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  • BUSINESS

    India faces difficult choice in the Maldives

    Asia focus, Brahma Chellaney, Published on 26/02/2018

    » The Maldives -- that beautiful Indian Ocean country comprising more than 1,000 coral islands -- is known the world over as a tranquil and luxurious travel destination. But the country is now being roiled by a political crisis so severe that international advisories are cautioning against travel there.

  • OPINION

    Saudi Arabia's phoney war on terror

    News, Brahma Chellaney, Published on 23/12/2015

    » Containing the scourge of Islamist terror will be impossible without containing the ideology that drives it: Wahhabism, a messianic, jihad-extolling form of Sunni fundamentalism whose international expansion has been bankrolled by oil-rich sheikhdoms, especially Saudi Arabia. That is why the newly announced Saudi-led anti-terror coalition, the Islamic Military Alliance to Fight Terrorism, should be viewed with profound scepticism.

  • OPINION

    How the West sowed seeds for terrorism

    News, Brahma Chellaney, Published on 19/11/2015

    » The Islamic State's horrific attacks in Paris are a stark reminder that Western powers cannot contain -- let alone insulate themselves from -- the unintended consequences of their interventions in the Middle East. The unravelling of Syria, Iraq and Libya, together with the civil war that is tearing Yemen apart, have created vast killing fields, generated waves of refugees and spawned Islamist militants who will remain a threat to international security for years to come. And the West has more than a little to do with it.

  • OPINION

    Dalai Lama lineage faces uncertain future

    News, Brahma Chellaney, Published on 08/07/2015

    » On the 80th birthday of the 14th Dalai Lama, who has been in exile in India since 1959, Tibet's future looks more uncertain than ever. During his reign, the current Dalai Lama has seen his homeland - the world's largest and highest plateau - lose its independence to China. Once he dies, China is likely to install a puppet as his successor, potentially eroding the institution.

  • OPINION

    America rushes into yet another war

    News, Brahma Chellaney, Published on 25/09/2014

    » It is official: US President and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Barack Obama is at war again. After toppling Libyan ruler Moammar Gadhafi and bombing targets in Somalia and Yemen, Mr Obama has initiated airstrikes in northern Iraq, effectively declaring war on the Islamic State — a decision that will involve infringing on the sovereign, if disintegrating, state of Syria. In his zeal to intervene, Mr Obama is again disregarding US and international law by seeking approval from neither the US Congress nor the United Nations Security Council.

  • OPINION

    Afghans must be ready post-US

    News, Brahma Chellaney, Published on 31/03/2014

    » As it braces for its upcoming presidential election, Afghanistan finds itself at another critical juncture, with its unity and territorial integrity at stake after 35 years of relentless war. Can Afghanistan finally escape the cycle of militancy and foreign intervention that has plagued it for more than three decades?

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