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Crisis in the Middle East Amidst Global Disorder
International Affairs | Terrorism Oct 18, 2023

Crisis in the Middle East Amidst Global Disorder

The unprecedented scale of the Hamas attack has shaken Israel and the consequences are likely to shake the Middle East. ...

China Can No Longer Take Sri Lanka for Granted
International Affairs | Economics and Finance Oct 17, 2023

China Can No Longer Take Sri Lanka for Granted

Since the early 2000s, China's debt profile in Sri Lanka has increased rapidly, with estimates indicating that over 20% of the overall debt stock is owed to China. Beijing's lending has been opaque on high-interest loans and has often contributed to several white elephant projects. ...

New Maldives President: India’s Friend or Foe?
Neighbourhood | Indian Foreign Policy Oct 17, 2023

New Maldives President: India’s Friend or Foe?

It likely that Malé will remain sensitive to India’s broad strategic concerns around China, but will likely push also for closer ties to Beijing. ...

The rollercoaster saga of Israel-Hamas relations
International Affairs | Terrorism Oct 14, 2023

The rollercoaster saga of Israel-Hamas relations

It has become fashionable to forget the support that Hamas received from Israel during its formative years in the 1980s. ...

Kokernag attack points to fluid terror geography
International Affairs | Terrorism | Internal Security Oct 13, 2023

Kokernag attack points to fluid terror geography

The geography of terror groups is fluid. Kokernag to Kandahar is in the throes of security being provided by actors who were part of the crisis to begin with ...

Hamas-Israel war's global energy impact will depend on whether the conflict theatre widens
International Affairs | Energy | Terrorism | Climate Change Oct 13, 2023

Hamas-Israel war's global energy impact will depend on whether the conflict theatre widens

Even if there’s a ground invasion by Israel into Gaza and an extended conflict, the impact on energy prices and the resultant OPEC response would depend on the scale and reach that the conflict takes. If it remains localised without affecting major oil producers or ...

Hamas is now what Al-Qaeda became after 9/11
International Affairs | Terrorism Oct 12, 2023

Hamas is now what Al-Qaeda became after 9/11

Hamas was never a household name beyond a point unlike Al-Qaeda or the Islamic State. Until now ...

Israel-Hamas War: A challenge for the ‘new’ Middle East
International Affairs Oct 11, 2023

Israel-Hamas War: A challenge for the ‘new’ Middle East

The recent shift by the Middle East prioritising geoeconomics over the Palestinian issue could suffer a setback. The crisis ignited by Hamas highlights that the gap between top-heavy policy decisions and groundswell public opinions, movements, and crisis points need to be addressed by regional powers ...

India-China Tango Continues in Sri Lanka
International Affairs Oct 10, 2023

India-China Tango Continues in Sri Lanka

Once again, the pending visit of a Chinese research vessel to Sri Lanka has touched off Indian objections. ...

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Manish Vaid

Manish Vaid is a Junior Fellow at ORF. His research focuses on energy issues, geopolitics, crossborder energy and regional trade (including FTAs), climate change, migration, New Silk Road, urbanisation and water issues. His research work has been published widely - ...

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