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Pyongyang threat revisited and turmoil in the Himalayas

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BY M.R. JOSSE GAITHERSBURG, MD: President Donald Trump is never beyond the spotlight – or out of the periphery of a perfect political storm, as suggested by the bagful of problems set off by the flap created by revelations of his eldest son Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with a Russian …

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Dramatic developments on international, regional and national fronts

BY M.R. JOSSE GAITHERSBURG, MD: The past week saw portentous developments on the international, regional and national fronts. The G-20 summit in Hamburg was its dominant foci because it was the venue of the first tête-à-tête between the American and Russian presidents. It was, however, nearly overshadowed by North Korea’s …

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Intriguing silence, the Hamburg conclave and seven predictions

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BY M.R. JOSSE GAITHERSBURG, MD: In keeping with my affirmation to attempt a fuller assessment of the recent two-day visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the United States, I have no hesitation in stating that it was a damp squib. As much was underlined in that India’s core …

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Modi’s belated US visit and what it may portend

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BY M.R. JOSSE GAITHERSBURG, MD: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in the United States on a two-day official visit Sunday; on Monday, he will hold talks with American President Donald Trump, who is hosting a working dinner at the White House in his honour. While a comprehensive appreciation of …

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Ballpark shooting, backchannel deals and nagging uncertainty

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BY M.R. JOSSE GAITHERSBURG, MD: Here in suburban Maryland one is subjected to such a deluge of news, insights, and opinions it is virtually impossible not to be overwhelmed. Attempting a weekly column that seeks to offer a sense, or flavor, of the past week is, thus, not the easiest …

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Trump’s travails obscure key geo-strategic developments

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By MR Josse GIATHERSBURG, MD: With the Russia scandal and its attendant political woes hanging over President Donald Trump’s head, no wonder that manifold issues of geo-political significance have received scant scrutiny. Though none may belittle the enormous import of Trump’s political travails – with not a few freely mentioning …

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Trump hangs tough on ‘America First’ while critics rage

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GAITHERSBURG, MD: Even in a week characterized by a veritable deluge of jaw-dropping politico-diplomatic developments, American President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the 2015 Paris climate agreement – focused on the internationally agreed-upon goal of reducing global warming – stands out as particularly attention-grabbing. Indeed, although he resisted …

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Takeaways from Trump’s maiden overseas trip

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By MR Josse GAITHERSBURG, MD: Launching this new column from the United States, following a month’s hiatus since putting my Kathmandu-datelined ‘Geopolitically Speaking’ column permanently to rest, I believe it appropriate to focus on American President Donald J. Trump’s maiden 9-day diplomatic foray. Trump has returned home to a house …

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