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Email Tweet MANTRAYA ANALYSIS#25: 15 MAY 2018 Narco Economy in Myanmar: From Opiates to ATS Bibhu Prasad Routray – Abstract Rising demand has transformed Myanmar into the prime producer of synthetic drugs. It’s a US$ 4 billion economy. Production of and trade in narcotics in Myanmar registers continuous growth in spite of a decrease in […]

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Email Tweet MANTRAYA ANALYSIS#24: 27 APRIL 2018 Five Nations Railway Corridor Project: Increasing Connectivity & Chinese Dominance in Afghanistan Bibhu Prasad Routray & Sayantan Haldar – Abstract The Five Nations Railway Corridor (FNRC) is yet another connectivity project sought to be implemented in Afghanistan and has been embraced as an a potential game changer for […]

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Email Tweet MANTRAYA ANALYSIS#23: 11 APRIL 2018 What tools can India’s counter-radicalization policy employ?  Bibhu Prasad Routray – Abstract Counter-radicalization measures adopted by countries have typically followed clichéd patterns, although studies reveal that religion plays only a minor role in attracting men to the fold of global jihad.  As India seeks to frame a policy […]

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Email Tweet MANTRAYA ANALYSIS#21: 19 FEBRUARY 2018 State of Play: Insurgencies in India’s Northeast       – Bibhu Prasad Routray – Abstract Amid relative tranquility, little rebellions are continuing in India’s northeastern region. Headed by recalcitrant rebel leaders, some of whom have no inhibitions in aligning their ambitions with that of the anti-India policies […]

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Email Tweet MANTRAYA ANALYSIS#20: 17 JANUARY 2018 State of Play: Left-wing Extremism in India in 2017       – Bibhu Prasad Routray – Abstract Another year went by. The problem of Left-wing Extremism (LWE) in India, however, continues to persist. In 2017, the left-wing extremists, belonging predominantly to the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) carried […]

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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 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#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 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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