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Nepal: In a Messy State? Update No. 342

Note No. 777                                  Dated 04-Jan-2017

By Dr. S. Chandrasekharan.

It is more than a year and a half that the new constitution was promulgated.  Yet there has been no progress at all in implementation as the parties are still quarreling over reconfiguration of different provinces.

Pakistan in deep Deception – India has a Difficult Deal

Paper No. 6206                                   Dated 20-Dec-2016

By Bhaskar Roy

Depression can be treated.  But self-inflicted deception which hurts neighbours can be controlled to an extent if the patient is locked up in a padded cell.  This self-deception is like a jigsaw puzzle with a few pieces missing, frustrating everyone including even Pakistan itself.

India’s Foreign Policy Challenges 2017 Analysed

Paper No. 6205                                   Dated 19-Dec-2016

By Dr Subhash Kapila

Fluidity in global geopolitical dynamics on verge of 2017 centring on USA, Russia and China with consequent impact on Indian foreign policy is already evident with the initial posturing of US President-elect Trump.

Nepal: Madhesi Groups Accept the New Amendments: A Welcome Move - Update No. 341

Note No. 776                                    Dated 12-Dec-2016

By Dr. S. Chandrasekharan

After much dilly dallying and hesitation, the main Madhesi group SLMM- Samyukta Loktantric Madhesi Morcha agreed to accept the new amendments to the constitution which in their view addresses three of their concerns-namely citizenship, representation in the Upper house and on the working language in the provinces.

Bhutan: Strengthening Democracy- the Local Government Elections: Update No. 117

Note No. 775                                 Dated 06-Dec-2016

By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan

It is eight years since democracy was introduced in Bhutan.  It has already had two elections at the national level, with one resulting in a change of government and two elections to the National Council. Elections were peaceful and orderly.

China’s naval base in Pakistan Revealed – China’s New Global Game

Paper No. 6203                                Dated 06-Dec-2016

By Bhaskar Roy

Talking to The Express Tribune (Nov 25, 2016) Pakistani naval officers revealed that Chinese naval ships would be deployed at the Gwadar Sea Port to safeguard the port and trade under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). 

Pakistan’s New Army Chief General Bajwa & India’s Futile Speculation

Paper No. 6200                               Dated 28-Nov-2016

By Dr Subhash Kapila

Pakistan’s announcement of new Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa on November 24 2016 set in motion a torrent of futile Indian media speculation on positive implications for India in terms of his attitudinal postures.

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