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China’s Brinkmanship on Dalai Lama’s visit to Arunachal Pradesh

Paper No. 6242                               Dated 12-Apr-2017

By Bhaskar Roy

China has periodically raised the issue of Arunachal Pradesh as a disputed territory, and linked it to the resolution of India-China border issue.  It has always protested visits by senior leaders to Arunachal Pradesh, especially to Tawang, where the Galden Namgyal monastery is located. 

United States Policy Focus 2017-Middle East or East Asia?

Paper No. 6241                                 Dated 10-Apr-2017

By Dr Subhash Kapila

The United States in 2017 seems to be falling into the same trap of the decade of the 2000s wherein US Middle East-predominant policy focus enabled China’s military rise threatening American predominance in East Asia.

Russian President Putin’s Stern Message to Russian Muslim Minorities

Paper No. 6240                                  Dated 06-Apr-2017

By Dr Subhash Kapila

President Putin’s stern message to Russian Muslim minorities in an address to the DUMA (Russian Parliament) received a standing ovation for nearly five minutes, as per reports. The Russian President is quoted to have sent an unambiguous message to Russian Muslim minorities as reproduced below.

U. P. ELECTORAL VERDICT –BJP is not the winner but the Vote Bank Politics is the loser.

Paper No. 6239                                     Dated 06-Apr-2017

R. Upadhyay

The spectacular UP Electoral Verdict for once broke the traditional vote bank politics that was being played in the country for the last six decades.

Xi Jinping to test if Donald Trump is a Paper Tiger

Paper No. 6238                                  Dated 05-Apr-2017

By Bhaskar Roy

There is great expectation in China that when President Xi Jinping meets President Donald Trump at the Mar-a-Lago resort (April 6-7) relations will be reset as the Chinese say in a “win-win” manner.  At the moment the Chinese are not quite sure how Trump will react to various planks that he had outlined in the run-up to his elections, and even after that.

Russia in Waziristan; Kabul Needs Support, Not Competition

Paper No. 6237                                 Dated 05-Apr-2017

Guest Column by Alexander Murray

As the recent explosions on the St Petersburg metro are assessed, a continuing theme across the world is the question of whether or not a militant terror network was involved and if so, is it of a transnational design. Due to recurring attacks claimed and attributed to Daesh, this is a common global concern.

Russia’s Unprincipled Rebound to Afghanistan 2017

Paper No. 6236                                                Dated 03-Apr-2017

By Dr Subhash Kapila

Russia’s unprincipled rebound to Afghanistan clearly visible in 2017 in the company of Pakistan and the Taliban who jointly spearheaded the Soviet exit from Afghanistan reflects the Russian depravity of political expediency.

Russia would be sorely disappointed if it has concluded that its renewed rebound to Afghanistan by an unholy coalition with Pakistan and the Afghan Taliban groups would result in the United States withdrawal from Afghanistan.

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