International Relations : News and Updates

  • US designates Pak, China as countries of particular concern
    Source : Click here News: US State Department has designated Pakistan and China among eight other countries that are of particular concern for violation of religious freedom. Facts: Countries of Particular Concern(CPC): It is a designation by the United States Secretary of State under the International Religious Freedom Act enacted by USA in 1998. Why is it ...
  • US, China dominated arms market in 2019: SIPRI
    Source: Click Here News: Stockholm International Peace Research Institute(SIPRI) has released a report on the global arms market. Facts: Key Takeaways: The total sales by the Top 25 arms manufacturers rose by 8.5% to $361 billion or 50 times the annual budget of the UN’s peacekeeping operations. S and Chinese companies dominated the global arms market in ...
  • A new roadmap for end of oil age
    Context: The latest book The New road Map: Energy, Climate and the Clash of Nations, provides some pointers on how should India navigate future energy transitions. Explain the key pointers on navigating future energy transitions. Future pathway: It pulls together the transformative occurrences and technologies that have shaped the energy world in ...
  • India-Canada relationship
    How India-Canada ties evolved? What are the challenges and opportunities exist in India-Canada ties? This article is based on The Hindu Article “India summons Canadian High Commissioner; issues demarche over Trudeau’s remarks” Relevance: Recently Canadian Prime Minister expressed his views on Indian farm Bills and supported farmer’s protest. Similarly, Canadian PM’s coalition partner ...
  • Behind China’s wolf warrior diplomacy
    Context: Xi Jinping is deepening a ‘Chinese Communist Party-state’ brand of nationalism for a domestic and global audience. What is Chinese brand of nationalism? An abrasive brand of nationalism is associated with China. Beijing’s recourse to nationalistic aggression as a foreign policy strategy has gained the euphemism of ‘wolf warrior diplomacy’. It involves a ...
  • Assassination of Iranian nuclear scientist
    Context:  Assassination of Iranian nuclear scientist threatens will have serious geopolitical implications in West Asia and beyond Background Fakhrizadeh, who is widely regarded as a key figure in Iran’s nuclear weapons programme was recently killed in an ambush attack on a rural road outside Tehran. Also, note that Qasem Soleimani, the Iranian general ...
  • Biden’s nominations for key national security posts
    Context: Biden’s nominations for key national security posts reflect on the reliance of Obama-era liberal internationalists. Background Biden wants to rescue the U.S. foreign policy after Donald Trump’s ‘America First’ conduct. He wants Washington to reassume the role of a steward on global governance issues, lead in the advocacy of democratic values and human ...
  • India’s digital strike
    Context- The government of India has blocked 43 new Chinese app which are prejudicial to sovereignty and Integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order. Why Indian Government ban these apps? Defence and security concern– These apps are involved in activities against India’s sovereignty, integrity, defense, security and law and order. Data Privacy Issue – The Ministry of ...
  • India – US future cooperation relations
    Context: The future looks bright for U.S.-India trade, but it may not be any easier. More on news: Constructive stance: There will be a more constructive stance on multilateral issues in the World Trade Organization (WTO). In bilateral trade policies: The Biden administration is likely to emphasise enforcement, and that will not differ so much. ...
  • India-EU trade
    Context- The recently concluded 15th Summit of India and EU, the broad consensus that emerged is to strengthen the EU-India Strategic Partnership. India-EU areas of convergence- India’s largest trading partner, while India is the EU’s ninth biggest trading partner. India is among the few nations that run a surplus in services trade with the ...
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