South and Southeast Asia

South and Southeast Asia

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...

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...

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...

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...

Exploring the Prospects of ECO Bloc

The Economic Coordination Organization (ECO) is an intergovernmental organization consists of three Asia countries and seven Eurasian nations established in 1985 by Iran, Pakistan and Turkey for the purpose of promoting economic, technical and cultural cooperation among the Member States and its common objective is to create a free trade area /single market for goods and services, much like...

CPEC and Indian Claims about Gilgit Baltistan

India never paid much attention to Gilgit-Baltistan or even claimed it along with Kashmir, so much so that the world did not even know that the ‘Kashmir dispute’ included the region of Gilgit-Baltistan, it was thought to be just the Kashmir valley which was claimed by both countries. Indian claim on Gilgit-Baltistan is a relatively recent development because it...

Terrorism: Rattles in the Backyard

After several military offensives and countless sacrifices, when its seems, now it’s nearly over with terrorism, only some pockets and sleeper cells left, society was regaining momentum, economy was getting pace, countries getting confidence in Pakistan - terrorism again jolted the country with full thrust, eight terror attacks in a week’s time, yet again created a warlike situation inside...

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