Iranian Banks Slowly Reconnect to the World

Bijan Khajehpour is an economist and a managing partner at Atieh International, a Vienna-based international strategic consulting firm. A recent string of “financing agreements” that various governments and international banks have signed with Iran indicates that Tehran is finding solutions to leave behind the bottlenecks in financing its international projects. The question at this stage is whether …

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How North Korea was Armed

Prabha Rao is Senior Fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi October 30, 2017 The enfant terrible of international politics, North Korean President Kim Jong-un, has a talent for generating war clouds and intercontinental nightmares. The Kim dynasty, which has tenaciously held on to power in the face of international condemnation, has two …

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Cracks in Muslim Democracy Model: Radicalization in Contemporary Indonesia

Vibhanshu Shekhar Indonesia as a multi-ethnic and pluralistic democracy lives along multiple faultlines – social, regional, geographic, cultural, ethnic, religious, linguistic, native versus migrant, highlanders versus lowlanders, and so on. These faultlines have come to shape both Indonesia’s internal as well as external expressions. Today a rising Indonesia exudes a different sense of confidence in …

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Plastic Litter: The Challenge at Sea

Vijay Sakhuja Former Director, National Maritime Foundation (NMF), New Delhi A number of innovations and initiatives that are shaping the oceans and seas can potentially help ensure that these water bodies remain environmentally and ecologically stable. These range from greener and efficient vessels propelled by solar and wind energy, sustainable use of sea-based living and …

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New Thinking on India’s Emerging Security Challenges

Lt Gen (Retd) AS Lamba President, IPCS, and former Vice Chief of Army Staff The New Arthashastra: A Security Strategy For India Brig (Retd) Gurmeet Kanwal (ed) Harper Collins, New Delhi (2016) The New Arthashastra: A Security Strategy for India comprehensively revisits Kautilya’s Arthashastra through perspectives focusing on statecraft and statesmanship, diplomacy, governance, economic and trade …

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Who is a diplomat in today’s world? The differences between the academic’s and the practitioner’s approach to teaching diplomacy point to some answers

BY DONNA MARIE OGLESBY The concept of diplomacy has long lacked cultural resonance in the United States. The late R. Smith Simpson, a career U.S. Foreign Service officer credited with stimulating the creation of the Georgetown Institute for the Study of Diplomacy in 1978, was said to have been an “absolute pit bull” on making …

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In foreign ministries around the world, training is undergoing intensification and expansion

BY KISHAN RANA An interesting new criterion has emerged to assess foreign ministry performance. Some analysts believe that the seriousness and care with which a foreign ministry handles diplomatic training is a powerful proxy indicator of the efficacy of that ministry. Several elements lie behind this. Training represents an investment in the future; like all …

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