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The Doklam Standoff, Is another Sino-Indian war on?

The Doklam Standoff, Is another Sino-Indian war on?

A remote corner of the Himalayas has become the scene of a major power standoff between China and India. In June 2017, the Doklam plateau in the Himalayas, where the boundaries of China, India and Bhutan meet, made headlines when Indian and Chinese troops began a standoff over a road construction project. As of now, neither side is spoiling for …

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POLICE REFORMS IN INDIA THROUGH ITS SUPREME COURT

POLICE REFORMS IN INDIA THROUGH ITS SUPREME COURT

Introduction The history of criminal justice system reform efforts especially vis-à-vis police, the most important component of the system, has been replete with administrative efforts in both India and Pakistan. In case of Pakistan, as many as 21 commissions/committees/initiatives relating to police reforms were recorded till the year 2000. The implementation of these reforms is, however, a challenge in both …

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Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, The wrong way to prevent nuclear war

Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, The wrong way to prevent nuclear war

Against the will of the nine nuclear weapon states that boycotted the United Nations negotiations, 122 countries voted to adopt, on 7 July, the text of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. The Treaty, which is an internationally legally-binding document that would ban the signatories from developing, testing, producing, manufacturing, possessing, transferring, stockpiling, hosting or using nuclear weapons, …

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A NEW AGE OF GLOBAL UNCERTAINTY, Welcome to the brave new world of political realists

A NEW AGE OF GLOBAL UNCERTAINTY

The international system seems heading toward a period of great uncertainty. Established security alliances of the post-World War II era are disintegrating while the fledgling new ones such as the G20 have no capacity to replace them. The dominant discourse of market-friendly neoliberalism is losing prominence while neo-protectionism and economic nationalism are gaining ground. Amidst rising geopolitical tensions among major …

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THE DEMOLITION OF US GLOBAL POWER, Donald Trump’s Road to Debacle in the Greater Middle East

THE DEMOLITION OF US GLOBAL POWER

From Donald Trump’s first days in office, news of the damage to America’s international stature has come hard and fast. As if guided by some malign design, the new president seemed to identify the key pillars that have supported US global power for the past 70 years and set out to topple each of them in turn. By degrading NATO, …

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Trump’s New Strategy on Afghanistan

Trump's New Strategy on Afghanistan

Donald Trump has probably never heard of the Grand Old Duke of York and his 10,000 men. But in spelling out his new Afghan strategy, the US president gave a good impersonation of that symbol of military muddle-headedness, incompetence and futility immortalised in the English nursery rhyme. By marching US troops back up the Afghan hill, having previously solemnly vowed …

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US-NORTH KOREA SABRE-RATTLING, Is the world on the brink of another nuclear catastrophe?

US-NORTH KOREA SABRE-RATTLING

There have been many periods of heightened tension between North Korea and the United States over the years, especially in April and August, when South Korea and the United States conducted joint military exercises that North Korea considered preparation for an invasion. A physical engagement between the two nations still looks highly unlikely, but it is something that serious analysts …

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Saudi Arabia’s Erroneous Foreign Policy

Saudi Arabia's Erroneous Foreign Policy

Saudi Arabia’s severing of ties with Qatar has laid bare the schisms in the Arab world. The crisis in this diplomatic relationship has huge implications for the region as Saudis, along with some other Gulf states, are heading toward a collision and it vividly exposes Saudi Arabia’s aspirations in the Middle East. So far, all diplomatic efforts to diffuse the …

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Has the United Nations Become Irrelevant ?

Has the United Nations Become Irrelevant

The question ‘Has the United Nations failed the purpose of its creation?’ keeps echoing every now and then. However, it is being asked with increasing frequency, especially in the recent years, as the unending wars in almost every part of the world continue to put a big question mark on the efficacy of the world body. There are undoubtedly countless …

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The Indo-Israeli Embrace

The Indo-Israeli Embrace

Since the contemporary international system is largely anarchic, it is not surprising to see two oppressive, ultra-right-wing governments, India and Israel, overtly embracing each other despite their gross human rights violations in Kashmir and Palestine. Narendra Modi has become the first Indian Prime Minister to pay a state visit to Israel – an oppressive state that has colonised and suppressed …

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