Politics

How the ouster of Steve Bannon bodes for the Trump Reign

How the ouster of Steve Bannon bodes for the Trump Reign

More than a century ago, the Czar Nicholas II of the Russian empire had the proverbial “world” at his whim. His empire had made significant leaps forward in industry, agriculture and science. The standard of living had risen incredibly and following the failed 1905 revolution, the State Duma (Russian for […]

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The Compounding Woes of Venezuela

The Compounding Woes of Venezuela

Venezuela is on the cusp of an economic collapse as President Nicolas Maduro seems to be adamant on destroying the fragile democratic institutions or whatever little remains of them. It is quite a long way from the place that was once the most prosperous country in Latin America. It was […]

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Brewing Feud between Moscow and Washington

Brewing Feud between Moscow and Washington

Vladimir Putin, the incumbent President of the Russian Federation has seen the western media develop a sort of addiction for him, not always positive though. In 2015, during the pinnacle days of both Republic and Democratic Party nominee debates, the one constant question was, “How will the next US President […]

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Muhammad bin Salman – Prodigium of the Gladiator Empire

Muhammad bin Salman – Prodigium of the Gladiator Empire

On 21st of June, 2017, King Salman of Saudi Arabia sent shockwaves within the perennial Kingdom and across the globe with the announcement of succession of his son, Muhammad bin Salman – who is commonly known as MbS – to the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia. The royal decree announced […]

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Indian paramilitary soldiers stand guard during curfew in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Friday, July 15, 2016. Curfew imposed in the disputed Himalayan region continued for the seventh straight day to check anti-India violence following the recent killing of Burhan Wani, chief of operations of Hizbul Mujahideen, Kashmir's largest rebel group. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)

Applying the Concept of Sovereignty in Indian Occupied Kashmir

Being political in nature, the concept of sovereignty under jurisprudence means the authority and full power to govern without any interference or opposition. An important ingredient of sovereignty according to majority of the jurists is that it must be accepted with one voice, without any external or internal obstructions. This […]

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India: Israel’s Compadre

India: Israel’s Compadre

The recent visit to Israel by the Indian Prime Minister Narendar Damdordas Modi has made headlines in both countries. It was the first visit by an Indian leader to Israel in the last 70 years. Several significant agreements were signed between India and Israel over the three day visit. Among […]

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Deciphering US nonchalance in the G20 Summit

Deciphering US nonchalance in the G20 Summit

The Guardian ran the headline “G19”. Numerous reputable and well established papers across the world, international and domestic, swiftly followed the cue. The Independent, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal and nearly every reputable news resource took a similar rhetoric. In the preceding presidencies, such […]

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Giving thought to Trump visit at the G20 Summit

Giving thought to Trump visit at the G20 Summit

“Whoever believes the problems of this world can be solved by isolationism and protectionism is making a tremendous error on their own face value”, these words not only represent a crude statement of obvious meaning but also seem to transcend the usual cloak and dagger approach to politics and diplomacy. […]

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Can Social Engineering save Afghanistan?

Can Social Engineering save Afghanistan?

When it comes to the Long Distance Social Engineering (LDSE) projects, particularly in Afghanistan, two main theoretical approaches can be thought of i.e. the Democratic Peace Theory and the Multiple Realism Deficiency Disorder (MRDD). As far as the Democratic Peace theory is concerned, it envisages that the democracies don’t fight […]

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South Asia and the Efficacy of Soft Power

South Asia and the Efficacy of Soft Power

Ancient Chinese principles of war embodied in Sun Tzu’s “Art of War” preach the notion of a victory where blood need not be spilled. As the age of globalization dawns, the traditional notions of power are being altered as the art of persuasion is beginning to hold sway, more than […]

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