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The loss of Manbij, a northern Syrian town close to the border with Turkey, to Kurdish-Arab forces is a body blow to the Islamic State. Since 2014, when it captured the town, the IS had used Manbij as a critical supply link for goods and fighters to be smuggled in and out across the Turkish border.


Instability of the Middle East transcends Democrat-Republican or Labour-Tory divisions. Bush, Blair, Obama and Cameron all have blood on their hands, as the recent Chilcot inquiry showed.


Pakistan’s political parties, unsurprisingly, lashed out over the attempted coup in Turkey.


Exploiting Turkey’s failed coup


Saudi Arabia’s war on Yemen is going on and on. But 16 months after a Saudi-led coalition started bombing rebels in the poor Arab country, none of the declared objectives of the war seem to have been met.

As peace and justice remain illusive in the world’s youngest nation riven by ethnic violence, the ‘temporary’ replacement of Riek Machar, as South Sudan’s Vice President, with Taban Deng Gai — who calls for end of the peace pact between Machar and the President — may escalate  the tension in the war-ravaged country
The West is a mute spectator of the latest developments in Turkey. It is now palpable that the West needs Turkey far more than Turkey needs the West.  

The recent attempt of a military coup has raised more questions than it has answered about the emerging complexities of Turkish politics. This development has sent a shock wave among all the international stakeholders in the region as it generated fear of further destabilisation of an already destabilised region.

Despite Western concerns, the absence of a professional Peshmerga and a relative unity among bellicose factions of the Kurds in Iraq, Iran, Syria, and Turkey may eventually derail all the peace missions in the region as the Kurds are an indispensable partner in the long-held conflict against the ISIS. But then how long the Kurds will wait for their homeland?  

Completing the humiliation of the military coup plotters was the defiant language of President Erdogan who stated that the coup supporters, "will pay a heavy price for their treason to Turkey", and Prime Minister Binali Yildirim even suggested that the Constitution Council could even consider the reintroduction of the death penalty, after the coup din settles down. 


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Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will be visiting India between 7th and 10th of April and plethoras of agreements are likely to be signed then. Among the various agreements, the two countries will be signing the defence cooperation agreement which  has been getting the most attention. 
The Congress needs to come up with a more aspirational narrative than that of the BJP. The party doesn’t lack talent, but its leadership clearly lacks hunger and enthusiasm required for winning elections, writes Tridivesh Singh Maini for South Asia Monitor.
 India should not hesitate in using both overt and covert means to bring its policies to successful fruition. Indian policy makers must be guided by the dictum that there is no permanent friend or enemy but only permanent interests, writes Adarsh Singh for South Asia Monitor.
Society for Policy Studies in association with India Habitat Centre invites you to a lecture in the Changing Asia Series by by Prof. K. Srinath Reddy, President, Public Health Foundation of India on Health And Development: India Must Bridge The Disconnect Chair: C Uday Bhaskar, Director, Soci...
spotlight image 'Covert military actions or surgical strikes against terror launch pads in Pakistan have limited utility that won't change the mind of the Pakistan Army or the ISI  which sponsor cross-border terrorism
In Dutch politics, alliances are imperative to construct an administration. The post-election government formation is, therefore, a slightly time-consuming process. In due course, a coalition led by the incumbent Prime Minister, Mark Rutte, will surface.  
Japan is a special country in several ways. For centuries, it remained isolated and disconnected with the outside world. But once it opened itself up to the West with the Convention of Kanagawa in 1854 by the use of force by Commodore Matthew Calbraith Perry of the United States Navy, Japan has never looked back. Japan is a spe
Recently, under the leadership of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, and earlier under the late Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdallah bin Abdul-Aziz Al-Saud, Saudi Arabia has rolled out a series of women-friendly initiatives.  Recently, under the leadership of Custodian of the
spotlight image No First Use as a nuclear deterrent without additional caveats should work well enough

India remians the inflexible bête-noir for Pakistan, yet there are few books by Indian authors that have sought to interpret the prodigal neighbour in a holistic, informed and empathetic manner.


The line that Mortimer Durand drew across a small map in 1893 has bled the Pashtun heart ever since. More than a century later both sides of that line remain restless. But the mystery behind what actually happened on 12 November 1893 has never ...


What went wrong for the West in Afghanistan? Why couldn't a global coalition led by the world's preeminent military and economic power defeat "a bunch of farmers in plastic sandals on dirt bikes" in a conflict that outlasted b...


What will be Pakistan's fate? Acts of commission or omission by itself, in/by neighbours, and superpowers far and near have led the nuclear-armed country at a strategic Asian crossroads to emerge as a serious regional and global concern whi...


Some South African generals, allied with the British forces, sought segregation from the enlisted men, all blacks, after being taken prisoners of war. The surprised German commander told them firmly that they would have to share the same quarte...

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