• AJEY LELE, May 21, 2017

    The United States (US) Secretary of State Mr Rex Tillerson has just concluded his first East Asia trip with visits to Japan, South Korea and China. Today, the major security challenge which the new Trump administration faces, apart from the Islamic terrorism, is brazen approach of North Korea. Particularly, during his campaign phase Donald Trump had indicated that he would like to take a more business like attitude in regards to this region and is not keen to guarantee military cover to this region free of cost.

    • AVILASH ROUL,

    "The right to development of populace residing in disputed territories is being left unattended in international development discourse."

     

    • ANIMESH ROUL,

    The series of raids by Islamic State underlines how quickly its ideology has gained traction in Bangladesh.

     

    Late on Friday (July 1) evening, Holey Artisan Bakery café, an upmarket eating joint for foreigners, social elites and expatriates in Dhaka's diplomatic zone Gulshan, was attacked by none other than the same "Allah-hu Akbar" chanting Islamist militants, who have been creating targeted mayhem throughout Bangladesh for quite some time now. After a prolonged hostage situation, the restaurant was stormed by the security forces and sanitised subsequently.

    • VAISHALI RAGHUVANSHI,

    It can well be stated that India-Pakistan relation holds considerable significance in South Asia although the two neighbors have a checkered history of disturbed bilateral relations.

     

    • AVILASH ROUL,

    Free for one in sovereign water and EEZ to free for all beyond EEZs both have depleted the Ocean by competing demands with increasing disputes among countries.

     

    • CHAARVI MODI,

    The US Congress has recently taken a decision that inadvertently worked in favour of India. In an intrepid foreign policy decision, the Congress came down heavily on the offer made by Obama adminstration to Pakistan for sale of the state-of-art, all weather, and multi-role fighter defence equipment and refused to utilise American taxpayers’ money to fund the eight fighter jets to Pakistan.

    • AVILASH ROUL,

    On April 22, Earth Day, with other 129 countries Mongolia is expected to sign the Paris Climate Change Agreement, which was adopted at COP 21 at Paris last December, at New York. While Mongolia, being the largest landlocked country with development constraints, emits a minuscule of greenhouse gases (GHG), 25 percent of Mongolians are facing severe climate impacts. Among nearly 2.8 million total populations, more than 225,000 or 41% of the total herder population have been suffering from hostile weather conditions, including more than 28,000 children below the age of five.

    • AJEY LELE,

    Lately, the United States and some European nations have lifted oil and other financial sanctions on Iran and have also released roughly $100 billion of its assets after international inspectors concluded that Iran had complied on its promises to dismantle large sections of its nuclear programme. To signal that the relations are now moving towards friendship, just few hour before the implementation of the nuclear accord five Americans were released from Iran’s prison.

    • SARRAL SHARMA,

    How big a threat does the Islamic State (IS), also known as the Daesh, pose for India? One answer could be found in what Salman Mohiuddin, an active IS recruiter arrested in Hyderabad in January 2015, told his interrogators. Mohiuddin said that he was scheming to “proceed to Syria to join the IS and later return to wage war against India” (Indian Express, November 19 2015).

    • AVILASH ROUL,

    Logically, the frequency of occurrences of tropical cyclones (typhoons) or unexpected weather during last quarter of each year would have accelerated some sort of resolve on issues in climate cauldron especially loss and damage during UN sponsored climate talks. The tropical cyclone Koppu (Lando) slammed the island nation-Philippines just a day before the Bonn Climate Change Conference (October 19-23). Strom Patricia, strongest hurricane ever recorded at sea, though receded on landfall, could have brought huge losses in Mexico, a day after the Conference.