When U.S. President Donald Trump ordered cruise-missile strikes on a Syrian air base shortly after this month’s chemical weapons attack, some Obama administration veterans were openly impressed. “[We] never would have gotten this done in 48 hours,” one of them told Politico.
Defying the populist tsunami that has swept through UK and US over the last year, in France it is the centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron who has won a close first round of the French presidential elections.
With the US strikes on Syria and Afghanistan, coming in quick succession and without the much-anticipated reset of relations with Russia, the world suddenly looks more dangerous.
The meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Donald Trump at the Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida was a great success, garnering positive comments from international media. Although the relationship between the two powers hung in an area of uncertainty when President Trump first took office in January, it is clearly now on the constructive path toward developing a cooperative bilateral relationship. A transition such as this has sent positive signals to the entire world.
In ordering cruise missile attacks on Syria, the Trump administration has for the first time publicly realised that an "America First" policy does mean that America has to act first on issues that are of concern and challenge to the comity of nations, writes Dr. Sridhar Krishnaswami for South Asia Monitor.
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The story of Afghanistan -- of the war against the Soviets and of terrorism that has gripped the landlocked country ever since -- is in many ways also the story of diplomat Masood Khalili, who motivated his people and led them...
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Over the Years, a collection of 106 short articles, offers us interesting sidelights on the currents and cross- currents in the public life of India during two distinctive periods: (I) 1987 to 1991 and (II ) 2010 to the present.