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0712 flag pakistanSectarian violence in Karachi is just another chapter in Pakistan’s long history of violence against minorities, has afflicted Pakistan virtually from its moment of birth...

TRUMP'S FOREIGN POLICY

U.S. allies in Europe, Asia and the Middle East, smiling through their teeth, are feverishly hoping that Washington will maintain its security commitments. The Russians are ... . . ..   

AFGHANISTAN-PAKISTAN-USA

A US revaluation of its Af-Pak policy appears likely under Trump... It is, however, unlikely that US AfPak policy under Trump will be ‘more of the same’. Crucially, Pakistan’s role in supporting terrorism in Afghanistan . . .

NUCLEAR WWWIII

Escalation of hostility may become a thermonuclear WWIII.

ARM & TRAIN

Non-Muslims in violent conflict areas to enhance the security...

HYDRO BOOM & CONFLICTS

With approval of power plants, conflicts have arisen ...

SUICIDE TERRORISM

Growing support for suicide terrorism

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The Asian Century: The U.S. – India Partnership

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Remarks By Robert O. Blake, Jr. *

... I met earlier this afternoon with some students studying South Asian issues and, based on our engaging discussion and their provocative questions, I think that they would all make fine recruits. In fact, a notable number of U.S. diplomats received degrees from UC Berkeley, where their interest in foreign affairs was sparked and nurtured. Most notably, my friend the late Ambassador Chris Stevens, class of 1982, is among the ranks of prominent Berkeley alumni.

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INDIA - CHINA: Five-point Formula to Improve Ties

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By A Correspondent

Unveiling a five-point formula to improve relations with India, China's newly elected President Xi Jinping, on March 19, said the resolution of the boundary dispute between the two sides "won't be easy" and pending its final settlement "peace and tranquility" should be maintained on the border without affecting the overall ties.

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INDIA - SRI LANKA: Ambivalence, Opportunism, Deceit

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By Ajai Sahni
Editor, SAIR; Executive Director, ICM & SATP

By S. Binodkumar Singh
Research Associate, Institute for Conflict Management

On March 21, 2013, at the 22nd session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) a United States-sponsored resolution on Human Rights (HR) violation in Sri Lanka was adopted with 25 countries, including India, voting in favour of the resolution in the 47-nation body. While 13 countries voted against, eight member-states abstained from voting on the resolution.  The resolution urged the Government of Sri Lanka to implement the Government’s National Action Plan (NAP), including the recommendations of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) addressing outstanding issues related to reconciliation, and to meet its obligations for accountability.

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Afghanistan: An Ethnic Partition is Best of Bad Options

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By Brahma Chellaney *

America's unwinnable war in Afghanistan, after exacting a staggering cost in blood and treasure, is finally drawing to an official close. How this development shapes Afghanistan's future will have a significant bearing on the security of countries located far beyond. After all, Afghanistan is not Vietnam: the end of US-led combat operations may not end the war, because the enemy will seek to target western interests wherever located.

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Backlash in Bangladesh

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By S. Binodkumar Singh
Research Associate, Institute for Conflict Management

On February 28, 2013, at least 40 persons, including 17 cadres of the Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI) and its student wing, Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS), 18 civilians and five Security Force (SF) personnel died, when JeI-ICS cadres clashed with law enforcers across the country. Of the 15 Districts in which incidents of killing were reported, Rangpur witnessed 7, followed by Gaibandha (6), Satkhira (5), Thakurgaon and Chittagong (4 each). More than 2,000 people were also injured in the clashes. 

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Bangladesh: Letting Shadows Fall Behind

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By Maryam Sakeenah *

When a friend from Bangladesh gifted me a jute bag with the Bangladesh flag motif painted on it, I asked her to explain the symbolism. She told me it stood for the rising sun over the green fields, reddened with the blood of liberation martyrs.

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Wave of Violent Attacks Against Hindu Minority in Bangladesh

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By A Correspondent

A wave of violent attacks against Bangladesh’s minority Hindu community shows the urgent need for authorities to provide them with better protection, Amnesty International said.

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Bangladesh: Resurgence Of Communalism

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By Ram Puniyani *

The acts of violence led by the Islamists, Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) are tormenting our neighboring Bangla Desh, more than 50 dead, injuries and destruction of Hindu, Budhha temples amongst other losses. Its spill over is also being felt in Kolkata to some extent (Feb-March 2013). In Kolkata a strong crowd owing allegiance to Muslim communalism, different organizations like Minority Youth Federation, and others went on rampage. All this in response to the death sentence given to Delawar Hossian Sayedee, the Vice President of JI by a war crimes tribunal after he was found guilty for mass killing, rape and atrocities during the nine month war against Pakistan.

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BANGLADESH: News Briefs

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'Dhaka will never allow anti-India activities on its soil' says Major General Aziz Ahmed DG BGB: Director General (DG) of Border Guard of Bangladesh (BGB), Major General Aziz Ahmed said Dhaka would never allow its soil to be used against any anti-India activity. Interacting with journalists at the end of five-day long 37th Border Co-ordination Conference with Border Security Force (BSF) in New Delhi BGB DG said that Bangladesh had assured India it would not harbour any anti-India elements. The Sentinel, March 23, 2013.

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NEPAL: Patchwork Solutions

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By Fakir Mohan Pradhan
Research Associate, Institute for Conflict Management

Bringing an end to the prolonged political deadlock over the formation of a consensus government before holding fresh election for the Constitutional Assembly (CA), the four major Political formations in Nepal – the Unified Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (UCPN-M), Nepali Congress (NC), Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist Leninist (CPN-UML) and the United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF) – finally signed an 11-point Agreement on March 13, 2013, to form an Election Government under the leadership of the incumbent Chief Justice (CJ) Khil Raj Regmi.

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NEPAL: News Briefs

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President Yadav appoints EC office-bearers: President Ram Baran Yadav, on March 24, has appointed Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) and four commissioners to the Election Commission (EC). President Yadav has appointed Nil Kantha Upreti as CEC and Dolakh Bahadur Gurung and Ayodi Prasad Yadav as Commissioners. Along with them, Ila Sharma and Ram Bhakta Thakur have been appointed commissioners. All the five names were selected by the high-level mechanism of four parties, which is headed by Unified Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (UCPN-M) chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal. Nepal News, March 25, 2013.

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