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International relations in a kaleidoscopic flux

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By MR Josse KATHMANDU:  International relations are, almost by definition, invariably in a state of flux given the inherent fluidity and fickleness of the forces that shape world politics, influence the international economy and define power differentials between the key players in the global theatre. Despite that established verity, it …

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Is India bracing for showdown with China?

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By MR Josse KATHMANDU: Is India bracing for a showdown, in the not too distant future, with China? That is a timely hypothetical question which our soi-disant foreign policy experts and self-styled strategic whiz kids would do well to address – if for no other reason than that a drastic …

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The Trump effect on Nepal: a hypothesis

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By MR Josse KATHMANDU: Asked the other day what impact the installation of Donald Trump as president of the United States would have, I replied: it will depend very largely on his policy towards China, which would substantially influence America’s relations with Nepal’s other neighbour, India. Before venturing any further …

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World ‘disorder’ as Trump assumes power

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By MR Josse KATHMANDU: ‘World Order’ is the title of Henry Kissinger’s latest and eminently enriching magnum opus. As one surveys the geopolitical landscape on the eve of Donald Trump’s installation as the next US president, however, one notes that global disorder would seem to constitute its leit motif. Although …

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Northeast Asia, Trump and nuclear jitters

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By MR Josse KATHMANDU: As Donald Trump’s inauguration as president of the United States draws near northeast Asia is experiencing nuclear jitters. If alignments in that theatre have been exhibiting signs of great fluidity and turbidity, recent developments have aggravated that grim mood, as North Korea’s dark, threatening nuclear shadow …

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The fascinating genesis of ‘Pearl Harbour’

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By MR Josse KATHMANDU: Last week, outgoing American President Barrack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met in Hawaii in a meticulously choreographed encounter 75 years after Japan’s December 7, 1941 unprovoked attack on the U.S. naval base in Pearl Harbour leading to America’s World War II entry. While …

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Will ‘neocons’ control Trump’s foreign/security policy?

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By MR Josse KATHMANDU: Commenting on incoming American president Donald Trump’s controversy over Taiwan, Clifford A. Kiracofe alleges (Beijing Review) that “neoconservatives and assorted Cold War hawks” are conjoined with the “Taiwan lobby” in Washington which “not only influences various politicians, but also makes significant contributions to certain think-tanks which, …

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Northeast Asia’s uncertain, changing dynamics

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By MR Josse KATHMANDU: The dynamics of inter-state relations in Northeast Asia offers an absorbing subject for cogitation. The principal actors are China, Japan and South Korea with the United States, Russia, Taiwan and North Korea playing an important supportive role in the unfolding drama, characterised by turbidity and suspicions. …

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Speculating on Sino-US ties in the Trump era

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By MR Josse KATHMANDU: The likely course of Sino-American ties post Donald Trump’s inauguration as United States president on January 20, 2017 is perhaps the most discussed/speculated topic in international relations today. That’s hardly surprising given (a) that Sino-US ties are arguably the most important bilateral relationship in the world …

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And now, a China-Pakistan-Iran-Russia axis?

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By MR Josse KATHMANDU: It may come as a rude surprise to our soi-disant strategic experts, bogged down with a myopic India-centric worldview, to learn that a China-Pakistan-Iran-Russia axis may be in a nascent stage of crystallisation. What would possibly be even more alarming to that tribe of self-imagined policy …

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