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MYANMAR: The war with the Kachins – An update

Paper No. 5357                                         Dated 11-Jan-2013

By C. S. Kuppuswamy

(This paper may please be read in conjunction with Paper No. 5132 dated 23 July 2012 – “Myanmar: The War with the Kachins-One year on” by the same author and posted on the site.

“The decision to use air power against ethnic militias, a tactic unheard of even under military rule, runs counter to reformist President Thein Sein's assurances that troops were acting only in self defence.” - Martin Petty – Reuters.

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Maldives: Is President Waheed in Control?

Paper No. 5356                                       Dated 10-Jan-2013

By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan.

Looking at the developments in Maldives, one gets the feeling that President ( by accident as some prefer to call him) Waheed does not appear to be in control of the events. In a moment of frustration he is said to have remarked that "Everybody runs the State as they please" and this has been widely reported in the press.

Jewish Influence and US Foreign Policy:

Paper No. 5355                                  Dated 10-Jan-2013

By Kazi Anwarul Masud

The Palestinian problem that has remained unresolved for decades unless brought to fruition can fuel Islamic extremism however much the international community including the Islamic world may like to avoid such a possibility.

Trans-Loc Incidents in J & K: An Assessment

Paper No. 5352                                            Dated 09-Jan-2013

by B. Raman

There have been two very serious incidents across the Line of Control (LOC) in Jammu and Kashmir.

NEPAL: Possibility of Polls in May Fast Receding-Update No. 274

:Note No. 672                           Dated 5-Jan-2013

By Dr. S.Chandasekharan

The possibility of holding the elections in May 2013 is fast receding with the three main political parties continuing to remain inflexible and by now they have become immune to frequent deadlines being given by President Yadav.

Xi Jinping to promote Political reforms in China?

Paper No. 5343                                                          Dated 31-Dec-2012

Guest Column by Dr. B R Deepak

Wen Jiabao, the outgoing premier has been the strongest votary of political reforms in China in recent times. Wen had joined the student protesters at Tian Anmen with the then Party Secretary, Zhao Zeyang, who was equally sympathetic about the cause of the students, and political reforms being one of their demands.

Hillary Clinton & John Kerry---Style & Substance

Paper No. 5341                                                Dated 28-Dec-2012

By B. Raman

Both Mrs.Hillary Clinton, the outgoing US Secretary of State, and Mr. John Kerry, her successor-designate already officially nominated  by President Barack Obama, are public servants of style and substance who had distinguished themselves as Senators for their knowledge of the world and expertise.

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