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Middle East and the Next US President -Worries Galore
U.S. has traditionally been the arbiter of the security in the Middle East. Of late, arguably there have been signs of U.S. distraction and disengagement as the geo-economics and geo-politics transform the power matrix especially towards the Indo-Pacific. As the U.S. became the largest producer of oil including shale and gas and turns into a competitive producer rather than a strategic consumer the surging demand in the fast-growing Asian economies will become the battle ground. All key producers will compete for the pie and would want to secure their markets.
The Boat Clinics of the Brahmaputra: Life, Hope, Healing
A few months back, the national lockdown to battle the Covid-19 was in its early critical phase and a boat clinic in Assam’s Dhemaji district on the mighty Brahmaputra was on its regular way to a routine camp on one of the thousands of islands or saporis scattered across the riverscape.
75वें साल का संयुक्त राष्ट्र संघ
प्रधानमंत्री नरेंद्र मोदी ने संयुक्त राष्ट्र संघ की 75वीं आम सभा को संबोधित करते हुए कहा कि संयुक्त राष्ट्र संघ का वर्तमान स्वरूप और संरचना 1945 के विश्व को प्रतिबिम्बित करती है। लिहाजा, यह 21वीं सदी के विश्व की चुनौतियों का सामना करने के लिए पर्याप्त नहीं है। प्रधानमंत्री ने संयुक्त राष्ट्र संघ के तत्वावधान में चलाये जाने वाले शांति स्थापना के प्रयासों में भारत की सक्रिय भागीदारी का उल्लेख करते हुए इस विश्व संस्था के प्रति भारत के योगदानों को रेखांकित किया। उन्होंने बल देकर कहा कि दुनिया की 18 फीसद आबादी वाले देश भारत को दुनिया के बारे में निर्णय लेने की प्रक्रिया का हिस्सा अवश्य ही बनाया जान
West Asia Round up – October 2020
Normalisation of ties by someArab countries with Israel after UAE and Bahrain continued as Sudan’s transitional government, despite internal opposition, established diplomatic relations at the behest of U.S. USA agreed to remove Sudan from the list of states supporting terrorism and even considered reducing compensation by the beleaguered North African country.
Post-Election Crisis in Kyrgyzstan
Recently, Kyrgyzstan faced one of the worst political crises in a decade. The current political turmoil is no different from the previous two popular revolutions of 2005 and 2010. The 'Tulip Revolution' of 2005 marked the then President Askar Akayev's fall from power, while the 'Melon Revolution' resulted in the toppling of President Kurmanbek Bakiev following the Osh conflict of June 2010.
Myanmar Round Up: October 2020
Myanmar is scheduled to conduct the third general elections in November 2020. Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, Commander-in-Chief of the Defence Services, during the fifth anniversary of Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) on 15 October stated that election is a necessity in a multi-party democratic system and it is needed to be fair and independent. However, the Human Rights Watch has criticised the upcoming Myanmar elections as fundamentally flawed.1
Assessing Pompeo’s Five-nation Asian Visit
In a rather unusual diplomatic move a week ahead of the important Presidential elections in the United States on 3 November and amid the raging pandemic on a global scale, the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo decided to undertake a five-country tour of Asia, probably the last trip in office to rally support from key Indo-Pacific nations, the significance of which cannot be overlooked. Pompeo visited first India to participate in the third 2+2 ministerial dialogue followed by his visits to Sri Lanka, Maldives, and Indonesia and added Vietnam in the itinerary at the last moment.
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December 2, 2020
VIF Neighbourhood News Digest: December 02, 2020

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International Development
October 20, 2020
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I. United States Politics and Society US silence on Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict reflects international disengagement, 4...

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December 3, 2020
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DEFENCE Phase 2 of Exercise MALABAR 2020 in Western Indian Ocean. Second Successful Flight Test of QRSAM System. Webinar...

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