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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

Jack N. Gerard of the American Petroleum Institute said Congress should act on bills that would end the renewable fuels standard. (The Washington Times)

Clash over Crimea stokes U.S. energy fight

The Obama administration is under increasing pressure from Western European allies, U.S. lawmakers and energy industry heavyweights, who all point to the crisis in Ukraine as evidence Washington should go further than it has to pump up American oil and gas exports to Europe. Published March 31, 2014

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, left, and Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, right,  look on a cell phone during a meeting  at the  foreign ministry in Rabat, Morocco, Monday, June 3, 2013. On Monday, Erdogan again dismissed the street protests as being organized by extremists, described them as a temporary blip and angrily rejected comparisons with the Arab Spring uprisings. (AP Photo / Abdeljalil Bounhar)

U.S. criticizes Turkey Twitter ban; urges restrictions lifted

Turkey's courts blocked access to Twitter on Thursday after Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed to "wipe out" the service that has been instrumental in revealing alleged corruption inside his government. Published March 21, 2014

The Libyan parliament voted to oust Prime Minister Ali Zeidan last week over anger at the failure to stop rebels from independently exporting oil. (Associated Press)

SEALs’ tanker seizure highlights Libyan power wrangling over oil, power

The daring, high-seas seizure of a rogue oil tanker by U.S. Navy SEALs off the coast of Cyprus this week has focused fresh attention on the power struggle that has turned Libya into a political time bomb more than two years after the ouster of strongman Moammar Gadhafi. Published March 18, 2014

Secretary of State John Kerry testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, March 13, 2014, before the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on Foreign Operations and Related Programs hearing on the State Department's fiscal 2015 budget. In his opening remarks Kerry spoke about the Ukraine and other current foreign relation issues. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Kerry warns of ‘very serious’ response to Crimea-Russia alliance

The U.S. and its European allies ratcheted up the threat of economic sanctions and visa restrictions on Russia on Thursday if Moscow continues to escalate the crisis in Ukraine — as thousands of Russian troops conducted military maneuvers near the Ukrainian border. Published March 13, 2014

** FILE ** President Barack participates in a bilateral meeting with President Vladimir Putin of Russia at the Esperanza Resort in San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico, June 18, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Reset? What reset? U.S.-Russia ties at worst since Cold War

Five years ago, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton playfully presented Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov with a red "reset button," a symbol of the Obama administration's intention to improve ties that had hit a low point during the George W. Bush administration. Published March 11, 2014

Ozdil Nami, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. Lloyd Villas/The Washington Times

Minister sees breakthrough ‘in months’ for long-split Cyprus

NEWSMAKER INTERVIEW: The top diplomat from the Turkish-controlled side of Cyprus says the core differences between the divided island's Turkish and Greek communities could be resolved in a "matter of months," putting Cyprus' reunification in reach for the first time in four decades. Published March 10, 2014

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks at his meeting with Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko in the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Wednesday, March 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Yuri Kadobnov, Pool)

Russia’s neighbors shiver amid Putin’s Cold War moves in Ukraine

Moscow’s declaration that it intervened in Ukraine to protect Russian “citizens and compatriots” and would do so again has sent shock waves across former Soviet republics that have large, and often restive, ethnic Russian minorities. Published March 5, 2014

This photo released by the Israel Defense Forces shows a missile on an intercepted ship in the Red Sea Wednesday, March 5, 2014. Israeli naval forces raided a ship deep in the Red Sea early Wednesday and seized dozens of advanced rockets from Iran destined for Palestinian militants in Gaza, the military said. (AP Photo/IDF)

Israelis had U.S. help in intercepting Iranian missile shipment to Palestine

The State Department revealed Wednesday that even as the Obama administration was engaging in direct and very high-stakes nuclear negotiations with Iran, U.S. officials for months have been secretly collaborating with Israeli intelligence to track an illicit Iranian weapons shipment bound for Palestine. Published March 5, 2014

President Barack Obama gestures as he answers a question regarding the ongoing situation in the Ukraine, during his meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Monday, March 3, 2014, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Obama warns U.S. may retaliate against Russia with economic sanctions

President Obama warned Russia on Monday of possible U.S. sanctions over its military land grab in Ukraine, but Moscow brushed aside international threats, tightening its stranglehold on Crimea and calling audaciously for a national unity government in Kiev. Published March 3, 2014

Boko Haram has destroyed hundreds of vehicles during a terror spree in Bama, Nigeria. The Islamic extremists in Nigeria's northeast also killed 115 people and razed more than 1,500 buildings. (Associated Press)

Spread of brutal Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram alarms U.S.

Boko Haram, the al Qaeda-inspired African terrorist group fighting to establish an Islamic state rooted in Shariah law, is expanding its operations from northeastern Nigeria into neighboring Cameroon and Niger, much to the alarm of U.S. officials. Published March 2, 2014

Associated Press 
 Secretary of State John Kerry speaks about the annual State Department Human Rights report, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, at the State Department in Washington. The U.S. says a chemical weapons attack in Syria that the Obama administration says killed more than 1,000 people was the world's worst human rights violation of 2013. An annual State Department report released Thursday also highlights government crackdowns on peaceful protests in Ukraine and Russia's refusal to punish human-rights abusers.

State Department report shows human rights at risk

The past year has been a particularly bad one for human rights around the world, from a deadly chemical weapons attack in Syria to a bloody crackdown by Egyptian security forces on demonstrators in Cairo to the collapse of a packed eight-story garment factory in Bangladesh, the State Department says in an annual report. Published February 27, 2014

Residents of the besieged Palestinian camp of Yarmouk line up to receive food supplies in Damascus. A United Nations official is calling on warring sides in Syria to allow aid workers to resume distribution of food and medicine in the capital. (United Nations Relief and Works Agency via associated press)

Proxy war between Iran, Saudi Arabia playing out in Syria

Iranian support for embattled Syrian President Bashar Assad is producing a violent backlash against Tehran's interests in the Middle East and fueling a proxy war with Saudi Arabia that threatens to further destabilize the region. Published February 26, 2014