Geopolitics

Geopolitics

Afghanistan’s “Escape from Reality”

At the recent UNSC session on Afghanistan, yet again the representatives of Kabul (and roughly 57% of Afghanistan) resorted to traditional mudslinging against Pakistan in unison with their Indian counterparts in a coordinated attack. As has become the defining theme of Afghanistan's "escape from reality" syndrome, all of Afghanistan's problems were claimed to be originating from Pakistan, and the...

NATO’s Relevance and Europe’s Search for an Alternative

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) came into being to guarantee security to the war-torn Europe after the most devastating war in human history called “World War II.” It was precisely meant for containing “Communist” threat from the former Soviet Union. The “Warsaw Pact” was the response to NATO during the height of cold war by the Soviet Russia....

US-Russia Relations 2017: Wither detente?

Donald Trump’s ascendance to power in Washington renewed hopes of US-Russia détente. Such expectations were inevitable owing to his views about Vladimir Putin and faith in US-Russia cooperation as expressed during the election campaign. However, the probability of thaw in relations seems less likely in the backdrop of renewed US sanctions on Russia and subsequent Russian call for the...

Impact of Rohingya Crisis on ASEAN

The Rohingyas are minority Muslim groups in Buddhist-majority Myanmar. Of the country’s total population of 51 million, only about 1.2 million are Rohingyas. But in the country’s northern Rakhine state, where most Rohingyas live in townships, they are more numerous than Buddhists. The United Nations considers the stateless Rohingya to be among the world’s most persecuted minorities. According to United...

Saudi-Iranian Rapprochement: Prospects and Implications

The Middle East is a region of strategic importance not just in its interactions and politics but in the international realm; the region has always been volatile and is prone to wars and conflicts. These wars and conflicts determine many interests and policies of regional and foreign powers. It can be claimed that the region comes with some circumstances...

Maritime Triangle at Asia-Pacific

From historical perspective to the contemporary, it is evident that that traditional and non-traditional security challenges converge at sea as they impact politico-economic, environment, energy, food and national security. The center of gravity of global politics has largely shifted from Europe to Middle East, Asia and now Asia Pacific. As the region is witnessing the rise of two of...

Shadows of Doklam Crisis on BRICS Summit

The BRICS Summit 2017 of Xiamen clearly had a historical significance. It pointed out for the first time in nearly three centuries that the West can no longer monopolize global economic and political activities. The South and East are definitely uniting to undermine the remnants of Western power by first seeking to establish a non-Western financial system. As the rapprochement...

Rohingya Crisis and Bengal Delta!

As an effect of Myanmar Army's ethnically cleansing of Rohingyas in the name of countering terrorism created a refugee crisis in Rakhine District at Myanmar. According to Reuters, more than 140,000 of the estimated 800,000 to 1,100,000 Rohingya have been forced to seek refuge in displacement camps after the 2012 Rakhine State riots. On humanitarian grounds, Bangladesh and India governments must rehabilitate them in...

The Rohingya Crisis Could Topple Sheikh Hasina

Bangladesh has been mired in political scandals and ever-escalating tensions for the past few years now, and it’s also at risk of turning into Daesh’s South Asian terrorist hub. These pre-existing structural vulnerabilities weigh heavily on national stability, and the last thing that the country needs right now is “Weapons of Mass Migration” flooding across its border from Myanmar....

Afghanistan: No Triumph but Trump

History repeats itself so rapidly as after 90’s behavior of threats, allegations, and pressure, One and a half decade long Pakistan – US romance again becomes nearly obsolete. India got the slot as a strategic ally and regional partner including a player in Afghan issue while Afghanistan turns out to be benefited on the case to case basis –...

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