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President Trump’s Palestine Solution Op-Eds

President Trump’s Palestine Solution

The Announcement & ReactionOn Tuesday 28 January 2020, President Donald Trump standing alongside PM Benjamin Netanyahu, at the White House, announced the anticipated US plan for a solution to the...

Xi Jinping in Myanmar -Heralding a New Era Op-Eds

Xi Jinping in Myanmar -Heralding a New Era

BackgroundPresident Xi Jinping has just completed a two-day official visit to Myanmar, on 17 and 18 January 2020. This was the first state visit by a Chinese President, in 19 years; though, in 2009,...

 Carlos Ghosn -The Great Escape Op-Eds

Carlos Ghosn -The Great Escape

Scripted like a Hollywood movie, the escape of former Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn from Japanese law has captivated the world. Is he a plain fugitive or does the Japanese legal system ...

The Australian Bushfires Op-Eds

The Australian Bushfires

Australia is being devastated; probably by the worst wildfires in history. The fires which began in September 2019, have and so far, killed 24 people, razed more than 1500 houses and scorched 5.9...

The Killing Of Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani Op-Eds

The Killing Of Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani

In the early hours of 03 January 2020 Major General Qasem Soleimani, the head of the Quds Force, the elite arm of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, was killed in a US airstrike, near Baghdad...

A Full English Breakfast For Boris Op-Eds

A Full English Breakfast For Boris

Boris Johnson concluded his early morning victory speech like only a journalist gifted with the pen of humour can. “Ladies and gentlemen, so let’s get Brexit done. But first, let’s get breakfast...

The Maharashtra Muddle Op-Eds

The Maharashtra Muddle

The recent political shenanigans in Maharashtra can potentially be an inflection point in the increasingly unipolar politics of India. Since the 2014 general elections, the ruling Bharatiya Janata...

Crypto Currencies Versus Sovereign Currencies Op-Eds

Crypto Currencies Versus Sovereign Currencies

Case Study: Cambodia, 1993In 1993, I was posted on deputation to the UN mission in Cambodia, which was called the UN Transitional Authority in Cambodia or UNTAC. At that time, Cambodia was a...

Indian Telecom – Case of Poor Connectivity? Op-Eds

Indian Telecom – Case of Poor Connectivity?

The telecom sector was once the most prominent posterchild of India’s booming growth story. It was a veritable gravy train that one thought could chug on till eternity. With more than a...

United Nations: Cash Strapped? Op-Eds

United Nations: Cash Strapped?

The Financial CrisisOn 08 Oct 2019, Antonio Guterres, the UN Secretary-General (SG), speaking at the Budget-setting meeting of the 5th Committee (Administration & Budget Committee), said the...

Lebanon-The Mirror of Middle East Op-Eds

Lebanon-The Mirror of Middle East

Is Lebanese Society Imprisoned by History?Lebanon located at the crossroads of the Mediterranean Sea and the Arabian hinterland has a rich history and a special cultural identity of religious and...

Hong Kong: Where is the violence leading to? Op-Eds

Hong Kong: Where is the violence leading to?

Current SituationOn 02 October 2019, in a clash with civilian protesters, a Hong Kong police officer shot an 18-year old secondary school student. The student was shot from point-blank range, while...

Drones: New Weapon In The Terrorist's Arsenal Op-Eds

Drones: New Weapon In The Terrorist's Arsenal

On Saturday 14 Sep 2019, in a pre-dawn strike, Saudi Arabia’s large ARAMCO oil refineries at Abqaiq and Khurais were attacked. The precision attacks crippled the kingdom’s oil production capacity by...

The S-400: Russia's Winner Op-Eds

The S-400: Russia's Winner

The S-400 Triumph, manufactured by Russia’s state-owned Almaz–Antey Corporation, is an Air Defence Weapon System. It is designed to destroy aircraft, cruise & ballistic missiles, as well as...

An Antidote to Economic Slowdown Op-Eds

An Antidote to Economic Slowdown

There’s been much ado about food company Parle’s falling biscuit sales. But for the Mumbai-based company and others like it, the cookie does seem to be crumbling. As Parle’s rival Britannia...

The Removal Of J&K’s Special Status Op-Eds

The Removal Of J&K’s Special Status

Why Was Article 370 Introduced in the First Place?The Shadow of War When India and Pakistan gained Independence in 1947, the Princely state of J&K had not joined either country. On 22...

Ladakh: The New Union Territory Op-Eds

Ladakh: The New Union Territory

What were the strategic reasons for a separate Union Territory? Ladakh, for the most part, is a sparsely populated, semi-arid, high-altitude desert. It lies in the Himalayas, between the Zanskar...

Escalation to super-power conflict? Op-Eds

Escalation to super-power conflict?

What is the South China Sea Dispute? The dispute is between six maritime nations, who share shorelines with the South China Sea. The conflict is over territorial claims and economic zone rights...

Towards Next Steps in India-Pakistan Strategic Stability Op-Eds

Towards Next Steps in India-Pakistan Strategic Stability

Strategic stability is normally assumed to mean deterrence stability. This assumption is simplistic as the term signifies much more than merely the prevalence of nuclear deterrence between two...

Can BoJo mojo repair broken Britain? Op-Eds

Can BoJo mojo repair broken Britain?

It’s now official. Yes. Boris Johnson will be reincarnated as an olive. A man who only a few years ago described his chances becoming the PM as likely as being reincarnated as the Mediterranean fruit...