• Public diplomacy of the United Kingdom & its practices in South Asian Countries.0

    Public diplomacy refers to the ability of a country to attract foreign states through image building rather than using old coercive and stiff methods to get the things done in one’s way forcefully. One may say that public diplomacy is a public face of traditional diplomacy. In this diplomacy, neither a relationship that a state

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  • Analyzing CPEC Summit 20180

    by Qura tul ain Hafeez      18/5/2018 China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is the flagship project of China’s Belt and Road initiative, prioritized by both the Governments of China and Pakistan to build a China-Pakistan community of shared destinies. The strategic partnership under the CPEC envisages some projects among which Energy Security, Infrastructural Development, Connectivity,

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  • DANCE OF DEMOCRACY IN INDIA – CASE STUDY OF KARNATAKA ELECTION0

    by N. S. Venkataraman      18/5/2018 After a bitterly contested assembly election in Karnataka state in India in May 2018, the result was a hung assembly, with no individual party getting an absolute majority. Karnataka governor who has to invite a party to form the government in a situation when no party has reached

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  • Uproar over diplomat’s car crash strains ties between US and Pakistan0

    By Michael Kugelman May 18, 2018 Pakistani protesters carry placards during a demonstration against the killing of a local resident in a car accident involving a US diplomat in Islamabad on April 25, 2018. Michael Kugelman is the senior associate for South Asia at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington. You can

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  • Sri-Lanka: Who then wants to ‘retire’ gracefully?0

      N Sathiya Moorthy, 16 May 2018 It does not require great wisdom to guess why President Maithripala Sirisena said that he would not retire from active politics in 2020, when the next polls to the nation’s highest office is due, by early January. His predecessor-boss, Mahinda Rajapaksa, has hit the nail on the head when

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  • Ex-Pakistani Prime Minister puts Pakistani military and China on the spot0

    By James M. Dorsey       16/5/2018 Ousted Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif kicked up a storm when he earlier this month seemingly admitted that Pakistan had supported militants who attacked multiple targets in Mumbai in 2008, killing 166 people. Mr. Sharif’s admission, which he has since tried to walk back, put a finger on

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  • Sino-Russian axis moves India to secure other friendships0

    India has heavily reordered its policies to survive against the (Sino-Russian) axial threat – reliance on past sentimentalism and old friendships is being challenged by the new global geostrategic environmental revamp, writes Adrij Chakraborty for South Asia Monitor May 12, 2018, By Adrij Chakraborty Russian President Vladimir Putin’s landslide victory in the 2018 elections extended

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  • Kashmir: Blow to International Humanitarian Law0

    by Baber Ali Bhatti        15/5/2018 International humanitarian law (IHL) is applicable on both international armed conflict and non-international armed conflict. Given the Kashmir issue, this law, being the major component of international law, has a wider scope and germane applicability on India despite well-staged encounters and operation by its armed forces. Status of

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  • The credibility of India’s Second Strike Capability0

    The third leg of the bourgeoning Nuclear Triad of India is of great significance. In any event, the first strike takes out India’s land-based ballistic nuclear missiles and strategic aviation, then the Indian Navy’s Arihant lurking in the ocean depths to avoid and launch an ambush and retaliatory strikes will render the attacking country unfit

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  • South Asian Strategic Stability and Indian Nuclear Bomb0

    by Ahyousha Khan      15/5/2018 In the history of proliferation, the month of May is of great significance for the South Asian region as in this month both India and Pakistan tested their nuclear weapons. South Asian nuclearization is still interesting, dynamic and dangerous enough to be the issue of concern for not only

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  • “MODI-XI Wuhan Summit: Critical Analysis of Competition and Co-operation”0

    by Asma Khalid      15/5/2018 “When two Asian giants shake hands, the world notices,” (Manmohan Singh) Peoples Republic of China (PRC) and India are known as the two most populated states of the globe. Both states have been closely interlinked through history and civilizational interactions; as both are the ancient civilizations of this world.

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  • A Monologue on Poverty and Inequality0

    by Adrij Chakraborty      May 15, 2018 In the United States of America, every Presidential election campaign rests on the pillar of an Economic ideology whereby the candidates would try to woo the electorate en-masse with articulate expressions of their vision to take the American Economy to a newer height than ever before. We

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  • UNNECESSARY PANIC IN INDIA ABOUT WALMART’S ONLINE TRADING0

    by N.S. Venkataraman    14/5/2018 The recent announcement by Walmart that it would enter into 16 billion USD deal by acquiring 79% state in Indian online retailer Flipkart appears to have caused considerable anxiety amongst the small and medium scale shop keepers and what is known as Kirana stores in India. This largest e-commerce deal

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  • Trump’s abrogation of Iran deal may put his America First policy to the test0

    By James M. Dorsey       14/5/2018 President Donald J. Trump’s abrogation of the 2015 international nuclear agreement with Iran is likely to put his America First policy to the test. Mr. Trump’s decision to walk away from the agreement that curbed Iran’s nuclear program risks fuelling a nuclear race in the Middle East, particularly

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