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The North East Connectivity Summit has put a major focus on development of international trade and commerce of North-Eastern states, including Assam, and also West Bengal, improving connectivity with Bangladesh and other neighbouring countries with a special emphasis on developing connectivity in border areas., writes Sudip Bhattacharyya for South Asia Monitor.  
 
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Disillusioned with Pakistan that has refused to deliver on its promise to bring Taliban to the peace talks, the Afghan President’s recent trip to India underlined the significance that New Delhi holds in keeping Kabul strong, writes Jai Kumar Verma for South Asia Monitor.

 
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In recent past 70 terrorist groups, big and small, with support networks of regional and international terror organizations, have mushroomed in Punjab. Prominent among them are the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), Lashkar-e-Jhangvi(LeJ) and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), writes Amitava Mukherjee for South Asia Monitor.

 
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The peace deal brokered with the ‘honorable amir’ of an organization that had killed and affected thousands and thousands of people in Afghanistan has generated more suspicion than confidence. It has dampened hopes for ‘justful peace’ in Afghanistan, writes Chayanika Saxena for South Asia Monitor.

 
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Pakistan's track record and the brazen manner in which it has used terrorism as an instrument of policy is on the verge of including it in the list of terrorist states. Added to this, absence of sound advice to its elected leaders and delusions about India are shaming and harming it further, writes Hardeep Singh Puri for South Asia Monitor.

 
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While the support and backing of Tamil Nadu polity, and at times people, to the Sri Lankan Tamil cause is well-known and documented, this is possibly the first time that any political party or group has so very openly come out in support of what remains an ‘internal affair’ of India, writes N. Sathiya Moorthy for South Asia Monitor.  
 
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The attack on the Indian Army camp in Uri by terror elements sponsored by the Pakistani 'deep state' needs to be avenged, but at time and place of our choosing, writes Cecil Victor for South Asia Monitor.

 
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It would be futile to argue that the military aid agreement between the US and Israel will lead to any significant change in the regional situation and the Middle East peace process. It rather encourages Israel to maintain the status quo and does not incentivise it into entering peace negotiations, writes Md. Muddassir Quamar for South Asia Monitor.

 
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While Pakistan may not be affected much through diplomatic isolation, it is these three countries that must conjointly plan to deal with this country diplomatically, economically, militarily including sub-conventionally and through information operations, writes Lt. Gen. P.C. Katoch for South Asia Monitor.

 
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The recent Panglong conference was held in order to end some of the longest running ethnic conflicts in Myanmar, rein in the powerful army, promote cooperation and peace with ethnic civilians in Myanmar, and encourage development of the frontiers of the country to generate a durable peace in Myanmar, writes Obja Borah Hazarika 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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Diplomacy can be quirky when not decidedly cold. Donald Trump has caused a flutter in the international roost weeks before his inaugural as the President of the United States of America. He himself has been left wondering how the  "US sells Taiwan billions of dollars of military equipment, but I should not accept a congratula
 
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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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China on Monday said that it was opposed to any breach of the Iran nuclear deal, opening up another possible avenue of friction with the United States once President-elect Donald Trump enters the White House.  
 
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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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