Ambassador Howard B Schaffer
Rachael Strogoff · 22 Nov, 2017 · #5396 · Commentary
The passing of Howard Schaffer will be deeply regretted by his many friends and associates. He was a top-flight diplomat of the US State Department who spent many years serving his country and rose high in the diplomatic service. Quite early in his ...
The Pangsangh Alliance and the Future of Myanmarâ€™s Peace Process
Angshuman Choudhury · 21 Nov, 2017 · #5394 · Commentary
Between 11-12 November 2017, senior officials from Myanmar’s union government and the Tatmadaw met with the country’s largest Ethnic Armed Organisation (EAO), United Wa State Army (UWSA), and its less powerful ally, National Democratic ...
Why are Nuclear Disarmament Initiatives Bound to Fail?
Shivani Singh · 21 Nov, 2017 · #5395 · Commentary
The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) was recently awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for being a strong and active force in campaigning for disarmament and pushing for the adoption of the nuclear weapons ban treaty, 2017.
EU: Prospects of Reform Post the 2017 German Election
John Schabedoth · 15 Nov, 2017 · #5392 · Commentary
The European Union (EU) and its institutions are at a crossroads. The Euro and refugee crises have revealed that its countries have different views on intra-community solidarity and the future of the EU as a whole. With Brexit, for the first time, ...
Unpacking the Unprecedented Churning in Saudi Arabia
Ranjit Gupta · 15 Nov, 2017 · #5393 · Commentary
Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (King Salman) has presided over unprecedented churning on both the domestic political and foreign policy fronts during his short reign of less than three years. Norms that have been the foundat ...
â€˜Gas Chamberâ€™ Cities and Dangers Nuclear
Manpreet Sethi · 14 Nov, 2017 · #5390 · Commentary · Column
Come November and the entire Indo-Gangetic plain running across the northern regions of Pakistan and India comes under a dirty grey haze. Major cities in these areas begin gasping for breath. A mix of a natural phenomenon and mindless human activit ...
The Geopolitics of Floating Bases and the New World Order
Asanga Abeyagoonasekera · 14 Nov, 2017 · #5391 · Commentary · Column
US naval officer and strategist Alfred Thayer Mahan’s advice in 1890 for the US to push outwards to rule the oceans is still heeded by US maritime forces in the present day. The USS Nimitz aircraft carrier, standing 23 stories high and 333 me ...
East Asia Compass
Trump's Visit to East Asia
Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra · 07 Nov, 2017 · #5389 · Commentary · Column
US President Donald Trump’s 12-day visit to five of the East Asian countries is quite ‘unprecedented’. But so are his style, posturing, statements and policies. Trump will meet not only the leaders of Japan, South Korea, China, Vi ...
India-China Border Agreements: Political Negotiation Needed
Amit Ranjan · 06 Nov, 2017 · #5387 · Commentary
The border disputes between India and China have their roots in the colonial history of the geographical area. Whenever there is a stand-off on the border, historical records are (re) interpreted to express or refute claims territorial claims of re ...
China's Signaling Under President Xi Jinping
Prashant Dikshit · 06 Nov, 2017 · #5388 · Commentary
China's President Xi Jinping has now emerged supreme. The 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China consolidated his authority not just for five years but in, a certain view, for life. Normally, a reappointment of a head of state o ...