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  • Myanmar's Ethnic Armed Conflict: Emerging Trends in Violence
    Angshuman Choudhury    ·   12 Jun, 2018    ·    #5480    ·    Commentary    
    2018 has been a violent year in Myanmar. Besides the crisis in the northern Rakhine State concerning the Rohingyas, the country has been engulfed by incessant fighting between the Tatmadaw (the military) and various Ethnic Armed Organisations ...
  • East Asia Compass
    China and the Trump-Kim Summit: Beijing's Looming Influence

    Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra    ·   11 Jun, 2018    ·    #5479    ·    Commentary    ·   Column
    A flurry of developments in the past few months in and around the Korean peninsula has led to expectations that North Korea might give up its nuclear programme in lieu of some kind of security guarantee and economic benefits. North Korean leader K...
  • Maritime Matters
    Disruptive Technologies and Future Naval Warfare

    Vijay Sakhuja    ·   11 Jun, 2018    ·    #5478    ·    Commentary    ·   Column
    Google’s decision to cancel Project Maven may be a disappointment for the US military who were hoping to use the company’s artificial intelligence (AI) and machine-learning (ML) techniques to analyse huge amounts of video footage captured ...
  • Myanmar's Military and the Rohingya Crisis
    Roshni Kapur    ·   11 Jun, 2018    ·    #5477    ·    Commentary    
    The Rohingya have fled from their homeland in Rakhine, Myanmar, whenever there has been an eruption in violence. Approximately 700,000 Rohingyas are currently living in Bangladesh’s Cox Bazar district ever since fleeing the latest outbreak of vi...
  • Bangladesh and Nuclear Power: Significance for India
    Tarika Rastogi    ·   01 Jun, 2018    ·    #5476    ·    Commentary    
    The Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant (RNPP) in Bangladesh has the potential to re-energise India-Russia cooperation and significantly enhance India's geopolitical clout and standing in the nuclear community. The RNPP (whose construction began in 2013) ...
  • Dateline Colombo
    Sri Lanka and the World: Whither Political Prudence?

    Asanga Abeyagoonasekera    ·   01 Jun, 2018    ·    #5475    ·    Commentary    ·   Column
    There is piercing hopelessness for the future when listening to certain political rhetoric in Sri Lanka. The International Workers Day, a day to remember workers’ rights, was initiated from the 1886 Haymarket affair in Chicago. It grew from a ge...
  • Trump and the Iran Nuclear Deal: Geopolitics and Financial Unipolarity
    Ambassador KP Fabian    ·   22 May, 2018    ·    #5474    ·    Commentary    
    On 8 May 2018, US President Donald Trump, true to his style and ‘America First’ philosophy, walked out of the Iran nuclear deal, technically known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). A fortnight has elapsed and it would be perti...
  • What Motivates India and Vietnam to Cooperate?
    Arushi Vig    ·   21 May, 2018    ·    #5473    ·    Commentary    
    India and Vietnam recently signed a three-part deal that includes nuclear cooperation, agriculture and trade, and economic association. The memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed in 2018 to strengthen cooperation in the atomic energy field...
  • Modi’s Nepal Visit: More Drama than Substance
    Pramod Jaiswal    ·   17 May, 2018    ·    #5472    ·    Commentary    
    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid a two-day visit to Nepal on 11-12 May. No Indian prime minister had visited Nepal in an official capacity in almost two decades, until Prime Minister Modi, who has been to the country thrice in four years. ...
  • Nuke Affairs
    Two Decades After Shakti: India's Nuclear Policy

    Sheel kant Sharma    ·   16 May, 2018    ·    #5471    ·    Commentary    
    India’s nuclear weapon tests in May 1998 had more to do with its external security environment and the global strategic situation rather than domestic compulsions. Over the past two decades, the global environment and world order have changed co...
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