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Afghanistan: Sanctions on Hekmatyar Lifted; Eyes on Russia

Paper No. 6220                                  Dated 08-Feb-2017

Guest Column by Alexander Murray

On 4 February, the UN Security Council (UNSC) agreed to remove Hezb-e-Islami-e-Gulbuddin (HIG) power-broker and former Afghan Prime Minister, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, from its international sanctions list. Having negotiated a truce with HIG and settled on the peaceful terms of Hekmatyar’s reintegration into Afghan civil society, the government of President Ashraf Ghani is sure to welcome the news.

South China Sea Conflict Escalation Possibility Analysed

Paper No. 6218                                 Dated 03-Feb-2017

By Dr Subhash Kapila

South China Sea conflict escalation in2017 hovers as a distinct possibility with the maximalist positons taken by China and the new US Trump Administration in opposing China’s claims.

Japan and India in the New Asian Geopolitical Matrix 2017

Paper No. 6216                                   Dated 27-Jan-2017

By Dr Subhash Kapila

Asia’s new geopolitical matrix in 2017 will be determined by the challenges that US President throws at China and the likely reset of US polices on Russia and it is in this churning Asian geopolitics that Japan and India will be called upon as Asia’s Emerged Powers to act in unison to meet the challenges so arising.

Book Review: Road to Nandikadal: True story of defeating Tamil Tigers, Colombo, 2016.- Major General Kamal Gunaratne

Paper No. 6215                                Dated 19-Jan-2017

Guest Column by Prof. Charles Sarvan

Epigraph: Those who have power in the present, control the story of the past; and those who control the past, shape the future.       

 (Adapted from Orwell’s dystopian novel, Nineteen Eighty-Four.)

Afghanistan cannot be abandoned to China-Pakistan-Russia Troika in 2017

Paper No. 6214                                 Dated 17-Jan-2017

By Dr Subhash Kapila

Afghanistan seemed to have disappeared from the United States radar in the months to the run-up to US Presidential Elections resulting in a void which the China-Pakistan-Russia Troika has exploited to US disadvantage.

China: Strategic Encirclement of India’s Core Interests

Paper No. 6211                                  Dated 05-Jan-2017

By Bhaskar Roy

Having failed to constrict India within South Asia with its “String of Pearls” (an American euphuism) Strategy, China has now embarked on a new initiative to trip India’s growing comprehensive national power (CNP) and influence beyond South Asia.

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.

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