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  • Fallout of the Rohingya Issue on Bangladesh`s Domestic Politics

    With the Bangladesh general elections not far away in 2018, and the unlikely scenario of the Rohingya problem being fully resolved in the next few months, the issue is likely to deeply influence the posture of the various political parties.

    October 03, 2017

    US-Pakistan ties at a crossroads

    Pakistan’s responses with reference to the US encouraging India to play a greater role in Afghanistan raise an intriguing question: were Trump’s statements on India part of a gambit to extract cooperation from Pakistan?

    September 11, 2017

    FATA’s Merger with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

    The idea of abolishing FATA as a distinct administrative entity and merging it with KP led to a country-wide debate, with some commentators pointing to the futility of the merger and others advocating its early implementation in the interest of peace and stability in the region.

    August 29, 2017

    National Unity Government in Sri Lanka: An Assessment

    At the close of two years, the National Unity Government (NUG) of Sri Lanka has failed to maintain the confidence and trust of the people it enjoyed during the first three months of its tenure. Having said that, political crisis or instability in Sri Lanka remains unlikely. The NUG is likely to complete its full term, but it will not be a cakewalk.

    New Hambantota Port Deal: China Consolidates its Stakes in Sri Lanka

    While the agreement remains controversial, China is likely to consolidate its presence and Sri Lanka likely to get deeper into the Chinese debt trap even though it has gained temporary relief through the equity for debt swap.

    August 14, 2017

    The Doklam Standoff - Should India Project its Stand More Vigorously?

    The Doklam standoff has emerged as a litmus test for India in terms of how resolutely it can stand up against an increasingly hegemonic China to protect the interests of Bhutan as well as its own interests.

    August 11, 2017

    Doklam, China’s Strategic Calculus and India’s Policy Options

    To effectively cope with the PRC’s hostile attitude, India needs to reduce the power asymmetry, articulate a clear security policy based on a realistic threat assessment, reorganise the military, and revamp the border management mechanism.

    August 11, 2017

    Marriages of Insurgent Convenience along the Indo-Myanmar Border: A Continuing Challenge

    Marriages of Insurgent Convenience along the Indo-Myanmar Border: A Continuing Challenge

    While decades of counterinsurgency operations and peace processes have taken the sting out of the region’s major insurgencies, collaboration between groups continues to pose security challenges, particularly in the exploitable border areas adjacent to the upper Sagaing Region of Northwest Myanmar.

    August 10, 2017

    China-Pakistan Water Axis on the Indus

    Consisting of five major hydropower projects including the Diamer Bhasha Dam, the North Indus Cascade will cut across Gilgit Baltistan as well as Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

    July 19, 2017

    Russia’s Engagement with the Taliban

    In December 2015, the Russian Foreign Ministry revealed that Russia was engaging in intelligence sharing with the Taliban to counter the growing presence of the Islamic State in Afghanistan.

    June 21, 2017

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