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After 9/11, the whole of US foreign policy completely shifted and the approach of the US became very much like ‘if you are not with us, you are against us’, writes Martand Jha for South Asia Monitor.

 
It’s set up to be the year of Nawaz Sharif. Enemies vanquished, rivals sidelined; a clear path to 2018 and beyond. What could go wrong? Plenty. And in this age of consensus, let’s spin a different tale. In ascending order, seven things that could go wrong for Nawaz in 2017.
 

CPEC is that it is being built through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (which Pakistan calls "Azad Kashmir"). If India joins the project, writes Namrata Hasija for South Asia Monitor.

 
Calendars are invidious things. They divide continuous time into finite years, beginning each with a New Year abundant with optimism and ending with an Auld Lang Syne cringing with regrets. This year is no different. In just another day, 2016 shall be set in amber; 2017 is as yet an unformed crystal.  
 

The Indian media always gets excited when there is a possibility of a thaw with Pakistan. One can’t do anything about it; it is too deeply engrained in the Indian psyche to dream of a rapprochement between the two neighbours.

 

The Indian media always gets excited when there is a possibility of a thaw with Pakistan. One can’t do anything about it; it is too deeply engrained in the Indian psyche to dream of a rapprochement between the two neighbours.

 

At a time when the restive Kashmir Valley was gradually limping back to normalcy after witnessing one of the longest spells of unrest in the aftermath of killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani, the issue of granting ‘identity certificates’ to the children of West Pakistan refugees for getting into central paramilitary

At a time when the restive Kashmir Valley was gradually limping back to normalcy after witnessing one of the longest spells of unrest in the aftermath of killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani, the issue of granting ‘identity certificates’ to the children of West Pakistan refugees for getting into central paramilitary

 

Quick on the heels of the appointment of Lt Gen Bipin Rawat as the next Army chief, superseding two qualified officers, an inside media report has suggested that major military reforms are in the offing.

  Quick on the heels of the appointment of Lt Gen Bipin Rawat as the next Army chief, superseding two qualified officers, an inside media report has suggested that major military reforms are in the offing.
 
The strength of India-Afghanistan relations was on full display at the 6th Heart of Asia conference in Amritsar early December. Criticising Pakistan for providing a “safe haven” to “terrorists” associated with the Afghan-centric Haqqani Network and the India-centric Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammad, New Delhi and Kabul successfully isolated and humiliated Islamabad.  
 

After the visit of Tajik President Emomali Rahmon, President of the Kyrgyz Republic, Almazbek Atambayev, is visiting New Delhi on a four-day trip from December 18.

After the visit of Tajik President Emomali Rahmon, President of the Kyrgyz Republic, Almazbek Atambayev, is visiting New Delhi on a four-day trip from December 18.

 

The CPEC is also beset with a lot of scepticism with many experts raising doubts over its viability for the Pakistan economy in the long term. Part of the fear is about the mounting debts that the Pakistan’s power distribution companies are faced with, writes Jyotishman Bhagawati for South Asia Monitor.

 


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spotlight image Since Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina assumed office again in Bangladesh in 2009, bilateral relations between New Delhi and Dhaka have been on a steady upward trajectory.
 
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Desperate living conditions and waterborne diseases are threatening more than 320,000 Rohingya refugee children who have fled to southern Bangladesh since late August, including some 10,000 who crossed from Myanmar over the past few days, UNICEF said.
 
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A unique and passionate gathering of acrophiles, or mountain lovers, took place in neat and picturesque Aizawl, the capital of Mizoram state in north-eastern India in September.
 
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India’s foreign policy under Prime Minister Narendra Modi has attained a level of maturity which allows it to assert itself in an effective manner. This is aimed at protecting the country’s national interests in a sustained way.
 
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  Union Minister Jitendra Singh on October 14 said “militants are on the run” and that militancy in Jammu and Kashmir is in its “last phase”.
 
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China has entered a new era in building socialism with Chinese characteristics. The 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China has mapped out plans for the new era.
 
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In West Asia, the end of one war paves the way for the next. Raqqa, the Syrian capital of the self-styled Islamic State (IS), has fallen to a coalition of rebels, the Syrian Democratic Forces that is backed by the United States.
 
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Title: The People Next Door -The Curious History of India-Pakistan Relations; Author: T.C.A. Raghavan; Publisher: HarperCollins ; Pages: 361; Price: Rs 699

 
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Could the North Korean nuclear issue which is giving the world an anxious time due to presence of hotheads on each side, the invasion of Iraq and its toxic fallout, and above all, the arms race in the teeming but impoverished South Asian subcon...

 
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Title: A Bonsai Tree; Author: Narendra Luther; Publisher: Niyogi Books; Pages: 227 Many books have been written on India's partition but here is a firsthand account of the horror by a migrant from what is now Pakistan, who ...

 
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As talk of war and violence -- all that Mahatma Gandhi stood against -- gains prominence across the world, a Gandhian scholar has urged that the teachings of the apostle of non-violence be taken to the classroom.

 
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Interview with Hudson Institute’s Aparna Pande, whose book From Chanakya to Modi: Evolution of India’s Foreign Policy, was released on June 17.

 
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