• A Victory for the Generation of Peace

    Global Centre Stage

    President Santos, who was first elected in 2010 on the premise of ending the 50-year-old civil war between the Government and the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC) guerrillas, has since pushed for an open dialogue aimed to end an internal conflict that has cost the lives of over 200,000 people in addition to displacing almost five million civilians within Colombia. […]

  • Argentina: A G20 Nation Dealing with Vultures

    Global Centre Stage

    More than 12 years ago, Argentina defaulted on its sovereign debt for the last time. The default occurred in the middle of a devastating economic and social crisis – that was accompanied by a devaluation of the domestic currency and a freezing of people's deposits in the banking system. […]

  • A Fresh Start for War Weary Iraq

    Global Centre Stage

    The new Iraqi government now being formed by Haider al-Abadi replaces the previous attempt by Nouri al-Maliki following the inconclusive general election result last April. Most commentators were deeply critical of Maliki's previous administration for failing to reach out to the Sunni minority in Iraq and ensure an inclusive government. […]

  • Will Fluctuating Power Equations Bring Lasting Peace?

    Global Centre Stage

    The world can be excused for being confused by events in Yemen on September 21; Yemenis themselves are still struggling to grasp what happened. What occurred in Sana'a was a major shift in power, a coup, but it was a coup against only a part of the Yemeni regime, and President Hadi remained in his seat. […]

  • Yemen's Houthi Challenge

    Global Centre Stage

    Yemeni President Abdrabuh Mansour Hadi faces the biggest crisis of his presidency. Days of heavy fighting, which left at least 140 people dead in capital Sana'a, came to an end on September 21, with the resignation of the prime minister and a tentative new peace deal. […]

  • Search for a New International System

    Global Centre Stage

    The current crisis in Ukraine is a continuation of the collapse of the USSR along internal administrative borders, which were not designed for independent states. Crimea has always been the weakest link in the Ukrainian state. […]

  • To Analyse and Finalise the Ukraine Conflict

    Global Centre Stage

    In this contribution, I borrow from the late American political scientist Kenneth Waltz. In his book Man, the State and War, he proposed to look for the causes of war at three different levels: individual, state and international. […]

  • Africa Diary - The Way Forward in Libya

    Global Centre Stage

    Libya is now closer to renewed civil war than at any point since the death of Muammar Gaddafi in October 2011. A low-level insurgency continues near Benghazi, and armed factions from Zintan and Misrata are fighting to control Tripoli and, by extension, the overall trajectory of the transition. At the time of writing, the Misratan militias have seized control of the airport in Tripoli, and their Islamist allies have disavowed recent elections and plan to establish their own government. […]

  • The World Fights Islamic State

    Cover Story

    What's in a name? President Obama and other world leaders have refused to refer to the Islamic militants who surged onto the international stage by annexing a third of Iraq and along the way tearing down international borders and declaring a caliphate, as Islamic State (IS). […]

  • AQIS: Rooting out al-Qaeda's New Branch

    Cover Story

    The formation of al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) was announced by al-Qaeda 'emir' Ayman al Zawahiri in a video released in September 2014. After the killing of Osama bin Laden, al-Zawahiri, the group's new chief, started the reorganisation of al-Qaeda, with its main focus on South Asia. Al-Qaeda does have close ties to the Afghan and Pakistani Taliban, meaning that it has a deep presence in South Asia. […]

  • The Beginning of the End for al-Shabaab?

    Cover Story

    In early September 2014, American hellfire missiles and laser-guided ammunition hit Ahmed Abdi al-Muhammad, popularly known as Ahmed Abdi Godane, one of Africa's most feared and reclusive jihadists in Barawe, an area south of the Somali capital, Mogadishu. […]

  • al-Shabaab after Godane

    Cover Story

    On September 5, the United States Department of Defence confirmed the death of Moktar Ali Zubeyr, otherwise known as Ahmad Abdi Godane, the leader of al-Shabaab. Godane's death immediately prompted speculation that al-Shabaab's reign of terror in Somalia and the surrounding region may be drawing to a close as a result of this loss. […]

  • French Military Adventures in Africa

    Cover Story

    Nearly a year and half after it was launched on January 11, 2013, Operation Serval in Mali was concluded on August 1, 2014 and replaced by a new (and more ambitious in scale) deployment, Operation Barkhane. […]

  • 'Modi'- Fying Indo-US Ties


    Prime Minister Narendra Modi's scheduled meeting with President Obama on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session in September 2014 has gained further salience due to a number of reasons. […]

  • Handshake Across the Himalayas


    When Chinese President Xi Jinping landed in Ahmedabad on September 17, all started well. He and Peng Liyuan, his wife and renowned former Opera singer, had a taste of Modiland; they seemed to enjoy the dynamism and culture of Gujarat as well as its delicacies on the banks of a clean Sabarmati River. […]

  • A New Era of Special Global and Strategic Partnership


    The choice of Japan as Modi's first destination for a bilateral visit outside the Indian neighbourhood signifies Japan's importance in India's foreign policy, and her central place in India's Look East Policy. In 2007 and 2012, as the chief minister of Gujarat, Modi visited Japan and met Premier Abe. […]

  • India and Australia: Towards a Strong Strategic Partnership


    A persistent assertion by the Australian uranium industry over the last few years has been that opportunities to develop potentially enormous commercial and strategic relations with India were being frustrated by Australia's refusal to sell it uranium. […]

  • SAARC: 'Himalayan' Expectations at Kathmandu


    From Kathmandu to Kabul, and from Dhaka to Delhi, there is a mounting acknowledgment that regional cooperation in South Asia will remain deficient unless the governments put economic compulsions ahead of political necessities, similar to the European Union and ASEAN. […]

  • Fiji's First Step


    Fiji has taken a step in the right direction, but the journey ahead is fraught with difficulties. As the saying goes, 'The longest journey in life begins with the first step'. And this is Fiji's first step, says Professor Brij V Lal, in this exclusive interview with the Diplomatist […]

  • Malaysia: Truly Asia's Best Business Destination


    Malaysia's transformation from an agrarian-based economy into a highly diversified one is the developing world's remarkable success story. This marked transformation, which began in the early 1980s, was the contribution of the country's third Prime Minister, Mahathir Mohamed, who weaned the country's economy away from dependency on export of primary commodities – mainly tin and rubber – and steered it to emerge as a trading nation. […]

  • Piercing the Corporate Veil: Employer Employee Relationship

    Legal Forum

    The overall operations of a company are run by its directors or shareholders. There are cases wherein such directors or shareholders create multiple entities to shield fraudulent activities and/or bypass binding legal compliances/obligations. In order to identify such fraudulent activities and the true intention behind incorporation of multiple entities, the concept of piercing of corporate veil emerged. […]

  • 'Best Time for India, South Africa to Improve Ties'


    Aiming to boost bilateral trade between the two countries, South Africa showcased the technologies related to food processing and agriculture sector in India, in the first ever 'South Africa Week'. The South Africa Week was intended to further promote the bilateral trade between the two nations. […]

  • An Afghanistan the World Must Know

    Afghanistan Series VII

    Amidst all the turbulence and uncertainty (read scaling down of US military's operations and eventual withdrawal in 2016) that looms large over Afghanistan, there lies tremendous business and investment potential. […]

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