South and Southeast Asia

South and Southeast Asia

Trust Deficit: Key Impediment to Peace in South Asia

Indo-Pak history is marred with revulsion, mistrust and hostility. Two generations of the post-colonial era of this region has departed without having the slightest feeling of amity or trust between the two geographically contiguous neighbours, having a long history of living together with a joint struggle against the British Colonialism. Indeed, peace between India and Pakistan is the prerequisite for...

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...

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 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...

Explaining Russia’s S-400 Sale To India

Russia and India made a huge joint announcement on the sidelines of the recent BRICS Summit in Goa, declaring that Moscow will provide New Delhi with an unspecified number of S-400 missile platforms by 2020 at the earliest. From the looks of it, one could easily rush to the conclusion that Russia has abandoned its rapprochement with Pakistan and is...

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...

Indian CPEC antagonism

Indian antagonist pursuit towards China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has come out amenably with their malevolence and policy of isolating Pakistan in the region triggered another phase of hostility with neighboring country, but China is still optimistic that India can also benefit from the regional connectivity being offered. Since the CPEC conceived, India has voiced serious objections to the project propagating that...

Gilgit Baltistan: A Natural Gateway to Prosperity

Gilgit-Baltistan is the sole route connecting Pakistan with China and the Central Asian states as the 1300 km Karakoram Highway runs through this sleepy, mountainous region. Recently, its geopolitical location has become intrinsic to the viability of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) as it is the entry point of the economic route, the mapping is reminiscent of the...

The Secrets Behind Russia’s CPEC Saga

There’s been a lot of confusion about Russia’s role in CPEC over the past week. Pakistani reports circulated over the weekend saying that FSB chief Alexander Bortnikov had secretly traveled to the strategic South Asian country to hold clandestine talks on Russia’s participation in the game-changing project.  These claims were then refuted by the Russian Foreign Ministry, with the Russian Embassy...

Pakistan’s Response to Hybrid War on CPEC?

Pakistan was attacked by terrorists over the past five days when eight separate blasts ripped through the country and reminded the world that Islamabad is on the front-lines in the War on Terror. Unlike after the end of the Soviet intervention in Afghanistan, this time it wasn’t just ‘wayward freedom fighters’ boomeranging back to their home base and setting off...

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