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US-Iran Spat and China

US-Iran Spat and China

By: Safdar Ali China is the largest buyer of Iranian oil, Iran’s largest trading partner, and arguably its most important positive political relationship. What do Trump’s statements mean for China’s relationship with Iran, and with the greater Middle East? And how would war—or peace — between the United States and Iran affect China’s interests? The Trump Administration’s chaotic foreign policy …

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No-deal BREXIT

No-deal BREXIT

By: Mahnoor Awais What it might mean for Britain The United Kingdom is scheduled to leave the European Union at 11pm UK time on Friday 29 March 2019. As both parties have, for long, failed to agree on terms of their divorce, concerns have been rising that Britain may crash out of the bloc with a no-deal Brexit. In August, …

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ASIA’S SHIFTING ALLIANCES

ASIA'S SHIFTING ALLIANCES

By: conn Hallinan Trump’s Stubbornness and the Changing Face of Asia  “Boxing the compass” is an old nautical term for locating the points on a magnetic compass in order to set a course. With the erratic winds blowing out of Washington these days, countries all over Asia and the Middle East are boxing the compass and re-evaluating traditional foes and …

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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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US-India 2+2 Dialogue

US-India 2+2 Dialogue

The inaugural session of US-India Ministerial 2+2 Dialogue was held in New Delhi on Sep 06. Major takeaways from this dialogue were the signing of the Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement (COMCASA) and setting up of a hotline between Indian ministers of external affairs and defence with their American counterparts. What is 2+2 Dialogue? A ‘2+2 dialogue’ is a term …

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STA-1 status for India

STA-1 status for India

Implications for the region On July 30, the United States Department of Commerce granted the Strategic Trade Authorisation-1 (STA-1) status to India, making it the world’s 37th and Asia’s only third country – after Japan and South Korea – and the only South Asian country to get this status. The biggest gain for India in this is the relaxation in …

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CHEMICAL WEAPONS AND THE INTERNATIONAL LAW

CHEMICAL WEAPONS AND THE INTERNATIONAL LAW

  Introduction Every life is precious, but some lives are more precious than others; the inequality in application of law brings into question the whole edifice of the international legal framework into question. Two recent incidents bear witness to this. In the first incident, the US along with its allies attacked Syria, on 14th April 2018, for its alleged use …

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Trump’s Space Force

Trump’s Space Force

A mistaken notion of dominance In addition to its army, its navy, the Marines, the Coast Guard and the Air Force, the armed forces of the United States will now also have a branch of the military beyond our planet — Space Force. US President Donald Trump announced, on June 18, a sweeping new space policy that will focus both …

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DEEMED TWIST IN AFGHAN PEACE PROCESS

DEEMED TWIST IN AFGHAN PEACE PROCESS

The Afghan peace process has entered a new – perhaps the decisive – phase as the United States has offered to hold direct talks with the Taliban, for which the latter were waiting and had been pressing since long. Although the United States has been involved in negotiations since their efforts at making peace with the Taliban began in 2005, …

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The New Liberal World Order

The New Liberal World Order

Global leadership with Chinese characteristics? The rules-based political and economic world order, which emerged after the Second World War, is generally termed as the liberal world order. Although it is generally believed that the liberal world order is a set of universally-acknowledged values, it was, in fact, a partial and a geographically limited order that was supported by the democracies …

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