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CWA # 226, 25 February 2020

Strategic Forecast 2020
The US in the Middle East: Flux or Status Quo in 2020?

  Aswathy K

CWA Brief, February 2020 

In analysing the trends in American foreign policy in the Middle East, one witness both continuations and differences, especially with the previous presidency

Background

In the United States, the 116th Congress convened in January 2019 with the Democrats having a clear majority. In April, Trump vetoed a move by Congress to end military assistance to Saudi Arabia in context of the civil war in Yemen (Landler and Baker, 2019). Israel banned Congresswomen Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar from visiting Palestine in August. Formal impeachment inquiry was launched in September. In October, a house vote of 560 opposed withdrawal of US forces in Syria. In reaction to Turkey’s actions in Syria, the Congress recognized the Armenian genocide. Congress approved military aid has been withheld from Lebanon by the White House (Berger, 2019).

As the proposed Iran nuclear deal became ineffective after American withdrawal in 2018, Iran started increasing its nuclear enrichment facing American sanctions. Since then, there have been a series of attacks by one side against the other, including Tehran shooting down an American drone and an Iranian oil tanker being held by the British (Britton, 2019).The development of Iran’s nuclear programme has put on edge its perceived rivals in the region, Saudi Arabia and Israel. Saudi Arabia allege that the attack on its oil processing facilities in September were carried out by Iran despite the Houthis claiming responsibility (“Saudi Arabia oil attacks: US to deploy thousands of extra troops”, 2019). 

Even if the attack on Saudi oil facilities was by the Houthis, the matter remains that they have Iranian backing. In a way, Iran is carrying out a proxy war against its rivals through mediums such as the Houthis, Hezbollah and the Hamas (Tabatabai and Clarke, 2019). ISIS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed but the organization doesn’t seem to have been fully eradicated. 

Israel has dialled up its response with direct attacks on Iran-backed factions in Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and the Gaza Strip, threatening their shadow war to become an all-out war (Aboudouh, 2019; Hincks, 2019). In relation to Israel, Kushner’s Israel-Palestine peace plan hopes to end the decade long conflict (Araud, 2019). The political plan has not been released yet, while the economic plan was found unsatisfactory by the Palestinians (Spetalnick, 2019). The US has cut all aid to Palestinians in West Bank and Gaza and, in November, declared that Israeli settlements in occupied Palestine are not illegal. In October, Trump announced the withdrawal of American troops from Syria, leaving northern Kurdish areas vulnerable to Turkish attacks. Due to international backlash and the possibility of ISIS regaining foothold, some US personnel will remain to guard the oil fields while the rest will relocate to Iraq (Ali, 2019).

 Major Trends in 2019

Regional Polarisation

What is evident from the developments this year is the clear regional polarization. As the US backed Israel and Saudi Arabia at the expense of being hostile towards Iran, it has accentuated regional rivalries. The diplomatic isolation and pressure on Iran has been extended to its allies, such as Qatar and Lebanon. The travel ban issued by the Trump administration (infamously called the Muslim Ban), targets citizens from Iran and its allied countries, such as Syria more than those from other Islamic nations. The pre-existing Sunni-Shia divide has further been emphasized by American actions. Obama used to diplomatically deal with regional powers to reach a compromise. Trump’s decision to back the Sunni horse has dissolved the Gulf countries of their responsibility to promote political reforms.  

 American Interests and Policies

It is generally said that American interests in the Middle East concentrate in three areas- oil, defense and terrorism. Many claim that the Iraq War was declared to boost American economy. Whether conspiracy or fact, it is true that the US has stakes in the area. But these stakes seem to be lowering recently. The US fracking might increase crude oil production to an extent that may eclipse OPEC counties’ domestic production by 2024. The recent killing of the ISIS chief has put the US into a sense of false security. Also if one looks at the election of Trump, one could witness the force of populism. One of the main aspects of the movement was anti-globalisation which views activities in foreign soil as benefiting others at the expense of America’s interests. People want their loved ones to come back from directionless battles (“Why are happy people voting for angry parties?” 2019). These domestic factors have influenced the tide in the favour of withdrawing.  

Every leader wants a legacy, a thing they are remembered when they are long gone, Trump is not different. The Middle East, a thorn by America’s side, offers several opportunities for the President to work through. The proposed peace deal between Israel and Palestine should be understood in this context. Though Trump’s migration restrictions, especially on selective Middle Eastern citizens, have a racist element, his economic policies needed to be understood within the context domestic concerns. His catchy slogan “Make America Great Again” (MAGA) hints at recovering American Exceptionalism, a concept Obama has previously criticised (Kirchick, 2019). “America First” also points at reversing Obama’s policies which were comparatively pacifying and compromising, to reflect America’s self-interests more overtly. But Trump’s inability to cope with minor compromises, especially in the Middle East, will hurt American interests in the long run. 

 A House Divided

The fluctuation in foreign policy needs consideration in the context of the friction between a Republican headed White House and Democrat majority House of Representatives. While the latter had approved military aid to Lebanon, Trump stopped the package due to Israel’s concerns with Hezbollah’s influence on the Lebanese government. Similarly, the Trump ended Congress’s move to end American funding of the Yemen crisis. Trump also agreed with Israel’s decision to ban Congresswomen Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib from visiting the conflict area in Palestine due to their involvement in Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel (“Israel bars Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib from visiting”, 2019).

It is interesting to note that Trump’s actions, especially the decision to pull out of Syria, has generated criticism from within the Republican Party. Mitch McConnell and Lindsey Graham, staunch Trump defenders, have condemned this move by Trump (“Institutional conservatives would condemn Donald Trump”, 2019). Republicans voted against Trump 2-1 in a resolution condemning Trump’s decision to abruptly withdraw from Syria (Benen, 2019). One could wonder whether Trump took such radical steps within the Middle East to take attention away from the impeachment hearings.

 The Trust Factor

Volatile actions by the global hegemon which abandons its friends at the time of need will definitely lower the trust of any current and future American allies. A country’s foreign policy is generally considered to be based on a consensus no matter how brutal the domestic rivalry is. Even if there are changes, the modifications are developed gradually to create a single narrative for diplomatic purposes. Trump’s actions make it seem like that American backing is fickle and dependent on the current President. Thus a deal agreed upon in the past will not hold sway in future. This will make the current partners insecure and future allies hesitant.  

 Russian Inroads

A lesson that Trump is yet to learn is that economic sanction cannot hold out forever. He is using that against Iran and lately used it as threat against Turkey if it decides to invade the Kurdish region in Syria. Similarly, the EU has also imposed sanctions. At the same time, Russia is trying to be friendly towards both nations. This gives Russia stakes in the region and the ability to influence policy. Russia has also started becoming friendly towards the Gulf countries and bridging gap between them and Syria (Rumer, 2019). Russia has kept all its promises, such as supporting Syria. In contrast, American allies have been disheartened that Trump has not followed through with his promised tough actions against Iran, especially after the attack on the Saudi Arabian oil facilities.

 Differences, Continuities and Trump

Thus, in analysing the trends in American foreign policy in the Middle East, one witnesses both continuations and differences, especially with the previous presidency. Aspects of continuity, which can be traced back to Obama’s presidency, can be witnessed in the way America still prioritizes combating ISIS in the region (even though there is a chance that might change in the future) and works its regional allies. Previously, Obama tried to de-escalate the situation in the Middle East to create a gradual withdrawal. The differences are stark in the way the US has gradually strengthened the Israel-Saudi axis while increasing hostility towards Iran. These measures favours Trump’s political base while undermining Obama’s efforts in the region. In comparing continuities and differences to last year, there are more continuities. Trump had announced sudden withdrawal of troops from Syria in December 2018 but had to reverse on the policy after consultation with advisors. The advisors were not able to coax him (Syria conflict: Trump slows down troop withdrawal, 2019). Similarly, recognition of Israel at the expense of Palestine has been strengthened. The announcement of the shift of the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem was announced in 2017 and acted on by 2018 (Halbfinger, D. M., I. Kershner & D. Walsh, 2018).

There is no indication of a clear foreign policy concerning the Middle East. This might be due to the unstable cabinet surrounding Trump, whose presidency saw three National Security Advisors and one Secretary of State resigning. Despite hiccups, Trump went against consultation by his advisors. He refused tough stance against Iran, the way John Bolton wanted him to. The amount of power Trump holds and the way he wields it, has numerous implications. As the paper focuses largely on the period 2019-20, it focuses on Trump’s policies. Thus, American foreign policy in many areas, in the form it exists currently has been equated to Trump’s actions.

 Forecasts for 2020 

 Selective Withdrawal

Based on the analysis that American foreign policy in the Middle East is both in flux and consistency, what could be visible is a selective withdrawal. The US might physically leave the Middle East in 2020 or least reduce its visible presence drastically if Trump has his way. But that doesn’t translate to ending US’s influence over the area. This is evident in the present scenario where American troops are still stationed around oil facilities in Syria (Friedman, 2019). The US would continue to fund the various wars through sale of weapons and military aid to allies. For some time now, the US has been a moderator in the Middle East, but its decision to back some players at the expense of others will put the region in disarray.

Higher risks of open conflicts

With the US withdrawing not only physically but also as a mediating force, there will be a high chance of regional wars. The volatile nature of Iran’s proxies might just be the match which lights the flame. One is reminded in this instance of the role of the Serbian Black Hand in starting the First World War. In such a situation, the cold wars in the region could transform to hot wars which means that Iran against Saudi and Israel will have to physically fight each other. Areas like Syria, Iraq and Yemen will become extended centers of conflict. Another way a war could possibly break out is if Iran feels boxed into a corner and feel that the only way out of economic sanctions is an all-out war. This might push Iran seek support from Russia, the other great power in the region, to even out the playing field. 

Increase in Russian influence

With foothold in Syria, this could create further inroads into the region for Russia. Russia could increase its influence in the region by filling the American vacuum. Russia’s relations within the neighbourhood will increase at the expense of the US. Turkey, if pushed enough, could turn towards Russia. In addition, it faces isolation even within NATO, it faces isolation. This will be harmful the EU, an American ally, as Turkey is the one preventing further refugee crisis. If it is not provided a “safe space” as it has proposed in Syria, it might stop holding back Syrian refugees. This will create another round of Refugee Crisis. 

 Arab Spring 2.0

Another avenue that could follow is that of a Second Arab Spring. The civilian rebellions in Iraq, Iran and Lebanon have started being called the Arab Spring 2.0 (Muasher, 2019). These countries, are areas with considerable Iranian influence, that provide avenues for the US to fund the conflict and create disharmony in the region, as some claim it is doing in Hong Kong. But with the Americans backing out, this won’t be the case. It has been in the American interests to maintain status quo in the Middle East so to not upset the global oil production. Thus it has always given tacit support to the dictatorial regimes who function in American interests. So in a void of American power, another round of democratic struggles might actually get chance as America loses its self-gifted voice for implementing democracy.

 Loss of Confidence in America

As Americans show that they do not hesitate to abandon allies, the latter will have to forge new ties. The Kurds will have to turn to Bashar al-Assad for protection against Turkey that will weaken their claim for autonomy. It also means they might be hesitant to ally with the US again if the latter decides to come back to the Middle East. The issue of distrust will factor in future alliance the US might try to build up in this region. If the US decides to leave the region in entirety, the previously blocked links between Iran and Hezbollah will be functional again. This will be the ultimate betrayal of the strongest American ally in the region, Israel. But due to the strength of the Jewish lobby, such a situation will not come to pass. Additionally, one cannot guarantee that Israel will not lose confidence in American competency in the region.

 Return of the ISIS

There are chances for the resurgence of the ISIS in the region. Earlier, the US’s involvement in the Middle East was to counter ISIS. American retreat in Syria might lead to ISIS regaining its foothold in the regions it had earlier lost. Yet another font may open if Iran decides to wage war on Israel and Saudi Arabia. Subsequent chaos will accelerate ISIS’s regrowth as its enemies attack each other. Its sudden rise in 2014 was possible due to massive jailbreaks and a repeat is possible in 2020. As the US cleans its resources from the area, it will be ill-equipped to deal with ISIS again. There are chances of renewal of ties between ISIS and Al-Qaeda which will spell doom for the region. 

 Republican backlash

Many hardliner Republicans have generally backed Trump through some questionable policy decisions. But it was on the issue of sudden withdrawal, leading to abandonment of allies while inadvertently benefitting rivals, that many Republicans draw the line. Though Trump has about 90 per cent approval ratings within the party (“Presidential Approval Ratings -- Donald Trump”, 2019), the impeachment proceedings might turn the tide. It is highly likely that the House of Representatives will impeach the President that will be up to the Senate to vote. The general prediction is that due to the Republican majority in the Senate, Trump’s presidency is secure. But there is a chance that Trump’s decisions regarding the Middle East and other scandals that may arise during the impeachment just to tip the scale against Trump within the GOP. In such a case, Mike Pence will become the President and the Republicans will have to rally behind another candidate for the Presidential elections.  

 End of Manifest Destiny 

American actions seem to state an end to the one and a half centuries long ideal of Manifest Destiny. Though originally, it was used in the context of westward expansion, it later fit well in the narrative of American imperialism and interventionism. The US, for a long time, justified interference in foreign land for the cause of freedom as the self-appointed leader of the world. Now, Trump states that the Middle East is “7000 miles away.” There might be a shift on how the US views itself and its mission. Though this might seem to extend predictions, but if seen in the light of the Long Cycle Theory, it might herald the beginning of the end of the American hegemony, replacing itself by another power.

 Wildcards

The most visible wildcards in this scenario is the 2020 Presidential Election. As one questions whether domestic reasons exist for foreign policy initiatives, one thing is sure- Donald Trump could undertake fancy steps for appeasement to win over the swing votes. The drastic pull-out in Syria seemed Trump was keeping up on his electoral promises which could extend to Afghanistan. In the case of withdrawal from Syria and Afghanistan, it is unsure whether the next President will try to reverse Trump’s decision to close what can be considered the sore on America’s side for a long time. But a Democratic win in 2020 might lead to reversal of foreign policies in the Middle East and is less likely to back Israel and Saudi Arabia thoroughly. 

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Aswathy K is pursuing her Masters in International Studies from CHRIST (Deemed to be University), Bengaluru 

This essay was published at the NIAS Quarterly on Contemporary World Affairs, Vol 2, Issue 1, January-March 2020  

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GP Team

Taliban Violence in Afghanistan, Lockdown in Germany and the US-China blame-game

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Conflict Weekly 09
March 2020 | CWA # 244

IPRI Team

The CoronaVirus: South Asia copes, China stabilises, Europe bleeds and the US wakes up finally

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The World this Week
March 2020 | CWA # 243

GP Team

WHO declares Pandemic, Italy shuts down, Xi Jinping visits Wuhan, Instability grips Kabul, and an Oil war brews between Russia and Saudi Arabia

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Perspectives on Violence
March 2020 | CWA # 242

La Toya Waha

The Bar Shooting in Germany: Just an act of a crazy individual?

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Conflict Weekly 08
March 2020 | CWA # 241

IPRI Team

Triumphant Women's march across Pakistan, Anti-CAA Protests in Dhaka, Two Presidents in Afghanistan, and Turkey-Russia Ceasefire in Syria

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The World this Week
March 2020 | CWA # 240

GP Team

Twenty Years of UNSC Resolution 1325, Coronavirus Update on crossing 100,000, Russia –Turkey agreement on Idlib, Greece-Turkey Migrant Border Crisis and a collapsing Taliban deal

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Conflict Weekly 07
March 2020 | CWA # 239

IPRI Team

Aurat March in Pakistan, US-Taliban Deal in Doha, Anti-CAA protest in Meghalaya, Sri Lanka’s withdrawal from the UNCHCR Resolution, and the problems of ceasefire in Syria and Libya 

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Pakistan Reader
March 2020 | CWA # 238

D. Suba Chandran

Pakistan is ecstatic about the US-Taliban deal in Doha. Five reasons why

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South Asia
March 2020 | CWA # 237

Rohej Khatiwada

Small countries in the SAARC: Will they succeed in reviving regional cooperation?

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The World this Week
February 2020 | CWA # 236

GP Team

US-Taliban deal in Afghanistan, a new PM in Malaysia, CoronaVirus outside China, Trump in India and and a new crisis in the UK-EU trade negotiations

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The FATF Meeting, February 2020
February 2020 | CWA # 235

Lakshmi V Menon

Pakistan to remain “Grey”; North Korea and Iran in “Black”

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India and the US
February 2020 | CWA # 234

Rashmi Ramesh

Trump's India Visit: Optics, Substance and Rhetoric

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Nepal and the US
February 2020 | CWA # 233

Kabi Adhikari 

The controversial MCC Nepal Compact

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Strategic Forecast 2020
February 2020 | CWA # 232

Malini Sethuraman 

ISIS post Baghdadi: Will there be another Caliphate in 2020?

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Strategic Forecast 2020
February 2020 | CWA # 231

Aarathi Srinivasan

Climate Change: The Economy of the Indian Ocean Region in 2020

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Strategic Forecast 2020
February 2020 | CWA # 230

Roshni Sharma

Climate Change: The New Refugees Paradox in South and East Asia in 2020

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Strategic Forecast 2020
February 2020 | CWA # 229

Rashmi Ramesh

Addressing Climate Change: Calamities, Risks and Protests in 2020

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Strategic Forecast 2020
February 2020 | CWA # 228

Dhruv Ashok

India-Pakistan Relation: Will it get worse in 2020?

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Strategic Forecast 2020
February 2020 | CWA # 227

Prathiksha Ravi

Israel and the Middle East: The New Alliance Plans in 2020

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Strategic Forecast 2020
February 2020 | CWA # 225

Padmini Anilkumar

Middle East: The Return of Russia in 2020

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Strategic Forecast 2020
February 2020 | CWA # 224

Abigail Miriam Fernandez

Sudan and Algeria: Road to Democracy in 2020

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Strategic Forecast 2020
February 2020 | CWA # 223

Lakshmi V Menon

Syria: ISIS Decline, US Retreat and the Return of Russia in 2020

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Strategic Forecast 2020
February 2020 | CWA # 222

Sourina Bej

The Pangs of BREXIT: UK's Tough Transition in 2020

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Strategic Forecast 2020
February 2020 | CWA # 221

Sukanya Bali

The Belt and Road Initiative: A New Global Connectivity Map in 2020

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Strategic Forecast 2020
February 2020 | CWA # 220

Harini Madhusudan

The US-China Trade Dispute: Towards further disruptions in 2020

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Strategic Forecast 2020
February 2020 | CWA # 219

Parikshith Pradeep

The US under Donald Trump: The Fall of an Empire in 2020

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The World This Week
February 2020 | CWA # 218

GP Team

Racist attacks in Germany, FATF grey list for Pakistan, Seven days peace in Afghanistan, Unity government in South Sudan, and the Dissolution of the opposition party in Thailand

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Conflict Weekly 05
February 2020 | CWA # 217

IPRI Team

Afghan Election Results, US-Taliban Deal, Hafiz Saeed Conviction, Quetta Suicide Attack, Assam Accord, Mexico Femicide and the Climate Change impact on Bird Species

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The World this Week
February 2020 | CWA # 216

GP Team

Seven weeks after Coronavirus, The Left Turn in Ireland Elections, Pakistan's balancing act with Malaysia and Turkey, and a US deal with the Taliban

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Conflict Weekly 04
February 2020 | CWA # 215

IPRI Team

Sri Lanka drops Tamil anthem, Assam looks for a new census for the indigenous Muslim population, Bangladesh faces a Rohingya boat tragedy and Israel witnesses resurgence of violence post-Trump deal

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The World this Week
February 2020 | CWA # 214

GP Team

The Senate acquits Trump in the US; and the Coronavirus impacts Southeast Asia more

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Conflict Weekly 03
February 2020 | CWA # 213

IPRI Team

Continuing Violence in Afghanistan, Bodo Peace Accord in Northeast India, Attack on the anti-CAA protesters in Delhi, and Trump's Middle East Peace Plan

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The World this Week
February 2020 | CWA # 212

GP Team

Trump’s Middle East Peace Plan, WHO's emergency declaration on the Coronavirus, Europe’s soft strategy towards Huawei, and BREXIT finally

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Conflict Weekly 02
January 2020 | CWA # 211

IPRI Team

Bangladesh and ICJ's Rohingya Verdict, Taliban and Afghan Peace, Surrenders in India's Northeast, New government in Lebanon and the Berlin summit on Libya

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The World this Week
January 2020 | CWA # 210

GP Team

World Economic Forum, Wuhan Coronavirus, China-Myanmar MoUs, and a new government in Lebanon

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2019 Review
January 2020 | CWA # 209

Boa Wang

China in 2019: 70th Anniversary, Rise of Domestic Animation and the Commercialization of 5G 

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The Middle East in 2020
January 2020 | CWA # 208

Vivek Mishra

After Soleimani assassination: Options for the US 

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The Middle East in 2020
January 2020 | CWA # 207

Sukanya Bali

Iran, Iraq and the US: Who wants what?

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Myanmar in 2020
January 2020 | CWA # 206

Aparupa Bhattacherjee

Old problems to persist with no solutions in the near term

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The Himalayan Triangle
January 2020 | CWA # 205

Aashiyana Adhikari

Indian and Chinese investments in Nepal: Managing asymmetry

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Conflict Weekly #01
January 2020 | CWA # 204

IPRI Team

Taliban's ceasefire offer, Quetta Suicide attack, Supreme court verdict on J&K, the Brus Agreement in Tripura, Nile River Agreement, Tehran Protests, Syrians meet in Berlin, and the Honduran Caravans in Mexico

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The World this Week
January 2020 | CWA # 203

GP Team

Xi Jinping in Myanmar, US-China trade deal, Putin's new amendments in Russia, Taiwan Elections and the US efforts to fund 5G alternatives

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The World this Week
January 2020 | CWA # 202

GP Team

Iran's lowkey response to the killing of Gen Soleimani, Iraq's resolution against the US troops and Iran's request to India to mediate

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The World this Week
January 2020 | CWA # 201

GP Team

US-Iran Tensions in the Middle East, 6G in China, Fires in Australia, and a New Nuclear declaration in North Korea

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GP Column: Blue Economy
January 2020 | CWA # 200

Shailesh Nayak | Director, National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS)

Blue Economy and India: An Introduction

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The World This Year
December 2019 | CWA # 199

Lakshmi V Menon

The Middle East in 2019: Domestic Protests, Bilateral Conflicts and Regional Tensions

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The World This Year
December 2019 | CWA # 198

Abigail Miriam Fernandez

North Africa in 2019: A year of protests, with some positive results

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The World This Year
December 2019 | CWA # 197

Sukanya Bali

Hong Kong in 2019: China's New Achilles Heel

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The World This Year
December 2019 | CWA # 196

Harini Madhusudan

The US-China Trade Dispute in 2019: Towards a thaw in 2020?

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The World This Year
December 2019 | CWA # 195

Parikshith Pradeep

The US in 2019: Trump rollsout a template for a global American retreat

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The World This Year
December 2019 | CWA # 194

Sourina Bej

Europe in 2019: Hard Brexit for the UK, Systemic Struggle for the EU

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The World This Year
December 2019 | CWA # 193

Rashmi Ramesh

Climate Change in 2019: Active Civil Society, Hesitant State

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The World this Week
December 2019 | CWA # 192

GP Team

Impeachment in the US, Brexit Vote in the UK, an Islamic Summit in Malaysia and a Death Sentence in Pakistan

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The World this Week
December 2019 | CWA # 191

GP Team

Sui Kyi at the ICJ, Boris Johnson as the new British PM, Greta Thunberg as TIME's person, and none to speak at the COP 25

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The World this Week
December 2019 | CWA # 190

GP Team

NATO at 70, Protests in Iran, COP 25 in Madrid

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The World this Week
November 2019 | CWA # 189

GP Team

Protests in Iran and Attacks in London

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The World this Week
November 2019 | CWA # 188

GP Team

Elections in Sri Lanka and Protests in Georgia, Chile & Czech

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The World this Week
November 2019 | CWA # 187

GP Team

The Crisis in Bolivia, the BRICS Summit in Brazil, and renewed violence in Israel & Hong Kong

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The World this Week
November 2019 | CWA # 186

GP Team

US-China Tariffs, Beijing's support for Carrie Lam, India's RCEP exit, Iran's nuclear enrichment, and Russia's new Arctic endeavours

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The NIAS Arctic Series
November 2019 | CWA # 185

Rashmi Ramesh

The Arctic Littorals: Iceland and Greenland

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The NIAS Arctic Series
November 2019 | CWA # 184

Harini Madhusudan

The Polar Silk Route: China's ambitious search in the Arctic

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The NIAS Arctic Series
November 2019 | CWA # 183

Parikshith Pradeep

The Scientific Imbalance: Is technology rightly being invested in the Arctic?

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The World this Week
November 2019 | CWA # 182

GP Team

Protests in Lebanon, ISIS post-Baghdadi, UK Elections, Afghan QCG meet in Moscow and human trafficking across Europe

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Middle East
November 2019 | CWA # 181

GP Team

Syria: Who wants what?

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China
November 2019 | CWA # 180

Harini Madhusudan

Violence in Hong Kong: Will the protests end?

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Europe
November 2019 | CWA # 179

Rashmi Ramesh

Is Catalonia Spain’s Hong Kong?

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United Kingdom
October 2019 | CWA # 178

Sourina Bej

As the Brexit deadline nears: Three Implications of Boris Johnson’s Election Call

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The NIAS Arctic Series
October 2019 | CWA # 177

D. Suba Chandran

Why an Arctic foray is essential for India

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The Arctic Series
October 2019 | CWA # 176

Parikshith Pradeep

Russia's Polar Military Edge

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Latin America on fire
October 2019 | CWA # 175

Nidhi Dalal

Protests rock Chile, Bolivia and Haiti

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The World this Week
October 2019 | CWA # 174

GP Team

The new Turkey-Russia axis in the Middle East, Trump Impeachment inquiry, Protests in Latin America and the Oil spill in Brazil

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The World this Week
October 2019 | CWA # 173

GP Team

Turkey's Syrian Offensive, Spain's Catalonia Crisis, a new Brexit Deal and an increasing divide in Hong Kong

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The World this Week
October 2019 | CWA # 172

GP Team

Turkey-Syria border tensions, Modi-Xi summit, Ecuador Protests and the Impeachment Inquiry against Trump

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Myanmar
October 2019 | CWA # 171

Aparupa Bhattacherjee

Will prosecuting Suu Kyi resolve the Rohingya problem?

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India and Bangladesh
October 2019 | CWA # 170

Sourina Bej

Sheikh Hasina in New Delhi: Multiple Deals, No Takeaways

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The UN Climate Action Summit 2019
October 2019 | CWA # 169

Lakshman Chakravarthy N & Rashmi Ramesh

Climate Change: Four Actors, No Action

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Review
October 2019 | CWA # 168

Sukanya Bali

Brexit: Preparing for the Worst Case

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The World this Week
October 2019 | CWA # 167

GP Team

70 years Celebrations in China, Tipping Point in Hong Kong, a Brexit Roadmap, Protests in Iraq, and Khashoggi's death anniversary

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The World this Week
September 2019 | CWA # 166

GP Team

Afghan Elections, UNGA Meetings, Climate Change Summit, Impeachment inquiry against Trump, US-Japan Trade agreement and the Brexit troubles in UK Parliament

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The World this Week
September 2019 | CWA # 165

GP Team

Elections in Israel, Violence in Afghanistan, Drone Attacks in Saudi Arabia, and the Climate Change Protests

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The World this Week
September 2019 | CWA # 164

GP Team

Netanyahu’s plan to annex West Bank, Suspension of the British Parliament, Trump’s Bolton troubles, Hong Kong's new Anthem, Conditions for Rohingya Return, Erdogan’s threat on Syrian Refugees, and the Forest Fires in Indonesia

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Science, Technology and International Relations
September 2019 | CWA # 162

Lakshman Chakravarthy N

5G: A Primer

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Climate Change
September 2019 | CWA # 161

Rashmi Ramesh

From Okjökull to OK: Death of a Glacier in Iceland

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United Kingdom
September 2019 | CWA # 160

Sukanya Bali

Challenges before Boris Johnson

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The World this Week
August 2019 | CWA # 159

GP Team

G7 Summit, Suspension of the British Parliament, Growing Warmth in Russia-Turkey relations, Italy's new Coalition and Google-Huawei differences

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The World this Week
August 2019 | CWA # 158

GP Team

Global uproar on Amazon fires, Trump's Greenland bid, EU differences over Brexit and backstop, Italy's new political crisis, the sale of US F-16s to Taiwan and a new PM in Sudan

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China
August 2019 | CWA # 157

Parikshith Pradeep

The Hong Kong Protests: Who wants what

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China
August 2019 | CWA # 156

Harini Madhusudan

The Hong Kong Protests: Re-defining mass mobilization

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Southeast Asia
August 2019 | CWA # 155

Aparupa Bhattacherjee

ASEAN Outlook on the Indo Pacific: Worth all the Hype?

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The World this Week
August 2019 | CWA # 154

GP Team

North Korea's New Threats, Gotabaya Rajapaksa as Presidential Candidate, Failure at the Pacific Islands Meet, UNSC on J&K, and Israel's ban on the US Congresswomen

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The World this Week
August 2019 | CWA # 153

GP Team

J&K Special Status, Afghan Violence, Beijing's Hong Kong Warning, North Korea's Cyber Theft, EU's New Satellite and Yuan Devaluation

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The World this Week
August 2019 | CWA # 152

GP Team

New US Tariffs on China, Japan-South Korea Trade Tension, Burqa Ban in the Netherlands, INF Treaty's End and North Korean Missile Tests

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The World this Week
July 2019 | CWA # 151

GP Team

New PM in UK, Iran-UK Tensions in the Gulf, Muller's Testimony, Trump-Imran Meeting, New Protests in Hong Kong and Russia-China Air Exercises

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Nepal and India
July 2019 | CWA # 150

Mahesh Bhatta

Monsoons first, Floods next and the Blame Games follow

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The World this Week
July 2019 | CWA # 149

GP Team

US ban on Myanmar Generals, Kulbhushan Yadav Verdict, Trump's Saudi Arms Deal, Sudan Power Sharing, US-Turkey tensions and Pakistan's reopening of its Airspace

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India's Northeast
July 2019 | CWA # 148

Titsala Sangtam

Counting Citizens: Manipur charts its own NRC

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G-20 Summit
July 2019 | CWA # 147

Vivek Mishra

Can Hedging be India’s Strategy?

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The World this Week
July 2019 | CWA # 146

GP Team

UAE pullout from Yemen, Doha dialogue on Afghanistan, Continuing protests in Hong Kong and S-400 Russian missiles in Turkey

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Iran, US and the Nuclear Deal
July 2019 | CWA # 145

Lakshmi V Menon

Amidst the US-Iran standoff, Saudi Arabia should be cautious

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G-20 Summit
July 2019 | CWA # 144

Seetha Lakshmi Dinesh Iyer

For Russia, it was big power projection

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G-20 Summit
July 2019 | CWA # 143

Harini Madhusudan

For China, it was trade and a temporary truce

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The World This Week
July 2019 | CWA # 142

GP Team

Trump in DMZ, Hong Kong Protests, Violence in Libya, Agreement in Sudan, Taliban's Dual Strategy and Hafiz Saeed Charged

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G-20 Summit
July 2019 | CWA # 141

Abigail Miriam Fernandez

For Japan, it was commerce and climate change

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G-20 Summit
July 2019 | CWA # 140

Sourina Bej

For the US, it was trade, tariff and talks

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The World This Week
June 2019 | CWA # 139

GP Team

G20 Summit, Pompeo's India Visit, Hong Kong Protests, US-Iran Tensions, ASEAN Summit & the Bahrain Summit on the Middle East

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Middle East
June 2019 | CWA # 138

Mahath Mangal

Iran, US and the Nuclear Deal: Will Russia remain neutral?

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Middle East
June 2019 | CWA # 137

Titsala Sangtam

Iran, US and the Nuclear deal: Europe in the middle?

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The World this Week
June 2019 | CWA # 136

GP Team

Rising US-Iran Tensions, Xi Jinping's North Korea Visit, Continuing Protests in Hong Kong, Untimely Death of Morsi and the Triple Suicide Attacks in Nigeria

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India & Sri Lanka
June 2019 | CWA # 135

Aparupa Bhattacherjee

Modi's Colombo Visit: Four issues to watch

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Global Politics
June 2019 | CWA # 134

Sourina Bej

From Moscow to Manila: Attack on Journalists, Public Protests and Culture of Impunity 

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China
June 2019 | CWA # 133

Harini Madhusudan

Thirty years after Tiananmen:  What remains in the popular memory and what doesn’t

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The World this Week
June 2019 | CWA # 132

GP Team

Attacks in Oman Gulf, Protests in Hong Kong, Military Crackdown in Sudan, Modi's Visit to Male and Colombo, Abe's Peace Mission in Iran and the SCO Summit

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The BRI Summit 2019
June 2019 | CWA # 131

Raakhavee Ramesh

Higher than the Himalayas: Pakistan and China

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The BRI Summit 2019
June 2019 | CWA # 130

Abigail Miriam Fernandez

Across the Himalayas: Nepal and China

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Global Politics
June 2019 | CWA # 129

Mahath Mangal

The Russian Resurgence: Is the US supremacy waning?

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Mass Surveillance and Individual Freedom
June 2019 | CWA # 127

Mahath Mangal

San Francisco wants to ban, Kashgar wants to expand

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Julian Assange
June 2019 | CWA # 126

Jerin George

Espionage or Investigative Journalism? 

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Russia-Japan
June 2019 | CWA # 125

Titsala Sangtam

Beyond the Kuril Island Dispute: Tensions between Moscow and Tokyo

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The World this Week
June 2019 | CWA # 124

GP Team

EU Parliament elections, Chinese VP receives Nishan-e-Pakistan, Trump-Abe summit, Mueller's new statement on Trump & Israel’s new elections

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Global Politics
May 2019 | CWA # 123

Abigail Miriam Fernandez

The Huawei Controversy: Five things you need to know

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Middle East
May 2019 | CWA # 122

Mahath Mangal

Why the world needs to look at Yemen

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India External
May 2019 | CWA # 121

Sourina Bej

Modi's Foreign Policy 2.0: A Response to C Raja Mohan

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The BRI Summit 2019
May 2019 | CWA # 120

Abigail Miriam Fernandez

The Central Asia Connector

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The BRI Summit 2019
May 2019 | CWA # 119

Harini Madhusudan

An Under-represented East Asia

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The BRI Summit 2019
May 2019 | CWA # 118

Seetha Lakshmi Dinesh Iyer

Africa Embraces the Belt and Road

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The BRI Summit 2019
May 2019 | CWA # 117

Sourina Bej

It’s Europe vs EU on China

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Africa
May 2019 | CWA # 116

Abigail Miriam Fernandez

Sudan: Between Democracy and another military rule

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The World this Week
May 2019 | CWA # 115

GP Team

American Troops to Middle East, Resignation of Theresa May, Climate Change Protests, Threats to Peace in Columbia and Post Elections Violence in Indonesia

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The World this Week
May 2019 | CWA # 114

GP Team

Diplomatic Outreaches of the US and Iran , China’s Tariff Retaliations, Tensions in the Middle East and Anti-Muslim Violence in Sri Lanka

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The World this Week
May 2019 | CWA # 113

GP Team

Gaza Violence, China-US Trade Negotiations, North Korean Missile Tests, Iran’s Partial Withdrawal and Mueller Report

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The World this Week
May 2019 | CWA # 112

GP Team

Masood Azhar Ban, Venezuela Crisis, Huawei in UK & the Sri Lankan Bombers

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The World this Week
April 2019 | CWA # 111

GP Team

Elections in Spain, BRI Summit 2.0, Kim's Russia visit and Terror attacks in Sri Lanka

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The World this Week
April 2019 | CWA # 110

GP Team

Indonesian Elections, North Korea's New Weapon Test, Trump's Yemen Veto, Venezuela Crisis and Climate Change Protests

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The World this Week
April 2019 | CWA # 109

GP Team

Coup in Sudan, Protests in Algeria & Libya, and another Brexit Extension

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Christchurch Massacre
April 2019 | CWA # 108

Seetha Lakshmi Dinesh Iyer

Responses and Inspiring Lessons

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The World this Week
April 2019 | CWA # 107

GP Team

Brexit Deadlock, Crises in Sudan & Algeria and the Elections in Maldives

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The World this Week
April 2019 | CWA # 106

GP Team

US-China Trade Talks, Mueller Report, Gaza Anniversary and Thailand Elections

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Southast Asia
March 2019 | CWA # 105

Aparupa Bhattacherjee

Thailand: Between Elections and Instability

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Global Politics
March 2019 | CWA # 104

Ryan Mitra

Malaysia, China and the BRI: The Delicate Hedging

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China
March 2019 | CWA # 103

Sourina Bej

Two Sessions in 2019: Four Takeaways

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Middle East
March 2019 | CWA # 102

Lakshmi V Menon

The End of ISIS Caliphate?

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The World This Week
March 2019 | CWA # 101

GP Team

Brexit and the EU; BRI and Italy; Muller's Report; Trump, Golan Heights and Israel; and New Zealand's response to Christchurch

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The World this Week
March 2019 | CWA # 100

GP Team

The New Zealand Massacre, The JeM discussion in the UN, The Brexit rejection, US-Taliban peace talks and Climate protests

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Trump-Kim Summit & Regional Stakes
March 2019 | CWA # 99

Harini Madhusudan

For China, its a sigh of relief

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Trump-Kim Summit & Regional Stakes
March 2019 | CWA # 98

Aparupa Bhattacherjee

For Vietnam, its a big deal

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Trump-Kim Summit & Regional Stakes
March 2019 | CWA # 97

Seetha Lakshmi Dinesh Iyer

For Japan, No Deal is Good Deal

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Trump-Kim Summit & Regional Stakes
March 2019 | CWA # 96

Sourina Bej

For South Korea, a costly disappointment

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Trump-Kim Summit
March 2019 | CWA # 94

Harini Madhusudan

No deal is better, but isn't it bad?

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Myanmar
March 2019 | CWA # 92

Aparupa Bhattacherjee

The Other Conflict in Rakhine State

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The World This Week
March 2019 | CWA # 91

GP Team

India in OIC, India-Pakistan and Trump-Kim Summit

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The World This Week
February 2019 | CWA # 90

GP Team

Doha Dialogue with the Taliban, Saudi Arabia in Asia and the Crisis in Venezuela

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The World this Week
February 2019 | CWA # 89

GP Team

US Emergency, Nord Stream-2 and Indo-Pak tensions

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West Asia
February 2019 | CWA # 88

Seetha Lakshmi Dinesh Iyer

Yemen: Will Sa'nna fall?

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China and Islam
February 2019 | CWA # 87

Harini Madhusudan

Sinicizing the Minorities

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The World this Week
February 2019 | CWA # 86

GP Team

US, South Korea and Thailand

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Middle East
February 2019 | CWA # 85

Lakshmi V Menon

The Qatar Blockade: Eighteen Months Later

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The World This Week
February 2019 | CWA # 84

GP Team

Yemen, Venezuela and US-China

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Terrorism
January 2019 | CWA # 82

Sourina Bej

Maghreb: What makes al Shahab Resilient?

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Global Politics
January 2019 | CWA # 81

Harini Madhusudan

US-China Trade War: No Clear Winners

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United States
January 2019 | CWA # 80

Abhishrut Singh

Trump’s Shutdown: Five Things to Know

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The World this Week
January 2019 | CWA # 79

GP Team

Between a Terror attack in Nairobi and a Political Disaster in UK

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United States
January 2019 | CWA # 78

Kriti

Afghanistan: Why Trump’s decision to withdraw will create more instability

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United States
January 2019 | CWA # 77

Komal Tiwary

Syria: Why Trump’s decision to withdraw is a right one but at a wrong time

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Global Politics
January 2019 | CWA # 76

Aparupa Bhattacherjee

Myanmar: Will 2019 be better for the Rohingya?

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The World this Week
January 2019 | CWA # 75

GP Team

Kim-Xi Meet, US Shutdown & US-China Trade Talks

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South Asia
January 2019 | CWA # 74

D. Suba Chandran

Bangladesh: The Burden of Electoral History

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Global Politics
January 2019 | CWA # 73

Seetha Lakshmi Dinesh Iyer

US and China: Between Confrontation and Competition

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The World this Week
January 2019 | CWA # 72

GP Team

Trump's Shutdown, Bangladesh Elections and China's Lunar Probe

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South Asia Monthly Brief (Nov 2018)
December 2018 | CWA # 71

Mahesh Bhatta | Centre for South Asian Studies, Kathmandu

Nepal

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South Asia Monthly Brief (Nov 2018)
December 2018 | CWA # 70

Nasima Khatoon | Research Associate, ISSSP, NIAS

The Maldives

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South Asia Monthly Brief (Nov 2018)
December 2018 | CWA # 69

Harini Madhusudan | Research Associate, ISSSP, NIAS

India

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South Asia Monthly Brief (Nov 2018)
December 2018 | CWA # 68

Sourina Bej | Research Associate, ISSSP, NIAS

Bangladesh

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South Asia Monthly Brief (Nov 2018)
December 2018 | CWA # 67

Seetha Lakshmi Dinesh Iyer | Research Associate, ISSSP, NIAS

Afghanistan

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East Asia
November 2018 | CWA # 66

Harini Madhusudan

China and Japan: Renewing relations at the right time

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United States
November 2018 | CWA # 65

Ryan Mitra

The INF Treaty: Towards a new Security Dilemma

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United States
November 2018 | CWA # 64

Sourina Bej

The INF Treaty: US withdraws to balance China?

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Middle East
October 2018 | CWA # 63

Harini Madhusudan

The Khashoggi Killing: Unanswered Questions

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Pakistan
October 2018 | CWA # 62

Divyabharathi E

The Economic Crisis and the Saudi Investments: What are the Fallouts?

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The Middle East
October 2018 | CWA # 61

Lakshmi V Menon

US and Israel: Trump's Deal of the Century

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South Asia
October 2018 | CWA # 60

Nasima Khatoon

The New Maldives: Advantage India?

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United States
September 2018 | CWA # 59

Harini Madhusudhan

To NAFTA or Not: Trump, Mexico and Canada

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Southeast Asia
September 2018 | CWA # 58

Aparupa Bhattacherjee

Malaysia’s China Moment: The Mahathir Gamble

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India External
September 2018 | CWA # 57

Sourina Bej

BIMSTEC: A Bay of Good Hope?

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India External
September 2018 | CWA # 56

Ryan Mitra

India between the US and Iran: The Art of Balancing Two States

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United Kingdom
September 2018 | CWA # 55

Hely Desai

Two Years of Brexit: The Reverse-Domino Effect

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GP Debate
September 2018 | CWA # 54

Young Scholars Debate

India, Imran Khan and Indo-Pak Relations

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United Kingdom
August 2018 | CWA # 53

Siddhatti Mehta

Does Brexit mean Brexit?

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China
August 2018 | CWA # 52

Oishee Majumdar

Factsheet: China’s Investments in Africa

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Europe-Russia
August 2018 | CWA # 51

Sourina Bej

Post Trump-Putin Summit: How significant is the Russia threat to Europe?

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Myanmar
August 2018 | CWA # 50

Aparupa Bhattacherjee

The 8888 Uprising: Thirty Years Later

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US-China
August 2018 | CWA # 49

Harini Madhusudhan

The Tariff War: 'Stick of Hegemony' vs Vital Interests

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Global Politics
July 2018 | CWA # 48

Druta Bhatt

FactSheet: Shangri La Dialogue 2018

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United States
July 2018 | CWA # 47

Rahul Arockiaraj

Immigrants as the “Other”: The Social and Economic Factors in the US

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United States
July 2018 | CWA # 46

Divyabharathi E

Is Trump-Putin Summit a setback for the US?

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India External
July 2018 | CWA # 45

Apoorva Sudhakar

India and Bangladesh: The Long Haul

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Global Politics
July 2018 | CWA # 44

Divyabharathi E

Quad as an alternative to the BRI: Three Main Challenges

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South Asia
July 2018 | CWA # 43

Oishee Majumdar

FactSheet: India-Bangladesh Relations

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United States
July 2018 | CWA # 42

D. Suba Chandran

Trump meets Putin; will it cost NATO?

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United States
July 2018 | CWA # 41

Sourina Bej

Trump and the NATO: One Block, Different Views

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United States
July 2018 | CWA # 40

Rahul Arockiaraj

Zero Tolerance on Illegal Immigration: Explaining Trump’s strategy and the American Spirit

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United States
June 2018 | CWA # 39

Gayan Gowramma KC

Now, the United States withdraws from the UNHRC

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Global Politics
June 2018 | CWA # 38

Druta Bhatt

Electoral Rise of the Right: From Trump to Brexit

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China
June 2018 | CWA # 37

Siddhatti Mehta

Will China be able to sustain its Dominance?

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South Asia
June 2018 | CWA # 36

Miti Shah

Is religion redefining nationalism?: The Case of Myanmar, India and Sri Lanka

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South Asia
June 2018 | CWA # 35

Aparupa Bhattacherjee

Myanmar: Why won't they do anything for the Rohingya?

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United States
June 2018 | CWA # 34

Harini Madhusudan

The Idea of an US Space Force: Strategic Calculations

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South Asia
June 2018 | CWA # 33

Apoorva Sudhakar

Afghan Peace: Reality or Illusion?

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United States
June 2018 | CWA # 32

Hely Desai

Looking beyond Trump: Is the US declining?

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Global Politics
June 2018 | CWA # 31

Manushi Kapadia

Is China using its soft power to become superpower?

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Middle East
June 2018 | CWA # 30

Lakshmi. V. Menon

Middle East: Has Russia chosen Israel over Iran?

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India External
June 2018 | CWA # 29

Divyabharathi E

India and Seychelles: Is the Assumption Deal a Game Changer in the Indian Ocean?

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Global Politics
June 2018 | CWA # 28

Miti Shah

G7: Why Trump wants Russia in?

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Global Politics
June 2018 | CWA # 27

Hely Desai

FactSheet: G7 Summit

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East Asia
June 2018 | CWA # 26

Siddhatti Mehta

The Panmunjom Declaration: “Tip of the Iceberg”

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Global Politics
June 2018 | CWA # 25

Druta Bhatt

Iran N-Deal and the Trans-Atlantic Divide

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Global Politics
June 2018 | CWA # 24

Manushi Kapadia

US and China: Towards a Trade War

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West Asia
June 2018 | CWA # 23

Miti Shah

Palestine: US triggers new tensions

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Global Politics
June 2018 | CWA # 22

Divyabharathi E

The "Indo-Pacific Command": What's in the name?

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Global Politics
June 2018 | CWA # 21

Harini Madhusudan

Trump’s Tariff Strategy: Targetting Adversaries and Allies

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East Asia
June 2018 | CWA # 20

Hely Desai

Trump-Kim Summit: Three Likely Outcomes

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West Asia
June 2018 | CWA # 19

Apoorva Sudhakar

The Lebanon Pawn: Will it change after elections?

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West Asia
June 2018 | CWA # 18

Lakshmi V Menon

Israel, the Game Changer?

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Global Politics
June 2018 | CWA # 17

Samreen Wani

Deciphering Turkey's External Push

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Global Politics
June 2018 | CWA # 16

Divyabharathi E

China and Russia: The New Alignments

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India External
May 2018 | CWA # 15

Ann Maria Shibu

Can India afford to lose Maldives to China?

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Global Politics
May 2018 | CWA # 14

Dhruv Ashok

Why Maldives is important to China?

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Global Politics
May 2018 | CWA # 13

Lakshmi V Menon

ISIS and the Yazidi victims: Why the World should stand up?

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Global Politics
May 2018 | CWA # 12

Harini Madhusudan

US- China Tariff Face-off : Five questions

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India External
May 2018 | CWA # 11

Jamyang Dolma

Why is Free Tibet important for India

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Global Politics
May 2018 | CWA # 10

Divyabharathi E

Arctic: The Strategic Significance

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Global Politics
May 2018 | CWA # 9

Lakshmi V Menon

Do we need the Quad?

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Global Politics
May 2018 | CWA # 8

Samreen Wani

Why Trump’s Iran exit is a big mistake?

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East Asia
May 2018 | CWA # 7

Jamyang Dolma

Inter Korean Summit: Will it work?

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India-Nepal
May 2018 | CWA # 6

Shalini E

What prevents India and Nepal from moving forward?

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India-Sri Lanka
May 2018 | CWA # 5

Dhruv Ashok

The Fishermen Issue between India and Sri Lanka

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Bangladesh
May 2018 | CWA # 4

Apoorva Sudhakar

Bangladesh's Economy: Decoding a Success Story

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Water Conflicts
May 2018 | CWA # 3

Ann Maria Shibu

Why India should not pull out of the Indus water treaty?

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India
May 2018 | CWA # 2

Samreen Wani

Andaman and Nicobar Islands: India’s underutilised asset?

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India External
May 2018 | CWA # 1

Divyabharathi E

Quad and India's Strategic Dilemma

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