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The mid-October Geneva talks apropos Iran’s nuclear programme has generated cautious optimism both in Teheran and the international community about the ‘deadlock being broken’. This tentative thaw in Iran–US relations is potentially significant, and while it has global and regional implications it also creates both opportunities and challenges for India writes Shraddha Bahandari

 
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Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif met with US President Barack Obama on Oct 23 during a four-day visit to Washington. This was the first official visit of a Pakistani prime minister to the US in five years writes Monish Gulati

 
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Thirty-40 heavily armed Pakistani infiltrators entered Keran sector of Kupwara in Jammu & Kashmir on or about Sep 23. It was the time when 3/3 Gorkha Rifles were taking over charge from 20 Kumaon. At the time of handing over and taking over of the area sometimes security becomes lax, and the Pakistani infiltrators took advantage of the situation writes Jai Kumar Verma 

 
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In the past few months, especially since the election of Hassan Rouhani as the president of Iran in June this year, an atmosphere of cautious optimism has been created on the Iran nuclear issue writes Col Rajeev Agarwal

 
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The Patna High Court on Oct 9 suspended conviction of the 26 accused in the Laxmanpur Bathe massacre on the ground of lack of evidence. The trial court had convicted all the 26 accused and sentenced 10 to life imprisonment and handed down capital punishment to 16 people on April 7, 2010 writes Gaurav Kumar

 
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As a nation, Bangladesh’s determination to uphold secularism since its independence, starting with the ban on religion-based political parties by the then provisional government, is a stellar example for other nations to take note writes Monish Gulati 

 
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Over the past decade, there has been a realisation that India and Turkey need to forge closer relations and there is an urgent need to revitalise ties that were lost in insignificance during the Cold War era and even thereafter due to various reasons writes Col Rajeev Agarwal

 
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The prospect for a stable and peaceful Afghanistan is strongly dependent on the cohesiveness of the nearly 3,35,000-strong Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) comprising mainly army, police and air force. After dethroning of the Taliban in 2001, the foremost challenge was to rebuild the debilitated army writes Gaurav Kumar

 
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Amid apprehension of large scale violence and rigging, the provincial elections in the Northern Province of Sri Lanka were conducted in a relatively peaceful manner, excluding a few cases of pre-poll violence writes Gaurav Kumar

 
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On October 1 Prime Minister Manmohan Singh landed back in India from the US, capping a week of unusual events that saw him negotiate a few tricky turns occurring back home and some equally tricky moments abroad, even as he met with the US president, addressed the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) and concluded the much-debated meeting with the Pakistani prime minster writes Monish Gulati

 


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Addressing entrepreneurs, policymakers, technologists, and academics December 7 at the Carnegie India Global Technology Summit in Bengaluru, India's Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar underscored the need to harness the power of technological change for faster economic development.
 
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The strangest of the several barbs hurled hurdled at Pakistan during and after the recently concluded Heart of Asia conference at Amritsar, India,  was that Pakistan is trying to change perception about the Taliban writes Monish Gulati  
 
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Actually, Modi is on to a long-term experiment in India. He and the government aim to re-engineer human souls and minds as much as socio-economic realities. writes Sudip Bhattacharyya for South Asia Monitor.
 
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But there are reasons for optimism too. At first glance, the election of Trump, Europe’s problems and the UK’s vote for Brexit represent a shift against immigration, globalisation and liberal ideals. The wider picture, however, looks a bit different.
 
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Diplomacy can be quirky when not decidedly cold. Donald Trump has caused a flutter in the international roost weeks before his inaugural as the President of the United States of America. He himself has been left wondering how the  "US sells Taiwan billions of dollars of military equipment, but I should not accept a congratula
 
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The Heart Of Asia conference in Amritsar called for immediate elimination of terrorism to help the war-ravaged country in its political and economic transition. Access the full text here...
 
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Africa is a world leader in poverty and hunger due to a lack of committed leadership and rampant corruption, said Dr Kanayo F. Nwanze, president of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) in his address at the House of Lords December 7.  
 
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It is accepted conventional wisdom the world over, ever since well-known military theorist, Carl Von Clausewitz, first articulated the aphorism in the late 18th century that “war is a continuation of politics by other means”.  
 
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An aching sense of love, loss and yearning permeate this work of fiction which, however, reads like a personal narrative set in an intensely disruptive period of Indian history, and adds to the genre of partition literature, writes Ni...

 
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This is a path-breaking work on India's foreign policy since Narendra Modi became the Prime Minister in May 2014 and surprised everyone by taking virtual charge of the external affairs portfolio. A man who had been denied visa by some count...

 
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The pattern of Chinese actions on the global stage demonstrates that it lives by the credo of might is right, a potent tool in its armoury for the pursuit of aggressive designs, writes Sudip Talukdar for South Asia Monitor....

 
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The Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammad and others of their ilk not only destabilise Pakistan and make it one of the world's most dangerous places but also threaten neighbouring Afghanistan and India -- and even far...

 
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