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Ashish Kumar Sen

Ashish Kumar Sen

Ashish Kumar Sen is a reporter covering foreign policy and international developments for The Washington Times.

Prior to joining The Times, Mr. Sen worked for publications in Asia and the Middle East. His work has appeared in a number of publications and online news sites including the British Broadcasting Corp., Asia Times Online and Outlook magazine.


Articles by Ashish Kumar Sen

President Obama (right) tours the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, Myanmar, on Nov. 19, 2012. In a historic trip to a long shunned land, Obama showered praise and promises of more U.S. help to Myanmar if the Asian nation keeps building its new democracy. (Associated Press)

Human rights advocates warn of backsliding in Myanmar

Human rights advocates warned the Obama administration Wednesday against lifting sanctions on Myanmar's military-backed government because its democratic reforms could be reversed. Published February 13, 2013

Eyes turn to China after North Korea nuclear test

North Korea's third nuclear test has put the burden on China to punish its communist ally, but Beijing is unlikely to do anything to hurt Pyongyang, Asia analysts said Tuesday. Published February 12, 2013

Syrian refugee boys look Jan. 7, 2013, outside their tent at a temporary refugee camp in the eastern Lebanese town of Marj near the border with Syria. (Associated Press/File)

Official: Syrian refugees straining Jordan's resources

Hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees who have fled the 22-month-old civil war in their country are straining Jordan's resources and will exact a "humongous" cost on the kingdom, a top Jordanian official said Tuesday. Published February 12, 2013

** FILE ** Women in Tokyo read copies of an extra edition of a Japanese newspaper reporting North Korea's nuclear test on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye)

Obama calls North Korean nuclear test 'highly provocative'

North Korea confirmed on Tuesday that it had conducted its third nuclear test, setting off a wave of global condemnation, including from President Obama, who called the test a "highly provocative act" that "undermines regional stability." Published February 12, 2013

**FILE** M23 rebels withdraw from the Masisi and Sake areas in the eastern Congo town of Sake, some 27 kms west of Goma, on Nov. 30, 2012. (Associated Press)

U.S. diplomat calls for international action in Congo

The international community has "a moral imperative" to end the violence that has killed more than 5 million people in the Democratic Republic of the Congo since 1998, the State Department's top diplomat for Africa said Monday. Published February 11, 2013

** FILE ** Afghan President Hamid Karzai speaks during a press conference at the presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Jan. 14, 2013. (Associated Press)

Afghan President Karzai wants Taliban out of prison, in talks

Afghan President Hamid Karzai is pushing Pakistan to release more Taliban prisoners, including the group's deputy leader, in a move aimed at reviving peace talks with the militants, despite concern within his own administration that the battle-hardened Islamists could rejoin a decadelong insurgency that seeks to topple the government in Kabul. Published February 11, 2013

** FILE ** A Libyan man checks out the interior of the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, after the attack.  (Associated Press)

Benghazi, Libya, deteriorating into security nightmare

Security in Benghazi, the eastern Libyan city where four Americans were killed Sept. 11 in a terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate, has decayed to the point where Westerners are fleeing, assassinations and kidnappings are rife and residents worry that U.S. drone strikes on jihadist targets are imminent. Published February 3, 2013

** FILE ** In this Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012, photo, Free Syrian Army fighters fire at enemy positions during heavy clashes with government forces, in the Salaheddine district of Aleppo, Syria. Activists say Syrian rebels have captured an oil pumping station in the north central province of Raqqa about 160 km east of Aleppo after days of fighting. (AP Photo/Abdullah Al-Yasin)

Opinions on U.S. options in Syria widely split

The stakes are high, not just for the United States, but for the Middle East, where Syria's strife has spilled over into neighboring countries and even prompted an Israeli airstrike Wednesday. Published January 31, 2013

Syrian citizens search Jan. 30, 2013, in the neighborhood of Bustan al-Qasr in Aleppo for their relatives amongst dead bodies found next to a river the previous day. (Associated Press)

McCain warns of 'spillover' in Syrian conflict

The danger of Syria's 22-month-old civil war embroiling its neighborhood became even more evident on Wednesday with confirmation that Israel conducted an airstrike on a military target inside its war-torn neighbor. Published January 30, 2013

** FILE ** North Korean military officers bow at an image of the late North Korean leader Kim Jong-il during a national meeting of top party and military officials on the eve of the first anniversary of Kim's death in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012. The large characters on the vertical banner at left translate as "Hurrah to the Workers' Party of Korea." (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

N. Korean nuke test can't fool global sensors

A nuclear test by North Korea will generate sound waves, seismic shock waves similar to an earthquake and, if the test site is not properly sealed, a spike in levels of radiation that will all be quickly detected by a global network of sensors, analysts say. Published January 29, 2013

Chen Guangcheng speaks May 31, 2012, at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. Guangcheng is a blind Chinese activist whose dramatic escape earlier in the month from house arrest culminated in a flight to the U.S. (Associated Press)

Blind dissident says change is in the air in China

Chinese citizens increasingly are speaking out against the repressive policies of their government, a blind Chinese dissident said Tuesday as he urged the international community to pressure Beijing to generate reforms. Published January 29, 2013

** FILE ** North Korean leader Kim Jong-un speaks at a banquet for rocket scientists in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Friday, Dec. 21, 2012, in this image made from video. (AP Photo/KRT via AP Video)

Obama urged to take tougher tack toward North Korea's Pyongyang

North Korea’s belligerent rhetoric — which has included a threat to conduct a third nuclear test and launch more long-range rockets — and its description of the United States as a “sworn enemy” should compel the Obama administration to rethink its policy toward the secretive, Stalinist nation, analysts say. Published January 27, 2013

North Koreans observe a moment of silence as they bow before portraits of the late leaders Kim Il-sung (left) and Kim Jong-il on Kim Il-sung Square in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Monday, Dec. 17, 2012. Sirens wailed for three minutes at noon Monday in honor of the first anniversary of the death of Kim Jong-il. (AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin)

North Korea threatens Seoul over sanctions

North Korea threatened to take "strong physical countermeasures" Friday if South Korea takes part in enforcing United Nations sanctions, which it called a "declaration of war." Published January 25, 2013

North Korea's Unha-3 rocket lifts off from the Sohae launching station in Tongchang-ri, North Korea, in this image made on Dec. 12, 2012, from video. (Associated Press/KRT via AP Video) ** FILE **

Kim threat shows no change in North Korea

The Obama administration rebuked North Korea on Thursday for its threat to conduct its third nuclear test and launch long-range rockets designed to "target against the U.S.," with the White House calling it "needlessly provocative." Published January 24, 2013

Egyptian protesters try to tear down a cement wall built to prevent them from reaching parliament and the Cabinet building near Tahrir Square in Cairo on Jan. 24, 2013. (Associated Press)

Egyptian youths are ready for another revolution

On the second anniversary of the uprising that ended Hosni Mubarak's 29-year rule, Egyptian youth who were the driving force behind that protest say Islamists hijacked their revolution, and they despair over the future of the North African nation. Published January 24, 2013