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  • Trump puts America back in Asia

    The 37th annual Cobra Gold military exercise among 29 nations, now under way in Thailand, reflects the United States' nuanced geostrategic playbook under the Trump administration. It was thought in many quarters that the administration of US President Donald Trump would take an isolationist turn and be aloof from Asian affairs, given its “America First” mantra. But this has not been the case after its first year in office.

  • Intellectual property regime undermines equity, progress

    Over the last few decades, people in the developing world have been rejecting the intellectual property (IP) regime as it has been increasingly imposed on them following the establishment of the World Trade Organization (WTO) including its trade-related intellectual property rights (TRIPs) regime. IP rights (IPRs) have been further enforced through ostensible free trade agreements (FTAs) and investment treaties

  • Saudi Arabia and Iran battle it out in Azerbaijan

    It's the pot calling the kettle black. As Saudi Arabia accuses Iran of seeking to encircle it with its support for Houthi rebels in Yemen as well as Qatar, the kingdom and the Islamic republic are extending their bitter rivalry beyond the Middle East into the Caucasus.

  • BJP's coalition pangs and opposition's search for unity

    Coalition pangs and stuttering unity efforts are staring at India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party and opposition parties as they brace for fresh national elections due early next year.

  • Island of the lion and land of the dragon

    Globalisation has swept the world. It has brought about breathtaking progress in many areas for many people.

  • The unfolding political crisis in Maldives

    Maldives has plunged into a major political crisis after the Supreme Court on February 2 in a judgement ordered the government to release 12 members of the parliament who were stripped off their posts and held by the government under different charges and order retrial of the case.

  • Debate on simultaneous polls in India

    Are simultaneous elections to national parliament (Lok Sabha) and assemblies in states in India, with its huge size and geographical and cultural diversity, feasible?

  • A double-edged sword

    In a further warning sign, 67.3 percent favoured Iran seeking to achieve economic self-sufficiency—a policy pursued by former hard-line Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. That promises to complicate any future negotiation with Iran.

  • Broadening and deepening relations in the 21st century

    Switzer-land and Bangladesh have been fostering good relations for decades.

  • America has chosen the wrong partner

    The United States is bound to the Middle East by interests, but Turkey shares about 800 miles of border with Syria and Iraq alone. In

  • When even Trump moves to the centre

    Donald Trump's first State of the Union speech as president sounded presidential. On Tuesday night, he sounded more like the

  • Opening New Horizons

    The 23rd Olympic Winter Games is going to be held in PyeongChang, Republic of Korea from February 9 to 25 for 17 days.

  • Regional rivalries threaten to fuel the fire in Syria and Iran

    Turkish allegations of Saudi, Emirati and Egyptian support for the outlawed Kurdish Workers Party (PKK) threaten to turn Turkey's military offensive against Syrian Kurds aligned with the PKK into a regional imbroglio.

  • Casualties all round when history is a battleground

    A national day that's been marked for over 80 years. The launch of an epic movie based on events 700 years ago, with one of the most lavish budgets for a Bollywood film.

  • Who will win in India's northeast elections?

    An idea of BJP's rise in the northeast can be derived from the fact that just three years ago, it was the Congress party which ruled four northeastern states—Meghalaya, Nagaland, Assam, and Arunachal Pradesh, and was the main opposition in Tripura.

  • An 'epic' bond between India and ASEAN

    While the use of hard power and tough diplomatic negotiations almost invariably hog the spotlight in international relations, the soft power rarely comes into play.

  • What now for India's judiciary?

    The never-before-seen public show of rift in India's highest judiciary recently—the hallowed Supreme Court—following the questioning by four senior judges of the apex court of the country's chief justice

  • Of huddled masses and government shutdowns

    Asignboard in front of the Statue of Liberty read: “Government Shutdown.” This was almost poetic, because the bold idea of openness

  • Pakistan’s internal politics may worsen problems

    Self-serving Pakistani politics threaten to aggravate the country's myriad problems that have strained its relations with the United States and could heighten tension in the restless, key geo-strategic region of Balochistan, a vital node bordering Iran in China's Belt and Road initiative and the earmarked home for the People's Republic's second foreign military base.

  • For the US, a year that will live in infamy

    Two events that bookended the year 2017 epitomise the dire political predicament the United States faces.

  • Thoughts and prayers are not enough

    It happened a few days back on New Year's Eve. A 16-year-old boy in New Jersey, US, killed four members of his family on December 31, just a few minutes before the brand new year dawned.

  • In the wake of the millennium migration

    A century ago, Italian immigrants told a joke: “Before I came to America, I thought the streets were paved with gold.

  • Another setback for WTO

    As feared, the Eleventh Ministerial Conference (MC11) of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on December 10-13, 2017 ended in failure. It failed to even produce the customary ministerial declaration reiterating the centrality of the global trading system and the importance of trade as a driver of development.

  • Iranian protests raise tricky questions

    In many ways, Prince Mohammed faces the same considerations in deciding how to respond to events in Iran as does US President Donald J Trump.

  • Bubbling through 2018

    As we begin a new year, the celebratory mood of 2017, which saw US tax cuts and record stock market prices, is set to spill over into 2018.

  • Our rite of passage should be safe migration, not leaky boats

    I'm a migrant, but didn't have to risk my life on a leaky boat or pay traffickers. Safe migration cannot be limited to the global elite.”

  • Trading Jerusalem for Iran

    US President Donald J Trump's recognition of Jerusalem potentially sets the stage for a controversial American effort to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict backed by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

  • The Illusionist

    Donald Trump has many formidable attributes. He has united a beleaguered white population in a common goal to protect their fundamental right to be white.

  • The journey to Oslo

    On December 10 in Oslo, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

  • Re-thinking development

    As the Commission for Global Economic Transformation, co-chaired by Nobel Laureates Joseph Stiglitz and Michael Spence, formed early last month, gets down to work, we should reflect whether emerging markets are able to formulate such a new development model.

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