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The alliance politics: A new twist in Nepal politics

HARI BANSH JHA COMMUNIST PARTY OF NEPAL NEPAL Political development in Nepal took a new turn after the Communist Party of Nepal – Unified Marxist-Leninist (CPN-UML) -- formed an alliance with the Communist Party of Nepal – Maoist Centre...

Let’s cut China some slack

DEEPAK SINHA There is a modicum of double standards being displayed by China — it has had little compunction in assisting Pakistan with the CPEC. BHUTAN DOKLAM PLA Reams have been written and facets discussed threadbare, over the past few...

At China’s upcoming party Congress, will Xi Jinping further consolidate his powers?

MANOJ JOSHI Xi Jinping has a keen understanding of the importance of reform. This is likely to serve him well. CPC XI XI JINPING On October 18, the Communist Party of China (CPC) will begin its 19th congress. Like all previous...

Coal beneficiation: Policy priorities for India

POLICY BRIEFS JUL 07 2017 Coal beneficiation: Policy priorities for India LYDIA POWELL AKHILESH SATI COAL BENEFICIATION Executive summary The government of India has stipulated that, as of June 2016, power plants of capacity of 100 Megawatt (MW) or above,...

Shunning Rohingya refugees is a bad geopolitical strategy for India

MANOJ JOSHI India’s relationships with Bangladesh, Myanmar and China hang in the balance. MYANMAR RAKHINE ROHINGYA The Supreme Court has called on the government to approach the Rohingya issue with a judicious mix of concern for national interest and humanitarian values. Unlike...

Coups in khaki and other colours

ISSUE BRIEFS AND SPECIAL REPORTS SEP 25 2017 RAKESH SOOD NAWAZ SHARIF PAKISTAN PAKISTAN ARMY PANAMAGATE Prolonged periods of military rule in Pakistan have enabled the military to penetrate all structures of the Pakistani state. Political parties, the judiciary,...

Saudi-Iranian rivalry mushrooms to threaten the middle east

RAKESH SOOD Fierce Iranian-Saudi rivalry ensures more conflict for the Middle East with the rest of the world left to choosing sides MIDDLE EAST The crystal ball for 2018 reveals that the Islamic heartland is where the winds of change...

Is WTO relevant to India?

JAYSHREE SENGUPTA India has to compete with ASEAN and others around the world in increasing its share of global trade. It is promoting its own free trading arrangement with its immediate neighbours. It already has FTAs — if it...

President Xi and Secretary Tillerson: what two speeches tell us about future of China...

SAMIR SARAN US-CHINA XI XI JINPING The past week has been a significant one for speeches. The first was President Xi Jinping’s marathon three-and-a-half-hour-long “report”, inaugurating the Communist Party of China’s (CPC) 19th National Congress. The 68-year-old Xi, widely...

Evolving politics of the Asia-Pacific

KARTIK BOMMAKANTI The rise of Chinese military leaves Washington with the unenviable and the daunting task of balancing its economic ties with the Asia-Pacific. RAISINA 2017 At the Raisina Dialogue 2017, several key themes took centerstage during a discussion on...

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