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  • Sri Lanka's Easter Bombings and the Need for a Regional Counter-Terror Strategy
    AS Lamba   ·    19 Jul, 2019   ·    5603
    On 21 April 2019, Sri Lanka witnessed its largest terrorist attack since the end of its brutal 26-year civil war. These Islamic State (IS) attacks targeted Easter celebrations and luxury hotels in Colombo, killing Sri Lankan and foreign ...
  • Afghanistan: Prospects of a Political Settlement with the Taliban
    Dr Omar Sadr   ·    15 Mar, 2019   ·    5567
    Around mid-March, the fifth round of negotiations between the US and the Taliban—the longest in the ongoing series—concluded in Doha, Qatar. In the US’ view, a negotiation that could be considered successful would be one which resu ...
  • Preventing the Next 26/11: Intelligence and India's Security Apparatus
    Alok Joshi   ·    10 Jan, 2019   ·    5542
    There is a long-standing debate on the role, means, and end goals of intelligence. Is dissemination the purpose? Do ownership issues come into play between intelligence and law enforcement only in the event of success or failure? Such i ...
  • The Legal and Policy Complexities of India's October Rohingya Deportation
    Angshuman Choudhury   ·    05 Nov, 2018   ·    5525
    On 4 October, the Indian government deported seven Rohingya men, who had been in detention in Assam since 2012, to Myanmar. A press release issued by India’s Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) flagged this as “repatriation” of seve ...
  • President Trump's Year in Office: A Foreign Policy Review
    Vivek Mishra   ·    22 Jan, 2018   ·    5424
    The ‘many firsts’ that President Donald Trump's year-old tenure has chalked up offer an overwhelming indication of his administration’s desire to differentiate itself from and efface the previous administration&rsquo ...
  • Unpacking the Unprecedented Churning in Saudi Arabia
    Ranjit Gupta   ·    15 Nov, 2017   ·    5393
    Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (King Salman) has presided over unprecedented churning on both the domestic political and foreign policy fronts during his short reign of less than three years. Norms that have been t ...
  • Weapons in Space: Conventional War in the Cosmos?
    Allyson Rimmer   ·    26 Sep, 2017   ·    5369
    Outer space has been called the last frontier, but could it become the battleground of the future? Warfare in space seems difficult to imagine outside works of science fiction, but the concept and advantages of weapons in space have been ...
  • Pakistan: The Nawaz Ouster
    Rana Banerji   ·    02 Aug, 2017   ·    5334
    Though not entirely unexpected, the five-nil Supreme Court denouement disqualifying Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif as Member of Parliament for an unspecified period came on 28 July 8 2017. It deemed as `assets’ even `un- ...
  • Jammu and Kashmir: A Saga of Neglect
    Arun Chaudhary   ·    19 Apr, 2017   ·    5272
    The institutions that are supposed to establish calm in the Kashmir valley seem to be opposed or at least indifferent to this idea. The captains of these institutions have, since the 1990s, reviewed their strategies and made amends whenev ...
  • India’s Nuclear Energy Policy: Bottlenecks to Implementation
    Niharika Tagotra   ·    03 Jan, 2017   ·    5218
    India has an ambitious nuclear energy programme but its legislative-regulatory mechanism does not quite match up to it. With a present installed capacity of 5780 mega watts (MW), contributing about 3 per cent to the total energy production, ...
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