International Relations and Diplomacy
The Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation: An Assessment

The Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation (BRF), titled as ‘Working together to deliver a Brighter Future for Belt and Road Cooperation”, held in Beijing, China on 25-27th April 2019 attracted wide international attention. It ....

US Sanctions, Iran’s Response and worsening Oil Situation

President Rouhani in a nationally televised speech on 8th May announced that Iran would not be temporarily performing some of its obligations under the nuclear deal or Joint Comprehensive Action Plan (JCPOA). This is not withdrawal from th....

West Asia Round-up - April 2019

Libya Civil War
After eight years of Arab Spring the plight of the Libyans continues unabated. General Khalifa Haftar, debunking the proposed conference (power sharing agreement) that could have ushered in some stability through a dialog....

ASEAN needs India to preserve its centrality in a multi-polar Indo-Pacific

A workshop of the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Regional Forum (ARF) was concluded in Dili, Timor-Leste on April 26, 2019. A range of issues would have been on the table including the Rohingya refugee crisis, radicalisation and the S....

China’s Impending Economic Slowdown is a Mixed Bag for Africa

China’s impending economic slowdown promises to send shockwaves through the world’s economies and is compelling them to assess exposure and explore mitigation strategies. Nowhere is the imperative more pressing than in Africa, where linkages with....

ऑपरेशन सहायता: भारतीय नौसेना ने ज़रूरत के समय की अफ्रीका की मदद

मोजांबिक पर कैटेगरी 4 के चक्रवात ‘इदई’ की गाज गिरने के बाद यह चक्रवात महाद्वीप में और भी चला गया, ....

The Arab Spring Reborn

When it was generally assumed that the Arab Spring that began by felling dictators one by one in 2011 (Ben Ali in Tunisia, Hosni Mubarak in Egypt, Muhammed Ghaddafi in Libya, followed by Ali Saleh in Yemen in 2012) had lost its way, with none of the....

Putin’s recent Visit to Kyrgyzstan: Major Takeaways

Background
The Russian President’s visit to Kyrgyzstan is considered to be significant at a time when there is a strong anti-Chinese sentiments arising within the local Kyrgyz population regarding the arrest of ethnic Kyrgyz in Xinjiang....

An End to Bashir’s Three Decades of Rule in Sudan

Sudan, the largest country on the African continent, lies in the northeast region of Africa. Chad, the Central Africa Republic, Egypt, Libya, Ethiopic, Eritrea, Kenya, Uganda, and Democratic Republic of the Congo are its neighboring countries. It i....

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