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...

EU’s Dangerous Tango with Turkey

Its tiring Tango, since it has been playing around for quite some time. What began as Turkey’s bid to be included in the EU has opened up some larger gaps and loopholes within the EU itself. Not only that, it has split open the vulnerabilities and inherent weaknesses in both Turkey and EU. Ironically, both claim to be standing...

South Asian Strategic Equilibrium

The Brookings Institute, a Washington based think-tank, recently released an extensive 15 month research on the concept of four nations inter-linked as a strategic chain, these being the U.S., China, India and Pakistan. The research analyzed that how compelling comparison of the China-Pakistan equation vis-à-vis the India-U.S. alliance as these two sets of relationships have resulted in some of...

Asian Weaponization

Asia- Oceania region witnessing enormous weapon accumulation in past 10 years, with 46 per cent of the global arms imports only in last five years. Despite developing economies and lowering trade volume, arms race leads the region to a dangerous situation, where bilateral and multilateral disputes adding fuel to fire. As per Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) data the...

Geo-Economics of Bengal in Belt-Road

Since the Bangladesh, China, India, Myanmar (BCIM) Corridor was conceived to revive the south-western trade route of the ancient Southern Silk Road, claimed to be the shortest possible route between China and India, Geo-economic significance of the West Bengal has been multiplied, likely to open the doors of opportunities for the ignored region. But Delhi-Mumbai based powerful lobby in India...

Heritage Diplomacy Dilemma

In pursuance of regional peace, heritage diplomacy could be a catalyst to normalize situation in conflicting zones like Indo-Afghan-Pakistan territories, strengthen bilateral relations, countering terrorism and violent extremism and to bring states closer to each other to flourish trade, economic and academic activities, as heritage always advocates globalization and peaceful co-existence. There are lots of success stories to tell about...

Russian South Asia Complexity

Russian moves to improve relations with Pakistan to complicate its South Asian strategy? How Russia can mange relations with Pakistan keeping time-tested privileged partnership with India? Russian moves are tactical in nature or following a comprehensive strategy to deal with two rival neighbors? Russia requires a policy for South Asia region as whole? What would be Russian policy options...

Palmyra’s Re-Liberation and the “Rojava Civil War”

Palmyra was just re-liberated for the second time after a hard-fought battle for this strategic city, while in the same week, the leader of the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) in Iraq visited Turkey to plot the “Rojava Civil War”. Each of these events will directly impact on the disjointed efforts that are underway to liberate Raqqa from Daesh, as...

ECO Surge to Eurasian Integration

Amid the surge to revive 'Silk Road' and transnational economic initiatives; leaders at Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) Summit themed  “Connectivity for Regional Prosperity” has adopted 'The ECO Vision 2025' to make tangible progress with vivid time-frame in the areas of energy, transport and connectivity, trade, tourism, economic growth and productivity, social welfare and environment. The ECO vision has set...

Nagaland Unrest: Fate of “Indian Balkans”

The Indian state of Nagaland is poised to once more create a major headache for India if the unrest there doesn’t fully stabilize sometime soon, although this story is almost completely overlooked by the Mainstream Media’s blackout on the topic. The large-scale riots from earlier this month have already led to the police killing three participants after they torched...

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