Bumpy road for democracy

‘Dawn of a New Era’ ran the headline of the Global New Light of Myanmar, the government mouthpiece, after the landslide victory of the National League for Democracy (NLD). This was the result of an ‘irreversible course’ identified by Nobel Thursday, November 26th, 2015

Myanmar Election: No hope for Aung San Suu Kyi in near future

The upcoming general election of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar on 8th of this month has attracted many analysis from different international corners. At present, it is the election fever that dominates everything in Myanmar.   Around 323 independent candidates Thursday, November 5th, 2015

Catalonia’s call for Independence

The issue of independence of Catalonia from Spain is increasingly becoming a dominant political and economic factor for Spain and rest of the European Union (EU). A declaration for Catalonia’s independence could throw Spain, the EU and Catalonia itself into Thursday, October 29th, 2015

TIP-ping toward US interests away from truths

The US State Department’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons was established as a result of passing the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 (TVPA). Since 2001 the Office has been producing an annual report on the situations Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

Often we get the global-rivalry equations wrong

It happens very often that the equations regarding the global rivalries are misunderstood. Russia is often wrongly perceived as the U.S.’s “global” rival. Japan and India’s rivalry with China are also wrongly seen with a “global” magnitude. However, the U.S. Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

RCEP versus TPP: New frontier of Sino-U.S. rivalry

With TPP and RCEP spearheaded by the U.S. and China respectively, the two countries are using the FTAs to benefit themselves and keep each other out of their respective regional economic arrangements.   The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the U.S.-led free trade agreement Thursday, October 15th, 2015

China’s Victory Day Parade

What did China want to achieve from the event?   China displayed its partnerships with countries around the globe and its military might in a spectacular Parade on 3rd September, 2015 commemorating the victory over Japan in Second World War. Chinese officials Thursday, October 1st, 2015

The “Rajapaksa” factor

Sri Lanka’s current President Maithripala Sirisena dissolved, on 26th June, 2015, the parliament, which was headed by Prime Minister Wickramasinghe’s United National Party (UNP) in alliance with Sirisena’s faction of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP). This dissolution opened a Thursday, August 13th, 2015

Heralding a new nuke race?

The nuclear deal reached in mid-July, 2015 between Iran and five permanent members of the UN Security Council along with Germany (UNSC 5 plus 1) has provoked a nuke race. The deal has already been translated by Israel and Saudi Thursday, July 30th, 2015

Modi and Xi mapping cultural links crucial for Asia’s emergence

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived on Thursday in the historic city of Xian, at the start of a 3-day visit to China and almost immediately he was taken by Chinese President Xi Jinping to the Wild Goose Pagoda that Thursday, May 21st, 2015
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