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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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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The Trump Challenge to the JCPOA

S. Samuel C. Rajiv is Associate Fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi. October 24, 2017 US President Donald Trump announced a new Iran strategy on October 13, 2017. An essential element of the new strategy was the decision not to re-certify Iranian compliance with the provisions of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of …

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China’s moves in Africa

HARISH VENUGOPALAN The African continent presents conditions for competition and cooperation between Washington and Beijing. On 12 July 2017, the Chinese state media reported the first shipment of equipment and personnel to Djibouti from China. China announced the plan of building a logistics facility in Djibouti initially in 2015. Subsequently, Beijing began building the facility …

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