country’s new democratic government, led by the charismatic democracy icon... More

Myanmar prepares to boost foreign investment

Myanmar hopes to boost foreign investment in the new financial year that has just begun. The necessary legal framework has been put into place, which the government hopes will help attract... More

Myanmar’s Precariously Poised Peace Process

Myanmar’s peace process has been stalled for months, as the country’s ethnic rebel groups – fighting for autonomy – and Aung San Suu Kyi’s government try to find a solution to... More


Indo China conflict: Impact on South Asia

As Indo-China conflict becomes more possible by the day, South Asian media has not taken sides. It’s clear that should there actually be a conflict, nobody will come out as winners. As physical and economic neighbours to both India and... More

‘China threat’ influenced 2017 Malabar exercises

It is now customary for spokespersons to say that joint Indo-US military exercises are not aimed at anybody, meaning China. That is meant to soothe nerves in Beijing, but the claim is not quite correct. The 2017 Malabar exercises in... More

Sociology of growing unit level indiscipline in the...

The recent killing of Maj.Shikhar Thapa by Naik (trooper) Kathiresan over the use of a mobile phone in Uri on the India-Pakistan border in Kashmir, has revived worries over discipline at the unit level of the India’s vast army... More

Will the US’ ‘Carrot & Stick’ policy to...

If we were to describe the nature of Pak-US relations in one phrase, uncertainty and trust deficit would undoubtedly feature in it. Clouds of uncertainty have become even more obvious ever since the beginning of Trump era. Amid the... More

The Al Capone Formula?

This week the Panama case entered its last, and possibly decisive round.  On May 16, 2016, the PM had unequivocally stated in the National Assembly (NA) that a complete record of all his sources of income and assets was... More


The crossroads at the Doklam plateau

There are many strings that tie Bhutan to India in a special and unique relationship, but none are as strong as the ones laid down on the ground: 1,500 km, to be precise, of... More

Limited links sink Myanmar’s potential

Despite its 2,000 kilometer-long coastline, reaching from Bangladesh to the west and Thailand to the east, Myanmar is home to only nine functioning ports, most of which are lumped together in the commercial capital... More

Searching for scapegoats

With ITs domestic politics in disarray, the key actors in Nepal’s polity now seem to hold outsiders guilty for everything that is going wrong. Nepal’s journey towards a radical political agenda — denying traditional... More

India must respect Bhutan’s sovereignty

The muscle flexing of the two rising powers in Asia is posing serious threat to the very stability in Himalayas this summer. The tussle is between the uncompromising New Delhi and Beijing whereas pain... More



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... More

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