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Email Tweet MANTRAYA SPECIAL REPORT#11: 28 JUNE 2017 Islamic State in Central Asia: Threat as an alibi to repression?   – Bibhu Prasad Routray – Abstract The Islamic State (IS) has been able to attract into its fold a substantial number of people from the Central Asian States (CAS). A number of IS-inspired attacks by […]

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Email Tweet MANTRAYA OCCASIONAL PAPER #04: 14 JUNE 2017 A Preliminary Reconnaisance: Female Combatant Participation in Nepal’s Maoist People’s War – Thomas A. Marks, Ph.D.   – Abstract Nearly sixteen years since 9-11, the quest to explain individual motivation for participation in “terrorism” has produced a body of gendered work of increasing sophistication. As illustrated by […]

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Email Tweet MANTRAYA ANALYSIS#14: 08 JUNE 2017 China’s Counter-terrorism in Xinjiang: Inward Looking Template     – Adarsh Vijay – Abstract The Uyghur insurgency continues to be an unresolved internal security threat for China. China’s counterterrorist policy reflects an amalgamation of military coercion, socio-economic transformation, and a propaganda warfare. The communist state and its unparalleled reaction against […]

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Email Tweet MANTRAYA BRIEF#20: 01 JUNE 2017 Regional power play in Afghanistan and India’s policy options  Shanthie Mariet D’Souza  – Abstract A regional power realignment is taking place in Afghanistan. As countries jockey for influence in shaping the end-game in Afghanistan, India seems to be a lone bystander being sidelined even by its traditional allies- […]

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Email Tweet MANTRAYA SPECIAL REPORT#10: 22 MAY 2017 Intelligence and Counter-intelligence in India’s Maoist theatres  – Bibhu Prasad Routray – Abstract A single big extremist attack can reverse the narrative of optimism regarding India winning the war on left-wing extremism (LWE). Such an attack can lead to a barrage of charges and counter charges on […]

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Email Tweet MANTRAYA OCCASIONAL PAPER #03: 06 MAY 2017 The Thai Southern Insurgency: External view of the Way Forward – Thomas A. Marks, Ph.D.   – Abstract As insurgency continues in the Thai Southern Border Provinces (SBP), external commentary, overwhelmingly in academia, remains the primary source of suggestions for how Bangkok should proceed.  Discussion falls into […]

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Email Tweet MANTRAYA ANALYSIS#13: 24 APRIL 2017 The Fantastic as Strategy: India’s Game in Kashmir     – Madhumita Das – Abstract There has always been a gulf between Kashmiri aspirations, the compulsions of India, and to a lesser extent, Pakistan. The ongoing revisionism in India’s body politic, led from the highest echelons of State […]

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Email Tweet MANTRAYA BRIEF#19: 13 APRIL 2017 Syria- the US flips a page Maj. Gen. Neeraj Bali (Retd.)  – Abstract The strong response by the United States (US) to Syria’s use of chemical weapons has added uncertainty to an already volatile situation in that region. This also marked a stark departure from a policy of […]

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Email Tweet MANTRAYA SPECIAL REPORT#09: 12 APRIL 2017 Bangladesh’s Unique War on the Islamic State  – Bibhu Prasad Routray – Abstract Bangladesh has launched a unique war on home grown militants with clear ideological linkages with the Islamic State, even while dismissing speculations regarding the IS presence in the country. Raids on militant dens, killings […]

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Email Tweet MANTRAYA ANALYSIS#12: 30 MARCH 2017 Future trajectory of Left-wing extremism in India     – Bibhu Prasad Routray   – Abstract Declining ability among the left-wing extremists (LWE)  to orchestrate attacks and the state’s purported capacity to find support among the traditional recruitment base of the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) are the […]

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