Belt-Road Initiative: Three Years On

Since the launch of Belt-Road initiative (BRI) at Bao Forum in October, 2013 up-till now numbers of countries that have embraced BRI have gone up from 60 to 110. As many as 29 countries of Asia, Europe, Africa and Latin America sent their heads of states to attend the summit by mid May, 2017. The article to examine to...

Nepal’s Dilly-Dallying on OBOR, Over

The dilly-dally way of Nepal for agreeing on the Chinese proposal on OBOR has finally ended. With Nepal’s Cabinet meeting decision followed by signing ceremony of ‘Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Cooperation under the Belt and Road Initiative’ on May 12, 2017 in Kathmandu - clearing out the speculations and confusions of Nepal’s government position. It’s noteworthy that, Nepal had...

Bangladesh’s Breakout Plan

(Please read Part I before this article) http://regionalrapport.com/2017/05/11/indias-regional-integration-plans-hinge-bangladesh/ Bangladesh can break out of India’s hegemonic grasp if its leadership recognizes the true nature of its geostrategic relationship with New Delhi and proactively takes steps to promote its own national interests as a result. Geostrategic Review Part I of the research advanced the argument that Bangladesh is India’s most important neighbor by virtue...

India’s Regional Integration Plans all Hinge on Bangladesh

India doesn’t have a single regional integration plan that excludes Bangladesh, thus making Dhaka the most prized of New Delhi’s neighborhood partners. This analysis will highlight the institutional integration dependency that India has on Bangladesh, while the second part will raise awareness about how Bangladesh can leverage this state of affairs to its benefit against India and reverse the power...

OBOR: An Axis of Regional Trade

President Xi Jinping's vision the 'Silk Road Economic Belt' is going to revive the ancient Silk Road, which was once a trade route runs between china's own borders and Europe but the new economic belt is expended and large comprises on the two new trade corridors – one overland, the other by sea – will connect the country with its neighbours in the...

EU’s Dangerous Tango with Turkey

Its tiring Tango, since it has been playing around for quite some time. What began as Turkey’s bid to be included in the EU has opened up some larger gaps and loopholes within the EU itself. Not only that, it has split open the vulnerabilities and inherent weaknesses in both Turkey and EU. Ironically, both claim to be standing...

India’s Freaking Out Over China’s “BRICS-Plus” Proposal

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi announced on Wednesday that China would “explore modalities for BRICS-plus, to hold outreach dialogues with other major developing countries” because “we hope to establish extensive partnerships and widen our circle of friends to turn it into the most impactful platform for South-South cooperation.” This instantly prompted a jingoistic paroxysm in the Indian media and...

Heritage Diplomacy Dilemma

In pursuance of regional peace, heritage diplomacy could be a catalyst to normalize situation in conflicting zones like Indo-Afghan-Pakistan territories, strengthen bilateral relations, countering terrorism and violent extremism and to bring states closer to each other to flourish trade, economic and academic activities, as heritage always advocates globalization and peaceful co-existence. There are lots of success stories to tell about...

ECO Surge to Eurasian Integration

Amid the surge to revive 'Silk Road' and transnational economic initiatives; leaders at Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) Summit themed  “Connectivity for Regional Prosperity” has adopted 'The ECO Vision 2025' to make tangible progress with vivid time-frame in the areas of energy, transport and connectivity, trade, tourism, economic growth and productivity, social welfare and environment. The ECO vision has set...

Exploring the Prospects of ECO Bloc

The Economic Coordination Organization (ECO) is an intergovernmental organization consists of three Asia countries and seven Eurasian nations established in 1985 by Iran, Pakistan and Turkey for the purpose of promoting economic, technical and cultural cooperation among the Member States and its common objective is to create a free trade area /single market for goods and services, much like...

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