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Sushma Swaraj’s visit to Myanmar and the visit by President Pranab Mukherjee reaffirmed India’s commitment to the democratic transition in Myanmar. On the other hand, Myanmar’s current diplomacy of reaching out to both India and China can be understood as its own non-alignment policy, writes Obja Borah Hazarika for South Asia Monitor.  
 
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Speculation is rife in concerned circles that the ongoing tension in India-Pakistan relations may influence the ultimate selection of the next Pakistan army chief and that a hawk may occupy the position, writes Amitava Mukherjee for South Asia Monitor.  
 
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The juxtaposition of IOC2016 with G20 summit may be more coincidence but the contrast is unmistakable. For the Modi government, the larger maritime objective is contained in SAGAR. India is seen as a more benign and accommodating power that is able to contribute to the common public good in the Indian Ocean region, writes C. Uday Bhaskar for South Asia Monitor. 

 
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With the political party ruling in Islamabad firmly ensconced in PoK (as also in Gilgit-Baltistan), it should be presumed that Pakistan will up the ante and rhetoric on Kashmir by several notches. This, coupled with the continuing support to terrorist groups targeting Kashmir is what the Indian media needs to pay attention to, writes Tilak Devasher for South Asia Monitor.

 
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A longing for parity has indeed been an obsession for Pakistan since its independence. However, there is certainly no case for simultaneous NSG membership for their is no equivalence between the status of India and Pakistan, writes Manpreet Sethi for South Asia Monitor.

 
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Where the two leaders of NUG have hardly seen eye to eye in the two years they have been in power, the coming out of their differences in the open could not have come at a worse time for Afghanistan. As insecurity spirals, this game for the political throne in Afghanistan is expected to unleash further instability there, writes Lt Gen P. C. Katoch for South Asia Monitor.

 
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The visit of PM Modi to Vietnam, on his way to attend G20 summit hosted by China, is a step in the right direction. Where this visit would further strengthen bilateral relations between the countries, it also marks a pragmatic attempt on the part of Indian foreign policy to wade the troubled waters in South-East Asia, writes Maj. Gen. P.K. Chakravorty for South Asia Monitor.  
 
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History has always been a strong building block for vibrant bilateral relations and India and Egypt have excellent memories. At this point New Delhi must work out a set of urgent measures to aid Sisi and the Egyptian citizens surmount their current challenges, writes Monish Gulati for South Asia Monitor.

 
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Indian MoS for External Affairs’ visit to Lebanon, Syria and Iraq is indicative of the weight that India is assigning to countries beyond the Gulf States as its strategic partners on the west, writes Muddasir Quamar for South Asia Monitor.

 
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The world leaders must understand the reality that the recognition of a secular, liberal and democratic Baloch state is equivalent to defeating the extremism and fundamentalism school of thought which Pakistan has been promoting and exporting to other parts of the world, writes Sobdar Baluch 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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