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Expectations & Prospects for the New Year 2019:

• Nepal in Limbo / Reinvigorating Dynamic Sanatan Dharma ? • World in Flux — Restoring World Order ? BY SHASHI MALLA Whither Nepal? The general public and even parts of the governing monolithic Communist government are of the opinion that the past year has not been particularly favourable for …

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US Middle East & West Asia Policy in Tatters

• US to Withdraw from Syria/ US Defence Secretary Resigns • US Partial Withdrawal from Afghanistan: Geo-Political Ramifications BY SHASHI MALLA US to Leave Syria In a surprise move, US President Trump has ordered the withdrawal of all US forces from Syria. It was well known that Trump like his …

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• Germany: A New Era with Change of Leadership • Pakistan: Cooperation or Confrontation with US? * Yemen: Tentative Steps toward Peace Settlement

BY SHASHI MALLA Germany Germany’s largest political party, the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) has elected Chancellor Angela Merkel’s close ally Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer as chairperson. She succeeds Frau Merkel who headed both the chairperson of the party, and the government (in a grand coalition with the Social Democratic Party/SPD). She stood …

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Fallout of Barbaric Saudi Journalist Murder US Middle East Policy in Tatters

BY SHASHI MALLA In the latest development in the ongoing international affair of the brutal murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has definitively concluded that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman (also known as “MBS”) ordered the assassination in the Saudi Consulate-General in Istanbul. …

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