Submitted by asiaadmin on Wed, 06/19/2013 - 06:42
Paper No. 5513 Dated 19-Jun-2013
By Dr. Subhash Kapila
The United States possibly would have preferred to delay its strategic pivot to Asia Pacific till 2014 by which time the planned draw-down of US military forces from Afghanistan would have commenced. China seems to have forced the US hand in doing so by igniting the South China Sea conflicts, first with Vietnam and then the Philippines markedly from 2008 onwards.
Submitted by asiaadmin on Mon, 06/17/2013 - 06:23
Paper No. 5512 Dated 17-May-2013
Mr. B. Raman one of the main contributors to SAAG passed away last evening. His demise is a loss not only to me personally and the South Asia Analysis Group, but also to the intelligence community as well.
When I planned to have a “virtual think tank” way back in 1998 ( practically unknown those days), I approached Raman who was my colleague earlier to contribute papers and he readily agreed to do so. He would not accept any compensation either.
Submitted by asiaadmin on Mon, 06/17/2013 - 05:52
Paper No. 5511 Dated 17-Jun-2013
Col R Hariharan
[This article includes points made by the author in a discussion on a TV news channel on Maoist violence beamed on June 14, 2013.]
The Maoist attack on Dhanbad-Patna Intercity Express at Jamui - one of Bihar's seven Maoists-hit districts on May 13 killing three persons, is a rude reminder that the state is yet to win its war against Maoist extremism, despite winning many battles on other fronts.
Submitted by asiaadmin on Sun, 06/16/2013 - 06:12
Paper No. 5510 Dated 17-Jun-2013
Guest Coloumn: By Dr. Kumar David
The government successfully deflected attempts to move the Commonwealth Heads Meeting (CHOGM) scheduled for November out of Colombo, and secured promises of participation from UK’s Cameron and India’s Singh. This was a diplomatic success in the aftermath of the setback at the UN Human Rights meeting in Geneva in March.
Submitted by asiaadmin on Fri, 06/14/2013 - 09:42
Paper No. 5509 Dated 14-June-2013
By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan.
The judiciary continues to be the weakest link in Maldives in its march towards democracy. Except for the opposition MDP, no other political party appears to be concerned by the poor performance of the judiciary. What is more, the Judicial commission which is supposed to be the “Watch Dog” over functioning of the judiciary appears to be highly politicised.