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Pakistan Army’s Next Chief of Army Staff?

Paper No. 6157                                Dated 08-Aug-2016

By Dr Subhash Kapila

Pakistan Army’s current Chief of Army Staff, General Raheel Sharif is due to retire in end-November 2016 and though he had declared in January 2016 that he would not seek extension, the grapevine has gone silent thereafter leaving utter suspense.

Nepal: Oli Resigns: Dahal of CPN- MC Poised to Take Over- Update No. 336

Note No. 769                                    Date 04 Aug-2016
 
By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan
 
Maoist Chief Dahal is poised to take over as Prime Minister in place of Oli.  Till the time of writing no other leader has registered for election to the post of Prime Minister, though there were reports from the valley that the former Speaker Nembang may be put up as a candidate from the UML.
 
Oli Resigns:
 

India-China Engagement- Disturbing Divergence

Paper No. 6156                                Dated 04 Aug 2016
 
By Bhaskar Roy
 
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi started his tenure just over two years ago with a message of goodwill and partnership in development with India’s neighbours, including China.  Soon after, Chinese president XI Jinping made his maiden visit to India.
 

Russia-US Rapproachment- A Strategic Imperative:

Paper No. 6155                               Dated 01-Aug-2016
 
By Dr Subhash Kapila
 
Russia and United States estranged relationship impinges on global security and stability with China as a ‘revisionist power’ being the major beneficiary of this estrangement and with vested interests in sustaining this trust-deficit.
 

Turkey’s Political Turbulence Cause of Strategic Concern

Paper No. 6153                               Dated 26-Jul-2016

By Dr Subhash Kapila

Turkey’s political turbulence evidenced by the attempted military coup in recent weeks in mid-2016 raises grave strategic concerns arising from its crucial geostrategic location astride the junction of Europe and Asia.

Turkey perceptionaly stands besieged today both internally and externally as a result of its domestic politics and its foreign policy deviating from its long established Western-centric policies.

Nepal: Oli's Govt Fall Imminent: Dahal Pulls the “Rug”- Update No. 335

Note No. 768                                      Dated 21-Jul-2016

By Dr. S. Chandrasekharan.

On 12th July, the Maoist Centre of Nepal led by Dahal formally withdrew its support to Oli’s government.  The next day a no confidence motion against  Oli was filed in the Parliament.

Oli Defiant!

Devious Plans of China to bring in the issue of Andaman and Nicobar Islands ownership

Paper No. 6152                                   Dated 21-Jul-2016

Guest Column by Commodore RS Vasan IN (Retd)

There have been some reports from New Delhi to indicate that China’s Officiating Ambassador to India made a quid-pro-quo suggestion to India seeking its support for its South China Sea (SCS) claims based on historicity to resolve the outstanding border disputes.

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