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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

Irregular Migration

Irregular Migration

March 9, 2017 at 4:43 AM

Irregular Migration: Asylum Seekers This Way, Economic Migrants That Way “Djibouti  City, Djibouti –  As refugees from Yemen continue to arrive in historical ports such as Obock, Berbera and Bosaso, all located in the Horn of Africa, another group of migrants are heading in the opposite direction. Fleeing persecution, droughtRead More

Averting International Law: Israel’s Attempt to Expand

Averting International Law: Israel’s Attempt to Expand

March 9, 2017 at 4:38 AM

  The recent headline of Israeli police forcefully evicting forty Jewish families from an ‘illegal’ Israeli settlement on the Palestinian territory of Amona in early February propelled the notion that the Israeli government may now be taking international law seriously by disbanding settlements in the West Bank. But has IsraeliRead More

A Bottle of Water in Sittwe

A Bottle of Water in Sittwe

February 24, 2017 at 2:20 PM

Walking on the streets of Sittwe, the tension is always palpable. The capital of Rakhine State in Myanmar is marked by the hesitant smiles of locals and deep gazes that seek to thoroughly pierce through a visitor’s body. When you land at Sittwe airport, they ask you to write yourRead More

Canada and the EU: the dawn of a new Western Order

Canada and the EU: the dawn of a new Western Order

February 23, 2017 at 5:46 PM

After 8 years of negotiations and 18 discussions held in 2016 alone, on February 15 the European Parliament ratified the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). The first of a new generation of European trade agreements, dubbed by the Canadian Prime Minister as a blueprint for international trade ofRead More

The ISIS Network: Has it been underestimated?

The ISIS Network: Has it been underestimated?

February 22, 2017 at 5:06 AM

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, Daesh, “so-called Islamic State”, ISIS, call them what you will, are not a state and disregard certain tenets of Islam wilfully. What they are becoming however, is far more interesting to speculate on, in the light of the diplomatic wrangles between theRead More