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Putin gives lessons in world politics
Manoj Joshi
18 March 2014
The US would be foolish to deepen the new Cold War atmosphere by trying to isolate Russia over Ukraine developments. As for China, that option is simply not open to them any more. The reason is that the Americans need cooperation from Moscow to deal with Syria, Iran and Afghanistan.
 
Maldives: EC crisis ends, polls as scheduled
N Sathiya Moorthy
15 March 2014
After managing well the crisis over the Election Commission in Maldives, the government now will have to initiate legal and political measures to institutionalise facilitating mechanisms for smooth transition. Again, the initiative would lie with President Yameen.
 
Break down the barriers to trade in South Asia
Abhirup Bhunia and Geethanjali Nataraj
14 March 2014
Enabling greater free trade and removing NTBs should be undertaken with the goal of not just regional integration and growth but also development of communities, employment and poverty alleviation across South Asia.
 
TRS may spoil the Congress's political game plan in Telengana
T.V. Rajeswar
14 March 2014
Since the Telangana Rashtra Samiti is likely to win most of the 17 Lok Sabha seats in the Telangana region on its own, its unwillingness to share the seats with the Congress party is understandable. In such a scenario, the Congress party's prospects in the general elections in the whole of Andhra Pradesh, including Telangana, are indeed bleak.
 
Beijing's Ukraine
C. Raja Mohan
13 March 2014
China may have reasons to be relieved if a Cold War-like situation re-emerges in Europe and American attention is drawn away from Asia. As America plunged into two prolonged wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, China had the time and space to build its comprehensive national power.
 
Taliban making political gains without any commitment
Niharika Betkerur
13 March 2014
Recent political developments suggest that the Taliban is taking measures to gain important political points while not committing to anything concrete. The US-Afghan rift has not only created confusion regarding the future of the country but also given the Taliban some breathing space.
 
Why Indian fishers cannot chase 'Sri Lankan' fish?
N Sathiya Moorthy
12 March 2014
With Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa linking the officially-blessed second round of fishers' talks in Colombo, scheduled for 13 March, to the release of all fishers arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy, questions have arisen about the future course.
 
Saudi Arabia steps up anti-terror fight
C. Raja Mohan
11 March 2014
Over the last few years, Delhi has found Riyadh more forthcoming in tracking down terrorists of concern to India. As the Kingdom enters a more decisive phase in their war against terror, the prospects for security cooperation between India and Saudi Arabia are likely to improve.
 
Living up to the Cold War stereotype
Nandan Unnikrishnan
10 March 2014
A solution to the Ukrainian imbroglio lies in shedding old Cold War stereotypes and treating the crisis as an opportunity to complete the unfinished business of establishing geopolitical equilibrium in the former Soviet space.
 
We need a lean, mean fighting force
Vishal Nigam
07 March 2014
The Indian military desperately needs to enhance its defence preparedness. However, given the country's fiscal constraints, this must be done by modernising weapons systems, instead of adding more boots on the ground.
 
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