• WTO AGREEMENTS ON AGRICULTURE AND CHALLENGES FOR FOOD SECURITY IN INDIA0

    by Aijaz Ahmad Turrey   16 October 2018 World Trade Organization (WTO): World Trade Organization (WTO) is an organization for opening trade relations among countries. WTO is a medium as well as a place for member governments to settle trade disputes and negotiate trade agreements. WTO came into existence as a result of negotiations operating under

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  • Turkey plays Khashoggi crisis to its geopolitical advantage0

    By James M. Dorsey    16 October 2018 A podcast version of this story is available on Soundcloud, Stitcher, TuneIn and Tumblr. With Turkish investigators asserting that they have found further evidence that Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed when he visited the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul two weeks ago, Turkey appears to be leveraging

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  • Military Modernization: Transforming Strategic Outlay of India0

    Image credit: Indiatimes.com   India has been engaged in an ongoing comprehensive process of military modernization. The primary purpose behind this military modernization has been to develop effective military capability in order to protect and promote Indian national interest abroad and at home while project military power in South Asia and Indian Ocean region for political

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  • ‘Forever war’ in Afghanistan fading from Americans’ memory0

    Michael Kugelman October 10, 2018  Sunday marked the 17th anniversary of the start of the war in Afghanistan. The conflict has dragged on for so long that, very soon, America’s youngest soldiers could be fighting in a war that began before they were born. Aside from a series of news articles, this 17-year milestone didn’t

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  • Srilanka: Rajapaksas all the way 0

    Sathiya Moorthy 16 October 2018 There used to be times in the history of a Nation and a people that historians describe a given condition of theirs as being in the ‘crossroads.’ It is often related to cultural and civilisation-related aspects on the one hand, and economic policy and reforms on the other. Occasionally, situations appear

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  • Kazakh court case tests Chinese power0

    By James M. Dorsey   13 October 2018 A podcast version of this story is available on Soundcloud, Stitcher, TuneIn and Tumblr. A Kazakh court is set to put to the test China’s ability to impose its will and strongarm Muslim nations into remaining silent about its brutal crackdown on Turkic Muslims in the north-western province

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  • Jamal Khashoggi rejiggers the Middle East at potentially horrible cost0

    By James M. Dorsey     11 October 2018 A podcast version of this story is available on Soundcloud, Stitcher, TuneIn and Tumblr. The fate of missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, assuming that his disappearance was the work of Saudi security and military officials, threatens to upend the fundaments of fault lines in the Middle East.

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  • Remodelling the Belt and Road: Pakistan picks up the torch0

    By James M. Dorsey   10 October 2018 A podcast version of this story is available on Soundcloud, Stitcher, TuneIn and Tumblr. Pakistan, following in the footsteps of Malaysia and Myanmar, is the latest country to balk at the China and infrastructure focus of Beijing’s Belt and Road-related investments. Preparing for his first visit to China

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  • The Pacific interests of India and China0

        by GAURI AGARWAL 9 October 2018 The 21st Century is described as the Pacific Century to denote the significant role the Pacific island countries are going to play in the global political, trade and strategic realms in the coming decades. The region has been an important geostrategic area with powers competing with other

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  • Sri Lanka: A lone ‘Tigress’???0

    Image credit: Colombo Telegraph   N Sathiya Moorthy  8 October 2018   The Monday morning arrest of former Minister of State and ruling UNP’s known Tamil woman’s face, Vijayakala Maheswaran, that too on what could tantamount to ‘terrorism charges’ has raised more questions than answering any. Though Vijayakala may not have non-UNP Tamil sympathisers and supporters thus

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  • Cyber terrorism – how real is its existence?0

        by Shamim Zakaria 8 October 2018   Finding a definition As one among the many different newest modus operandi used by terrorists in recent times, with the boom in the internet one that has come to existence is the term ‘cyber terrorism’. As it’s evident from the word cyber, this new phenomenon of

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  • Sri Lanka: A ‘nutty’ call this!0

      N Sathiya Moorthy, 8 October 2018 The last time ‘nuts’ became the talk of high-level political lingo in these parts of the world, it was in 1981. Then Pakistani President, Zia-ul-Haq, was reported as dismissing visiting US counterpart Jimmy Carter’s offer of $ 400-m American aid for two years, as ‘peanuts’. That such a private

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  • Disorder in the world0

    by Habib Siddiqui      7 October 2018 The preamble of the United Nations states: “WE THE PEOPLES OF THE UNITED NATIONS DETERMINED to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, which twice in our lifetime has brought untold sorrow to mankind, and to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and

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  • Pakistani poker: Playing Saudi Arabia against China0

    By James M. Dorsey     7 October 2018 A podcast version of this story is available on Soundcloud, Stitcher, TuneIn and Tumblr. Desperate for funding to fend off a financial crisis fuelled in part by mounting debt to China, Pakistan is playing a complicated game of poker that could hand Saudi Arabia a strategic victory

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