RCSS E-Multilogue

Welcome to the RCSS E-Multilogue!

Regional Centre for Strategic Studies (RCSS), since its inception as an independent think tank, has sought to encourage research, dialogue and deliberation on a broad range of conventional and non-conventional sources of conflict. Over the years it has endeavored to bring together scholars, academics, practitioners and civil society, in the context of addressing a wide range of issues prevailing in the international system and providing them with sustainable solutions.

To this end, RCSS is pleased to launch the RCSS E-Multilogue.

Audience and Aims

This multilogue aims to engage with a wide cross section of individuals, in order to discuss and share thoughts, opinions and knowledge on contemporary international events and issues. Furthermore, it provides the perfect platform for undergraduates, scholars, practitioners and all interested groups to convene and remain abreast of the most current and trending topics in South Asia and beyond.

The moderated blog specifically aims to create multiple conversations and discussions on a series of topics which can be approached by different lenses, perspectives and stakeholders. This multilogue also hopes to connect young students and practitioners with senior scholars and academics, with the broader purpose of stimulating critical discussion, creating interaction, building networks, and contributing towards the wider expansion of knowledge in the field of international relations.

Please send any queries and/or articles (600-800 words) that you may have to: rcssemultilogue@gmail.com

 

Guidelines

  1. Every other Monday, RCSS will announce a theme for the week, and publish a short think piece with a series of questions, in order to prompt discussion on a selected contemporary issue of regional and/or international significance.
  2. All interested parties are invited to comment on the 'topic' and post their own thoughts and views on the specific topic, or write articles related to the broader identified forum theme, as a separate topic. Upon moderation, these replies/ new topics, related to the theme, will be published on the site.
  3. Students, scholars, and practitioners are invited to respond to the think piece, comments, or articles for the duration of the week. All participants must include their names and affiliations. Anonymous posting will not be approved.
  4. In parallel to the discussions, opinion polls would be conducted on critical questions related to the identified topic, as well as provide an opportunity for participants to determine topics for the upcoming weeks.
  5. Comments should not exceed 200 words, and articles should not exceed 500 on the given topic area. Particularly stimulating and/or insightful articles, or comments may be highlighted and published in RCSS’ quarterly newsletter.
  6. Articles should be original pieces of work. Plagiarized, and/or materials that have already been published elsewhere will not be accepted.
  7. Please note the blog aspires to publish only constructive analysis and criticism, excluding insult and hate speech, in order to maintain a level of academic vigor and positive engagement of the site.

Recent Posts

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    Before anyone starts jumping into conclusions just after seeing the title, the fact that this article wants to highlight is how the present influences the reconstructions of the past or in other words, how the presentness embodies in the reconstructions of the past. In this regard, I will analyze the reconstruction of the past in […]Read More
  • Combating Violent Extremism and Terrorism in South Asia

    Combating Violent Extremism and Terrorism in South Asia

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      South Asia is a region which is important for its various resources. This includes both natural resources and human resource, which collectively contribute positively to human and environmental security if they are managed appropriately. Though human resources can be used wisely for the region’s socio-economic development, the growing numbers in population and finite land […]Read More
  • A Year in Review: Sri Lanka 09/01/17-23/01/17

    A Year in Review: Sri Lanka 09/01/17-23/01/17

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    Sri Lanka, though a small island state, lies at the tip of the South Asian subcontinent and at the center of the Indian Ocean. In a vastly interconnected world, the sweeping effects of globalisation; China’s economic downturn; growing discontent and de-stabilisation in the West; and India’s enhanced involvement in the region as an emerging power, […]Read More
  • Mobilizing the Contemporary SAARC: Economy, Youth and Politics 19/12/16-02/01/17

    Mobilizing the Contemporary SAARC: Economy, Youth and Politics 19/12/16-02/01/17

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    The South Asian Association for the Regional Cooperation has been established as a regional organization among the countries of South Asia for a long time now. It is as old as other regional organizations and instruments such as the NAFTA which has been excelling in terms of trade for the North American Region in the […]Read More
  • The Problem with Minority Rights 21/11/2016-05/12/2016

    The Problem with Minority Rights 21/11/2016-05/12/2016

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    “Minority rights” is an idea that is today omnipresent in the liberal discourse on South Asia. The existence of specific rights protecting ethnic or religious minority communities and granting them some degree of autonomy as against majority rule has come to be considered an essential component of liberal democracy and “good governance”. What has been […]Read More
  • Will Inland Navigation Shift South Asia’s Water Discourse Positively? 10/10/2016-24/10/2016

    Will Inland Navigation Shift South Asia’s Water Discourse Positively? 10/10/2016-24/10/2016

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    It is rare that a jaded water expert feels elated after a river conference: very often the same hackneyed thoughts are re-circulated by the same lot of seminarians one meets again and again. This time, however, the mid-July NADI 2016 festival in Shillong/Meghalaya was different and very pleasantly so: it was one that can truly […]Read More
  • The growing need for a SAARC-ASEAN platform in the Asian Century 15/08/16 – 29/08/16

    The growing need for a SAARC-ASEAN platform in the Asian Century 15/08/16 – 29/08/16

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    Today, as the center of global economic gravity shifts towards Asia, regional cooperation and integration becomes critically important for Asia’s march towards prosperity. Thus, the need for a comprehensive multilateral platform comprised of Asian countries is felt more than ever before. In this regard, an effective and efficient SAARC-ASEAN platform would provide an ideal multilateral mechanism for […]Read More
  • The Unconventional Classroom 04/07/16 – 18/07/16

    The Unconventional Classroom 04/07/16 – 18/07/16

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    Rows of benches tightly packed, facing a blackboard, where the teacher lectures and the students quietly and rather passively listen to the teacher – such is the face of the conventional classroom. Of course, there are bellwether indications of shifts away from convention in a good number of classrooms around the world, but overall, the […]Read More
  • Gender in South Asia 20/06/16 – 04/07/16

    Gender in South Asia 20/06/16 – 04/07/16

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    I could squander my meager word quota on a miserable litany of evils but I will not. Let me instead list a few regional positives and identify a few points of joint action on issues that fall within the very broad rubric, “Gender in South Asia.” “Gender in South Asia” is not a static, stagnant […]Read More
  • Hillary’s Future in South Asia 06/06/16 – 20/06/16

    Hillary’s Future in South Asia 06/06/16 – 20/06/16

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