India’s New Initiative in Africa: The Asia–Africa Growth Corridor

By: Ruchita Beri is Senior Research Associate at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analysis, New Delhi. June 13, 2017 During the recent annual meeting of the Africa Development Bank at Gandhinagar, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the launch of India’s latest initiative in Africa, the Asia-Africa Growth Corridor (AAGC), in partnership with Japan. This initiative …

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Qatar – Special Operational Forces

New Delhi Times, 19 June 2017 Summary The Qatari Special Operations Command (Q-SOC) comprises a battalion in strength and is based in Doha. The Q-SOC is responsible for operations on land and at sea, with particular emphasis paid to CT duties in the maritime environment to protect offshore oil platforms. The command continually runs maritime …

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Iran’s re-elected president faces multiple challenges

New Delhi Times, 19 June 2017 Key Points Although Rouhani’s victory in the presidential election strengthened the legitimacy of the Iranian state, the increasing polarisation within Iranian society suggests that he will struggle to implement his domestic programme and will lack influence over foreign policy. US president Donald Trump’s administration appears unwilling to completely cancel the …

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Indonesia Must Lead for Sake of Its Interests in South China Sea

Aaron L. Connelly Research fellow at the Lowy Institute in Sydney Over the past quarter century, Indonesia has sought to play the role of an honest broker in the South China Sea disputes, facilitating negotiations over a proposed Code of Conduct for claimants to the sea, and hosting workshops on technical issues and other barriers …

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10 Tips for Improving Your Public Speaking Skills

by MARJORIE LEE NORTH North is a consultant for political candidates, physicians, and lawyers, and runs a private practice specializing in public speaking, and executive communication skills. Previously, she was the clinical director in the department of speech and language pathology and audiology at Northeastern University. HERE ARE MY 10 TIPS FOR PUBLIC SPEAKING: 1. Nervousness Is Normal. …

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8 tips to improve your public speaking skills

People who are interested in mastering the art of public speaking can adopt the following traits. Written by Siddhartha S “The quality of your life depends upon the quality of your communication.” Over a period of time, I have realised that the best public speakers in this world have a few things in common. People who …

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Live together for peace, trade for prosperity

Nadjib Riphat Kesoema Former Indonesian ambassador to Australia Highs, lows, bumps and bruises, I have experienced a lot in my four years as the Indonesian ambassador to Australia. I have heard statements from many people that Indonesia is important to Australia and that Australia is vital to Indonesia. Last Feb. 26, on a cloudy Sunday …

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