US-Bangladesh (Representational Photo)

Is there a gradual shift in focus in US-Bangladesh ties?

The United States wants to keep the South Asian region stable, seeking to neutralize the overdependence of any nation on China. Bangladesh, because of its geostrategic position, is being lured to align Dhaka with Washington’s strategic objective for a free and open Indo-Pacific. 

Pakistan-Afghanistan border friction continues to be haunted by the divisive Durand Line

While the contentious Durand Line has become one of the main reasons for cross-border skirmishes between Afghanistan and Pakistan, the Taliban has turned from being seen as an ideological ally that can give Pakistan 'strategic depth' against India, to a troublesome neighbour that is now viewed with deep suspicion.

India should be prepared for a long war with China

Since 2019, China has been building 628 dual-use military villages (termed ‘Xiaokang’ or ‘well-off’ villages) along the southern border of the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR), including inside Bhutan and in Arunachal Pradesh, India.

Bhutan's new government should safeguard territorial integrity and uphold cultural pluralism

Diplomatic efforts must be intensified to address the ongoing border situation with China and safeguard Bhutan's sovereignty.  It is also imperative to address the unresolved Bhutanese refugee issue and protracted family separation among Bhutanese Americans.

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No sermons, but tougher on trade, closer on geostrategy: If he wins, Trump 2.0 will pick up threads of India ties

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The Ram temple issues are socio-political, not just religious

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Is social media hijacking the narrative, impacting governance and policies?

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Spreading extremism in Pakistan has ominous implications for region

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India’s stigmatized mental healthcare cries for prioritisation

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Why India, with its huge backlog of unresolved cases, needs robo-judges

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Recounting Indian Navy's1971 valour: Questions before the nation

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BNP's miscalculation can prove costly for party and Bangladesh

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Victory of independent candidates: A new message in Bangladesh's electoral politics

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The long march to Islamabad: Pakistan's persecuted Baloch community hit the road for justice

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The worsening water crisis: Need to adopt innovative water technologies

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