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US Withdrawal and Afghanistan’s Future
President Trump in his State of the Union address on February 6th said “Great nations do not fight endless wars.” He added that America will accelerate negotiations for a political settlement.1 The formal announcement will encourage Taliban to demand unilateral concessions from US, sensing Americans are in a hurry to depart. This perception has been reinforced by competing negotiating processes launched by US and Russia in Doha and Moscow.
The Moscow Meeting on Afghanistan and its Implications for India
On 5-6 February 2019, an ‘intra-Afghan’ dialogue sponsored by the Afghan Diaspora in Russia concluded with a 8-point statement issued by the participants. The meeting between the Taliban and some Afghan leaders, without the participation of the Afghan government, was facilitated by Russia.
Step up Japan-India Strategic Cooperation
In early February, the Japan Institute for National Fundamentals and India’s Vivekananda International Foundation held a workshop titled “India-Japan Partnership in an Uncertain Era” in New Delhi.
‘Outlawed’ Digital Silk Road
China’s President Xi in his opening speech at the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing in May 2017 had called for a “digital silk road” which intended to provide a space for Chinese tech companies to expand their activities in countries who are part of the Belt and Road.
The Indian Science Congress and its Relevance
At the annual Indian Science Congress (ISC) conference in January 2015, a paper co-authored by two academics claimed that aircraft had not only been manufactured during the Vedic period but also that these planes were far superior to the ones we have today.
United Arab Emirates (UAE) on a Religious Roll
The Arab Spring in its nearly eight years of existence continues to guide the pan-Arab leaders to be more attentive to the democratic, socio-economic and religious needs of their constituents even if the far reaching reforms are gradual in coming.
Keep CBI Out of Politics-But Only If It Suits Me!
Even before the country’s top investigating agency, the CBI could start recovering from the ‘CBI vs CBI’ episode involving its top two functionaries -in fact the new Director Rishi Kumar Shukla was yet to assume charge - the agency got engulfed in another politically motivated storm, this time in Kolkata.
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