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Afghanistan: Imperatives for United States Permanent Forward Military Presence

Paper No. 6300                                 Dated 06-Sept-2017

By Dr Subhash Kapila

Contemporaneous and unfolding geopolitical dynamics in South and South West Asia generated by the China-Pakistan-Russia Trilateral interventionist stances on Afghanistan dictate strong imperatives for establishment of US Permanent Forward Military Presence in Afghanistan.

From Doklam to Tibet

Paper No. 6299                                  Dated 05-Sept-2017

by Dr. Parasaran Rangarajan

As the Doklam standoff ended last week, observers were left wondering what the legal circumstances of the situation is, including the international legal status of Tibet. Even the large online Wikipedia encyclopedia added a section titled “Tibetan sovereignty debate” which was last edited on August 27th, 2017.[1]

Myanmar-The Rohingya Conundrum: Regional Implications:

Paper No. 6298                                           Dated 3-Sept-2017
 
By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan
 
On the night of 24th August, Rohingyan militants staged a coordinated attack on 30 Police posts that cover more than 24 villages around Maungdaw.  They also tried unsuccessfully to storm an Army Base. The attackers held only a few small arms, machetes and home made explosive bombs but no sophisticated weapons.
 

Donald Trump’s Ultimatum to Pak – But will the US Walk the Talk?

Paper No. 6297                                 Dated 2-Sept-2017
 
By Bhaskar Roy
 
On August 21, US President Donald Trump threatened Pakistan with heavy retribution if Islamabad did not close down terrorist havens on its soil and drive out these elements.  He specifically mentioned the Afghan Taliban and the Al Qaeda, but in a manner referred to all Pakistan – supported terrorists (including understandably those that continuously target India).  
 

Pen Picture of Trump’s Foreign Policy

Paper No. 6296                                           Dated 1-Sept-2017
 
By Kazi Anwarul Masud
 
Odd Arne Westadt of Harvard Kennedy School of Government (The Cold War and America’s Delusion of Victory RED CENTURY AUG. 28, 2017) is of the opinion that America’s post-Cold War triumphalism came in two versions-one of Bill Clinton’s emphasis on prosperity while the other was George W Bush’s emphasis on predominance.
 

India and South Asia

Paper No. 6295                                     Dated 28-Aug-2017                            

 By Kazi Anwarul Masud

Why, one may ask, despite common cultural heritage and long bonds of history and added to these factors was Indian humanitarian intervention during  the Bangladesh Liberation War    Indo-Bangladesh relations, notwithstanding public diplomacy by the authorities of the two countries, a portion of the people of Bangladesh do not like  India’s “hegemonic” attitude towards this country.

The Doklam standoff and Chinese Vitriol: Is there an Internal Problem?

Paper No. 6294                                  Dated 19-Aug-2017

By Bhaskar Roy

The incessant vitriolic attacks on India from the Chinese official media, the foreign ministry and the defense ministry on the Doklam issue is becoming tiresome.

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