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Sri Lanka: TN initiative to de-congest Palk Bay fishing takes concrete shape
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa recently distributed Rs 30 lakh as subsidy, in a total estimated cost of Rs 60 lakhs, to help enable the State's fishermen to undertake deep-sea fishing in a big way. It is expected to help decongest fishing in the Palk Bay, and help reduce tensions with Sri Lankan fishers.

 
Iran
 
US rapproachment with Iran a tectonic shift in regional balance of power
Ravi Joshi
24 July 2015
Despite the sanctions, Iran has continued to act as a regional power with huge influence over the internal affairs of Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Bahrain and Yemen. That's what threatens Saudi Arabia and the other Gulf kingdoms, and America's rapproachment with Iran is the beginning of a tectonic shift in the regional balance of power.
 
Why it is time to invest in Iran
Manoj Joshi
21 July 2015
The opening of Iran will alter the geopolitics of south-western Asia. Even so, India needs to tread with care. But this should not in any way constrain our initiatives with Iran. We need to move beyond the phase of dithering that has characterised our ties with Tehran for the last decade.
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US
 
How will the Trans-Pacific Partnership affect India?
Sylvia Mishra
21 July 2015
The US-led TPP would face increasing competition as China recently concluded a free trade agreement with Australia (ChAFTA) and South Korea and is pushing for a broader Asia-trade pact - Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership.
 
10 yrs of Indo-US civil nuclear deal: Transformation of bilateral relationship is the real big deal
C. Raja Mohan
20 July 2015
The real objective of the historic Indo-US civil nuclear initiative was to end decades of alienation between the world's largest democracies and build a genuine strategic partnership. Delhi and Washington knew that there could be no real partnership without resolving differences on non-proliferation that had so severely poisoned the bilateral relations from the early 1970s.
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Japan
 
Abe's defence
C. Raja Mohan
21 July 2015
It's not often that one sees leaders take risks in the pursuit of a political conviction. Abe, a rare exception, has been steadfast in his determination to remove the extraordinary restraints on Japan's military imposed by its post-war constitution. Abe wants Japan to be a "normal" power, 70 years after World War II.
 
Japan's expanding Mekong diplomacy
K.V. Kesavan
16 July 2015
At the recent seventh Japan-Mekong Summit in Tokyo in the first week of July, both Japan and the Mekong countries reiterated their resolve to implement an ambitious cooperation programme called New Tokyo Strategy 2015 for Mekong-Japan Cooperation for the three years covering 2016-18.
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China
 
Civil society and internal security in China
Mahalakshmi Ganapathy
20 July 2015
In China, we see a situation emerging in the form of "mass incidents" (a term used by the Chinese State to define civil unrest). These mass incidents have been steadily rising. A 2001 CCP report has identified a spreading pattern of protests and group incidents arising from economic, environmental, ethnic and religious conflicts in China.
 
Will the Chinese anti-corruption campaign succeed?
Mahalakshmi G
08 July 2015
For over a year, China is running a huge anti-corruption campaign. More than 1,82,000 officials have been punished, including high ranking military officials, four national leaders and senior executives of state companies. However, this type of arbitrary and high-handed posture could backfire and become a catalyst for political crisis if it continues in the present way.
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Russia
 
Russia and the Iran nuclear deal
Kanak Gokarn
15 July 2015
What is interesting for Russia is how greater cooperation with Iran will affect its ties with other Middle Eastern nations, such as both Saudi Arabia and Israel, which has been a vocal opponent of a nuclear deal with Iran. Israel however does not occupy a special position in Russia's foreign relations as it does for the United States.
 
Russia's ISIL challenge in the North Caucasus
Kanak Gokarn
09 July 2015
Russia has been dealing with extremism within its borders for several years. So it is not exactly unprepared for whatever threat ISIL currently poses. However, there is a degree of complacency that has set in.
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Pakistan
 
Modi's Pak Pivot
C. Raja Mohan
14 July 2015
The Chinese and Russians have replaced the US and the West as the lead singers in the international orchestra for Indo-Pak amity. Instead of telling them to mind their own business, Modi appears to have recognised that he can use the weight of Beijing and Moscow to facilitate India's engagement with Pakistan.
 
Modi's Pakistan policy back on track set by Narasimha Rao in 1991
Manoj Joshi
14 July 2015
No matter how you nuance the outcome of the recent Sharif-Modi meeting, the fact is that continuity, rather than change, marks the Indian PM's new Pakistan initiative. And, Time has shown the success of this strategy because India has, if anything, become more resilient, while Pakistan has come to the brink of collapse.
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Maldives
 
Maldives: Reconciliation hopes remain despite cancellation of third-round talks
N Sathiya Moorthy
10 July 2015
In Maldives, despite a last-minute 'cancellation' of the third round of talks between the Government and the MDP leader of the combined Opposition, there is nothing to suggest that the current reconciliation process has derailed, irrecoverably.
 
Maldives: And, Nasheed applies for clemency
N Sathiya Moorthy
19 June 2015
By applying for clemency to President Abdulla Yameen during the month of Ramadan, former President Mohammed 'Anni' Nasheed has put the ball in the court of the Maldives President. Yameen is now under twin-pressure on the Nasheed front.
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Bangladesh
 
'Act East' for better connectivity
Nilanjan Ghosh & Mihir Bhonsale
25 June 2015
The motor vehicles agreement between BBIN nations is a welcome development and marks a good beginning. But now what is needed is a sustainable approach to infrastructure development in the region.
 
Bangladesh's web of Jihadi terror
Joyeeta Bhattacharjee
24 June 2015
Though the Hasina Government is pursuing an active counter-terrorism programme and has succeeded in controlling the activities of various radical organisations in the real world, it has failed to curb their activities in the virtual world.
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Sri Lanka
 
Sri Lanka: Tamil separatists putting India on notice again?
N Sathiya Moorthy
09 June 2015
With Tamil Nadu Assembly elections due by May next year and an anti-Jaya political realignment likely on cards, the Sri Lankan Tamil 'separatists' appear to be trying to drive a wedge between political parties in Tamil Nadu. The purpose seems to be to try and embarrass prospective allies of the DMK.
 
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.
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Africa
 
A landmark election, and a new President
H.H.S. Viswanathan & Arushi Gupta
15 April 2015
The Nigerian presidential election on March 28 was nothing short of a historic turning point in the rather fragile democracy. An incumbent Nigerian President was voted out in a general election which was, on the whole, free and fair barring a few technical glitches.
 
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.
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