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The Linkages Between Indo-US and Indo-Afghan Relations

It is a pertinent question as to how India-Afghanistan relations stagnated[i] from the days of the Strategic Partnership Agreement with the Karzai government in 2011 to the current days of relative disengagement and marginalization of India compared to other big players of the region. The question is aggravated if it is considered that neither country has made a hostile or negative move towards the other during this period. Yet, Afghanistan’s new leadership has resumed its ‘competitive

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Pakistani Nuclear Politics: Slippery Slope which strengthens Military Gum Boots

According to me, mainstreaming a nuclear Pakistan with a nuclear deal at current stage is a slippery slope which will only strengthen the military gum boots in Pakistan. A new report by the Carnegie-Stimson[1] collaboration proposes that Pakistan consider the following five nuclear weapon-related initiatives: • Shift declaratory policy from “full spectrum” to “strategic” deterrence. • Commit to a recessed deterrence posture and limit production of short-range delivery vehicles and tactical nuclear weapons. • Lift Pakistan’s

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Indian Foreign Policy Debate: A Neo-realism and Classical Realism Nuance

‘Where freedom is menaced or justice threatened or where aggression takes place, we cannot be and shall not be neutral.’    – Pt. Nehru speech to US Congress and Senate, October 1949 The fact that India needs stronger relations with United States to deal with the constellation of power around her is not a bone of contention between classical realists and neo-realists. The question is to add a variable which gives an important nuance to

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Pakistan Political Economy- Where are the Actions for Leap frogging?

The Pakistan politico-economic strategy, like many developing countries is based on the logic of leap frogging certain stages of development. Channeling new information and hardware technologies, flow of international capital and goods, liberalizing trade, massive infrastructure and private sector investment along with parallel human resource development are essential components of this strategy. It is based on the idea that developing countries can learn, improvise and refashion best practices looking at the experiences of developed countries

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The Process of CPEC – Confidence, Corruption, Elections, China

PM Nawaz Sharif was forced to resign one year before his stipulated five- year term in light of the Supreme Court verdict indicting him for disproportionate foreign assets revealed as part of the Panama Papers Expose. Articles 62 & 63 of the Pakistani Constitution[i] have been invoked which were inserted at the time of President Zia-ul-Haq. This article argues that his ouster has four dimensions. The first is the confidence across various stakeholders of the Pakistani

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Russia-US Move into Cold Peace- Implications for India in South Asia

This article argues that contrary to popular opinion, the US military strike on the Syrian Airfield does not indicate a deterioration of US-Russia relations. The Syria strike was limited to punishment for use of chemical weapons- officially supported by the Chinese foreign ministry. The key to understanding present Russia-US relations is the fact that President’s Putin approval ratings have improved markedly among Trump supporters. Despite the Syria strike, Secretary of state Tillerson and foreign minister

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World’s Best Metro Systems: A Glance

One of the greatest questions we, the modern city-dwellers, face, is how we can build more flexible MRTS (Mass Rapid Transit Systems) in and across our cities. With time, the population of cities have risen, nearly everywhere across the planet. Be it New York, the US or Mumbai, India, the population pressure seems to be forever rising. It can be fairly argued that a city is much like the human body. Analogous to the blood

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Steps to Success About Business Meetings – Crowne Plaza Hotels and Resorts Report

Being in corporate world for over 13 years in India and having traveled to US and Europe for client meetings, I have always felt that face to face meetings are much better than virtual meetings because they add that human touch and seriousness to the meetings. Of course it may not be possible to do it every month but at least having a meeting once every year or every two years makes sense because you

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A Visit to My Dream City: New York – II

Our second destination was the Rockefeller centre. It was awesome and more so because of the amazing company we had. Our cousins were all as crazy as much as we were. We had lots of fun! My husband who loves to prank me tried to prank me again. This is what he said: “You know you will have to pay one dollar for every skyscraper you see”! I don’t know what on earth made him

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A Visit to My Dream City: New York – I

It’s going to be almost a year since I visited New York for the first time. It was during November last year. I have never felt as excited as I was when I was on my way to the city. Yay!! It’s New York after all! All these years, I had tried to visualize the city through Bollywood movies, through the endless Hollywood movies I am addicted to. And at last, I could witness it

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