Commentaries & Articles
Biden’s visit to M.E., Energy Crisis and Recession
The sharp increase in oil prices following the Ukraine war brought President Biden to Saudi Arabia. This was seen as a departure from the position taken by candidate Biden during his election campaign when he had criticized the Crown Prince and threatened to make the Saudi Kingdom a pariah state. The Crown Prince promised an increase in production. But the increase of 1,00,000 barrels per day announced subsequently by OPEC +[1] was rather disappointing. It was the smallest increase by that grouping in recent years.
Financial Stability Board of the G20: Emerging Vulnerabilities to Global Financial Stability
Set up by the G20 in 2009, the Financial Stability board (FSB) is venerable institution with a responsibility to assess the vulnerabilities in the global financial system and suggest measures to deal with them. It coordinates the actions of the central banks and international standards setting bodies and develops effective regulatory, supervisory, and other financial sector policies that promote financial stability.
Kishida Needs to Explain Japan’s Nuclear Future – Part II
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s tasks are cut out. He has to navigate between his anti-nuclear position as a native of Hiroshima and adopting a pragmatic approach on the country’s security. When he addressed the NPT Review Conference in New York, he stressed on striking a balance between the harsh reality of the prevailing security environment and a world without nuclear weapons. What Kishida lacked was elaborating the details of the roadmap he has in mind for an ideal world.
Kishida Needs to Explain Japan’s Nuclear Future – Part I
The review conference of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons was held in New York on 1 August. Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida became the first Prime Minister of Japan to attend the ministerial-level Review Conference of the NPT at the UN headquarters in New York on 5 August and delivered a speech at the general debate. Last October, Kishida had expressed a desire to attend the conference. As a Hiroshima-based politician, Kishida’s decision to attend the conference was a sign of his personal interest in nuclear disarmament.
POK: Truth, Lies, and Deception
Third anniversary of the deletion of Article 370 brought out the usual round of protests from Pakistani and POK leaders. August 5 has been named Yom-e- Istehsal or the Day of Exploitation. The Prime Minister of POK Tanveer Ilyas led a protest rally in front of the UNMOGIP office in Muzaffarabad. Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto addressed a letter to the OIC.[1] While article 370 was in force, Pakistan’s stand was that ‘autonomy’ is not a substitute for ‘Azadi’.
Ukraine and the post-Cold War disorder
The war in Ukraine is in its sixth month, with no clarity on an endgame. Russia reiterates it will not back down, until it achieves its original objectives. Ukraine seeks more heavy weaponry from the West, to drive Russian forces back to their pre-war positions. NATO countries respond with lethal weapons supplies, in pursuit of a “strategic defeat” for Russia.
India-Japan: Maritime Cooperation in the Indo-Pacific
The Indo-Pacific, stretching from the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) to the central Pacific Ocean, is home to a large diversity of marine resources and ecosystems and plays a significant role in regional and global trade networks. Two states which look to capitalize on such cooperation are India and Japan. Both states are positioned as complementary powers due to the nature of their development and current needs.
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