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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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Has India ‘lost’ Bangladesh to China?

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By MR Josse KATHMANDU: Has India ‘lost’ Bangladesh to China? This query has been ignited by Chinese President Xi Jinping’s recent hugely successful state visit to Bangladesh. There, Xi sought to dramatically ramp up Beijing’s clout in a country virtually joined at the hip with India ever since its gory …

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The wages of crying wolf

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By Maila Baje So it eventually had to come to this. A decade after triumphing in their ‘people’s war’, Baburam Bhattarai is accusing Pushpa Kamal Dahal of betraying the nation in order to maintain his grip on power by signing a despicable agreement with India during his recent trip down …

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Reflections on China’s geopolitical/policy moves

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By MR Josse KATHMANDU: Though much attention is focused on India-Pakistan relations and SAARC, it will not be wasted effort to spare some time and thought to aspects of China’s recent geopolitical and policy moves. In one way or another, they will have a singular bearing on the strategic environment …

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Is another India-Pakistan war imminent?

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By MR Josse KATHMANDU: Is a fourth general war between India and Pakistan imminent? If one were to go solely by the bellicose statements of a phalanx of armchair warriors and would-be strategists in India such a deduction might seem irresistible. Such a grim conclusion might appear equally inescapable hearing …

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Prachanda’s India visit: disturbing strategic underpinnings

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By MR Josse KATHMANDU: While Prime Minister Prachanda’s visit to India has led to breathless claims about its purported success in advancing Nepal-India ties to dizzy heights, its disturbing strategic underpinnings have either not been grasped, or, have been ignored. This column attempts to illuminate the significance of key strategic …

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DPRK’s nuclear defiance: strategic implications

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By MR Josse KATHMANDU: North Korea, on September 9, once more thumbed its nose at the international community with its defiant, triumphalist announcement that it had successfully tested a nuclear warhead that could be mounted on a missile. Its state media claimed that the test, which came after a series …

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