Strategic dialogue, Track 1.5 diplomacy necessary to maintain regional stability in South Asia

It is crucial for India and Pakistan to establish new confidence-building measures (CBMs) to mitigate the potential destabilizing effects of advanced technologies. Key elements of effective CBMs include robust communication channels, bilateral discussions on emerging technologies and their implications for regional peace, and strict adherence to missile test notification protocols.

Rekindling the spirit of communal amity in Sri Lanka: A Prime Minister's quest

In this newly revived spirit of amity, PM Gunawardena travelled from Jaffna to Kilinochchi by road. There were no protests and he was received at both venues with warmth and cordiality.

After back to back India visits, Hasina’s China visit demonstrates Bangladesh’s delicate balancing act

Hasina sees no contradiction in maintaining equity in ties with China and India as she is able to adeptly navigate the conflicting interests of China and India. Analysts feel that Dhaka will continue to have a balanced approach to ties with Beijing and New Delhi since Bangladesh depends on both for stability and growth. 

Modi's Russia visit was to reaffirm strategic ties in uncertain times

The Moscow meeting was to understand each other's priorities and concerns according to the evolving geopolitics and reassure each other of their commitment to deepening their relationship in the coming years. 

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The Arakan Army: A growing security threat to Bangladesh and region

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Intelligence sharing between India, Sri Lanka imperative to curb mounting IS threat to South Asia

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Western support to Sikh separatists is damaging for bilateral ties

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