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Combating terror financing through SAARC

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As South Asian leaders gather for the 18th Summit of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) in Kathmandu on November 26-27, the spectre of terrorism and the question of how to effectively counter it will be looming large. Recent developments—the neutralisation of a module of the Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) in Burdwan, West Bengal, the announcement of al-Qaeda’s intention to establish a South Asian branch, and the Islamic State’s read more

PSAARC: humanism over nationalism?

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On the eve of the SAARC summit in Kathmandu, while heads of government were navigating the formalities of bilateral meetings, in another part of the city, delegates of People’s SAARC were enjoying a simple meal amid laughter and bonhomie. Differences between the official SAARC summit and the ‘People’s’ version are clear enough. Where one is controlled by protocol and security, the other was festive like a mela, a fair. At the official summit lies formal power. read more

China’s connectivity tips for India

Xi_Modi Courtesy: Narendra Modi (wikimedia.org)

At the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Summit in Kathmandu this week, connectivity was certainly on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s agenda. In fact, the issue of connectivity—ports, river channels, highways, railways, pipelines, and telecommunication cables—has gained global momentum this month. It was a major part of the discussions at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Beijing read more

A primer on SAARC

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The theme of the 18th SAARC Summit to be held in Kathmandu, Nepal, on November 26-27 is ‘Deeper Integration for Peace and Prosperity’. South Asian nations are set to sign three framework agreements related to connectivity—the Agreement for the Regulation of Passenger and Cargo Vehicular Traffic amongst SAARC Member States, the SAARC Regional Agreement on Railways, and the SAARC Framework Agreement for Energy Cooperation (Electricity). In addition to these read more

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