NEW DELHI: Security cooperation is an important element of the BIMSTEC and the member countries are looking at enhancing partnership in this sphere, a top official of the Ministry of External Affairs said on Wednesday. Speaking at its first coastal security workshop, Vijay Singh Thakur, Secretary (East) in the MEA said India attaches great importance to the grouping of South and Southeast Asian nations and it is a part of its neighbourhood first policy. "As we are providing and looking for unhindered sea lanes of communication and economic integration of the region, we have to be mindful of the security at sea," Thakur said. Highlighting threats like human trafficking, narcotics, exploitation of natural resources, piracy, sea-based terrorism, Thakur said cooperation in the security domain will have a special significance and importance for Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) members states. "We have been looking at security … [Read more...] about BIMSTEC nations looking to enhance security cooperation: India
Instability in the middle east
A new wave of anti-government protests is sweeping through several countries in the Arab world, increasingly escalating in recent weeks, which has brought reminiscence of similar unrest that began in 2010-11, collectively known as the Arab Spring. The ongoing protests in Iraq, Lebanon, Algeria and Sudan appear to herald a new season of civil unrest and calls for democracy in the Middle East. Many analysts believe the region could indeed be going through a second wave of uprisings with some even describing it as Arab Spring 2.0, while others argue the first Arab Spring had never ended and that the political turmoil being experienced today is a logical outcome of the events that began nine years ago, according to a regular survey of experts by Carnegie Middle East Center. "The Arab Spring never died. It just went dormant, overtaken by the brutality of events in Syria, Libya, Yemen, and Egypt. The roots of this second wave of mass protests hearken back to the 2010-11 Arab uprisings. Yet, … [Read more...] about Analysis: Are we seeing the beginning of Arab Spring 2.0?
But the One Nation leader is not happy with the committed view of ASIO boss Duncan Lewis. “The refugee program is not the source of terrorism in Australia,” the director-general told ABC radio. And he was quickly backed up by Special Minister of State Scott Ryan who told Sky news: “He is more informed than anyone else.” One Nation and right-wing columnists and MPs have been attacking Mr Lewis since last week when he told Senator Hanson he did not believe refugees brought in terrorism. He said it was the product of radicalisation of young men and women into the extremism of the Sunni Islamic sect. One Nation wants a ban on Muslim refugees but Mr Lewis also told Senator Hanson: “We’re not interested in religion. We are interested in whether an individual is exhibiting or practising violence.” Senator Hanson quickly responded with a claim the ASIO director had not accurately reported her, although her complaint wasn’t clear. “I never … [Read more...] about ASIO chief denies Hanson claims that refugees bring in terrorism
By Arvind Gupta Prime Minister Modi should be complimented for the decision to set up the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS). The decision has its gravitas and will put to rest the debate on the CDS which has been on since 2001, when the Group of Ministers on national security first recommended it. Apprehensions within the armed forces circles, resistance from the bureaucracy, and indifference of the political class contributed to the delay. While the governments in the past dithered, the security environment around us changed dramatically, and the armed forces struggled on the issues of jointness, planning, procurements, and training. Hopefully, the CDS will now be able to initiate much-needed higher defence organisation reforms. The GoM envisaged the CDS as providing single-point military advice to the government, administering the forces, making defence planning process more effective through intra- and inter-service prioritisation, and ensuring jointness in the armed forces. These … [Read more...] about View: CDS is 1st step towards higher organisation reforms
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