South Asia and Beyond

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Spotlight On China’s Enforced Disappearances, Coercion, Propaganda Machinery & 2022

NEW DELHI: On ‘Talking Point’, Jennifer Zeng, Video Creator of the YouTube channel, ‘Inconvenient Truths’ and Author, ‘Witnessing History: One Woman’s Fight For Freedom and Falun Gong’ and Yaqiu Wang, Senior China Researcher at Human Rights Watch and China Commentator & Columnist in conversation with StratNews Global Associate Editor Amitabh P. Revi. The panellists discuss […]Read More

In Another Snub, Myanmar Junta Barred From Asia-Europe Meeting

Myanmar’s military regime, which has become notorious for its brutal crackdowns on protesters, is appearing increasingly isolated on the world stage after being shunned from another international summit on Thursday, in the third such snub in two months. The two-day virtual Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) involving leaders of Asia and Europe is being hosted by Cambodia. […]Read More

Recalling 1971: 50 Years Later

NEW DELHI: The 13-day war of liberation with Pakistan in 1971 was the Indian military’s finest hour but plenty of background work was done by India’s intelligence agencies, diplomats and political leadership to make sure the world understood India’s compulsions in taking kinetic action in support of the Bengali freedom struggle. While the alienation of […]Read More

Prelude To The 1971 War: Unrest In Pakistan And A

NEW DELHI: The 1965 war with India took its toll on Pakistan in more ways than one. Within a couple of years after the war, President Ayub lost all credibility and had to make way for Gen Yahya Khan in 1969, who became the President of Pakistan. Pakistan was brought under martial law in March […]Read More

‘The Haqqani Network Is The Key Player In Afghanistan’

NEW DELHI: It is widely acknowledged that the Taliban are in control in Kabul, but does somebody else or group control the Taliban? Jeff Smith, Research Fellow at the Heritage Foundation, argues that the terrorist Haqqani Network has strong influence over the Taliban because its leader Sirajuddin Haqqani is deputy emir of the Taliban and […]Read More

‘New Beginnings In The India-U.S. Trade Partnership’

NEW DELHI: On ‘The Gist‘, Dr. Mukesh Aghi, the President & CEO of the U.S.- India Strategic Partnership Forum in conversation with StratNews Global Associate Editor Amitabh P. Revi. Dr Aghi discusses the U.S. Trade Representative, Ambassador Katherine Tai’s meetings with Commerce & Industry Minister Piyush Goyal in Delhi, what the revival of the Trade […]Read More

ASEAN Invites Minister From Myanmar’s Shadow Civilian Govt to Climate

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has for the first time invited a minister from Myanmar’s parallel government to an international conference organised by the regional bloc. The move is a significant sign that the 10-member grouping is starting to officially engage with the National Unity Government (NUG), which was formed as the country’s […]Read More

‘Cryptocurrencies Are A Disaster, Should Not Be Allowed’

NEW DELHI: El Salvador’s president has announced plans to build a ‘Bitcoin City’ at the base of a volcano. This is despite warnings that little or nothing is known about bitcoin including who’s behind it. For this and other reasons, India is moving to regulate cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, Dogecoins and others. A bill could be […]Read More

Putin Says Afghanistan Situation Requires ‘Additional Measures’

Russian President Vladimir Putin has expressed concerns over recent developments in Afghanistan, saying that the situation in Afghanistan “prompts the need for additional measures” to ensure his country’s security. “We face serious tasks in the Afghan direction, especially after the Americans have pulled out from that country,” he said. He made the remarks at a […]Read More