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Connecting the dots

73rd UNGA opens to a world in disarray

BY M.R. JOSSE KATHMANDU: The 73rd annual United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) has opened in New York attracting an estimated 130 heads of state/government for a six-day marathon of speeches at plenary session and a galaxy of bilateral meetings at its margins. While the world is never ever entirely tranquil …

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BIMSTEC-IV spin-off, Prachanda’s peregrinations and other stuff

BY M.R. JOSSE KATHMANDU: Three weeks ago, this columnist ventilated some motley views on the then impending two-day BIMSTEC-1V summit in Kathmandu concluding that it was not only an incongruously constituted grouping but one that didn’t have much to show by way of concrete achievements in terms of “technical and …

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Interesting moves and countermoves in South Asia

BY M.R. JOSSE KATHMANDU: There has been a bunch of interesting diplomatic moves and countermoves in South Asia lately including those concerning the United States and China. They will probably create a new strategic dynamic in the region, one whose impact will be manifest in myriad, even unpredictable, ways. PAKISTAN …

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Missile rattling and unusual journeys, pilgrimages

BY M.R. JOSSE KATHMANDU: While much national attention was focused on BIMSTEC-IV photo-ops, stale, boiler-plate rhetoric about ‘connectivity’ and ‘regional cooperation’, amid horrendous traffic snarls, the outside world appeared to be caught in a rash of missile rattling and unusual pilgrimages. OUTSIDE WORLD As if to remind us there is …

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BIMSTEC-IV sans blinkers and rose-tinted glasses

BY M.R. JOSSE KATHMANDU: For a month, we have been buffeted by a never-ending cascade of noise/news about the imminent IV summit in Kathmandu of BIMSTEC – an anagram that I wager not even senior members of the cabinet can correctly identify! That, of course, tells half the untold BIMSTEC …

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From Strait of Hormuz to South China Sea and Assam

BY M.R. JOSSE KATHMANDU: Seminal, if yet incipient, geopolitical developments are taking shape on the America-Iran chessboard, with the strategic waterway – the Strait of Hormuz in the Persian/Arab Gulf – constituting a key element of that narrative. Though attention to the fraught Washington-Tehran relationship had been directed in this …

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‘Great disorder under the heavens’ in Trumpian world

BY M.R. JOSSE KATHMANDU: China’s legendary leader Mao Zedong once famously declared that there was ‘great disorder under the heavens’ before going on to aver that such a situation was just what the doctor ordered as it rendered the world ‘ripe for revolution’. American President Richard M. Nixon, in a …

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Trump’s blitzkrieg diplomacy: downside and upside

BY M.R. JOSSE KATHMANDU: Last week, this column argued that America, under President Donald Trump, continued to annoy and flummox friends and foes while maintaining her global status as being far too important to ignore. On the eve of his July 16 Helsinki summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin – …

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