(SouthAsianMonitor Exclusive): Indian states, in perpetual competition to woo investments, have not gone slow in trying to attract Chinese investment. This despite the often hostile exchanges across the Himalayas on issues... More
Any contemporary situation appears to follow a pattern described by Shakespeare centuries ago. The third act of his plays is the ‘climax’, which is characterised by acute complications in the story,... More
For over two decades, Nepal, one of the poorest countries in the world, has generously hosted some 120,000 Bhutanese refugees. The predominantly Nepali-speaking Bhutanese identified as
Lhotshampas (southerners), were uprooted as a... More
Donald Trump has been elected the new president of the United States. China and America, since their mutual diplomatic recognition in 1979, started diplomatic relations and amended any serious conflict of... More
SADLY, a forum established to encourage security, political and economic cooperation between Afghanistan and the surrounding nations turned into yet another event of Pakistan-bashing. What happened at the Heart of Asia... More
Today, about 1,000 Carrier workers and their families should be rejoicing. But the rest of our nation’s workers should be very nervous.
President-elect Donald Trump will reportedly announce a deal with United... More
Present political crisis is a result of a combination of issue-based and self-interest-based positions. It is difficult to separate issues from self-interests, for all self-interests are disguised as political issues
Nov 30,... More
US President-elect Donald Trump has effectively sunk the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), the broad trade and investment agreement that formed the economic centrepiece of President Barack Obama’s “pivot to Asia” against... More
China has a near-monopoly of rare earth minerals, a key component in everything from iPhones to missile guidance systems
While Donald Trump has threatened to erect steep trade barriers against China, Beijing... More
A major international defense exhibition, which is due to open in
Karachi tomorrow, marks a timely opportunity for Pakistan to showcase its journey towards self-reliance in the face of significant odds.
Whenever sanctioned... More
India's strategic suspicions toward China's rising presence in SouthAsia may hobble its ambition to be a great power, even though someobservers think otherwise.
Panos Mourdoukoutas, a US-based analyst, criticized Beijing in a
Turmoil in Kashmir has exacerbated the tenuous fault lines in the
region. The limited military response afforded to nuclear-armed
neighbors India and Pakistan has shifted the confrontation to a new frontier – shared... More
During his campaign, Trump had questioned the costs of American
alliances and has demanded a redistribution of the defence burdens between the US and its Eurasian partners.
A spectre is haunting Eurasia —... More
Kathmandu’s almost all elitist debates over Nepal-India relations hastily raise a question of whether this relationship served any of Nepal’s interests. Or they invariably focus on how the Indian foreign policy... More
Sheikh Hasina and Aung San Suu Kyi have so much in common. Daughters of great fathers who spearheaded the freedom struggle of their countries, both lost their fathers before they could get to run or had just about run... More
A Times of India report of September 19 claimed that the US was “moving closer to designating Pakistan a terrorist state.” Reasons for this include, the report claimed, Pakistan’s non-cooperation in Afghanistan and its unwillingness to act against the... More
AASK’s speech could be the best delivered under the circumstances but it’s also full of misleading hopes and commitments never kept. The speech will buy time for the Myanmar military but may not do much at all to solving... More
Four hundred thousand Muslim Rohingyas have fled across the border to Bangladesh from Myanmar in the last 3 weeks to escape the army’s clearance operations. Human rights groups claim it’s a “scorched earth” policy – reminiscent of the military’s... More
The recently concluded BRICS summit was meaningful in anumber of ways. More than anything else, it left a powerful impression of increasing rapprochement between two Asian rivals, India and China, after two months of intense standoff in the Doklam... More