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• India’s Parliamentary Elections

BY SHASHI MALLA Range & Breadth of the Indian Elections India’s parliamentary elections for the lower house or Lok Sabha are being keenly observed throughout the world for obvious reasons. At stake are 543 seats covering the country’s 29 states and seven union territories. India is a pivotal geopolitical player …

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• India’s General Elections • Venezuela’s Crisis Unending • Brunei Promulgates Punitive Islamic Laws • Thailand Awaits New Government & Tensions Rise

BY SHASHI MALLAIndia A suicide bomb attack in the Indian part of the disputed Kashmir & Jammu state killed 40 paramilitary police last month. The Pakistan-based militant group Jaish-e-Mohammad immediately claimed responsibility. This in turn led to a soaring of tensions with arch-rival neighbouring Pakistan. There was an exchange of …

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• South Asia & US “Indo-Pacific” Strategy

By Shashi Malla The region “South Asia” has become crucial in international relations, not least because it is at the crossroads of the political “East” and “West”. Two of the states are nuclear armed and at daggers-drawn, posing a grave danger not only for the region, but for the wider …

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Germany’s & Europe’s Security Challenges in the Trump Era

BY SHASHI MALLA There is widespread perception among intellectuals, academics and media pundits that US President Donald Trump is endangering the world order. The trans-Atlantic alliance has been crucially debilitated, and Europe must now fashion new processes and construct security structures. German Establishment Perspective Wolfgang Ischinger, 72, has 40 years …

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*Terrorist Attack Raises India-Pakistan Tensions

BY SHASHI MALLA Resurgence of Indo-Pakistan Conflict? There is grave danger that there may be a resurgence of conflict in our immediate neighbourhood. This has been precipitated by a deadly suicidal bomb attack on a convoy of Indian paramilitaries in the Kashmir Valley – the part of the state administered …

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