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Should Europe Continue with a ‘Brain Dead NATO’
“What we are currently experiencing is the brain death of NATO”, said the French President Emmanuel Macron in his interview to The Economist1. Explaining his remarks, he went on to say, “You have partners together in the same part of the world, and you have no coordination whatsoever of strategic decision-making between the United States and its NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organisation) allies. None. You have an uncoordinated aggressive action by another NATO ally, Turkey, in an area where our interests are at stake. There has been no NATO planning, nor any coordination.
Recent Visit of a Multi-Think Tank Delegation to China
A multi-think delegation of Indian scholars (Gateway House, Jindal University, India Foundation, ORF, and FORE School of Business Management) visited and interacted with Chinese scholars, officials, corporate agencies and academics in different universities and think tanks in the first week of December 2019.
As the 2019 Ends on a Mixed Note, the Tasks for 2020 are Clear
The year 2019 will go down as one of the most seminal years for India. The National Democratic Alliance (NDA), led by the Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP), won a spectacular victory in the Lok Sabha elections with the BJP winning a record 303 seats on its own. This was for the first time in 50 years that a political party won a parliamentary majority on its own in consecutive elections. Elections
Afghanistan Presidential Election: Analysing the Preliminary results
Afghanistan’s Independent Election Commission (IEC) has finally announced the preliminary results of the Presidential elections held in Afghanistan on 28 September 2019. The results, though not final, gave a thin majority to the incumbent President Ashraf Ghani with a total of 923,868 votes (50.64%) out of the 1,824,401 votes counted by the IEC. President Ghani’s team has crossed the threshold of above 50% votes share necessary to avoid a runoff election.1 However, it is only by a thin margin of fewer than 12,000 votes that President Ghani has escaped a runoff election.
Civil Society ‘Activation’ for Good Governance
In political discourse, the term ‘Civil Society’ is often relegated to participation of people in the democratic processes. However, when viewed from the development angle, civil society is regarded as the crucial ‘third leg’ driving development, the first two being the public and the private sectors. It is not only an operational space which is independent of the state and the market, but also the glue between the two.
नागरिकता संशोध अधिनियम : अनावश्यक विरोध
हाल ही में पारित नागरिकता संशोधन अधिनियम (सीएए) के मद्देनजर, देश के कई हिस्सों में हिंसक विरोध प्रदर्शन हुए हैं, जिनमें कुछ प्रमुख शिक्षण संस्थानों की भागीदारी भी शामिल है। हिंसक विरोध जहाँ स्वत: निंदनीय है, वर्तमान मामले में अधिनियम की प्रकृति और मौजूदा परिस्थितियों का वस्तुनिष्ठ विश्लेषण एक शांतिपूर्ण आंदोलन के भी प्रतिकूल होगा। मौजूदा विरोध स्पष्ट रूप से निराधार आशंकाओं का परिणाम है जिसे राष्ट्रीय हित के विरुद्ध कार्य कर रहे कुछ निहित स्वार्थी तत्व भड़का रहे हैं। इसका एक उत्कृष्ट उदाहरण ममता बनर्जी द्वारा सीएए पर संयुक्त राष्ट्र की निगरानी में जनमत संग्रह का आह्वान है!!!
The Jammu & Kashmir Horizon: A Recipe for Stabilisation
One of the things about J&K's winter is that it dampens spirits and morale. Bone chilling cold reduces human efficiency and all analyses of the situation tend to be negative. Unlike what a lot of people imagine as a period of quiet in the Valley, it can many times be a period of very high turbulence as terrorists are usually holed up in hideouts at the Valley floor. That means the density of terrorist footprint is higher and if intelligence is commensurate it's usually a high achievement period for the security forces (SF).
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