United Nations ‘Transports Internationaux Routiers’ (TIR) convention

Context:  Recently the first shipment under the United Nations ‘Transports Internationaux Routiers’ (TIR) conventionarrived in India from Afghanistan through Iran’s Chabahar Port. About the TIR convention: The Customs Convention on International Transport of Goods under cover of TIR Carnets, 1975 (TIR Convention), is an international transit system under the auspices of the United Read More …

Cabinet Approves Proposal to Align with Global Trademark System

Context:  Recently Cabinet approves proposal for accession of India to: The Nice Agreement on the International classification of goods and services for the purposes of registration of marks. The Vienna Agreement for setting up an International classification of the figurative elements of marks. The Locarno Agreement for establishing an International classification for industrial designs. Significance and Read More …

Trends in International Arms Transfers 2018 Report

Context:  Recently the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) has released the Trends in International Arms Transfers 2018 Report. The assessment was done for a five-year period (2014-2018). Highlights of the report: India was the world’s second largest importer of major arms in 2014-18 and accounted for 9.5% of the global Read More …

National Knowledge Network

Context:  India has decided to extend its National Knowledge Network to Bangladesh. About NKK: NKN is a multi-gigabit pan-India network which facilitates the development of India’s communications infrastructure, stimulates research and creates next generation applications and services. With its multi-gigabit capability, NKN aims to connect all universities, research institutions, libraries, laboratories, Read More …

International Criminal Court (ICC)

Context:  Recently Malaysia has ratified the Rome Statute making it the 124th State party to the International Criminal Court (ICC). About International Criminal Court: The International Criminal Court (ICC), located in The Hague, is the court of last resort for prosecution of genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity. It is Read More …

United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC)

Context:  The latest report released by United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) says that India is one of the major hubs of illicit drug trade ranging from age-old cannabis to newer prescription drugs like tramadol, and designer drugs like methamphetamine. Key findings of the report: While the global trend Read More …

Indo-Pacific Regional Dialogue (IPRD) – 2019

Context:  In continuation of the process of engaging the global strategic community in an annual review of India’s opportunities and challenges in the Indo-Pacific region, the second edition of Indo-Pacific Regional Dialogue (IPRD) – 2019 will be held in New Delhi. To provide a platform for substantive and insightful discussions pertaining Read More …

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 …