Southern Asia

DefExpo India 2020: Military Cooperation between Russia and India is as Good as Ever

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For some time now, India has been one of the main importers of Russian weapons and military equipment. According to the data provided by the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation of the Russian Federation, India has ordered $70 billion worth of Russian military goods since 1991. And at present, the South Asian…

Local Legislative Assembly Elections Held in Delhi

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The results of the Delhi Legislative Assembly elections held on February 8, 2020 in the National Capital Territory of Delhi (an area with a population of over 20 million people) are important in terms of political trends both within India itself and across the greater subcontinent, and it was nothing short of a landmark event. After all, we are talking about a country with…

Imran Khan’s Visit to Malaysia

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From 3 to 4 February of this year, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan paid an official visit to Malaysia. Events of this nature are not a common occurrence for a number of reasons, first and foremost, in light of various aspects of the Kashmir conflict and their development. The aforementioned dispute arose at the time (i.e. the end of the 1940s) the independent nations…

India’s Non-Alignment

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At the time the bipolar world order disappeared in 1991, successful economic reforms were introduced in India, which helped launch a serious discussion about the place and role of this nation in the world. A key to understanding India’s current politics lies in its features, such as independence in foreign affairs, non-alignment with any global political powers and the principle of freedom of action and choice…

Imran Khan’s Trip to Forum in Davos

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The speech given by Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan at the World Economic Forum in Davos (which marked its 50th anniversary) as well as his meeting with US President Donald Trump on the sidelines of this summit became one of the most significant events in world politics in the first month of 2020. In the current context, what with the ongoing charade involving a Swedish…

Update on Issues Stemming from Border Disputes between India and PRC

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The 22nd Meeting of the Special Representatives for Settlement of the India-China Boundary Question was held on December 21, 2019 in New Delhi. Interests of the PRC were represented by Foreign Minister Wang Yi, while those of India by Ajit Doval, the National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister…

INDRA-2019 Military Exercises and C-400: Russian-Indian Defense Cooperation Strengthens

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India has long been one of Russia’s most important partners in many areas, including the defense and military fields. The annual INDRA tri-services military exercise between Russian and Indian Armed Forces is a strong testament to this cooperation. The word INDRA itself is a portmanteau…

Real Agenda of Kuala Lumpur Islamic Summit Plans Derailed by Saudi Arabia

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There is more to the divide in the Muslim world than the schism between the Sunni and Shiite sects. This was recently proven by the apparent failure of an Islamic Summit, not due to good intentions but spoilers. 2019 ended with a Kuala Lumpur Summit organised by Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad. Its stated purpose…

Second US-India 2+2 Dialogue Starts Amid Escalating Tensions in Both Countries

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On December 18, 2019, US Secretaries of State and Defense convened with their Indian counterparts at their second annual meeting, commonly referred to as ‘2+2 dialogue.’ The first 2+2 meeting between the countries took place on September 6, 2018, in Delhi. And it should be noted that the presence of such a political…

India’s 2019 Legislative Season

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India’s 2019 legislative season is nearly finished. And it has been fruitful on account of lawmakers’ fairly controversial activities. In fact, it is not the entire year but the second half we are referring to here. Various political forces within India itself and in other countries have described the resulting legislature in polar opposite ways…

Kartarpur Corridor Becomes Complicated

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The inauguration of the visa-free Kartarpur Corridor at one of the India-Pakistan border crossings only took place a month ago on November 9. We have not even had enough time for a cautious celebration, but there already seems to have been some truth in the sneaking suspicion that “something is still not quite right here…

India’s Supreme Court Ruling on Hill-Top Temple in Ayodhya

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On 9 November of this year, a momentous event occurred in India. And its long-term consequences may be as influential as those that stemmed from the de facto revocation of Article 370 of the Indian Constitution that had granted special status to the now former state of Jammu and Kashmir. We are referring here to the ruling by India’s Supreme Court…


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