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The biggest challenge to the Trump presidency in South Asia is Pakistan -- a failed state which is the epicenter of global terrorism and a state that has since 2001 ( or even earlier) managed to fool successive administrations in Washington about its credentials on the anti-terror front, writes Dr. Sridhar Krishnaswami for South Asia Monitor.    
 
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There are huge concerns that India-US ties could face serious challenges in the days and weeks to come… the likely turn of events and policy shifts that would occur under the Trump presidency, especially changes in approach to economic and trade issues, writes Saroj Mohanty for South Asia Monitor.

 
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The dynamic and decisive character of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has increased expectations in Japan of a great leap forward in bilateral relations, writes Dr. Savitri Vishwanathan for South Asia Monitor.

 
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The achievements of the Awami League-led government in Bangladesh on the counter-terrorism and internal security fronts through 2016 have been remarkable. However, extremism and terrorism are far from over, writes S. Binodkumar Singh for South Asia Monitor. 

 
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To build confidence among Gulf investors, India would be required to walk that extra mile which Prime Minister Narendra Modi is trying to do through sustained political engagements and smoothening the trouble spots in the system to attract investments from Gulf countries and improve bilateral trade and commerce, writes Md. Muddassir Quamar for South Asia Monitor.

 
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 In its efforts to further strengthen India-Bangladesh friendship, New Delhi is eager to develop the neighbouring country’s proposed Payra sea\por, writes Rupak Bhattacharjeefor South Asia Monitor.

 
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The time has come for India to re-work its Beijing policy and, thereafter, shift its negotiating strategy with Islamabad. However, this would require strong political will: commitment and persistence, writes Amit Dasgupta for South Asia Monitor.  
 
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The political opposition in Pakistan has responded cautiously but has emphasised on the need for judicial reforms to obviate the need for an ad hoc measure like military courts, writes Mahendra Ved for South Asia Monitor.

 
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Having raised the expectations of the people about his anti-corruption commitment to a very high level, Narendra Modi is now facing the challenge of fulfilling the expectations of the people, writes N.S. Venkataraman for South Asia Monitor.

 
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It is hoped that even in the face of developments that seem to be moving towards an arms race in the region and beyond, India will be able to steer clear of unnecessary moves, writes Manpreet Sethi for South Asia Monitor.

 


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At the global level, 2017 is the year of  complex uncertainty.  The arrival of President Donald Trump in the White House is expected to herald unexpected exigencies that could have a bearing on India’s own security dynamic, writes C. Uday Bhaskar for South Asia Monitor.
 
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The possibility of a Taliban attack targeting Emirati officials is not going down well with analysts writes Monish Gulati
 
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Since late 2015, cultural and political issues have strained relations between the two countries with anti-Indian sentiment growing amongst the government and people of Nepal, writes Dr. Binodkumar Singh for South Asia Monitor.  
 
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The Indo-US strategic partnership has been a source of constant tension in Pak-US ties in recent years. The US has pursued ‘de-hyphenation’ ie dealing with Islamabad and New Delhi relatively independently of each other. The Indo-US strategic partnership has been a source of constant tension in Pak-US ties in recent
 
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Marking the 100th year of its journey in promoting academic research on matters related to Asia and Africa, the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London hosted its 'Centenary and Campaign Celebrations' in New Delhi on January 17, 2017 with the Society for Policy...
 
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The year 2017 is set to be another seismic one for European politics with a number of national and regional elections set to test the region’s appetite for far right, nationalist politics in the wake of Brexit and the election of Donald Trump. The year 2017 is set to be another seismic one for European politics with a num
 
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spotlight image Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe just wrapped up his tour to four Asia-Pacific nations - the Philippines, Australia, Indonesia and Vietnam - Thursday. During the six-day trip, he mentioned the South China Sea disputes on many occasions to keep China in check in the name of maritime security.
 
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Read the transcript of PM Modi's Inaugural Address at Second Raisina Dialogue, New Delhi (January 17, 2017)  
 
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By inviting Sheikh Mohammad bin Zayed al-Nahyan, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the United Arab Emirates Armed forces, as the chief guest on this year’s Republic Day celebrations, the Modi Government has signaled importance India attaches to its ties with the Emirates.  
 
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In 2012, former Indian defence minister, Jaswant Singh, had reportedly told American journalist Tom Hundley, “There is no Cold Start doctrine… It was an off-the-cuff remark from a former chief of staff. I have been defence minister of the country; I should know.” India’s new army chief, by boldly shattering the
 
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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...

 
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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...

 
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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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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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