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Dilemmas for U.S. in Korea; for India in the Maldives

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By M. R. Josse TAMPA, FL: If the transfer-of-power drama back home continues to be played out in excruciatingly slow motion, other politico-diplomatic stage shows have moved much more rapidly – on the divided Korean peninsula and in the Indian Ocean archipelagic nation of the Maldives. Let me kick-off this …

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Of nukes, diplomatic gambits and monarchy’s allure

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BY M. R. JOSSE TAMPA, FL: This week’s column proffers a mishmash of a trifecta of themes, from a chronicle of nukes, to Sushma Swaraj’s much-hyped Kathmandu sortie – and monarchy’s lingering allure. Let’s, however, begun in America, with the latest twist to the gripping, never-ending Russian-interference-in-the-American-presidential-election-2016 saga. This is …

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‘Af-Pak’ region in focus as Trump seeks policy reset

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BY M. R. JOSSE TAMPA, FL: Associated Press (AP) informs that President Donald Trump is seeking a reset of his key public policies via his State of the Union address to Congress. Though we will know what’s what before this sees light of day, it is revealing that he reportedly …

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Trump’s year of chaos and sundry geopolitical gambits

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By M. R. Josse TAMPA, FL: With American President Donald Trump completing his first chaotic year in office, there has been a blizzard of commentary directed almost equally toward his persona as to his administration’s achievements and flops. There is such a volume and variety, I can present just a …

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The profound, the profane and the rotten

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BY M. R. JOSSE TAMPA, FL: Back home, things seem to be unraveling at a serious lick even as the ecstasy of the polls evaporates, replaced by the miasma emanating from the political and judicial realm. Nowhere was this better illustrated than in the hearing on a contempt of court …

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US’s credibility increasingly at risk

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BY M. R. JOSSE TAMPA, FL: Though this week’s write-up will focus on US foreign policy under President Donald Trump, mention must be made to the disarray infusing and infecting the body politic back home. NO SILVER BULLET I cannot but remind readers of his column in November entitled: “Panacea, …

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Political stability, tranquility likely to be elusive

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BY M. R. JOSSE TAMPA, FL: Reading the tea leaves entering the new year 2018, it appears that political stability and tranquility in Nepal – and in the wider world – will prove elusive. Though the process of constituting the Upper House has finally and reluctantly been initiated, the foot-dragging …

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The fine print on Trump’s new security strategy

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By M. R. Josse TAMPA, FL: Last week, I promised to proffer some observations on US President Donald Trump’s unveiling, December 6, of a new national security strategy. The strategy document, the preparation of which was overseen by Trump’s national security adviser, Lt. Gen. McMaster, placed China and Russia in …

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India’s post-poll reaction: sullen and ominous

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By M. R. Josse TAMPA, FL: As I finish drafting this, American President Donald Trump is to outline his national security policy. Next week, after monitoring reactions from politicians, policy pundits and officials, it may be possible in this space to offer some informed comments, including predictions of how its …

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Post-polls: Panacea or another Pandora’s box?

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By M. R. Josse TAMPA, FL: In my column from New York two weeks ago, I had concluded by offering some thoughts on Nepal’s recent elections wondering whether their outcome would prove to be a panacea for her manifold and chronic political problems or merely open another Pandora’s Box whose …

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