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But since the signing of the nuclear agreement, Iran has been steadily consolidating its sphere of influence. The Afghanistan-Pakistan region is too important for Iran and it will leave no stone unturned to gain a strategic space there, writes Amitava Mukherjee for South Asia Monitor

 
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Incidents of ethnic clashes between different communities in Assam in the past point to the state of conflict and dissension on issues of geographical, cultural and emotional space amongst these communities/tribes, writes Kula Saikia for South Asia Monitor

 
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In this game of smoke and mirrors, one can only hope and pray that a back channel mediated compromise can be worked out, writes Amb. Bhaswati Mukherjee for South Asia Monitor

 
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OBOR is still evolving and has a long way to go. Of the 68 countries that attended, only 40 have signed up for projects.  OBOR will traverse many troubled areas and much rough terrain.  The question, therefore, of India's isolation does not arise; it is simply too early to judge OBOR/BRI and its potential success, writes Namrata Hasija 

 
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The visit to Sri Lanka would also help Modi to further advance his strategy of isolating Pakistan from the other member nations of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), writes Sugeeswara Senadhira for South Asia Monitor

 
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Resisting China's grand encircling strategy, and its virtual overrunning of South Asia, a region it has been coveting for some time, will require considerable strategic guile by India in the months to come, writes Tarun Basu for South Asian Monitor. 

 
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Any continued success of terrorists in Kashmir rings a warning bell for all countries around the world, as continued success of terrorists in Kashmir would amount to success of terrorism in the world, writes N.S. Venkataraman for South Asia Monitor.

 
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The South Asia Satellite provides opportunity for South Asian states to work closely for a common cause and eradicate many of the region's urgent predicaments and problems with the help of modern technology, writes Aniket Bhavthankar for South Asia Monitor.

 
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Stakeholders in Afghanistan must realise that if Taliban come to power again in Afghanistan it will be dangerous not only for the region but also for the whole world, writes Jai Kumar Verma for South Asian Monitor.

 
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The default response of the Modi government in matters of national security has been to  inhabit social media.  Over the last few months, whenever there is a setback  or security personnel killed, ministers  invoke  emotive nationalism  and promise retribution on the perpetrators, writes C Uday Bhaskar for South Asia Monitor 

 


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The words of Ho Chi Minh  “Nothing is more precious than independence and liberty” rang true for the people of the erstwhile East Pakistan when, with increasing brutality, the West Pakistani oppression spread across the land, writes Anwar A Khan from Dhaka
 
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In a significant boost to New Delhi's Act East Policy, India and Japan set up the Act East Forum on Tuesday as agreed during Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to India this year for the annual bilateral meeting that would help to focus and catalyse development in India's Northeast.
 
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  United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson reiterated on Friday Washington's warning that “all options are on the table” to meet North Korea's nuclear threat while offering to keep the lines of communication with Pyongyang open.
 
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Pakistan has agreed to allow the rupee to depreciate after holding talks with the International Mone­tary Fund (IMF) on the country's economy.

 
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Two major global changes in the past year; the ‘Brexit’ referendum and the advent of Donald Trump, writes Sandeep Kaur Bhatia

 
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It is often conjectured if the reason for long-standing conflicts and insurgencies, in the developing world, especially South Asia, is not only other powers fishing in troubled waters but also the keenness of arms industries, mostly Western, to...

 
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