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“The Triad”: US, China & Russia in International Relations

BY SHASHI MALLA According to the Oxford Dictionary, ‘triad’ means a set or group of three, and ‘Triad’ alludes to a Chinese secret society involved in organized crime. It is our contention that in the current international constellation of powers, the rules-based system of international politics and organizations — established …

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* Yemen: World’s Worst Humanitarian Disaster

BY SHASHI MALLA The complicated civil war in Yemen has now entered a decisive phase. A coalition led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) launched an attack last week to oust Houthi rebels from Hodeidah (on the east coast), the gateway for most of Yemen’s aid and …

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* Towards Peace in the Korean Peninsula ? * Trump Disrupts G-7 Summit * World In Disarray & the West in Crisis * Qatar Still Vibrant after One-Year Blockade

BY SHASHI MALLA Peace in the Korean Peninsula ? At the ‘historic’ US-North Korea Summit in Singapore, US President Donald Trump and North Korean Chairman Kim Jong-un signed a joint statement/document, enumerating what the two parties have achieved until now and what they hope to accomplish in the future. This …

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* Trump’s Volte-face: Revives Summit with Kim Jong-un * Italy Sends Shockwaves through Europe * Spain gets New ‘Frankenstein’ Government * US Accuses China of ‘Intimidating & Coercing Neighbors

BY SHASHI MALLA United States – North Korea Summit The uncertainty about the US-North Korean summit was finally laid to rest last Friday when US President Donald Trump personally corroborated that he would hold a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on June 12 in Singapore in the high-stakes …

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*South Korea’s Moon salvages Trump-Kim Summit

*Resurgence in Germany Foreign Policy BY SHASHI MALLA After suddenly axing the proposed US-North Korea summit, US President Donald Trump said last Saturday he was (now) still looking at a June 12 summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore. “We’re doing very well in terms of the …

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U.S. Presidential Election : Campaigns Reach Critical Mass

By Shashi P.B.B. Malla Both the Republican and Democratic election campaigns have now reached a frenzied pitch of electioneering in all the states of the union. After a series of self-inflicted wounds by the Republican candidate Donald J. Trump, his campaign is attempting to calm the troubled waters and vociferously …

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US Presidential Election : Trump Goes on the Rampage

By Shashi P.B.B. Malla & Chandra Bahadur Parbate Both the Republican and Democratic parties are now definitely in general election mode and Republican standard bearer Donald J. Trump has ceaselessly and viciously attacked the Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. The ‘bumps’ in the various national polls after their respective national conventions …

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Turkey’s Failed Military Coup & Its Ramifications

By Shashi P.B.B. Malla & Chandra Bahadur Parbate The failed military coup d’etat ended in triumph for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The violent attempt to overthrow the legitimate government was crushed at its very inception, and order restored. Many instigators and their presumed collaborators and sympathizers have been arrested. It …

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US Republicans & Democrats in General Election Mode

By Shashi P.B.B.Malla With the Republican National Convention already completed and the Democratic National Convention slated this week, it can be said that both parties have now started their campaigns for the general election on November 8.  Both candidates for president have also chosen their presumptive vice president. For ninety …

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