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India’s Nuclear Posturing and Peace in South Asia

India's Nuclear Posturing and Peace in South Asia

Even in the absence of official confirmation from New Delhi, the speculation that India is considering a move from its no-first-use policy for nuclear weapons is most worrying. Such a potential move poses a serious threat to the entire region. The suggestion from some hawkish quarters in India that a change in posture will deter countries supporting violent non-state actors …

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Moscow Peace Talks & The Growing Russian Involvement in Afghanistan

The Growing Russian Involvement in Afghanistan

Since its inauguration, Afghanistan’s National Unity Government (NUG) has been facing a daunting challenge of terrorism that every now and then hits the country. Every time an attack takes place, calls for holding peace talks with Taliban are made by Afghan civil society and the parliamentarians. Although Afghanistan’s neighbouring countries and international community had promised to broker the talks and …

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Turkey after the Referendum, The Ongoing Challenges

Turkey after the Referendum

The referendum held in Turkey on April 16, 2017, to approve amendments to the constitution – in essence, transition from a parliamentary mode of government to a presidential system, with a limited set of checks and balances between the governing authorities – was staunchly promoted by Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. As such, many saw the referendum as a vote …

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A Trumpian Assault on Climate Change

A Trumpian Assault on Climate Change

Assessing the Impacts of “Executive Order on Energy Independence” The tumultuous first months of Trump administration have brought a flurry of changes to US environmental policy. The latest episode came on March 28 when President Trump signed the “Executive Order on Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth,” which reconsiders many environmental regulations established during Obama’s time in office, unwinding his …

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Famines in the 21st Century

Famines in the 21st Century

“Famine is already a reality in parts of South Sudan. Unless we act now, it is only a matter of time until it affects other areas and other countries. We are already facing a tragedy; we must avoid it becoming a catastrophe.”   — António Guterres (Secretary-General of the United Nations ) The UN humanitarian chief Stephen O’Brien recently told …

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China, Russia & the New World Order, The Death Knell for US Imperialism?

China, Russia & the New World Order

“The world is on the verge of radical change. We see how the European Union is gradually collapsing, as is the US economy — it is all over for the new world order. So, it will never again be as it was before … in 10 years we will have a new world order in which the key will be …

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Syrian War Redux, What’s really behind America’s rush to war in Syria?

Syrian War Redux

“You may have to sell [intervention or other military action] in such a way as to create the misimpression that it is the Soviet Union that you are fighting. That is what the United States has done ever since the Truman Doctrine.” — Samuel P. Huntington On 6th April, 59 US Tomahawk missiles slammed into Syria’s Shayrat air base in …

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The Resurgence of Neo-nationalism, Is the world moving toward managed globalization?

The Resurgence of Neo-nationalism

During the recent years, the world has been increasingly getting swept by a resurgent wave of nationalism. Election of BJP’s Narendra Modi as Indian Prime Minister, Brexit in Europe, the rise of Donald Trump in the United States, the return of populist, xenophobic and racist movements to the Netherlands, and other such happenings in Europe signify the resurgence of neo-nationalism …

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The Xi-Trump Rendezvous, Did it strike the right notes?

The Xi-Trump Rendezvous, Did it strike the right notes?

On April 6-7, Chinese President Xi Jinping and his US counterpart Donald Trump held their first-ever meeting at the Mar-a-Lago resort – dubbed the “Southern White House” – in the US state of Florida. Stakes were high as given its potential impact on the world trade and the bilateral relationship of both the countries, the world media was spotlighting this …

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Economic Cooperation Organization, Exploring new horizons of connectivity for regional prosperity

Economic Cooperation Organization

Since 1964 when Iran, Pakistan and Turkey created a platform for regional cooperation, the so-called “Regional Cooperation for Development (RCD)” and its revival as “Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO)” in 1985, the Organization has come a long way by identifying areas for regional cooperation, coordination and harmonization. The 13th ECO Summit in Islamabad marked the 25th anniversary of ECO enlargement to …

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