US-Turkey And The Kurdish Question


The US and Turkey are back on collision course over the Kurdish question in northern Syria. The latest spat is a result of Turkish threats to attack Manbij, a strategically located city in Aleppo governorate, to rid it of Kurdish dominated Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) control. The SDF mainly comprises…

Is Pakistan Cost-Cutting The CPEC?


The Pakistan-Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) government led by Imran Khan had earlier said that it would review the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects to bring more transparency and rid it of corruption. As part of a comprehensive mid-year review of the Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) kick-starting later this month, the…

Operationalisation Of Chabahar Port: A Feather In India-Iran-Afghanistan Trilateral Relations


The Trilateral Agreement between India, Iran and Afghanistan on Establishment of International Transport and Transit Corridor, popularly known as the Chabahar Agreement, was an outcome of rounds of hectic parleys. India Ports Global Limited, formally took over operations of the commercially important Chabahar port, located in the Sistan-Balochistan province of…

First India-Central Asia Ministerial Dialogue Augments Engagement With The Region


India and five Republics of Central Asia: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, held the First India-Central Asia Dialogue at the level of Foreign Ministers in Samarkhand, Uzbekistan. India’s External Affairs Minister Smt. Sushma Swaraj jointly chaired the Dialogue along with Mr. Abdulaziz Kamilov, Foreign Minister of Uzbekistan. The Foreign…

India And Nepal Review Bilateral Ties


Nepal’s Foreign Minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali was in New Delhi last week to attend the fourth edition of the ‘Raisina Dialogue’. He took this opportunity to exchange views with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on various aspects of India-Nepal relations. The two Ministers reviewed recent developments in bilateral ties across…

The Week In Parliament


The penultimate session of the 16th Lok Sabha concluded this week amidst the passage of 10 per cent reservations to economically weaker sections of the forward castes. Both the Houses passed the Amendment Bill to the Constitution to provide ten per cent reservation in jobs and admissions in higher educational institutions…