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Bhutan: Strengthening Democracy- the Local Government Elections: Update No. 117

Note No. 775                                 Dated 06-Dec-2016

By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan

It is eight years since democracy was introduced in Bhutan.  It has already had two elections at the national level, with one resulting in a change of government and two elections to the National Council. Elections were peaceful and orderly.

China’s naval base in Pakistan Revealed – China’s New Global Game

Paper No. 6203                                Dated 06-Dec-2016

By Bhaskar Roy

Talking to The Express Tribune (Nov 25, 2016) Pakistani naval officers revealed that Chinese naval ships would be deployed at the Gwadar Sea Port to safeguard the port and trade under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). 

‘Heart of Asia Summit 2016’ Critically Analysed

Paper No. 6202                               Dated 05-Dec-2016

By Dr Subhash Kapila

The ‘Heart of Asia’ which Afghanistan really is, continues to be brutally bled by Pakistan’s bloody terrorism strategies, which five ‘Heart of Asia’ Summits so far have been unable to restrain.

The All India Muslim Personal Law Board and the “triple talaq”

Paper No. 6201                                 Dated 01-Dec-2016

By R. Upadhyay

Pakistan’s New Army Chief General Bajwa & India’s Futile Speculation

Paper No. 6200                               Dated 28-Nov-2016

By Dr Subhash Kapila

Pakistan’s announcement of new Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa on November 24 2016 set in motion a torrent of futile Indian media speculation on positive implications for India in terms of his attitudinal postures.

Nepal: “Action Paralysis” Continues: Update No. 340

Note No.  774                                  Dated 23-Nov-2016

By Dr. S. Chandrasekharan

Everything appears to be in a “stand still” position in Nepal.  No consensus could be reached on the promised constitutional amendments and the Terain-Janajathi outfit- the Federal Alliance has given an ultimatum to renew the stir in fifteen days if nothing is done.  Nothing is likely to be done either and we can expect more ultimatums to follow.

Asian Security’s Complex Strategic Quadrilateral

Paper No. 6199                                 Dated 23-Nov-2016

By Dr Subhash Kapila

Asian security in 2016 stands dominated by the geopolitical dynamics that are at play in the complex ‘Strategic Quadrilateral’ comprising the United States, China, Japan and India.

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