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Making things normal

Making things normal

It is rare for a large figure on the world stage to visit Bangladesh, and so when the aeroplane bearing Narendra Modi, India’s prime minister, touched down this weekend, cabinet members queued up on the tarmac to greet him. Their boss Sheikh Hasina, well on track …

Data hacked from US government computers dates back to 1985

Data hacked from US government computers dates back to 1985

Data stolen from US government computers by suspected Chinese hackers included security clearance information and background checks dating back three decades, underlining the scope of one of the largest known cyber attacks on federal networks. The breach of computer systems of the Office of Personnel …

US Prefers China to Russia in Central Asia

US Prefers China to Russia in Central Asia

“Although his June 2 remarks at the Washington International Business Council focused primarily on India’s regional leadership, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Richard E. Hoagland had a number of things to say about Central Asia that are worth …

Is US Claim of 10,000 ISIS Dead Believable?

Is US Claim of 10,000 ISIS Dead Believable?

A top U.S. diplomat strayed from a long-held wartime taboo Wednesday when he reported that 10,000 ISIS militants had been killed in Iraq and Syria, raising questions about how that number was compiled and whether it accurately reflected a U.S.-led coalition’s success against the Islamic …

The threat of Eurasian terrorism

The threat of Eurasian terrorism

Nearly two years after Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev terrorized Boston with a pair of homemade bombs, Dzhokhar has been sentenced to death. Much of the trial focused on his brother’s connections to the Caucasus Emirate (IK), a jihadist organization based in the North Caucasus – …

Democracy is hard

Democracy is hard

U.S. President Barack Obama  hosted 75 people with the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative at the White House on Monday (June 1). He told young leaders from South Asia at the White House “As I always point out, democracy is hard,” Obama told the town hall …

Singapore warns Islamic State may find home in south-east Asia

Singapore warns Islamic State may find home in south-east Asia

Singapore has warned that south-east Asia has emerged as a key recruitment centre for Islamic extremists and raised the prospect of them establishing a base in the region. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong described attempts by Islamic State to turn the region into a province …

extremists from Africa and Asia are shifting allegiance to Islamic State group

extremists from Africa and Asia are shifting allegiance to Islamic State group

 A growing number of extremist groups from Africa to southeast Asia are shifting their allegiance to the Islamic State group, leading to greater risks for “cross-pollination” among conflicts beyond Syria and Iraq, the head of Interpol said Friday. Juergen Stock cited this shift as an …

Modi hopes to erode China’s influence in Bangladesh

Modi hopes to erode China’s influence in Bangladesh

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will take border-settlement and water-sharing deals to Bangladesh next month as part of his drive to erode Chinese influence in South Asia, although Dhaka is likely to remain dependent on Beijing for military equipment. India, which has had an uneasy …

China’s Military Strategy

China’s Military Strategy

China outlined its defense strategy to boost its naval capability farther from its shores, saying it faced a grave and complex array of security threats including in the disputed South China Sea. In a policy document issued by the State Council on 26 May 2015, …