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Bangladesh- Protests of Students: Need for Caution?

Paper No. 6405     Dated 9-Aug-2018
By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan
 
A bad motor accident involving the death of two students, followed by violent protests by students, inept handling of the protests by the Government and an indiscreet statement by the shipping and transport minister making light of the accident- all added up to an explosive situation in Dhaka and other major cities in Bangladesh.  And this was when the parties were gearing up for National elections towards the end of the year!

Myanmar: China-Myanmar Economic Corridor- Another “Hambantota” in the Making?

Paper No. 6404                        Dated 8-Aug-2018
By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan
 
In the first week of July, Myanmar formally announced that China and Myanmar have agreed to a 15-point Memorandum of Understanding on building a China-Myanmar Economic Corridor as part of the Belt Road Initiative.  Formal signing of the agreement is expected to take place soon.
 
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Indo-Pacific's Centrality in US National Strategy and Indian Position

Paper No. 6403                         Dated 4-Aug-2018

By Dr Subhash Kapila

Indo Pacific security and stability in 2018 occupies a centrality in US National Strategy stands unambiguously asserted at the highest levels of Trump Administration. India is expected by United States to play a pivotal role towards this end though not an exclusive one. Contextual geopolitical environment in Indo Pacific dictates India plays an assertive role, but the question is whether India is ready for this role?

Nepal: Five Months of Oli’s Rule: A Disappointment?

Paper No. 6402                      Dated 4-Aug-2018
By Dr.  S. Chandrasekharan

Pakistan Army-PM Imran- A Lethal Combination for India

Paper No.6401 . Date 29-July-2018

By Dr Subhash Kapila

Pakistan Army’s propensity for consistently subjecting India to entire spectrum of military conflict and provocations  is a documented fact enabled by its conversion of Pakistan as a “Garrison State” to serve its political interests. In that direction, Pakistan Army has ensured that either it gets a PM of its choice to underwrite its adventurism or it effects a regime change of inconvenient Prime Ministers.

Pakistan General Elections- Sobering Thoughts the day After

Paper No. 6400 . Dated 26-July-2018

By Dr Subhash Kapila

Myanmar- 3rd Panglong Conference- A Failure:

Paper No. 6399    Dated . 23-July-2018   

By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan

After four postponements, the third Panglong Peace Conference finally took off on 11th June at Naypidaw with over 700 delegates attending the Conference. 

Besides those who signed the National Peace Agreement, ethnic armed organisations that had not signed the agreement also joined the conference at the invitation of the government.

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