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The recently concluded first round of presidential election in Afghanistan is very significant as it is the first time in its turbulent history that an elected president will hand over office to another elected president. Though there have been allegations of rigging and fraudulent practices, but holding the election itself was laudable and is the first major step towards democracy writes Jai Kumar Verma

 
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There is one thing in international relations and diplomacy that has been said over and over again — there are no permanent friends, no permanent enemies, only permanent interests. This, in a nutshell, puts Indian foreign policy under the new dispensation within the framework of challenges opportunities and management writes Dr. Sridhar Krishnaswami

 
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The real test of China's willingness to keep military spending constant will come when its headlong economic growth starts to slow further. But on past form, China's leaders will continue to worry more about internal threats to their control than external ones writes Mohan Guruswamy

 
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For close to two decades, India has tried to place its own long troubled northeast at the heart of its ‘Look East’ policy, assuming that would end the region’s isolation and help it develop through trade and investment from the neighbourhood writes Subir Bhaumik

 
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s dramatic approach to foreign policy and the conduct of diplomacy was evidenced even before he was sworn in by the manner in which he extended an invite to the leaders of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries writes C Uday Bhaskar

 
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The long and unabated conflict in Afghanistan has contributed to the humanitarian crisis in that country, leading to forced migration of the population from conflict prone areas to safer places within the country or to other countries writes Gaurav Dixit

 
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On May 21, Russia's state-controlled gas company Gazprom sealed a $400 billion gas supply deal with the China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) at a signing ceremony in Shanghai during the visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Under the deal, Gazprom will supply 38 billion cubic meters (bcm) of gas to China each year, with the possibility of increasing shipments to 60 bcm per year writes Monish Gulati

 
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Independent of expectations to the contrary from various stakeholders to the ‘ethnic issue’ in neighbouring Sri Lanka, the personal touch of India’s new Prime Minister Narendra Modi alone could be a departure, if any, from the well-considered Indian policy from the past writes N Sathiya Moorthy

 
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Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi’s swearing-in ceremony is being held amid the historic presence of leaders of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) nations. There has been growing opposition from parties in Tamil Nadu, including the MDMK, an ally of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) which is forming government, to the invitation extended to Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa writes Gaurav Kumar

 
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There are no solo events in South Asia, particularly when it comes to India-Pakistan relations. The brief, high-profile visit to India of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to attend the inauguration of the new government led by Narendra Modi, despite the bonhomie it generated, is no exception writes Mahendra Ved

 


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spotlight image During the visit to Vietnam by Modi in 2016, economic cooperation was highlighted as a strategic priority in the ‘Comprehensive Strategic Partnership” between the two countries
 
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi embarked on a four-nation tour of Europe Monday (May 29) where cooperation on counter-terrorism, civil nuclear technology, free trade, defence, science and technology and investment would dominate the bilateral summit agenda.
 
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To recall Jawaharlal Nehru is fundamentally to recall the egalitarian democracy he inaugurated in India, to remember the support he provided to the decolonisation of Asia and Africa through the 1950s and 1960s, recalls Syed Badrul Ahsan
 
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The killing of Sabzar Bhat, a Kashmiri militant, in an encounter with counter-insurgency operatives is bound to aggravate the tumult in the Valley.
 
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Recently, quite a few stories have appeared on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) in both local and international publications.
 
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What a week it has been for the Middle East! People of Iran came out in droves to re-elect Rouhani as president for another term.
 
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As the United States (US) President Donald Trump returns home from his first foreign trip the world is presented with two contrasting images from this major foreign policy benchmark.
 
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  Title: The Exile; Author:  Cathy Scott-Clark & Adrian Levy; Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing; Pages: 640; Price: Rs 699

 
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Jim Corbett was a British-Indian hunter and tracker-turned-conservationist, author and naturalist; who started off as an officer in the British army and attained the rank of a colonel. Frequently called in to kill man-eating tigers or leopards,...

 
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Title: Bollywood Boom; Author: Roopa Swaminathan; Publisher: Penguin; Price: Rs 399; Pages: 221

 
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Title: Defeat is an Orphan: How Pakistan Lost the Great South Asian War; Author: Myra Macdonald; Publisher: Penguin Random House India; Pages: 328; Price: Rs 599

 
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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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