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The Crumbling World Order and the United Nations

The Crumbling World Order and the United Nations

We are witnessing the crumbling of the world order and we have grown accustomed to it. Surprisingly, it is not an ascending power that is rocking the status quo but the global leader, i.e. the United States, itself. And, if the very country that had been its main pillar is now willing to let that order collapse, the rest can …

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Deciphering The ‘Chinese Dream’

Deciphering The 'Chinese Dream'

Xi’s vision for China’s future  “History tells us that everybody has one’s future and destiny closely connected to those of the country and the nation.” — President Xi Jinping of China The rest of the world rubs its eyes in astonishment. In just under three decades, China has transformed itself from being a bitter-poor developing country into a global economic …

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Persecution and Genocide of Rohingya

Persecution and Genocide of Rohingya

The gravest crimes under international law On August 27, the United Nations Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar, which was tasked with investigating alleged human rights abuses in Myanmar, with a focus on Rakhine, announced their initial findings whereby it has been suggested that senior members of the Myanmar military, including commander-in-chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, “be investigated and prosecuted” for …

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TRADE WARS AND INTERNATIONAL LAW

TRADE WARS AND INTERNATIONAL LAW

Trade war between the United States and China is escalating. The US imposed an additional 25 percent tariff on US$34 billion of Chinese goods on July 6, and China retaliated with a similar tariff on US imports worth US$29.6 billion. The US may impose an additional 25 percent tariff on another US$16 billion of Chinese goods in September and perhaps …

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Erdoğan’s Victory in Turkey

Erdoğan's Victory in Turkey

The start of Executive Presidency and its implications On Monday, 09 July, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was sworn in as president of Turkey after securing a resounding victory in June 24 election. With his swearing-in, Turkey has officially moved from a parliamentary system to a presidential system with the president wielding powers that no democratically elected leader of Turkey has ever …

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The Gilgit-Baltistan Order 2018

The Gilgit-Baltistan Order 2018

A Promising Start or mere eyewash? On May 24, the long wait for full citizenship of Pakistan for the residents of Gilgit-Baltistan finally ended after the local government formally promulgated the Gilgit-Baltistan Order 2018. The piece of legislation, which received presidential assent on June 01, replaces the Gilgit-Baltistan Self-Governance Order 2009. While spelling out the provisions of the Order, the …

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Is the UN Charter Law?

Is the UN Charter Law?

Analysing the role in international law International law is fluid, and “hard” sources of law like treaties can be shaped and even amended by the practice of nations. For example, the UN Charter contemplated that the United Nations itself would enforce Security Council authorizations to use force pursuant to military forces provided to it by member states. But these arrangements …

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KASHMIR on the Boil Again

KASHMIR on the Boil Again

Violence is never a solution to the problem The month of April 2018 started with yet another episode of terrorism and oppression carried out by the Indian army in Kashmir. On the very first day of the month, Indian security forces brutally killed at least 20 people and injured more than 200. As per the reports, hundreds of people came …

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China’s New Emperor Xi Jinping

China’s New Emperor Xi Jinping

The reform agenda will decide his future On March 17, National People’s Congress of China reappointed Xi Jinping as China’s president with no limit on the number of terms he can serve. The NPC also appointed former top graft-buster and a close Xi ally Wang Qishan to the formerly ceremonial post of vice president. Xi, the most powerful Chinese leader …

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Kashmir Issue

Kashmir

A Summary “The history of liberty is a history of resistance.”(Former US President Woodrow Wilson) Location Located in the heart of Asia, with historical links to both South and Central Asia, Kashmir shares borders with India, Pakistan, China, Afghanistan and with a small stripe of 27 miles with Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. It is the only nation in the world which …

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