Asia Reassurance Initiative Act (ARIA)

Context Recently the US President Donald J. Trump signed into law the Asia Reassurance Initiative Act (ARIA), which passed the U.S. Senate earlier that month. About Asia Reassurance Initiative Act (ARIA) The act establishes a multifaceted U.S. strategy to increase U.S. security, economic interests, and values in the Indo-Pacific region. It Read More …

Macedonia changes its name

Context: Parliamentarians of the Republic of Macedonia voted to change their country’s name to the “Republic of North Macedonia”. The move now awaits approval from Greece’s Parliament. A longstanding dispute between the two countries led to the move, because a region of Greece bordering the Macedonian republic is also called Read More …

Year in review: International Affairs

From the unpredictable policy decisions of President Donald Trump to the growing rivalry between the U.S. and China, the year 2018 saw a host of developments that threatened world peace, political stability and trade and economy. The year was also marked by election upsets, street protests, diplomatic overtures, policy U-turns Read More …

Being a good neighbour

Context: If South Asia is one of the world’s least integrated regions, India is one of the world’s least regionally-integrated major powers. While there indeed are structural impediments (posed by both India and its neighbours) in fostering regional integration, the most significant handicap is New Delhi’s ideational disinclination towards its Read More …

New peace agreement on Yemen

What triggered the truce? The ceasefire between Yemen’s Houthi rebels and forces loyal to President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi in the port city of Hodeida came into existence on December 18. The agreement was reached in UN-mediated talks held in Stockholm earlier this month. At the time of the negotiations, the Read More …

UN members adopt Global Compact on Refugees

U.N. members adopt Global Compact on Refugees An overwhelming majority of the U.N. member states voted in favour of the Global Compact on Refugees, affirming international solidarity and cooperation for refugee protection and host community development. “After two years of extensive consultations led by the UNHCR (the United Nations High Read More …

Why Brexit remains problematic as ever

Why exit, and when In a referendum on June 23, 2016, British citizens voted narrowly in favour of leaving the EU (52% to 48%). The exit is due to happen on March 19, 2019. In November 2018, the UK and other EU countries struck a withdrawal agreement on how the Read More …

Policy Commission of World Customs Organization

Context: The Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) will discuss new-age products such as 3D printing, blockchain and drones at the 80th Session of Policy Commission meeting of World Customs Organisation. About the Session: During the sessions, trade-based illicit financial flows and money laundering will be discussed in Read More …

Visas for pilgrims 5 in India under protocol

When the Kartarpur corridor is developed and operationalised, Indian pilgrims to the Gurudwara Kartarpur Sahib 2 km inside Pakistan can access the shrine directly, without a visa, and without having to enter Pakistan through the regular immigration points. Sikh jathas from India to various gurudwaras in Pakistan, and Hindu pilgrims Read More …

India and Morocco

Context: The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister has approved the Agreement between India and Morocco on Mutual Legal Assistance in Civil and Commercial Matters. Salient features: Service of summons and other judicial documents or processes; taking of evidence in civil matters; production, identification or examination of documents, recordings; The Read More …