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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

Politics and Education: Impact, Interventions and Interactions

Politics and Education: Impact, Interventions and Interactions

April 27, 2017 at 11:20 AM

There has been a lot of talk about how education should be a priority of anyone aiming at sustainable development. The longevity of any form of progress is dependent upon the efforts taken to improve future generations. Education is an obvious factor in the measurement of good governance. A lot of talkRead More

The Chabahar Port Project: Why China Matters for India

The Chabahar Port Project: Why China Matters for India

April 27, 2017 at 10:57 AM

On 23rd May 2016, in a strategic mission to reach out to the regions of West and Central Asia, India reached a trilateral agreement with Iran and Afghanistan known as the Chabahar Agreement. Chabahar is a city in the Southeastern Iran’s Sistan-Baluchistan province near the Gulf of Oman. With thisRead More

Q&A: “Independence for Catalonia is just a threat to blackmail Spain”

Q&A: “Independence for Catalonia is just a threat to blackmail Spain”

April 18, 2017 at 5:55 AM

Spain has warned Catalans against holding a referendum vote in September this year. Alfons López Tena – a former Catalan MP – has grown disillusioned with the independence movement as he believes it’s been stuck in a “quagmire of wishful thinking.” In early March, Artur Mas was found guilty ofRead More

Kashmir- Indian State forsaking its army?

Kashmir- Indian State forsaking its army?

April 18, 2017 at 5:12 AM

The Siamese twins, the army and the state have never been separated since they were born some eight thousand years ago. Army is a hireling of the state. Similar groups of armed men, if self employed are called rebels or bandits. For the army, the state is the client. ThatRead More

‘Bad Banks’ in India: Solution for Stressed Assets?

‘Bad Banks’ in India: Solution for Stressed Assets?

March 14, 2017 at 6:10 PM

The Indian Public Banking System has been grappling with the problems of bad loans and is unable to find more than a band aid solution for it. The Reserve Bank of India, under the leadership of Raghuram Rajan, made it very clear to the banks that the system has toRead More

Global Currencies – Q1 2017 Wrap-Up

Global Currencies – Q1 2017 Wrap-Up

March 14, 2017 at 11:37 AM

Political Risk Underscores Global FX Volatility North America Political risk will have substantial implications for global markets throughout 2017. We have already seen the impact of Brexit and the Trump election in the past year, and as populism gains momentum, particularly in Western Europe, economic cohesion – and by extensionRead More