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Myanmar: The State of the Peace Process and the Chinese Involvement:

Paper No. 6464 .   Dated 24-Nov-2018

By S.Chandrasekharan

On November 21, Suu Kyi made an important speech at the Advisory Forum on National Reconciliation Process at Nay Pyi Taw in which she frankly explained the challenges the Myanmar Government had faced in moving ahead with the Peace Process.  

To me, it looked like a message not only to the domestic audience and various entities like the Army but also to the outside world when she touched upon the Rakhine Issue too.

China and United States on a Collision Trajectory -2018

Paper No. 6463              Dated 24-Nov-2018

By Dr Subhash Kapila

China in end-2018 seems set firmly on a collision trajectory with the United States which has got accentuated with Chinese President Xi Jinping with his oversized strategic ambitions having met more than his match in US President Trump imbued with his ‘America First’ national aim brooking no Chinese challenge to dilute US global predominance.

Bhutan: Post Election Developments:

Paper No. 6462              Dated 21-Nov-2018

By S.Chandrasekharan

On 19th October, the Election Commission of Bhutan formally declared the election results with the DNT acquiring 30 seats and the DPT  the rest in the 47 seat assembly. The DNT was thus officially declared as the third elected Government in Bhutan and the DPT as the Opposition.

Maldives: Solih Takes Over- The Challenges ahead

Paper No 6461                Dated 19-Nov-2018

By S.Chandrasekharan

On November 17th, Solih took over as the seventh President of Maldives in a glittering ceremony at the Galolhu National Stadium.

Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi, former President of Sri Lanka Chandrika Kumaratunghe as well as Senior Representatives of 46 countries were present for the occasion.

China Attempts Resetting Relations with Japan under Geo Political Pressures

Paper No. 6460         Dated 17-Nov-2018

By Dr Subhash Kapila

China’s invitation to Japanese PM Shinzo Abe to visit China in end-October 2018 may be significant in terms of China’s shift to reset relations with Japan due to prevailing geopolitical pressures but it certainly does not herald ‘game-changer’ long term perspective in established US-led security architecture in East Asia.

Pakistan-China headed for Massive Shift due to Geopolitical Compulsions

Paper No   6459 .                 Dated 10-Nov-2018

onBy Dr Subhash Kapila

Geopolitical compulsions seem to be bearing down heavily in steering Pakistan- China ‘All Weather Iron Brother Relations’ towards a massive shift in end-2018 whose first indicator has been the less than successful first visit of new Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan to Beijing from November 02-05 2018.

PAKISTAN: Sectarian Groups Running Riot:

Paper No. 6458 .    Dated 07-Nov-2018

By R.M.Panda

The Minorities are not Safe:

Though Pakistan consists of many religious, ethno-linguistic minority groups, it continues to be dominated by fanatical sectarian groups with official blessings and making it intolerable for non Muslim minorities like Ahmadis, Christians, Hindus, Buddhists, Calash, Sikhs and the Parsis to survive.

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