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A return to ‘smoke-filled’ rooms?

Now that Joe Biden has dropped out of the 2024 presidential race and endorsed Vice President Kamala Harris to be the nominee, it will ultimately be up to Democratic National Convention delegates to formally select a new nominee for their party.

Economic Reckoning

The country is at a critical juncture ahead of today’s Union Budget, grappling with significant economic challenges.

Dealing with Imran keeps Pakistan busy

Pakistan’s information minister, Atta Tarar, recently announced that the government planned to permanently ban Imran Khan’s political party, PTI, claiming it was “a direct threat to the fabric of our nation.”

Food Inflation

The Indian economy faces a multifaceted challenge as food prices continue to rise, exerting significant pressure on households and policymakers alike.

R.I.P. Panchsheel

When after a year, India’s external affairs minister S. Jaishankar met his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi on 4 July 2024 for a formal discussion on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit, he said there is a “need to redouble efforts to achieve complete disengagement” in eastern Ladakh.

Finland in Nato

Finland, which shares a 1,300-km border and a difficult past with Russia, has gradually stepped up its cooperation with Nato as a partner since Russia annexed Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula in 2014.

Uncertain prologue

Sri Lanka survives on a direly stuttering economy, indeed the fallout of economic mismanagement, the Covid-19 pandemic, and ballooning energy costs following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

A Rubik’s cube of changing patterns

Can a donkey painted with stripes become a zebra? The 19th-century educationist Macaulay thought so. The system he designed for the upper classes in British India aimed to create “a class of persons, Indian in blood and colour, but English in taste, in opinions, in morals, and in intellect”.

Weapons in Space~II

In the previous centuries, dominance on earth was decided by controlling the sea routes. Airpower was added in the last century and in this century, it would likely be space power, for which the ability to place military assets in space - especially in Low Earth Orbit - will become the determining factor. Whoever controls the LEO will become a gatekeeper.

The pace of federalism

Nepal is a diverse country with more than a hundred ethnic and language communities. For a long time, its unitary and centralised system of governance was unable to address the concerns of these diverse communities.