The importance of Iran for India cannot be overstated. India is Iran’s second largest crude importer, after China. Tensions over Iran’s nuclear and missile program this time around, and the re-imposition of sanctions by the US, have created another round of problems for India.
Imran Khan unconditionally announced the release of an Indian pilot who was captured in Pakistani territory. The media was effusive with praise for Khan. The optics would suggest Pakistan won this round. Yet, analysts believed that India had the edge in this entire crisis.
A series of blasts in the island country of Sri Lanka targeting three churches and two five-star hotels resulted in the death of 253 people. Given the magnitude of the attack, it could easily be categorized as one of the deadliest in South Asia.
India’s Election Commission has carried out the largest democratic elections in the world by relatively free and fair means. It may be a good time for the Norwegian Nobel Committee to award the upcoming Peace Prize to India’s Election Commission.
Following recent battlefield losses, IS has compressed its various wilayats (provinces) in Iraq and Syria into two and moved away from the proto-state model of the Caliphate. In other words, IS has pivoted from a territorial to a spiritual Caliphate.
Nepal’s President Bidhya Devi Bhandari was on a nine-day state visit to China which concluded on April 30, 2019. Invited by Chinese President Xi Jinping, Bhandari also attended and addressed the Second Belt and Road Forum in Beijing.
Peace talks were held between the United States and the Taliban in March 2019. There are two differences between the Afghan government and the US that compelled the Afghans to raise objections to the peace process.
In Afghanistan, things appear to be as stuck as they were back in 2011 or as further back in 2001 when the search for peace began. In 2019, the negotiations to negotiate the end of the conflict have once again been halted by different parties who do not want to see eye-to-eye.