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Email Tweet MANTRAYA BRIEF#24: 01 DECEMBER 2017 Islamic State’s Foreign Fighters: India’s Achilles heel?   Bibhu Prasad Routray  – Abstract It is the season for home coming. With the Caliphate of the Islamic State collapsing in Iraq and Syria, the surviving among the outfit’s 40,000 foreign fighters are now faced with three options-to die fighting, to […]

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Email Tweet MANTRAYA ANALYSIS#19: 14 NOVEMBER 2017 Changing Dynamics of India-China Relations post-Doklam Standoff       – Shanthie Mariet D’Souza – Abstract The Doklam standoff appears to have unveiled a new era of India’s China policy. Does this standoff mark a turning point in their relationship or will it be a continuation of the status […]

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Email Tweet MANTRAYA BRIEF#23: 25 OCTOBER 2017 Siege of Marawi: Spectre of ‘new’ terrorism in Southeast Asia  Bibhu Prasad Routray  – Abstract The near five month siege of Marawi in Philippines by the militants inspired by the Islamic State ended on 23 October 2017. Notwithstanding the official claims of the military having nipped the bud of […]

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Email Tweet MANTRAYA ANALYSIS#18: 18 OCTOBER 2017 TAPI Pipeline: A Confidence Building Measure for South Asia       – Shanthie Mariet D’Souza – Abstract The narrow security dominated approach has not yielded results in the last sixteen years of the ‘war on terrorism’ in Afghanistan. And yet there is much emphasis on kinetic operations and […]

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Email Tweet MANTRAYA ANALYSIS#17: 28 SEPTEMBER 2017 How will the Rohingya Conflict End?       – Bibhu Prasad Routray – Abstract The Rohingya in Myanmar, with their poverty and limited economic opportunities, seek only to live with dignity, free from fear of attack. Given the Myanmar military is not inclined to stop its persecution […]

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Email Tweet MANTRAYA ANALYSIS#16: 20 SEPTEMBER 2017 Trump’s ‘new’ Afghanistan Strategy & Indo-U.S. Strategic Partnership      – Shanthie Mariet D’Souza – Abstract Donald Trump’s strategy for Afghanistan and South Asia announced on 21 August, was intended to highlight the novelty and surprise elements of a roadmap that purportedly sought little short of the decimation […]

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Email Tweet MANTRAYA BRIEF#22: 31 AUGUST 2017 Countering Violent Extremism in Myanmar  Bibhu Prasad Routray  – Abstract Two attacks on the security forces within a  span of 10 months  by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) has led to a massive operation by the Myanmar armed forces in the Rakhine State. Over 100 ARSA cadres and […]

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Email Tweet MANTRAYA BRIEF#21: 15 AUGUST 2017 The ‘al Qaeda’ stream of Kashmir Militancy  Bibhu Prasad Routray  – Abstract A segment within the Kashmir militancy has turned global. Declaring itself a branch of the al Qaeda, this small team of militants are not just posing new challenges to the Indian security establishment, but also to […]

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Email Tweet MANTRAYA ANALYSIS#15: 04 JULY 2017 China’s New Game in India’s Northeast      – Bibhu Prasad Routray – Abstract Could China be drastically altering its policy with regard to insurgency movements in India’s northeastern region? A series of developments point at that direction. To blunt India’s assertive postures under the BJP-led government, Beijing […]

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Email Tweet MANTRAYA SPECIAL REPORT#11: 28 JUNE 2017 Islamic State in Central Asia – 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 nationals from the CAS continue to take […]

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