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  • Pakistan’s Afghanistan Policy and a Troubled Peace Process
    Dr Shalini Chawla    ·   05 May, 2020    ·    #5684    ·    Commentary    
    While the world is engrossed in intensifying the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, Afghanistan’s peace process is finding it difficult to draw the necessary time and attention from the international community. The Taliban rejected the Afgha...
  • East Asia Compass
    Strange Bedfellows: COVID-19 and the New Japan-China Camaraderie

    Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra    ·   30 Apr, 2020    ·    #5683    ·    Commentary    ·   Column
    The COVID-19 pandemic has led to fractures in bilateral relationships with China amid growing international condemnation of Beijing’s handling of the crisis, with one notable exception: Japan. Quite strangely, the crisis has bought about a ra...
  • Could COVID-19 Further Endanger Multilateralism?
    Seema Joshi    ·   30 Apr, 2020    ·    #5682    ·    Commentary    
    The COVID-19 crisis brings to light three indicators that could pose more risks to multilateralism: a lack of accountability from global powers as well as international institutions, rising nationalism, and an absence of coordinated responses. ...
  • COVID-19: Calling an Olympic Truce on Global Conflict
    Tanvi Kulkarni.    ·   29 Apr, 2020    ·    #5681    ·    Commentary    
    Calling for a global ceasefire on conflicts around the world, in March 2020, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, said that the world is fighting a “common enemy” in COVID-19. However, this pandemic does not appea...
  • Strategic Space
    International Solidarity for Nuclear Security: Lessons from a Pandemic

    Manpreet Sethi    ·   27 Apr, 2020    ·    #5680    ·    Commentary    ·   Column
    In his September 2019 UN General Assembly speech, President Trump said, “The future does not belong to globalists… the future belongs to sovereign and individual nations who protect their citizens…” Less than six months later, the pres...
  • COVID-19: A Gendered Reading of a Pandemic
    Akanksha Khullar    ·   21 Apr, 2020    ·    #5679    ·    Commentary    
    The gender-disaggregated data available so far for COVID-19 demonstrates an almost equal number of confirmed cases between men and women. However, mortality rates are higher among men (2.8 per cent) than women (1.7 per cent). Purely from the ...
  • Who Manages What?: COVID-19 and the Centre-State Division of Responsibilities
    N Manoharan    ·   16 Apr, 2020    ·    #5678    ·    Commentary    
    Who is responsible for COVID-19 management in India? The centre, the states, or both?Going by the division of powers as per the Constitution, Schedule 7, Entry 6, “Public health and sanitation; hospitals and dispensaries” fall within the d...
  • Exploring the Potential of an India-Japan Naval Treaty
    Siddharth Anil Nair    ·   15 Apr, 2020    ·    #5676    ·    Commentary    
    For decades, Japan’s military capability has been restrained by Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution. However, the introduction of two documents—the Guidelines for US-Japan Defence Cooperation (2015) (henceforth, the “Guidelines”), a...
  • Phase-II of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor: Dim Prospects
    Nowmay Opalinski    ·   15 Apr, 2020    ·    #5675    ·    Commentary    
    As the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)—which is part of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI)—enters its second phase, Pakistan’s new Special Economic Zones (SEZ) are now at the forefront of the Sino-Pakistani industrial cooper...
  • The Relevance of Aslam Farooqui’s Arrest
    Rajeshwari Krishnamurthy    ·   06 Apr, 2020    ·    #5674    ·    Commentary    
    On 4 April, Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security (NDS) announced that Aslam Farooqui, the chief of the Islamic State ‘Khorasan Province’ (ISKP) had been arrested in Kandahar, Afghanistan, along with 19 others, including two key ...
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