An International Court of Justice ruling has put the UK’s colonial claims to the Chagos in doubt. It is the US that has the most to lose, since it relies upon a long term lease from the UK to support its continued occupation of Diego Garcia, an important base in the Indian Ocean.
On January 12-13, 2019, India and the five Central Asian countries, Kazakhstan Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan, held their first ever ministerial dialogue in the beautiful and historic Uzbek city of Samarkand.
On January 24, 2019, Nepal’s Department of Labor and Occupational Safety issued a directive, asking employers to provide the total number of Indian nationals working in their companies and ensure that the workers have a valid legal work permit to work in Nepal.
The inaugural Asian Infrastructure Finance report, released by the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, made a very significant point: after the 2019 general election, India may change its attitude towards the Belt and Road Initiative, and may even consider joining it.
Amongst the many peace processes that Afghanistan has seen in the recent years, the one that has been making the maximum noise is led by the US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad.
The US, China, India, Iran and Russia want stability in Afghanistan. But their roles in any peace parleys will be shaped by their own national or regional interests. What are their concerns? If they could agree on a strategy, could they open the door to a stable Afghanistan?
Maldives is a mere 700 km away from India’s Lakshwadeep island chain. Located along major sea lanes in the Indian Ocean through which much of the world’s trade takes place, it has been traditionally considered to be part of India’s sphere of influence.
Despite political deadlocks and the beginning of democratic development especially in Nepal and Bhutan, the year 2018 witnessed the successful completion of general elections in five South Asian countries.
Pakistan’s influence on the Afghan Taliban is misunderstood by the US. While Pakistan retains a modicum of influence on the Taliban, it is not able to dictate terms to them. It can convince the Taliban to enter peace talks but what comes out of these talks is not in its hands.