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The Changing Trends in Libyan Civil War
The civil war in Libya has its roots in the 2011 Arab Spring protests against the regime of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi. The protests began after Day of Rage was announced in Benghazi on 17 February 2011 and quickly spread to other parts of the state. The uprising at the nascent stage witnessed a heavy inflow of weapons, the sudden formation of militias largely on tribal allegiances, coordinated action etc.1 This indicated a pre-planned effort backed by foreign actors, rather than a spontaneous movement, to utilize the momentum of the protests to topple the Gaddafi government.
Coronavirus: Can China Deal with it?
Last year, amidst the US-China trade war, Chinese leader the Xi Jinping held a meeting with top Communist Party officials to warn about the surprise emergence of "black swan events" that could destabilise their 70-year rule. Perhaps the outbreak of Coronavirus epidemic is that event.1
शी हजूर! म्यांमार के लिए ‘नए दौर’ में पुरानी शराब
म्यांमार उस समय बेल्ट एंड रोड इनीशिएटिव (बीआरआई) में एक तरह से शामिल हो गया था, जब मई 2017 में आंग सान सू ची पेइचिंग में पहले बेल्ट एंड रोड फोरम फॉर इंटरनेशनल कोऑपरेशन में शामिल हुई थीं। चीन के राष्ट्रपति शी चिनफिंग ने फोरम में अपने भाषण में बीआरआई के संदर्भ में म्यांमार का उल्लेख भी किया था।1 उसके बाद अप्रैल 2019 में दॉ सू दूसरे बेल्ट एंड रोड फोरम में पहुंचे, जहां चीन द्वारा जल्द बनाई जाने वाली परियोजनाओं के रूप में प्रस्तावित 38 प्रस्तावों में से नौ पर दोनों में सहमति बनी, जिनमें तीन द्विपक्षीय समझौते थे। तीन द्विपक्षीय समझौतों में आर्थिक एवं तकनीकी सहयोग पर समझौता, पांच वर्ष की आर्थिक एवं व
President Trump’s Visit to India: Need to Focus on the Strategic Context
President Trump is visiting India on a state visit on 24-25 February 2020. The Indian government will no doubt lay out the red carpet for the visiting President. This is President Trump’s first visit to India as President. Although the visit comes late in his presidency, Prime Minister Modi can take credit for securing Trump’s visit. A massive public reception, which in scale and grandeur will match the “Howdy Modi” show in Texas, awaits the president when he visits Gujarat.
Myanmar Round Up: January 2020 (A round up of selected English open source reports on Myanmar)
Myanmar charged into the New Year with high profile events dominating January 2020, viz. the visit by Xi Jinping; publication of the Independent Commission of Enquiry (ICOE) Report and the International Court of Justice (ICJ) interim verdict. In addition, the release of Chin Member of Parliament (MP) U Whei Tin after 79 days in captivity at the behest of the Mizoram CM Zoramthanga and the tussle with the military to amend the Constitution of Myanmar were noteworthy. Regrettably, there was no letup in violence with a steady stream of civilian casualties especially in Rakhine State.
The Wuhan Coronavirus Epidemic - Lessons for Governance
Transparency or the sharing of accessible, timely, relevant, and accurate information in an open manner is a core component of good governance.1 More broadly, transparency refers to “the quality of being open, communicative, and accountable” and implies that “governments and other agencies have a duty to act visibly and understandably.”
The Virus Effect on India-China Trade
Coronavirus (CoV) has caught China in its grip, China and the world are trying to grasp the effect of this virus on its population both medically as well as economically. The World Health Organisation (WHO) describes it as “a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). A novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is a new strain which has not been identified in humans.
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