The Chabahar Port Project and Afghanistan’s Alternative Approach to Trade
Jawad Torabi. · 19 Apr, 2018 · #5460 · Commentary
and given the tensions in bilateral relations, dependence on the Pakistani
market and trade routes has been a point of vulnerability for Afghanistan, a
landlocked country. To overcome this vulnerability, Kabul has begun looking for
The Nuclear Consequences of Brexit
Arushi Vig. · 19 Apr, 2018 · #5459 · Commentary
After the 2016 Brexit verdict, one area of several areas of concern is nuclear energy. The British civil nuclear programme was meshed with Euratom since the UK's inclusion in the EU in 1973. One consequence of Brexit is Prime Minister Theresa May’s ...
Trump’s Tariffs and a Looming Trade War: India's Stakes
Ayan Tewari. · 17 Apr, 2018 · #5458 · Commentary
As US President Donald Trump imposes steel and aluminium tariffs on most countries, India is in a unique position to capitalise on the situation. Trump’s tariffs could direct foreign steel and aluminium towards India, benefitting consumers, distrib ...
New Technologies Demand New Laws and Ethics
Vijay Sakhuja. · 16 Apr, 2018 · #5457 · Commentary · Column
The Group of Governmental Experts (GGE) on lethal autonomous weapon systems (LAWS) met in Geneva earlier this month and emphasised the critical necessity to ban "fully autonomous weapon systems." They urged states to move towards negotiating a legall ...
East Asia Compass
Regional Stability and Japan's Irresponsible Political Gambit
Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra. · 06 Apr, 2018 · #5456 · Commentary · Column
It is a critical time for the North Korean nuclear and missile issue, and South Korea, the US and other stakeholder states have accorded it their highest priority. Japan, however, is focusing its primary attention on the abduction of its citizens by ...
Game-changing Technologies for Future Naval Operations
Vijay Sakhuja. · 31 Mar, 2018 · #5455 · Commentary · Column
Two new weapon technologies - Solid State Lasers (SSLs) and Electromagnetic Railgun (EMRG) - can augment ship defence against incoming missiles, high speed projectiles and unmanned vehicles/drones. Experts argue that if these are successfully deploye ...
From Bangladesh to Myanmar: Repatriation of Rohingya Refugees
Angshuman Choudhury. · 27 Mar, 2018 · #5454 · Commentary
23 March 2018 marks two months since the first wave of repatriation of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh was to begin through a bilateral agreement with Myanmar signed in November 2017.Since then, not a single refugee - of the 6,88,000 new arrivals ...
Has India Changed its Tibet Policy?
Palden Sonam. · 23 Mar, 2018 · #5453 · Commentary
Does the recent circular from the Prime Minister Modi government advising high functionaries and leaders to avoid a Tibetan event represent a change in India’s Tibet policy? The simple answer is no. The circular is more a tactic than a shift in pol ...
Bangladesh: Political Polarisation and Resurgence of Terrorism
Krishna Kumar Saha. · 22 Mar, 2018 · #5452 · Commentary
On 27 February 2018, the US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) added ‘ISIS-Bangladesh’ to its sanctions list for global terrorism. Following months of denial from Dhaka about the presence of the Islamic State (IS) in ...
Racism, Riots, and the Sri Lankan State
Asanga Abeyagoonasekera. · 19 Mar, 2018 · #5451 · Commentary · Column
Only when fear and hatred is spread by extremists does serious reflection haunt a community. The teardrop-shaped island of Sri Lanka, a seeming paradise hanging off the Indian subcontinent, has been provoked yet again. Within a few hours arose an ...