International Relations and Diplomacy
An Underrated Summit: Macedonia

The Greek Prime Minister and the Macedonian Prime Minister on June 17 concluded an agreement which led to Macedonia renaming itself as Northern Macedonia.1 This is expected to bring an end to a 27 year dispute over Macedonia’s name that ....

Will Indo-US Relations Survive The Strain of Geopolitics?

The US permanent envoy to the UN Nikki Haley, known for her hardline views on Iran and Russia, visited India from June 26-28, 2018. The visit should have strengthened Indo-US relations but the impact seems to have been just the opposite. The percepti....

Is ‘Democratic Quad’ a Viable Construct?

The Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (QSD) members - Australia, India, Japan and the United States (US) - met in June 2018 in Singapore on the sidelines of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) senior officials’ meeting, and later issue....

Beginning of a New End in the Korean Peninsula

After almost three and a half months of high-powered diplomacy leading up to the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in North Korea, the first meeting between a sitting United States and a North Korean leader took place on 12 June 2018 in Singapore. The mee....

Nuances of a Skewed Agreement- An Analysis

As the dust has settled down on the much hyped meeting between President of the United States (POTUS) Mr. Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un, the supreme leader of North Korea (DPRK), and after the experts have had their say on denouncing the outcome of t....

Jordan is at the Cross Roads

During the last weeks of the month of Ramadan, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan faced the public wrath and continued demonstrations due to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) sponsored taxation regime and a poor state of the economy and opportunity ....

The Trump-Kim Summit: A Mixed Bag

The fact that the much talked about Summit meeting between President Trump and Chairman Kim happened on June 12 in Singapore is an achievement by itself. The world would have been on edge without it. The short document signed, even though shorn of c....

Demystifying Diplomatic Expulsions

The poisoning of a former Russian spy and his daughter in the United Kingdom on March 4, 2018, set off a series of diplomatic expulsions and counter-expulsions between Russia and the western countries, in a limited way, bringing back the memories of ....

Paraktan Harapan Wins in Malaysia after Six Decades: The View from India

The victory of the centre of left wing Paraktan Harapan alliance in Malaysia has been of great interest in Southeast Asia and even beyond, into the Indo-Pacific. Not only because the 57 years reign of the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO)-le....

Korean Rapprochement - Hope for Resolution of Maritime Disputes?

On April 26 Kim Jong-un became the first North Korean Leader to step foot on South Korean soil since the Korean War in the 1950’s. The leaders agreed to actively pursue talks for declaring an official end to the Korean War. This declaration could d....

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