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Can Qatari Blockade ‘Fuel the Fire’?

The Qatari blockade is not mere a cordon off, of a single tiny Gulfdoom, it could generate ripple effects, destabilizing in entire region of Gulf. Just, for example, 40 percent of Qatar’s food supply arrives in the country via land transport from Saudi Arabia. There have already been reports of runs on supermarkets and ATMs. Qatar’s stock market index sank...

Bangladesh: Falling into India’s Periphery

Amid the Cold War, Bangladesh came into existence as result of 1971 India-Pakistan war. Along with the domestic factors, external players contributed to dis-integrate Pakistan as Soviet Union supported India with full strength while United State kept with Pakistan half-heartedly. Since India supported the independence, pro India lobbies gradually intruded in each and every aspect of Bangladesh life from...

Great Arctic Race

Arctic policy of Asian nations was dynamically changing in the last decade. There are doubts what to do right now. The prize for winners looks less attractive; the road will be longer and harder. But,‘Asian Tigers’ are not accustomed to retreat. Just a decade ago Asia – Pacific nations did not show any particular interest to the Arctic. Limited research...

Sri Lanka’s Reconciliation Agenda

Sri Lanka continues to maintain a delicate balance in its ties with the West and the Asian powers (Russia, China and India). After pledges to assemble institutions and mechanisms on reconciliation a wavering question arises. Facing stiff political resistance at home, how could Sri Lanka sustain her ties with the West and the East when concerns hover over internal...

Turkish Referendum

The Turkish people were given an arduous task –to either vote "Yes" or "No" for a number of constitutional changes that would empower the President. On 16 April they headed out to the polls and chose in what was one of the most important decisions that would radically change Turkey and possibly their own future. The Referendum was also...

MOAB: Move Over, America’s Back!

Trump dropped the largest non-nuclear bomb ever used in combat against Daesh in Afghanistan's eastern Nangarhar Province, and the Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB), nicknamed the "Mother Of All Bombs", sent the clear signal to Russia, China, and Iran to "Move Over, America's Back" in Eurasia. The bomb itself has comparatively little utility against Daesh aside from supposedly being...

The Rise of Hindu Fascism

Rise of Modi to the helm of power in democratic India is not much different from the rise of Hitler to the power in Germany which also took place under democratic electoral system. But rise of Hindu Fascism is not all of sudden in India. It is a gradual process and from the very beginning Hindu fascism is embedded...

Syrian Nightmare and Cycle of History

Perhaps! The history repeats itself, with the same accusations of using chemical weapons Bush administration in 2003 run over Iraq and toppled Saddam regime. President Trump followed the similar footsteps, amid Idlib chemical weapon accusations; this time without waiting fact-finding reports; since the US launched around 59 Tomahawk Missiles attacking the Syrian air-base—it seems like even in this case,...

Moscow Led Afghan Peace

The Kremlin’s appointment of Zamir Kabulov as presidential envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan and head of the Russian foreign ministry’s Asia and Middle East department also signals a strategic rethink about how Moscow views the Pakistan-Afghanistan beltway. With this Moscow looking to create new road-maps for reconciliation, it will also be important to ensure that the political dysfunctions of...

Sri Lanka’s Delicate Balancing

Sri Lanka has been in the limelight since the end of its hard won military victory against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (L.T.T.E) in 2009; but not for its (much anticipated – yet not realized) post–war economic development or the unearthing of alleged financial misconducts by the Rajapaksa government. It has instead been two other central themes which...

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