Identity and Violence: Media Coverage of the Recent Conflict in Sri Lanka (Part 2)
Anjana Vencatesan · 16 Aug, 2018 · #5506 · Commentary
Part 1 of the two-part series on media and conflict in Sri Lanka examined the coverage by Sri Lanka-based English and Tamil language media of the February-March 2018 conflict that took place in Kandy and Digana areas. Part 2 examines the approach ...
Challenges to Securing India's Borders
Tim Walpot · 13 Aug, 2018 · #5505 · Commentary
The pace of border security projects in India has accelerated over the past two years. A prime example of this has been the implementation of a Comprehensive Integrated Border Management System (CIBMS) pilot project along two 5.5 km and 5.3 km str...
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Trump, Kim, and Denuclearisation
Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra · 09 Aug, 2018 · #5504 · Commentary · Column
Almost two months since the Singapore Summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, a sense of disappointment seems to have been gradually building with respect to the possibility of North Korean denuclearisation. E...
2018 Protests in Southern Iraq: Lessons for Iran’s Post-Conflict Strategy in Syria
Pieter-jan Dockx · 06 Aug, 2018 · #5503 · Commentary
In July 2018, mass protests swept provincial capitals in Shia-majority southern Iraq, demanding improvements in the provision of public services like potable water and electricity. While protests for better services are common in southern Iraq, th...
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf: Performance in the Provinces & Potential Challenges Ahead
Sarral Sharma · 02 Aug, 2018 · #5502 · Commentary
Amid reports and allegations of election rigging and other irregularities by the opposition political parties, Pakistan's cricketer-turned-politician and Chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party, Imran Khan, emerged victorious in the h...
Chinese Sharp Power and Taiwan-India Relations
Tai-Wei Chen · 02 Aug, 2018 · #5501 · Commentary
Beijing has extended its 'sharp power' strategy to the Taiwan-India relationship. It is important to understand how Chinese sharp power is deployed against the Taiwan-India relationship, and for both countries to proactively initiate counter-measu...
Identity and Violence: Media Coverage of the Recent Conflict in Sri Lanka (Part 1)
Anjana Vencatesan · 02 Aug, 2018 · #5500 · Commentary
In the recent months, Facebook has consistently been in the spotlight for its role in the Cambridge Analytica controversy; ineffective response to fake news in Ireland’s reproductive rights referendum; and the failure to remove hate speech durin...
The Third 21st Century Panglong Conference: A Review
Angshuman Choudhury · 02 Aug, 2018 · #5499 · Commentary
The third iteration of Myanmar’s union-level peace forum—the 21st Century Panglong Conference (21CPC)—concluded on 16 July 2018. The 21CPC, supposed to be held biannually, was hosted in 2018 after a year-long delay, and witnessed six days of...
The Dilemma of a Threshold
Vice Admiral Vijay Shankar · 01 Aug, 2018 · #5498 · Commentary · Column
The nuclear planner is acutely involved in analysis of when and under what political conditions opposing leadership (military or otherwise) may resort to the employment of nuclear weapons. For nations with a policy of no first use (NFU), the answe...
The Challenges of AI-enabled Underwater Platforms
Vijay Sakhuja · 01 Aug, 2018 · #5497 · Commentary · Column
The Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) is likely to acquire a new type of submarine by the early 2020s. According to the South China Morning Post, the Shenyang Institute of Automation under the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) is engage...