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  • Why I find it hard to watch Vietnam War documentaries

    US documentary filmmaker Ken Burns' 10-part, 18-hour documentary on the Vietnam War (made in association with Lynn Novick) is

  • Effectiveness of trade embargoes

    North Korea (DPRK) presents an enigma and a challenge for the US and its allies. While DPRK is determined to improve its nuclear strike capability, the US has been working for many years to stop DPRK from acquiring nuclear weapons, or at least to slow down its nuclear programme.

  • Tackling the elephant in the room

    Efforts to clean up international and regional sports governance six years into one of the worst crises in its history have yet to tackle

  • Stories that dictate the Rohingya genocide

    While simple charity should in an ideal world be taken for granted, in this world of closed borders, ideologies and poverty, we can at least congratulate ourselves a little for having kept the door open to the Rohingyas. Make no mistake: arriving in Bangladesh is not necessarily a solution to all their problems, but at the very least they are for now safe from harm.

  • Dear Muslim, have you learnt to live with insults and prejudice?

    First, I'm sure you're surprised at the use of just the word Muslim. More specifically, at the absence of the word “Indian” before it. I know. We reserve that only for you: “Indian Muslim.”

  • The secret life of Syrian ultras

    A nail-biting Iranian-Syrian World Cup qualifier on September 5 has sent political ripples far beyond the Azadi Stadium's soccer pitch in Tehran.

  • Is there a solution to the Rohingya crisis?

    The international community has to play a much stronger role otherwise, as someone has argued recently, “like other stateless and unrepresented Muslims, [the Rohingyas] are at risk of producing a persistent terrorist threat” that in the end would not only destabilise Myanmar but also its neighbours.

  • Towards new horizons of strategic partnership

    Russian President Vladimir Putin outlines his vision for strengthening the BRICS countries’ partnership in politics, the economy, culture and other areas.

  • Challenging times ahead for Pakistan

    The most imme-diate uncomfortable truth is that it is virtually impossible to separate Pakistan's domestic security concerns from its external ones. Not because they can be dismissed as the result of foreign interference but because they are often the legacy of past policies.

  • The long anti-drug battle in the Philippines

    The Philippines legislature, in March 2017, reinforced the death penalty for drug offenders, despite resistance from the countries and communities in the Western hemisphere.

  • Silk Road to the Southeast

    From this perspective, it is necessary to perceive that sticking to specific areas of cooperation among the BIMSTEC partners is as important as reducing the number of products in the negative list of SAFTA partners so this overlapping regional alliance flourishes for mutual benefit.

  • The long hot summer of the Arab Spring

    What has happened in Charlottesville showed that temperatures and tempers are flaring in this long hot summer. Is the Arab Spring spreading worldwide due to climate warming?

  • The Gulf Crisis: Qatar's 2022 World Cup moves into the firing line

    A French investigation into possible corruption in business deals related to Qatar's winning of World Cup hosting rights moved the 2022 tournament a step closer to becoming enmeshed in the two-month-old Gulf crisis.

  • The Republicans' healthcare debacle

    The Republican Party is in complete control today—it has a majority in both the US Senate and House and has a Republican president, yet it fell flat on its face in its effort to repeal Obama's ambitious attempt to make healthcare accessible to most US citizens.

  • Emerging geopolitics surrounding the Indian Ocean

    Despite the possibility of buying back the shares from China after 60 years, the question is whether Sri Lanka's economy would allow it to buy them back. The fear expressed by economists in Sri Lanka is that the country is likely to fall into a Chinese debt-trap.

  • ASEAN AT 50: Facing some existential challenges

    2017 marks the golden jubilee of Asean's establishment as a regional organisation founded on the ideals of peace, prosperity and harmony.

  • Doklam standoff, Bhutan and its quest for greater freedom

    Has anyone asked what Bhutan—the tiny kingdom hidden in the folds of the eastern Himalayas—has to say?

  • Gulf Crisis: A lesson in reputation management

    Lurking below the surface of the Gulf crisis, are rival, yet troubled, attempts by Qatar and its detractors to use sports to boost soft power and/or launder tarnished images of their autocracies.

  • Maldives: Political trouble in the nascent democracy

    Judicial decisions have become arbitrary since the last presidential election when the court interfered in the process and suspended the Election Commission and the Deputy Election Commission. Contempt of Court is used as a tool to silence those who criticise the judiciary's proactive policy and its open siding with the government. A bill criminalising defamation was passed by the parliament undermining free speech and media freedom.

  • ASEAN at 50: More a neighbourhood than a community

    Southeast Asian countries today are far more integrated than they have ever been in the modern history of the region, but ASEAN has some way to go before it can call itself a real community.

  • Bangladesh-Sri Lanka Relations: Focus on comparative advantage

    There is no doubt that Sri Lanka's President Sirisena's visit to Dhaka earlier this month and the 14 Agreements and MOUs signed with the Bangladesh government, mark a new and significant advance in bi-lateral ties.

  • No, Mr Macron, anti-Zionism isn't necessarily anti-Semitism

    When Vichy France's puppet government headed by Philippe Pétain rounded up thousands of Jews for deportation to Nazi camps, it was to protect his imaginary sovereignty. France was under Nazi occupation, but Pétain cared so much about his country's pseudo-sovereignty that he would carry out the deportation instead of letting his Nazi masters take the trouble to do so.

  • People, not technology, make cities smart

    On a recent visit to New York City, I lost my way on two separate occasions while walking through Central Park.

  • The Islamic World's Dark Age

    The Muslim world, wracked by multiple conflicts and crises, is traversing a period akin to Europe's Dark Ages.

  • Enemy's enemy is my friend: BJP, CPM Target Mamata

    On the eve of the May 2016, West Bengal Assembly elections, Arun Jaitley shared his campaign experiences with some editors. When

  • The less spoken but fundamental causes of Brexit

    In the aftermath of World War II, some European politicians and political thinkers contemplated forging unity among democratic countries in that continent. This was viewed by them as a way to avert extreme forms of nationalism and future wars in Europe and also as a means to ensure peace among European nations.

  • After 16 years, 9/11 Truth Movement fights on

    The plea has come against a backdrop that a lot of people, including a vast number of Americans themselves, were not aware that it was the third skyscraper which came down on that day, a few hours after the Twin Towers were completely destroyed.

  • Gulf crisis set to escalate

    The Gulf crisis that pits Saudi Arabia and the UAE against Qatar is set to escalate with Doha certain to ignore Monday's deadline that it complies...

  • CV and stature

    Whether Ram Nath Kovind has the credentials to be India's 14th Rashtrapati or not is now a non-question.

  • Origin of Saudi-Qatar spat

    The western media, which was shy of mentioning the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) as a threat to the Saudi regime, has now started describing it as a threat to Riyadh quite as potent as Shia Islam. This change is a major fall-out from the Saudi-Qatari spat.