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Email Tweet MANTRAYA BRIEF#27: 28 AUGUST 2018 Inside the neo-Jihad Mill: Islamist Mobilization in Bangladesh Prabhnoor Kohli – Abstract Growth of radical Islam and terrorism with ambivalent linkages to global jihadism is now a reality in Bangladesh. Terrorist  groups have found it difficult to withstand sustained pressure from the security forces. The neo-Jihadists, however, seem to have […]

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Email Tweet MANTRAYA SPECIAL REPORT#13: 16 AUGUST 2018 No End in Sight: Islamist Militancy in the Philippines since the Marawi Siege  – Tanvi Gupta & Bibhu Prasad Routray – Abstract Since the end of the siege over Marawi, the Armed Forces of Philippines have tried to neutralise the remnants of  Islamic State-affiliated militancy. Success has […]

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Email Tweet MANTRAYA ANALYSIS#28: 05 AUGUST 2018 Imran Khan’s Pakistan & Prospect of ‘Peace’ in South Asia Bibhu Prasad Routray – Abstract The selective euphoria with the poll results in Pakistan’s National Assembly elections notwithstanding, Imran Khan’s ‘new Pakistan’ suffers from inherent limitations. It may not augur a new or dramatic turnaround in policy towards […]

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Email Tweet MANTRAYA SPECIAL REPORT#12: 30 JULY 2018 Women Cadres of the CPI-Maoist – Rhea Maheshwari  – Abstract While official assessments point at the forced recruitment of women by the extremists and their exploitation within the organization, the left-wing extremists of the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) underline the important role played by women in their […]

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Email Tweet MANTRAYA ANALYSIS#26: 12 JUNE 2018 Bastariya Battalion: New force against India’s Left-wing Extremists   Bibhu Prasad Routray – Abstract Bastariya Battalion, a new battalion of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) is being inducted into the Left-wing extremism- afflicted Bastar region of Chhattisgarh state. Comprising of tribal recruits, the battalion is expected to add […]

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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 OCCASIONAL PAPER #06: 12 MARCH 2018 Pakistan-based militant groups & Prospects of their integration: A Structural Analysis – Muhammad Amir Rana   – Abstract Different militant streams operating in Pakistan are characterized respectively by conventional jihadist groups – established to safeguard the state’s strategic interests in the region; independent militant groups – formed by the militants […]

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Email Tweet MANTRAYA OCCASIONAL PAPER #05: 26 FEBRUARY 2018 Redefining Extremism in Central Asia – Roger Kangas, Ph.D.   – Abstract For over twenty years, the Central Asian states have faced periodic challenges of violent extremist groups and radical ideologies. These have varied among the countries, in terms of intensity, motivation, and methods, requiring the states […]

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Email Tweet MANTRAYA ANALYSIS#22: 20 FEBRUARY 2018 Afghanistan: Battle of narratives, power contestations, & cycles of violence       Shanthie Mariet D’Souza – Abstract The sudden surge in violence and gory blood bath in January 2018 brought about renewed international media attention to Afghanistan. The growing number of attacks indicates a deteriorating security situation, deepening […]

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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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