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Constitutional Crisis in Nepal
VBN Ram | 27 Dec , 2020 0 comments
Constitutional Crisis in Nepal

Whenever a nation is gripped in political turmoil primarily because of inter-party, or, intra-party feuds, the Constitution of that nation becomes the sole determinant of the legal validity of various executive, legislative and judicial pronouncements which may have caused the political turmoil. According to the Institute for Democracy and...

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Is China Building a New Front in the Himalayas?
Claude Arpi | 26 Dec , 2020 0 comments

China is apparently planning to build a hydropower project over the Tsangpo river in Tibet —a project which it had previously assured was unlikely to happen. Not only is it another example of the nation being untrustworthy, it is also worrying, given that the river flows into Indian territory as the mighty Brahmaputra and the planned site is...

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The ‘Turkish Octopus’ in the Grey zone: No War, No Peace
Tejusvi Shukla | 25 Dec , 2020 0 comments

Relations between New Delhi and Ankara have grown tense for quite some time. A report published by a Greek journalist on 3 December, 2020, [1] raked huge controversy regarding the growing Turkish interference in issues concerning India’s National Security. It quoted information gathered by a Kurdish News Agency (ANF) hinting at Turkish plans...

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Nepal: More on the Constitutional Coup by Oli
Nepal: More on the Constitutional Coup by Oli

This may be read along with my earlier paper on Nepal that discussed the dissolution of the Parliament in Nepal by the President on the recommendation of the Prime Minister.  More details have come to light since then, though there is some confusion on the sequence of events.   What is clear however is that Oli in connivance with President...

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Afghanstan: Challenges before Joe Biden Administration

The Incoming Joe Biden’s administration will have lesser options in dealing with the Afghan insurgency. It cannot choose to go offensive despite the fact that the peace table has not registered any notable progress thus far and insurgency continues unabated.  Considering the protracted nature of insurgency and squandering of American resources,...

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