International Relations : News and Updates

  • New opportunities for India in Afghanistan
    Synopsis: Change of power in the US has provided India with an opportunity to re-engage with Afghanistan.  Introduction   The National Security Advisor(NSA) Ajit Doval paid a 2-day visit to Kabul. It was the first trip to Afghanistan, by a top Indian official, since the start of Doha Talks between Taliban and Afghan republic ...
  • Importance of Reviving SAARC
    Synopsis- SAARC has become dysfunctional and not able to meet since las 6 years. Reviving SAARC is crucial for countering common challenges in the region, amid COVID pandemic.  Introduction  The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) is the regional intergovernmental organization and geopolitical union of nations in South Asia founded in 1985 with 7 member nations.  The group ...
  • Diplomatic practices
    Synopsis: India is unwilling to interfere in the political turmoil of Kathmandu and Beijing on the other hand is making efforts to preserve the unity of ruling party in Nepal. Stances of both the countries are very different from their traditional foreign policies. Introduction Interventions in the happenings of neighbouring countries have been ...
  • Kenneth Arrow’s paradox and why elections are flawed
    Synopsis- Theory of Arrow’s paradox and the impact of loss of concentration Introduction- The mechanics of all elections are flawed. The mathematician Kenneth Arrow laid bare the flaws in elections. The internet helps the minority voice to instigate a large part of the populace. The recent U.S. presidential election is an example of ...
  • Gulf reconciliation
    Synopsis – Gulf leaders have signed a solidarity and stability agreement towards ending the diplomatic rift with Qatar in the 41st Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Summit in Al-Ula, Saudi Arabia. Background- In 2017, Saudi Arabia and its allies decided to boycott Qatar and imposed a naval, air and land blockade. Qatar was charged to be too ...
  • What are the issues in ailing American democracy?
    Synopsis: The rioting by the Donald Trump supporters in the US Capitol seeking to stall President-elect Joe Biden’s certification by Congress personifies the decaying Democracy in America.  Background  Recently, a violent mob (loyal to President Donald Trump) in an attempt to overturn America’s Presidential election stormed the U.S. Capitol and forced lawmakers into hiding.  This act of ...
  • India’s counter-coercive strategy against China
    Synopsis: India has done quite well in countering Chinese moves in eastern Ladakh with its coercive strategy.  Introduction  There is an opportunity for middle powers like India to redefine their position in the world order as decline and rise of Chinese and American powers continue.   Alexander L. George, an American political scientist, is best known for his work on ...
  • Capitol building coup attempt in US: Reasons behind launch and failures
    This article has been developed based on the Indian Express Article ‘Once upon a failed coup’. Synopsis: Recent coup attempt in the US Capitol Building has been caused by several factors. Why Capitol building coup failed in the US? January 6 coup attempt by rioters in US Capitol hill refutes the ...
  • US tweaks H1B visa rules – higher wage is key factor now
    News: The United States(US) administration has amended its H-1B visa regime to give priority to higher wages and skills instead of the prevailing lottery system for selection of candidates looking to work in the country. Facts: What is an H1B Visa? It is a non-immigrant visa that allows US companies to employ foreign ...
  • Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Convention 2021
    News: Prime Minister will inaugurate the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Convention to be held in virtual format on January 9 with Suriname President Chandrikapersad Santokhi as the chief guest. Facts: Pravasi Bharatiya Divas(PBD) Convention: It is the flagship event of the Ministry of External Affairs and provides an important platform to engage and ...
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