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  • Prince Salman's move towards moderation

    In his effort to improve Saudi Arabia's badly tarnished image and project the kingdom as embracing an unidentified form of moderate Islam, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has hinted that he envisions a conservative rather than an ultra-conservative society, but not one in which citizens are fully free to make personal, let alone political choices of their own.

  • Congress' leftward tilt for the big battle

    There was more than one reason why the recent plenary session of India's main opposition party Congress stood out as an important political event.

  • Why the US and EU are demanding that China open up its markets

    Happenings in China always make the headlines around the globe. Two recent events, one in the political arena and the other in the economic policy domain, will have profound, long-term impacts not only in China but also geopolitically. The first event happened in Beijing. President Xi Jinping secured a lifetime job by having the National People's Congress endorse his desire to continue ruling beyond the two-term limit set by the Constitution.

  • No dove in the White House

    In yet another “apprentice-style” dismissal, US President Donald Trump fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson—his 20th dismissal as

  • Can Modi remake India?

    Narendra Modi is a powerful phenomenon in Indian politics. Though he is not part of the traditional elites, either by caste or education, he has enormous energy.

  • Did Trump start a trade war?

    European Union (EU) President Jean-Clause Juncker warned the United States (US) on March 2 that EU will retaliate in kind if President Trump follows through with his plans to impose tariffs on steel and aluminium imports from Europe.

  • Saffron sunrise on India's northeast

    Five years is a long time in electoral politics. From zero to zenith—that is how Prime Minister Narendra Modi described BJP's rise to power in Tripura assembly elections. What he was pointing to is statistics. In the previous assembly elections in 2013 in the state, BJP had failed to get a single seat but this time it won an emphatic majority on its own in a state where its organisational growth comprised largely of imports from other parties like Congress, Trinamool Congress and CPI(M).

  • Model trade deal con

    In early 2016, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement—involving twelve countries on the Pacific Ocean rim, including the USA—was signed in New Zealand. Right after his inauguration in January 2017, newly elected US President Donald Trump withdrew from the TPP, effectively killing the agreement as its terms require the participation of both the US and Japan.

  • Gulf crisis upends fiction of a separation of sports and politics

    The Gulf crisis that has pitted World Cup host Qatar against a United Arab Emirates-Saudi Arabia-led alliance for the past eight months is showing up the fiction of a separation of sports and politics.

  • America's lethal gun status quo

    Nineteen-year-old Nikolas Cruz arrived at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, in an Uber at 2:19pm on Wednesday, February 14. He carried a duffel bag in which he hid his semiautomatic AR-15 rifle. He entered the school building, pulled his weapon out and randomly shot people on a whim. Seventeen people, mostly students, were killed in the carnage.

  • The next big opportunity

    Relations between China and Bangladesh have undergone a speedy transformation in the past few decades. The former is the latter's

  • 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.