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Maldives: Free Trade Agreement with China: Regional Impact

Of the twelve agreements signed with China, during the recent visit of President Yameen to China, the Free trade agreement signed between them is the most important one. Surprisingly, the agreement that runs into a few hundred pages was passed in an attenuated parliament when the opposition was not present and was over in 30 minutes without any...

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India should be prepared to fight its own battles

With the call that “America is in the game and America is going to win”  strongly reminiscent of his populist campaign speeches, US President Donald Trump launched his first National Strategic Security (NSS) policy document on December 18, 2017  with his oft repeated call of “America First” to his countrymen. He categorized his...

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To resolve the Afghan conundrum, amend the Durand Agreement
Rajiv Dogra | 01 Jan , 2018 0 comments

As so often in the past, Afghanistan confounds the world by being in the middle of a crossroads that lead nowhere. It is awash in blood again; as it has been intermittently from the time of Alexander the Great. After his bitter experience there Alexander advised; “May God keep you away from the venom of the cobra, the teeth of the tiger, and...

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Tawang: The Land of Mon
Claude Arpi | 31 Dec , 2017 0 comments

Located south of the McMahon Line in Arunachal Pradesh, Tawang is one of the most strategic districts in the country. Though before October 1962, no Chinese had ever set foot in the area, Beijing still dreams of controlling it. Tawang was in the news in 2017, during the Dalai Lama’s visit of the border town in April. The fact that the Tibetan...

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Outcome of Nepal election a challenge to India

Nepal has just held its first provincial and parliamentary elections under the new constitutional framework which was promulgated in September 2015. The Left Alliance, comprising the Communist Party of Nepal – Unified Marxist Leninist (CPN-UML) and the Communist Party of Nepal – Maoists Centre (CPN-Maoist Centre), won over two-third of the...

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