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Afghanistan: Chinese Whispers Replaced with Discernable Actions
Chayanika Saxena | 07 Jul , 2017 0 comments

A theatre of rivalries in the past, Afghanistan continues to be an experiment ground for regional and international permutations and combinations – those that put it at the centre of conflicts and those that seek to bring it peace. The series of trials and errors that have followed since the fall of Taliban in 2001 have generated a sense of...

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The Great Game over Sikkim
Claude Arpi | 06 Jul , 2017 0 comments

The spokesperson of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been vociferously trying to convince the Indian correspondents in Beijing about the1890 Convention (known as Convention of March 17, 1890 between Great Britain and China relating to Sikkim and Tibet). However, Beijing forgot to mention about the two main stakeholders, Tibet and...

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The Big Leap: Modi redefines India’s Israel Policy
Saroj Mohanty | 05 Jul , 2017 0 comments

Narendra Modi is the first Prime Minister of India to set foot on Israel July 4, marking a decisive break from the past and signalling an open embrace of the Jewish state. By undertaking the standalone visit, Modi has dispensed with the coyness, a certain ambiguity that has characterized India’s pursuit of ties with Israel, despite 25 years...

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What does PM Modi’s Israel visit mean to the Palestinians?
PR Kumaraswamy | 04 Jul , 2017 0 comments

Al Muqata’a, the headquarters of the Palestine National Authority, is not far from the King David Hotel where Prime Minister Narendra Modi would be staying during his visit to Israel. But these days, the 20-odd kilometres between the two places look like a light year, and both have travelled a significant distance from one another. What would...

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A World War over some sheeps and a few Yaks?
Claude Arpi | 03 Jul , 2017 1 comment

As I mentioned in my last post, ‘differences of perceptions’ on the Tibet-Sikkim-Bhutan and the Sikkim-Tibet borders are not new. China used fully these differences during the Indo-Pakistan conflict of 1965, threatening to interfere in the War and opening a new front in Sikkim. This has been well-documented in the Notes, Memoranda and...

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