Kim Jong-Un: Will He Last? Will He Change North Korea?

In a dispatch from Pyongyang, the Capital of North Korea, the Government and Chinese Communist Party controlled Xinhua news agency of China reported on September 29, 2010, that a one-day conference of the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK) held on September 28, 2010, had taken the following “significant decisions” regarding the party leadership: Kim Jong … Continue reading Kim Jong-Un: Will He Last? Will He Change North Korea?

Now A Peace Council To Negotiate With The Taliban

By D Suba Chandran With the elections now over, Hamid Karzai has appointed a ‘Peace Council’, comprising 70 members, to negotiate with the Taliban. Will this initiative be fruitful and help Afghanistan achieve stability? The ‘Peace Council’ was expected. For long, Karzai has been openly advocating the need to talk to the Taliban. Even during … Continue reading Now A Peace Council To Negotiate With The Taliban

Tashkent Mistakenly and Dangerously Conflates Muslim Religiosity with Islamist Extremism

Uzbekistan President Islam Karimov and his government are confusing the high level of religiosity among Muslims in their country with Islamist extremism, according to a group of independent analysts, and as a result, they are fighting the former and unintentionally fostering the latter even as they discredit the idea of a secular state. The Expert … Continue reading Tashkent Mistakenly and Dangerously Conflates Muslim Religiosity with Islamist Extremism

Nepal’s Political Rites of Passage

Nepal is experiencing neither revolution, nor anarchy, nor chaos. It is in the midst of a complex rite of passage. Nepal’s Political Rites of Passage , the latest report from the International Crisis Group, reassesses the state of the peace process in terms of Nepal’s political culture. Nepal’s transition from war to peace appears chaotic. … Continue reading Nepal’s Political Rites of Passage

The ‘Cold Start And Stop’ Strategy

By Ali Ahmed Gurmeet Kanwal has it that the Cold Start doctrine is a ‘good’ doctrine for India since ‘it is perceived to be destabilising by Pakistanis.’1 As a strategy for a proactive offensive, it evidently has merits that have been registered by Pakistan. Consequently, Pakistan has taken preparatory steps to counter the strategy and … Continue reading The ‘Cold Start And Stop’ Strategy