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  • East Asia Compass
    Denuclearising the Korean Peninsula: Hope Amidst Uncertainty?

    Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra    ·   17 Oct, 2018    ·    #5524    ·    Commentary    ·   Column
    In his mid-September visit to Pyongyang this year, South Korean President Moon Jae-in reportedly had several fruitful exchanges with North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, culminating in the signing of the Pyongyang Joint Declaration. Both agreed to...
  • Can Russia Successfully Mediate the Israel-Palestine Peace Process?
    Jason Wahlang    ·   17 Oct, 2018    ·    #5523    ·    Commentary    
    US President Donald Trump has been working on a peace plan for the Israel-Palestine conflict, which is expected to be presented by early 2019. However, the US has largely lost its credibility to mediate the peace process, especially in the eye...
  • Iran and its Arab Neighbours post the Ahvaz Attack
    Majid Izadpanahi    ·   17 Oct, 2018    ·    #5522    ·    Commentary    
    On 22 September 2018, a military parade in Ahvaz, Khuzestan, Iran, to celebrate the anniversary of the start of Iran-Iraq war (1980-88) was struck by a terrorist attack, resulting in the deaths of 25 people, including civilians. A separatist gr...
  • Why is Xi Purging Deng from History?
    Palden Sonam    ·   16 Oct, 2018    ·    #5521    ·    Commentary    
    In China, rewriting history entails emergence of new heroes as well as victims, depending on the direction of the political wind in Beijing. Today, it appears that late paramount leader Deng Xiaoping has found himself in the wrong direction of ...
  • Between BRI and the Indo-Pacific: The Geopolitics of the South Pacific
    Prarthana Basu    ·   10 Oct, 2018    ·    #5520    ·    Commentary    
    At the Pacific Islands Forum in September this year, Nauru, a 'small' island country, accused China of heavy-handed behaviour in its attempts to 'buy' its way through the region. This brings into sharp focus the increasing centrality of the Sou...
  • US-North Korea Nuclear Diplomacy: Contexualising the Third Inter-Korean Meet
    Shivani Singh    ·   30 Sep, 2018    ·    #5519    ·    Commentary    
    The third inter-Korean summit took place between North Korean leader Kim-Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in on 18 September. Topping the agenda was the complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula as promised during the US-Nort...
  • Dateline Colombo
    The Geopolitics of Ports and the Silk Road of the Sea

    Asanga Abeyagoonasekera    ·   26 Sep, 2018    ·    #5518    ·    Commentary    ·   Column
    The expertise of a country’s diplomats and the effectiveness of its armed forces are not the only variables determining its rise. Geographical factors must also be considered. Influencing the overall prosperity of a nation are its access to ...
  • Politics & Security in J&K (Part-I)
    J&K: Political Stability and the 2019 Lok Sabha Elections

    Sarral Sharma    ·   25 Sep, 2018    ·    #5517    ·    Commentary    
    This commentary is the first of the three-part series on the evolving nature of political and security challenges in Jammu & Kashmir post-July 2016, and is based on the findings of the author's recent field visit to Kashmir. Two years since...
  • The Strategist
    Deen Aaya

    Vice Admiral Vijay Shankar    ·   24 Sep, 2018    ·    #5516    ·    Commentary    ·   Column
    The impact of organised religion on nations has historically been a sense of contrived significance, but in essence has neither refined society nor elevated power status. The case of civilizational encounters is curious. The vanquished wontedly...
  • Managing the India-Bangladesh Border
    Joyeeta Bhattacharjee    ·   24 Sep, 2018    ·    #5515    ·    Commentary    
    India and Bangladesh border management cooperation got a major boost following the meeting between the directors general (DGs) of India’s Border Security Force (BSF) and Border Guards Bangladesh (BGB). The meeting, 47th in the series of dialo...
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