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India’s entry into the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation: A boost to regional stability?

India’s entry into the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation: A boost to regional stability?

June 14, 2017 at 1:01 AM

As India and Pakistan set to become formal members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) during its forthcoming summit on 8th June 2017 in Astana, Kazakhstan, there are lot of anxieties as regards the SCO turning into a battleground for settling scores owing to their animosities over the question ofRead More

Return of Ebola

Return of Ebola

June 13, 2017 at 5:34 PM

    The deadliest Ebola outbreak in forty years only ended on June 9 2016, and now, less than a year later, the World Health Organization has announced the return of the virus. Between 2013 and 2016 Ebola infected more than 28,000 people and killed at least 11,000 in West Africa.Read More

Politics of Destabilisation and Regime Change in Venezuela

Politics of Destabilisation and Regime Change in Venezuela

June 13, 2017 at 5:19 PM

Political Opposition in Venezuela is in a negative-sum game. Actors of different hues and mutual contradictions have united in their common hatred for President Nicolas Maduro and in their determination to overthrow the Chavista regime – in power since 1999. Opposition is working in tandem with international actors who areRead More

Czech constitutional crisis: “Sorry jako”

Czech constitutional crisis: “Sorry jako”

June 12, 2017 at 2:18 PM

Charged spats between government officials are rarely, if ever, looked upon from the sidelines with enthusiasm, and are more frequently perceived by the public as painful examples of childish behaviour and posturing that corrode the dignity usually expected to surround public office. Indeed, prolonged squabbles may be described as embarrassingRead More

Climate Change: Looking ahead

Climate Change: Looking ahead

June 11, 2017 at 6:11 PM

On many occasions, I have faced the need to comprehensively define energy policy or climate policy for people whose interests are aroused by the news stories/articles on energy, climate change, environment etc. that come up daily. In a bid to offer a simple definition (but my professors will usually pauseRead More

Trouble in the Balkans

Trouble in the Balkans

June 1, 2017 at 11:02 AM

Since the conclusion of the Yugoslav Wars of the 1990s, ethnic conflicts have lingered but remained under control in Eastern Europe. This year, however, has seen rising European nationalism and political turmoil spread into the Balkans. Territorial disputes and internal divisions have shaken the fragile status quo in the formerRead More

Playing the Devil’s Advocate – Isolationism

Playing the Devil’s Advocate – Isolationism

May 21, 2017 at 3:44 PM

Ever since President Roosevelt began using the term to disparage the anti-war lobbyists in the 1940s – lobbyists who lost their last vestige of credibility after the bombing of Pearl Harbour – ‘isolationism’ has had a distinctly negative tone, bringing to mind narrow-mindedness and an oafish refusal to accept theRead More

The “Feminization” of the European Far Right

The “Feminization” of the European Far Right

May 16, 2017 at 7:32 AM

In Europe, the far-right strategy is to appeal to women voters and  generate support The name of Austria’s far-right party — the “Freedom Party,” led by Barbara Rosenkranz — is striking both for its simple, faultless suitability to any faction across the political spectrum and how the far right’s authoritarianRead More

Interview: Chechnya and LGBTQ concerns

Interview: Chechnya and LGBTQ concerns

May 4, 2017 at 5:42 PM

Allow me to re-introduce you to Nicklaus Thomas-Symonds. Nick (as we called him) was one of my tutors during my time at Oxford. A leading barrister, academic and writer, Nick was already quite prominent within academic and political circles in Britain. He was elected as the Labour MP for Torfaen in May 2015 andRead More

Housing in India with RERA (Real Estate Act)

Housing in India with RERA (Real Estate Act)

May 1, 2017 at 10:37 AM

In most busy Indian towns and cities, half-completed buildings  (which remain to be in that state for a long period of time) are a ubiquitous sight constantly catching the attention of most people. It is not surprising that what you saw yesterday, what you see today and what you willRead More