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Nepal: No consensus yet on Local Body Elections: Update No. 343

Note No. 778                                   Dated 17-Feb-2017

By Dr. S. Chandrasekharan

Recently, Prime Minister Dahal declared that Local bodies elections are an urgent need of the country.  Yet there appears to be no immediate chance of elections being held. 

It is known to all that the three layers of elections- namely local bodies, regional/state level and the Federal Elections will all have to be held before 21st January 2018.  It is mandatory and the constitution does not permit any extension.

Global Balance of Power 2017 weighted heavily against China-Russia Nexus

Paper No. 6223                                 Dated 14-Feb-2017

By Dr Subhash Kapila

Global balance of power 2017 is weighted heavily against perceived combined strategic weight of the China-Russia nexus as the history of 20th Century World Wars would indicate that Hitlerian impulses do not triumph against democracies coalescing against them.

Pakistan’s Terror Machinery under International Pressure – China Lone Saviour

Paper No. 6222                                Dated 14-Feb-2017

By Bhaskar Roy

NATIONAL ANTHEM– A spiritual-cultural hymn for holding the nation together?

Paper No. 6221                                  Dated 09-Feb-2017

By R. Upadhyay

Afghanistan: Sanctions on Hekmatyar Lifted; Eyes on Russia

Paper No. 6220                                  Dated 08-Feb-2017

Guest Column by Alexander Murray

On 4 February, the UN Security Council (UNSC) agreed to remove Hezb-e-Islami-e-Gulbuddin (HIG) power-broker and former Afghan Prime Minister, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, from its international sanctions list. Having negotiated a truce with HIG and settled on the peaceful terms of Hekmatyar’s reintegration into Afghan civil society, the government of President Ashraf Ghani is sure to welcome the news.

United States Forward Defence Perimeter in Western Pacific 2017 Reviewed

Paper No. 6219                                 Dated 06-Feb-2017

By Dr Subhash Kapila

The United States Forward Defence Perimeter in the Western Pacific ever since 1945 has been an effective shield and a first line of defence for Mainland USA, first against the Soviet Union and now against an increasingly belligerent China’s geopolitical designs.

South China Sea Conflict Escalation Possibility Analysed

Paper No. 6218                                 Dated 03-Feb-2017

By Dr Subhash Kapila

South China Sea conflict escalation in2017 hovers as a distinct possibility with the maximalist positons taken by China and the new US Trump Administration in opposing China’s claims.

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