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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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Flashback: Cuban missile crisis, October 1962

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By MR Josse KATHMANDU: Last week Fidel Castro who ruled Cuba with an iron fist for 49 years died. This column is not focused on Castro’s life and times. It is more narrowly framed around one of the momentous geopolitical events of the 20th century in which he played a …

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Quo vadis: ‘Containment of China’ in Trump era?

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By MR Josse KATHMANDU: Last week, I recommended that our foreign policy wonks pay heed to how developments are likely to unfold in the US-China-India arena, après the January 20, 2017 inauguration of president-elect Donald J. Trump as the 45th president of the United States. It could provide useful guidance …

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Crystal-balling Trump’s key foreign policy footprints

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By MR Josse KATHMANDU: As the shock and awe of Republican nominee Donald J. Trump’s stunning electoral triumph over Democratic nominee, former Secretary of State Hillary R. Clinton, wear off, it may be useful to attempt a selective, broad-brush sketch of its likely global impact. Before plunging headlong into such …

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Geopolitical smorgasbord: food for thought

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By MR Josse KATHMANDU: By the time this is published, America will finally know who the 46th president of the United States is going to be. Whoever it is, the next occupant of the White House will have to tackle, among the familiar raft of foreign policy tasks, the rather …

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