Sri Lanka’s Persecuted Muslims Are Turning Radical

May 23, 2019

After decades of persecution by the Sinhalese and Tamils, Sri Lanka’s Muslims are abandoning local syncretic Islam and turning to a more radical version. The Islamic State (IS) group claimed responsibility for the Easter Sunday attacks across Sri Lanka. This raises many questions about the...

Will There Be Five Empires as the US Leaves the World?

April 23, 2017

If the US remains a world player, it will still be faced with five empires. Bernard Henri Levy, the French intellectual and provocateur, recently said that, in the wake of the US withdrawal into itself, the world stage would feature five empires. These would be Russia, Iran, Turkey, Islamic...

Saudi Reform Could Shake the Middle East

October 27, 2016

Economic reform in Saudi Arabia could affect the entire Middle East region. Since oil prices plummeted from around $100 a barrel in mid-2014 to $50 in September 2016, the fiscal crisis of Saudi Arabia has deepened further. The freefall of oil prices urged the government to announce austerity...

Is Buddhist Militancy the Next Wave of Global Terrorism?

July 13, 2015

Existing strategies to counter Islamist militancy make little sense for being used to tackle Buddhist militancy in its early stage.  Is anyone paying attention to this? Buddhist militancy appears to be the next wave of terrorism in Asia—and it could go global. It’s been happening...

Indian Elections 2014: A Foreign Policy for Modi (Part 1/2)

April 08, 2014

On what should Narendra Modi base his foreign policy? Foreign policy seldom occupies an important position in political agendas during electoral campaigns, and 2014 in India is hardly any different. The Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) prime ministerial candidate has, however, evoked a little more...