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Tillerson’s Myanmar visit shows Trump’s renewed interest in South-East Asia

As part of his six-nation trip to Asia, US secretary of state Rex Tillerson will visit Myanmar on November 15. The main focus of Tillerson’s meeting with senior government leaders will be on issues concerning the Rohingya crisis.

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His Mugabe moment? — On the backlash to President Jacob Zuma's power grab

South African President Jacob Zuma may not have anticipated the strength of the backlash when he decided last week to dismiss his much-respected Finance Minister, Pravin Gordhan, and various other colleagues in a ministerial shuffle. On Friday, thousands of South Africans demonstrated peacefully across cities against Mr. Zuma’s action, which appears to have triggered concerns about government corruption and a tottering economy. Even ailing Nobel laureate Desmond Tutu made an appearance in support of the protesters, most of whom called for President Zuma to resign. 

It’s about US, not Syria

If the context were not so profoundly tragic, you could easily imagine a novelist writing the following lines for some character. “Ah! I see the United States has launched missile strikes on Syria. This is deeply reassuring. The American President has once again shown the world that America has a moral compass and the spine to stand up for it. It will not collaborate with evil. That fellow Trump is turning out to play from the familiar play book. The world is back to normal.”

National reconciliation through de-radicalisation: Learning from the Algerian experience

While there is no need for a large-scale de-radicalisation programme in India, there is certainly a need to be aware of a security-cum-socio-cultural approach in dealing with the youths who are attracted to the ideology of Islamic State, writes Dr. Md. Muddassir Quamar for South Asia Monitor.

The racist in the mirror

Earlier this week, senior African diplomats issued a joint statement deploring the spate of recent attacks on African students and citizens in India. Although these attacks had occurred at regular intervals over the years, these diplomats noted that, worryingly, “no known, sufficient and visible deterring measures” had been taken by the Government of India.

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Three new projects in U.S.-India State and Urban Initiative

The U.S.-India State and Urban Initiative, led by the CSIS Wadhwani Chair in U.S.-India Policy Studies and the CSIS Energy and National Security Program, has announced three new projects with the state government of Maharashtra


India-Australia free trade agreement soon?


The long-pending free trade agreement with Australia is expected to be cleared with Indian Commerce and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu's visit to the country on June 26. T...