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* Malaysia: Election Upset * Iran Nuclear Deal Derailment: Fallout

BY PRABASI NEPALI Malaysia: Victory for Democracy In Malaysia, for the first time since independence from Britain in 1957, the ruling party, the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) and its government coalition Barisan Nasional was ousted from power in a major election upset. The opposition Pakatan Harapan coalition of several …

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North Korea Halts Missile & Nuclear Tests

BY PRABASI NEPALI At a time when North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un is preparing for historic summits with the presidents of South Korea and the United States, the country’s state TV made the surprise announcement early last Saturday local time that North Korea will stop nuclear tests and launches of …

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Syrian Imbroglio & Western Engagement

BY PRABASI NEPALI The Targets Last Saturday, the air forces and navies of the US, UK and France jointly conducted strikes on several sites in Syria, firing 105 missiles. The strikes took place a week after a suspected attack on the then rebel-held town of Douma, which opposition activists, medics …

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Neither [Cold] War Nor Peace: Détente in East Asia?

BY PRABASI NEPALI North Korea’s Kim Jong Un’s secret and surprise visit to Beijing was a diplomatic masterstroke, since it demolished in one fell swoop the mistaken impression among foreign policy pundits that the inter-connected negotiations among North and South Korea and the United States was taking place to the …

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Trump Tilts Towards Foreign Adventurism

BY PRABASI NEPALI US President Donald Trump’s impulses are putting his administration’s credibility on the line – not only in domestic affairs, but also in the whole gamut of external relations, from trade to national security. According to the Associated Press, weeks of conflicting and misleading statements from the president …

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Bizarre U.S. Foreign Policy: Trump Sacks Secretary of State Tillerson

BY PRABASI NEPALI “Surround yourself with the best people you can find, delegate authority, and don’t interfere as long as the policy you’ve decided upon is being carried out.” -Ronald Reagan Anyone following American politics, especially foreign policy can judge to what extent President Donald Trump has been following the …

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