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Will Trump’s GSP sanctions persuade India to open up its markets? Analyses & Assessments

Will Trump’s GSP sanctions persuade India to open up its markets?

President Donald Trump recently revoked the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) privileges from India which permits the duty-free entry of nearly...

India and U.S: Military Allies or Economic Adversaries? Analyses & Assessments

India and U.S: Military Allies or Economic Adversaries?

For the most part, India and America have shared a strong and friendly relationship in terms of both military and trade, despite New Delhi’s ties to...

The Prospect of Security Council Reform Analyses & Assessments

The Prospect of Security Council Reform

The United Nations Security Council is often criticised for being ineffective and there is thus a clarion call for it to be fundamentally reformed....

Nicaragua: What Next? Analyses & Assessments

Nicaragua: What Next?

The Republic of Nicaragua, located between the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea in Central America, has been of great strategic importance dating...

Venezuela: The Future As We See It Analyses & Assessments

Venezuela: The Future As We See It

Venezuela, a nation with such immense potential, has suffered a startling collapse in a short span of five years. To this end, what does the future...

The Arctic’s Coldest War Analyses & Assessments

The Arctic’s Coldest War

Climate change has opened areas of the Arctic which provides significant economic and geopolitical opportunities to many non-Arctic countries. How do...

Trump threatens sanctions against Mexico Analyses & Assessments

Trump threatens sanctions against Mexico

The US is expected to impose a 5% tariff on all goods from Mexico. The duties will increase until illegal immigration from Mexico into the US is...

Pro-EU parties to control European Parliament Analyses & Assessments

Pro-EU parties to control European Parliament

Populist, eurosceptic parties were expected to gain significantly in recently held European Parliament elections. Results indicate that while the...

Laser attacks in South China Sea Analyses & Assessments

Laser attacks in South China Sea

Australian navy helicopter pilots have been hit with laser beams from fishing boats suspected of being part of China’s maritime militia during a...

Macron and Merkel spar over EU leadership Analyses & Assessments

Macron and Merkel spar over EU leadership

In a recent vote, the hold on European Parliament by centrist blocs that have dominated the institution has been weakened. France and Germany are at...

China’s rare-earth metals Analyses & Assessments

China’s rare-earth metals

Chinese state media has warned that the country is ready to use rare-earth in the trade war with the US. Is such a strategy a viable option for China...

Iran and China vs the US? Analyses & Assessments

Iran and China vs the US?

Both Iran and China have recently faced the ire of the United States; Iran over the 2015 nuclear deal and China through an ongoing trade war. Are...

Right to Information vs Disclosure of defaulters Analyses & Assessments

Right to Information vs Disclosure of defaulters

The Central Information Commission (CIC) has directed the Reserve Bank of India to disclose the list of loan defaulters. Will RBI disclose names of...

Canada’s trash in Philippines Analyses & Assessments

Canada’s trash in Philippines

Canada will take back tonnes of waste shipped to the Philippines between 2013-14 which was causing a diplomatic sink. Are developing nations which...

Pakistan to get Saudi oil on deferred payments Analyses & Assessments

Pakistan to get Saudi oil on deferred payments

Abdul Hafeez Shaikh, Pakistan PM’s finance adviser has indicated that Saudi Arabia will supply oil worth USD 3.2billion per year on deferred payments...

Hong Kong’s Fugitive bill Analyses & Assessments

Hong Kong’s Fugitive bill

A new blanket extradition law in Hong Kong has sparked concerns that China will use the bill to extradite whoever it wants from the territory....

US arms sale to allies Analyses & Assessments

US arms sale to allies

United States has approved the sale of air defense missiles to South Korea and Japan amidst the re-emergence of tensions in the Korean peninsula....

A Timely Act Op-Eds

A Timely Act

The unprecedented rise of China and several other Asian nations has led to a global transformation. While this has a positive impact on much of the...

Trump's new immigration plan Analyses & Assessments

Trump's new immigration plan

The White House unveils a new plan to further apply pressure on illegal immigrants. How likely is the program to be passed into law and does it...

Iran coordinates proxy wars with militias Analyses & Assessments

Iran coordinates proxy wars with militias

A prominent leader of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard is believed to have met capable Shia militias in Iraq, telling them to prepare for a proxy war...