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Shia Cleric Ahead In Iraq Poll But Spoils Will Have

NEW DELHI: Firebrand cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has emerged as kingmaker in Iraq’s fifth national elections – held since the ouster of Saddam Hussein in 2003. But he may not be the only one. With 73 seats in the 329-seat parliament, Sadr will have to talk and negotiate with others on who could be prime minister. […]Read More

India Pushes Ambitious Trade Deals, Correction Of ‘Historical Wrongs’

NEW DELHI: On ‘Talking Point‘, Ambassador Mohan Kumar, India’s ex-lead negotiator to the GATT and WTO, Chairman, RIS and Dean, International Affairs and Professor of Diplomatic Practice at Jindal Global University and Ambassador Jayant Dasgupta, India’s Former Ambassador, WTO, Former Secretary, Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Council and Member, RIS in discussion with StratNews Global Associate […]Read More

China, Bhutan Deal To Speed Up Border Negotiations: The Back

NEW DELHI: China and Bhutan have signed a Memorandum of Understanding on a Three-Step Roadmap for expediting boundary negotiations. The MoU was signed virtually today by Bhutan’s Foreign Minister Lyonpo Tandi Dorji and China’s Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs Wu Jianghao. Boundary negotiations began in 1984; the two sides have held 24 rounds of talks […]Read More

What India’s Doing To Remain A Step Forward In The

ARUNACHAL PRADESH/ASSAM: The faceoff between Indian and Chinese soldiers in the Tawang sector last month may or may not have been one of the reasons for the stalemate in Ladakh to continue at the end of the 13th round of talks between Corps Commanders but the fact that PLA soldiers are testing the waters by […]Read More

‘Pakistani Deep State As An Arsonist Disguised As A Fire-fighter’

NEW DELHI: On ‘The Gist‘, S.P.Vaid, Former Director General of Police, J&K in conversation with StratNews Global Associate Editor Amitabh P. Revi. Pakistan sponsored Lashkar-e-Taiba and its The Resistance Front (TRF) backed terrorists have claimed responsibility for the recent targeting of civi lians, especially of hindus and a sikh in Kashmir. Former DGP Vaid analyses […]Read More

Along the China Frontier in the East: A Reporter’s Journal

NEW DELHI: A week-long adventure, a rare opportunity to understand Indian military’s preparations in the Eastern Arunachal sector. Part II of Editor-in-Chief Nitin A. Gokhale’s tour with colleagues Rohit Pandita and Shaurya Lenka gives a glimpse of many positive changes that they witnessed, courtesy the Indian Army and the Air Force.Read More

Import of CIA’s Renewed China Focus

NEW DELHI: The US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is redoing its sums on China, making certain organisational changes to enhance its capacity to monitor and anticipate Beijing’s policies. The goal is to ensure continued US dominance in key areas of technology including defence, energy and global health. In this conversation on StratNewsGlobal, Vikram Sood, former […]Read More

China Behaving Like A Drunk Muscle-Guy Smoking Near A Gas

NEW DELHI: Wang Ting-yu, Member of Taiwan’s Parliament and member of the Legislative Foreign Affairs & National Defence Committee in conversation with StratNews Global Associate Editor Amitabh P. Revi. “Taiwan, like India, will not accept Xi Jinping’s agenda,” the MP says. On a record number of PLAAF intrusions ahead of Taiwan’s 10/10 National Day, he […]Read More