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Nepal Challenge
New Delhi did well to respond decisively when tragedy struck Nepal. While the media and cameras, which have now flooded Kathmandu, will soon leave Nepal, the world's attention will turn to the next crisis. But India must stick around for the long haul.

 
Pakistan
 
The Af-Pak map is about to get a make over
Vikram Sood
29 April 2015
It would be a mistake to assume that the US has changed its policy towards the region. It may have changed its style or the way it wishes to handle India and Pakistan but not its overall interests. The US wants to have a stronger presence in India without losing the hold it has on the military rulers in Pakistan.
 
Pakistan in the eye of the storm
Manoj Joshi
15 April 2015
The 12-point resolution approved by Pakistan's Parliament said that Islamabad must maintain "neutrality" in the Yemen conflict. Pakistan has good reasons to have rejected what could have become a quagmire for its forces. But, it has angered Pakistan's friends, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf Emirates.
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Sri Lanka
 
TNA joins Colombo to pour cold water on Tamil Nadu fishers' proposals
N Sathiya Moorthy
24 April 2015
The Tamil National Alliance, heading an elected Government in Sri Lanka's Northern Province, have shocked well-wishers in India, particularly in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, with its tough stand on the fishers' issue between Colombo and Chennai.
 
Maldives: Yameen 'returns' Bill barring politics for Nasheed
N Sathiya Moorthy
08 April 2015
While it may be inconceivable in the Third World democratic context that the Bill that restricts political rights of Nasheed was moved and passed without the President's consent, Yameen has now returned the Bill to Parliament.
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Iran
 
Iran's nuclear deal stands hostage to the vagaries of the US Congress
Ravi Joshi
22 April 2015
Senator John Kerry has been at pains to convince his Iranian counterpart that the Congressional act of voting on April 14 to appropriate to itself the power to reject the final deal is merely symbolic and President Obama can easily over-ride these hurdles. But what it reveals is an ugly side of the Congressmen who still live in a world of 'sanctioning' the rest.
 
Can Great Powers now do an Iran on North Korea?
Uma Purushothaman
06 April 2015
The deal with Iran should boost efforts to do an Iran with North Korea's nuclear programme as well. This would be more difficult given the authoritarian nature of the regime in North Korea but is still an idea worth pursuing. The major powers should carry forward the momentum and energy to solve other issues in the Middle East.
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China
 
China in Bandung
C. Raja Mohan
21 April 2015
As in Bandung 60 years ago, there is little consensus in Asia on how to build a new regional order. Prickly nationalism and persistent territorial disputes are making Asia into a geopolitical tinderbox. China's growing power has made it an attractive economic partner as well as the prospective political hegemon.
 
The China-India Defense Dialogue
Arushi Gupta
20 April 2015
China is touting its vision of linking two Indian projects (Mausam and Spice Route) with its One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative. China's main goal is to coordinate regional policy so that each country's economic development plan becomes part of a larger regional vision.
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Japan
 
Comfort women issue: Why can't Japan, South Korea reconcile?
Vindu Mai Chotani
10 April 2015
The year 2015 marks an important date in international history - the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. It is also the 50th anniversary of normalisation of relations between South Korea and Japan. And, it is a chance that both Japan and South Korea should grab with an aim to re-normalise their relations.
 
US-Japan dilemma over China-led AIIB
K.V. Kesavan
01 April 2015
The US and Japan have decided to opt out of joining the AIIB though many important US allies like Germany, UK, Australia and South Korea have joined the China-led initiative. Strong business groups in Japan, however, worry that they might miss many investment opportunities which could now go to many developed Western countries.
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US
 
Afghanistan, the US and the Taliban
Aryaman Bhatnagar
07 April 2015
The change in leadership in Kabul has provided a new opportunity for the US and Afghanistan to work together. Media reports suggesting a larger role for the United States post-2014 than originally envisaged have been doing the rounds for the better part of the past six months.
 
US-Japan dilemma over China-led AIIB
K.V. Kesavan
01 April 2015
The US and Japan have decided to opt out of joining the AIIB though many important US allies like Germany, UK, Australia and South Korea have joined the China-led initiative. Strong business groups in Japan, however, worry that they might miss many investment opportunities which could now go to many developed Western countries.
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Maldives
 
India's stakes in Maldives' power struggle
Ravi Joshi
24 March 2015
With Narendra Modi pursuing a very active Indian Ocean region diplomacy, Maldives cannot be kept away from his outreach programme. Maldives is key to our strategic interests in the Indian Ocean and any instability or discord in its internal affairs would have a bearing on our security.
 
After Nasheed's conviction, Maldives at cross-roads again?
N Sathiya Moorthy
18 March 2015
After the court sentencing of former Maldives President Nasheed, India has expressed 'deep concern over the developments' and said that it was watching the situation. Yet, it may not be the best of time for Nasheed?s supporters in Maldives and sympathisers in India.
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Bangladesh
 
Mamata's Dhaka visit sets tone for Modi visit
Joyeeta Bhattacharjee
25 February 2015
Boosting further the relations between India and Bangladesh, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee recently undertook a three-day visit to Dhaka. The successful visit is expected to create a positive ground for Prime Minister Modi's visit likely later in the year.
 
Bangladesh: Warring Begums
Pinak R Chakravarty
12 January 2015
The political situation in Bangladesh is reverting to the bad old days of hartals and blockades. Major countries which could influence the Sheikh Hasina government, including India, seem reluctant to pressurise her.
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Africa
 
Is China practising new form of imperialism in Africa?
Geethanjali Nataraj and Richa Sekhani
10 February 2015
Many see China to be practicing a new form of imperialism in Africa as it imports primary goods from Africa and exports manufacturing goods to Africa, without transferring skills to the continent. And China-Africa ties are not free from challenges. There is also immense potential.
 
Al-Shabaab emerging as a dangerous Jihadist organisation in Africa?
Arushi Gupta
02 February 2015
Following the ideology of global Jihadism and maintaining links with Al-Qaeda, Al-Shabaab is emerging as a lethal organisation in Africa, posing a strategic challenge to the United States besides Somalia and its neighbours.
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Russia
 
Russia - the Bric that came apart
Richa Sekhani & Geethanjali Nataraj
04 February 2015
Russia's troubles are unlikely to vanish soon. With the Central Bank forecasting a 4.5 per cent drop in GDP in 2015, a downgrade is a certainty. The budget deficit, forecast to be larger than 0.6 per cent of GDP in 2015, will prove to be another cause of misery.
 
Russia-Turkey deal and geo-politics of gas
Pinak Ranjan Chakravarty
30 December 2014
At a time when it is facing Western sanctions and a proxy war on oil prices, Russia sprang a huge surprise early this month by signing a gas deal with Turkey. The deal will enable Russia to pump natural gas into a Turkish hub, near the Turkey-Greece border and from there into the southern EU market.
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