Commentaries & Articles
Review of Japan 2019 and Outlook for 2020
2019 was an eventful year for Japan in both national and international domains. From an imperial transition to being the G20 Chair, to major trade agreements and the deadly Typhoon Hagibis, the year was filled with its share of ups and downs for Japan. Some of the major developments were: Beginning of Reiwa Era
Game Changing Pacts for the North East
Two important agreements were inked in recent days, and they are expected to usher in lasting peace and prosperity in the North-East. Not surprisingly, the electronic media by and large, obsessed with the ongoing furore over the Citizenship (Amendment) Act of 2019, did not give the development the attention it deserved. Both these pacts have ended decades-long disputes, and while some apprehensions still remain, they can be resolved in the new environment of give-and-take. The agreements are not only humane but also take care of the security and sovereignty of the country.
Exploring Iran’s Domestic Dynamics towards the US
The internal political dynamics in Iran are divided into three blocs namely the clergy, the technocracy and the military and security forces.
Mike Pompeo’s Visit to Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan: What to Expect?
US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, will pay an official visit to Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan from February 1-4, 2020. He will be chairing a meeting of the ‘C5+1 forum’ at Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Earlier, the visit was scheduled to take place in early January this year. Due to the rising tensions in the Middle East, the visit had to be rescheduled.1 The visit comes at a time when Uzbekistan is exploring avenues to cooperate with the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) and the Chinese economic influence in Central Asia is also materializing into military and strategic engagements.
Myanmar Round Up: December 2019
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s spirited though controversial visit to the International Court of Justice (ICJ), The Hague, to defend her nation, its armed forces and its conduct leading to the Rohingya Crisis, was the predominant event in December. Internal violence was on the rise and saw no relief for civilians repeatedly caught in the cross fire. The Chinese State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi visited Myanmar as a precursor to the visit by Xi Jinping, scheduled next month in January 2020.
नागरिकता संशोधन अधिनयम 2019 पर कुछ विचार
जहां तक मुझे समझ आता है, यह कानून उप महाद्वीप के बंटवारे से पैदा हुई अशांति और भ्रम को खत्म करता है।
Ukranian Tragedy - The Bigger Question
This article argues that that the downing of the Ukrainian civil airliner by an Iranian missile on 08 Jan 2020 that took 176 innocent lives is an incident that goes far beyond than ‘just a human error’; a misjudgement etc.It is a fratricide, a word which the dictionary defines as an ‘act of killing one’s own brother, sister or relatives or in a civil war, killing fellow countrymen’.
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