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Farcical Elections in Maldives with a Tyrant in-charge!-Part I

Paper No. 6417                           Dated 1-Sept- 2018

By R.M. Panda

China's Political Outreach to India 2018 Contextualised By China-US Trade War

Paper No. 6416 :           Dated 29-Aug-2018

By Dr Subhash Kapila

China’s political reachout to India, markedly in 2018, needs necessarily to be analysed in the context of the increasing China-US Trade War. Chinese present reachout to India is transactional and not incorporated in China’s Grand Strategy and India would be well advised not to make things easier for China by siding with it by perceptional proximity to China against the United States.

Afghanistan: Terrorists Gaining Ground?

Paper No. 6415             Dated 26-Aug-2018

By R.M. Panda

The situation in Afghanistan is confusing with the interference of all major powers who pursue their own agenda and their strategic interests. The beleaguered Afghan Government that has been legitimately elected has been fighting on all fronts and doing its best. 

Japan-India Special Strategic Partnership Needs Added Special Robustness

Paper No. 6414.       Dated 26-Aug-2018

By Dr Subhash Kapila

Perceptively missing and noticeable in the last one year is that the Japan-India Special Strategic & Global Partnership is progressing routinely without the fizz that should be attendant on it by two powerful Asian giants and pillars of Asian stability. This perceptiion  arises from India positioning this ‘Vital Partnership’ in Indian prism of relations with China and Chinese sensitivities on India’s proximate strategic relations with Japan.

Bhutan: Gearing up for National Elections

Paper No. 6413 .      Dated 25-Aug-2018

By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan

The Second National Assembly of Bhutan was dissolved in the afternoon of 1st August 2018 as mandated by Article 19 of Bhutan Constitution.

By a Royal Order, an interim government under the leadership of the Chief Justice has been formed with nine Advisers.  In distributing the portfolios, the Chief Justice- now called Chief Adviser has retained the two important  portfolios namely Home and Foreign Affairs.

Sri Lanka: A Tamil Reading of Albert Camus 'The Plague'

Paper No. 6412      Dated 20-Aug-2018
By Prof. Charles Sarvan
Colombo Telegraph (14 October 2017) reported that in Mullaitivu there’s one Sinhalese soldier for every two Tamil civilians. It added that this ratio does not include personnel belonging to the navy and air-force. Elsewhere too, demographic realities are being systematically and forcibly changed. (I gather that soon, if not already, there will be more Chinese in Tibet than Tibetans.)
 

Pakistan New PM-Imran Khan: Nothing Changes

Paper No. 6411                          Dated 20-Aug-2018

By Dr Subhash Kapila

PM Imran Khan, Pakistan’s twenty second Prime Minister sworn on August 18 2018 was not swept into office with a thumping political majority but a cobbled coalition of sorts. Hovering over PM Imran Khan emerging as Prime Minister was an unsavoury reputation that PM Imran Khan’s emergence as PM was scripted and facilitated by the new power duopoly of Pakistan Army-Supreme Court Judiciary.

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