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Libya: A failed State
Since the overthrow of the regime of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, Libya has been plagued by violence and instability. Internecine fighting for power seems be the new norm in Libya, and the country has gradually slipped into a quagmire of civil war.

 
Pakistan
 
The insane logic of violence
Manoj Joshi
17 December 2014
Pakistan's offensive against terrorists may have come just too late. Because today, violent Islamic extremism has spread across the country, and is not something that can be tackled by the army alone. But the tragedy of the killing of school children could be the opportunity for Pakistan to make that strategic shift away from using violent Islamic extremists against its neighbours.
 
The real intention of Hafiz Sayeed's rally
T.V. Rajeswar
16 December 2014
By organising the two-day Lahore convention through Hafiz Sayeed and his Jihadi organizations of LeT and JuD, Pakistan wants to demonstrate that the people of Pakistan are not happy with the way the events have taken place in Kashmir.
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China
 
Beijing's Afghan role
C. Raja Mohan
17 December 2014
China has good relations with most of Afghanistan's neighbours, including Iran, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan. But it is Beijing's emerging partnership with the Pakistan army in Afghanistan that is the most interesting new element in the region.
 
Chinese shift poses new challenges to India
Manoj Joshi
09 December 2014
The shift in Chinese foreign policy poses new and different kind of challenges to India. Even while we are working feverishly to ensure the defence of our Himalyan border militarily, the Chinese are throwing an economic challenge, as manifested by its growing ties with Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Maldives and Nepal.
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Russia
 
Decoding India's stand on international sanctions
Rishika Chauhan
17 December 2014
The Modi government's policy of engagement, rather than isolation of sanctioned countries, is very much in line with its predecessor, United Progressive Alliance, led by Manmohan Singh. However, like Singh, Modi too has refrained from speaking on the issue of sanctions.
 
India, Russia, here and now
C. Raja Mohan
10 December 2014
As hard-boiled realists, Modi and Putin must acknowledge the new dynamic around them, find ways to limit its impact on the bilateral relationship and move quickly towards expanding the scope of their commercial ties and revitalising their cooperation in energy, defence and high-technology sectors.
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Iran
 
Iran steps up fight against Extremism
Ravi Joshi
15 December 2014
Iran recently organised the first international conference on 'World against Violence and Extremism (WAVE)' as per the proposal made by President Hassan Rouhani at the UN General Assembly in September. Most significantly, the conference brought together the Foreign Ministers of Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Yemen - four of the most troubled states in the region.
 
Iran's N-talks: Two steps forward and another act of sabotage
Ravi Joshi
06 November 2014
While the nuclear negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 are on track and when Iran is conceding most of the demands, why should there be an explosion in a crucial Iranian nuclear site, that too a missiles and munitions centre -- Parchin.
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Japan
 
Will the Japanese PM be able to win 'Abenomics'poll test?
K.V. Kesavan
12 December 2014
Japanese PM Shinzo Abe has a fairly heavy political agenda before him. The foremost is his firm resolve to introduce constitutional reforms. If he wins the December 14 elections, Abe would have bright chances to win another term as the LDP president in September next year and stay at the helm for three more years.
 
Will Okinawa poll shock impact Abe's national politics and US relations?
K V Kesavan and Vindu Mai Chotani
20 November 2014
The consequences of the Okinawa gubernatorial elections, where Prime Minister Abe's party candidate was defeated convincingly, mainly on the issue of relocation of US bases, will resonate on the US-Japan security alliance as well as Abe's ruling LDP party.
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Africa
 
India's big African opportunity
Tim Steinecke
12 December 2014
The success of the next India Africa Forum Summit as well as the future of India-Africa relations not only depends on India's ability to develop an attractive and sustainable approach to Africa, but also on the willingness of African leaders to look beyond Beijing when partnering up with foreign investors.
 
Increasing Boko Haram pressure on Nigerian President
Arushi Gupta
27 November 2014
In less than a week, more than 100 people have been killed by terror group Boko Haram in the northern part of Nigeria. This brutal Islamic group remains a significant problem confronting the democratic government of President Goodluck Jonathan.
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Maldives
 
Maldives: 'Water crisis' shows India's heart is as close as the two nations
N Sathiya Moorthy
11 December 2014
India has assured Maldives to extend all technical expertise to resolve the current water crisis. India pressed the button after Maldivian Foreign Minister Dunya Maumoon called counterpart Sushma Swaraj soon after the seriousness of the crisis was known.
 
Maldives: Reading China's 'Indian signals' wrong?
N Sathiya Moorthy
26 November 2014
The unresolved India-China border dispute brings China closer to the Indian Ocean in every political and geo-strategic calculation of nations like Maldives and Sri Lanka, even though they are not as close to both the 'Asian giants' as the rest of India's South Asian neighbours.
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Sri Lanka
 
Sri Lanka elections: Mahinda Vs Mahinda, still
N Sathiya Moorthy
10 December 2014
It looks as if campaign fever for the January eighth presidential poll is yet to pick up a full fortnight after it all began. At this rate, the poll might conclude without the campaign reaching the conventional climax and the nation getting a new President or a President for a new term possibly without the usually high 75-per cent turnout.
 
Sri Lanka: Is Indian concerns on Chinese naval presence justified?
N Sathiya Moorthy
18 November 2014
Since 2010, some 250 naval vessels from across a wide spectrum of nations have berthed at Sri Lankan ports. If Indians have to suspect Sri Lanka in the matter of Chinese naval vessels, then they would have to suspect a host of other nations.
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Bangladesh
 
Dhaka boundary settlement: Modi bites the bullet
C. Raja Mohan
01 December 2014
Constructing a border of cooperation with Bangladesh should liberate India from one of major geopolitical constraints imposed on it by the Partition of Bengal. When he travels to Dhaka in the near future, Modi is in a position to unveil a genuine strategic partnership with Bangladesh.
 
Maritime dispute resolved, Delhi and Dhaka should work for turning Bay into economic hub
Joyeeta Bhattacharjee
16 July 2014
Resolution of the maritime dispute between India and Bangladesh has opened up a new horizon for cooperation between the two countries.
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US
 
Why Modi's invite to Obama marks a watershed in India-US ties
C. Raja Mohan
24 November 2014
Strong Republican support for India in the US Congress, the new tensions in America's ties with China and Russia, and the unfolding geopolitical flux in Middle East and Asia, make it possible for Modi and Obama to boldly reimagine the bilateral partnership.
 
Will Okinawa poll shock impact Abe's national politics and US relations?
K V Kesavan and Vindu Mai Chotani
20 November 2014
The consequences of the Okinawa gubernatorial elections, where Prime Minister Abe's party candidate was defeated convincingly, mainly on the issue of relocation of US bases, will resonate on the US-Japan security alliance as well as Abe's ruling LDP party.
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