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BIMSTEC offers excellent opportunities for India to connect its Northeast with the economic power houses of ASEAN. In addition to adding infrastructure, BIMSTEC can also help the country in its energy sector. Yet while the BIMSTEC initiatives appear promising, there are potentialities that still need to be realized, writes Rupak Bhattacharjee for South Asia Monitor. 

 
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Despite the successes, law enforcers must be on their guard as the militant groups are still gaining fresh recruits. Law enforcers should address how these organisations are being funded as the weapons collected from the dead militants suggest that they continue to receive substantial external assistance, writes S. Binodkumar Singh for South Asia Monitor.  
 
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The chances that Pakistani army succeeds in taking revenge are remote; hence it may be possible that Gen Raheel Sharif compels Nawaz (Sharif) to give him extension and in case he refuses to give extension, Pakistan may witness one more coup, writes Jai Kumar Verma for South Asia Monitor.

 
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It’s back to square one. In context, Maldives quitting the Commonwealth, and the latter feeling saddened about what anyway was in the making, and the UK as the Commonwealth’s founder and eternal chair, too feeling upset, have only academic relevance just now, writes N. Sathiya Moorthy for South Asia Monitor.

 
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As Pakistan is now aiming for a greater SAARC with China and the Central Asian states in its fold, the importance of the emerging BBIN grouping has become  more important for not only Indian diplomatic initiatives but for economic progress of landlocked countries like Nepal and Bhutan, writes Amitava Mukherjee for South Asia Monitor

 
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The election of Antonio Guterres is a positive sign which the new Secretary General should use to his advantage in the interests of a multi-polar and secure world writes Bhaswati Mukherjee for South Asia Monitor

 
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With the 19th summit being cancelled due to animosities between its member states, the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) is likely to become a letter-pad organization that is technically not being wound up but whose meaningful functioning has ceased to be a possibility, writes N. S. Venkatraman for South Asia Monitor.

 
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Where increasing international and regional pressure on Pakistan has borne some result, it would do India well in the long run if it does not abandon its efforts to keep Pakistan’s rogue behaviour under check through a combination of sustained diplomatic, economic and military measures, writes Tanushree Chakravorty for South Asia Monitor.

 
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The Chinese announcement regarding damming the Brahmaputra has come at a time when India hints that it may revisit the Indus Water Treaty. Beijing is perhaps sending a message across that a large part of northeastern India is dependent on Chinese mercy so far as Brahmaputra waters are concerned, writes Amitava Mukherjee for South Asia Monitor.

 
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New Delhi while strengthening its strategic ties with the US, should watch closely recent events in ASEAN which may have reduced Washington’s leverage and strengthened China’s position in ASEAN, write Tridivesh Singh Maini and Maithili Parikh for South Asia Monitor.

 


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Addressing entrepreneurs, policymakers, technologists, and academics December 7 at the Carnegie India Global Technology Summit in Bengaluru, India's Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar underscored the need to harness the power of technological change for faster economic development.
 
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The strangest of the several barbs hurled hurdled at Pakistan during and after the recently concluded Heart of Asia conference at Amritsar, India,  was that Pakistan is trying to change perception about the Taliban writes Monish Gulati  
 
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Actually, Modi is on to a long-term experiment in India. He and the government aim to re-engineer human souls and minds as much as socio-economic realities. writes Sudip Bhattacharyya for South Asia Monitor.
 
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This has been a mind-boggling year for Europe. First Britain’s shock European Union referendum result and the ensuing backlash against immigrants seemed to signal the rise of the right in Europe. The certainty that the right was on a steady march to power seemed confirmed by the U.S. election result and was seized upon by right-w
 
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US President Barack Obama’s pivot to Asia, such as it was, is an endangered species in the Trump era. Looking back, was it in essence more rhetoric than a policy to be implemented? Leaders of South-east Asia, East Asia and further afield are asking themselves this question.a
 
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The Heart Of Asia conference in Amritsar called for immediate elimination of terrorism to help the war-ravaged country in its political and economic transition. Access the full text here...
 
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The traditional ties between India and the United Arab Emirates have,  over the decades grown, riding on the strength of trade and investments. The Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan will be the chief guest for the 2017 Republic Day
 
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It is accepted conventional wisdom the world over, ever since well-known military theorist, Carl Von Clausewitz, first articulated the aphorism in the late 18th century that “war is a continuation of politics by other means”.  
 
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An aching sense of love, loss and yearning permeate this work of fiction which, however, reads like a personal narrative set in an intensely disruptive period of Indian history, and adds to the genre of partition literature, writes Ni...

 
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This is a path-breaking work on India's foreign policy since Narendra Modi became the Prime Minister in May 2014 and surprised everyone by taking virtual charge of the external affairs portfolio. A man who had been denied visa by some count...

 
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The pattern of Chinese actions on the global stage demonstrates that it lives by the credo of might is right, a potent tool in its armoury for the pursuit of aggressive designs, writes Sudip Talukdar for South Asia Monitor....

 
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The Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammad and others of their ilk not only destabilise Pakistan and make it one of the world's most dangerous places but also threaten neighbouring Afghanistan and India -- and even far...

 
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