INTERNATIONAL

Friendship in trouble

If COVID-19 does stall/delay Chinese ‘aid’ to Pakistan, which is heavily dependent on it, the latter could be saddled with incomplete projects and unsustainable interest payments As the inevitability and magnitude of the impact COVID-19 would have on global economies sinks in,

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Costly skin in the game

With the certainty that the Taliban will return to the corridors of power in some form or the other, it is a no-brainer to conclude that New Delhi needs dexterity than ever before In 2001, General Abdul Rashid Dostum, then a fierce

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Foreign policy put to test

For Nepal, balancing India and China is challenging; expecting it to also balance America and Beijing would be walking a tightrope. For India, regaining space lost to China will be a long haul I go to Nepal twice a year.

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Milking the men in uniform

The global wave of uber nationalistic politics has accelerated exclusivism, polarisation and divides that are normally an anathema to the inclusive and apolitical moorings of a soldier In participative democracies, the principle of civilian supremacy over the military is both

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America’s big gamble

The US-Afghan peace deal has complicated matters. Russia and China have moved dexterously to protect their interests in the region. Both can leverage ties with Pakistan to contain the Taliban Afghanistan’s peace process has stumbled as talks between the Government

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Weinstein in prison

The verdict serves as a warning to sexual predators that they aren’t above the law; they can’t get away How the mighty have fallen and what a victory it has been for the #MeToo movement. The once influential and now disgraced Hollywood

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China’s tainted corona

While the contagious phase of COVID-19 may ebb and the communist regime may deny the PLA’s role in the battle, the world may not see it in the same light as before The sudden apparition of Coronavirus on the world stage

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Saudi crackdown

Mohammed bin Salman has detained family members seen as threats to his rule yet again Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who uses the self-styled moniker of MbS, has been projecting himself as an energetic reformer, a modernist with a

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A friend of India

Jack Welch’s legacy will be debated for decades to come but the iconic American businessman was good for us General Electric (GE), the firm that never forgot to remind us that it was founded by American inventor Thomas Alva Edison,

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Look beyond the surface

Though no major pacts were signed between the US and India, advancements were made in the important areas of defence, energy and partnership in the Indo-Pacific Riding on the back of greater people-to-people connect, public opinion has had an increasingly

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