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Afghanistan’s Turbulent Neighbourhood 2020-Implications Analysed

Paper No. 6534                       Dated 15-Jan-2020

By Dr Subhash Kapila

Afghanistan already suffering the tyranny of its geostrategic location generating Major Powers’ conflicting rivalries and if the decades-long disruptive strategies against it by its meddlesome neighbour Pakistan were not enough now stares at a turbulent Islamic neighbourhood with implications of pushing distant any chances of peace and stability.

Sri Lanka- Book on Victor's Peace- Comments

Paper No. 6533              Dated  12-Jan-2020\

By Prof. Charles Sarvan                                            

What follows is not a review of this collection of thirty-two, very perceptive, essays but a sharing of a few thoughts arising from the book, particularly from its title "Victor's Peace"- by Pararajasingham.

Nepal: Madhesi Politics- In a Mess?

Paper No. 6532                    Dated  11-Jan-2020

By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan.

It has been the curse of the Madhesis that there has been no unity among various political groups.  Individual Political leaders have been more after positions and power and have never been sincere in getting some justice to the Madhesis who are in a majority in most of the southern districts of Nepal.  Recent developments have been no exception.

United States at Strategic Crossroads in the Middle East. 2020

Paper No 6531               Dated 6-Jan-2020

By Dr Subhash Kapila

The overheated Middle East conflictual environment with the US-Iran adversarial confrontation manifested in diverse domains moved a notch higher in January 2020 to ignition point by United States  in what perceptionaly appears to be United States possible ‘War of Choice’ than a ‘War of Necessity’.

Mapping Iran-US Crisis After the Soleimani Incident

Paper No.6530                  Dated 6-Jan-2020

Guest Column: By Dr. Rajesh Krishnamachari

The year has commenced ominously with increased US-Iran tensions triggered by the targeted killing of Qasem Soleimani, the long-term head of Iran’s Quds Force. In this note, we address three questions raised by this event:

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Bhutan: Sun Kosh Hydro-Power Project- Mega Project with Mega Problems;

Paper No. 6529                    Dated 5-Jan- 2020

By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan

There is no doubt that Bhutan is keen to implement the 2560 MWSun Kosh Mega Project as it will be immensely beneficial to Bhutan’s economy.  I had already referred to this project in paper no. 6489 dated 8th September 2019 and the problems involved in the construction of a big storage dam and consequential problems relating to environment, finance et.

Russia- Iran-China- A New Strategic Trilateral in the Making:

Paper No. 6528 .             Dated  29-Dec-2019

By Dr Subhash Kapila

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