Commentaries & Articles
How the Sabah Dispute Challenges ASEAN’s Regional Security Vision
The issue of Sabah or North Borneo, as it was known till 19631, was brushed under a legal carpet of convenience ever since the Malaysian Federation was formed. Sabah lies on the island of Borneo, the world’s third largest island astride the maritime routes of ASEAN. 73% of the island is the territory of five Indonesian provinces. It proposes to have its new capital in the resource rich island which it calls Kalimantan.2 The small country of Brunei is located on Borneo and the remainder is the territory of Sabah and Sarawak in Malaysia.
India favours gradual evolution of the Quad
The 2nd ministerial meeting of the Quad group of countries hosted by Japan in Tokyo on 6th October 2020 was significant. The Foreign Ministers of India, Australia and the US Secretary of State flew specially to Tokyo for a face-to-face meeting, ignoring the covid crisis. Unlike the earlier meeting which was held in November 2019, this meeting was a stand-alone meeting and not a meeting held on the margins of a larger meeting.
Why the Revival of CPEC now?
In international rhetoric, the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is often referred to as the crown jewel or the colossal blunder of China’s Belt and Road Initiative. These diametrically opposite assessments reflect the ambiguity and irrationality associated with the project. From reducing China’s Malacca Dilemma and building new connectivity routes into Eurasia and beyond, to developing Pakistan into a mini China crisscrossed with power plants, transport infrastructure and special economic zones; a number of reasons have been peddled to outline the CPEC vision.
Need for a Vigorous Africa Strategy
Africa enchants most people. But our relations and contacts with Africa have been umbilical to say the least. Africa is close to us and very important too is a given. Has it acquired salience remained debatable for quite some time despite the best intent of the successive post-independence Indian governments? Until recently the high-level exchanges and visits from Indian leadership have been few and far between leading to a perennial retort from the African leaders, who on their own made umpteen efforts to galvanise the momentum of the respective bilateral relationship.
नेपाल में संघवाद कितना टिकाऊ
संघवाद सरकार के कामकाज की एक प्रणाली है, जिसमें शक्तियां केंद्र और राज्यों में विभाजित होती हैं।1 आज दुनिया के अधिकतर देश ने भी संघवाद शासन प्रणाली को स्वीकार किए हुए हैं, जिससे एक तरफ तो अपनी जनता और सरकार के बीच बने फासलों को पाटने मैं मदद मिलती है, और दूसरी तरफ यह प्रणाली लोकतंत्र को भी सहारा देती है। चूंकि संघीय ढांचे में केंद्र और क्षेत्रीय ताकतों के बीच सत्ता को एक विशेष तरीके से विभाजित किया जाता है, इसके चलते इसकी घटक इकाइयों के लिए शासन और विकासात्मक गतिविधियों से जुड़े अपने मामलों में खुद से फैसले लेना आसान हो जाता है।
Japan- Vietnam Security Matrix in the Indo-Pacific Region
The security scenario centring in the much contested South China Sea continues to be grimmer because of China’s expansionist designs and expanding maritime claims, converting this part of the ocean into the most dangerous hotspot. In its intimidating moves, China has been deploying survey ships in the waters of other nations in the South China Sea and frequently entering other countries’ territorial waters on a continuing basis to assert what it calls its “historic rights” over nearly all of the disputed waterways.
वेनेज़ुएला- संपन्न देश की निर्धनता
लातीनी अमेरिकी देश वेनेज़ुएला इन दिनों कई आपदाओं से जूझ रहा है। अभूतपूर्व मुद्रास्फीति, आर्थिक विपन्नता और अब कोरोना महामारी से ग्रस्त इस देश की सबसे बड़ी त्रासदी यह है कि वेनेज़ुएला अभी भी दुनिया के सबसे बड़े अनुमानित खनिज तेल भण्डार का स्वामी है। ओपेक (O P E C) की 2018 की रिपोर्ट के अनुसार विश्व के पांच सर्वाधिक तेल भंडार रखने वाले देशों में वेनेज़ुएला 302 अरब बैरेल कच्चे तेल के प्रामाणिक भंडार के साथ सऊदी अरब (269 अरब बैरेल) को पीछे छोड़ चुका है। कुकिंग गैस के मामले में भी स्टैटिस्टिका के अनुसार वेनेज़ुएला विश्व में पांचवें स्थान पर है। क्षेत्रफल में राजस्थान, मध्य प्रदेश और महाराष्ट्र के सम्मिल
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