US President Donald Trump is doing his best not to make America Great Again, at least in the foreign fronts, barring a few countries. When it vetoed the UN resolution condemning its move of Jerusalem (as opposed to Tel Aviv) as capital of Israel, that too as the sole dissenter (it was opposed by the… Continue reading Bully Diplomacy?
When the issue of tax havens, as that come forth occasionally in troves with the release of Panama Papers in 2015 and Paradise Papers of 2017 show, the issue does not seem something that will go anytime soon. Calls will be made about how the countries with lax tax system – laws and administration –… Continue reading Tax havens and the issue of sovereignty
Whatever maybe the result – a full-on nuclear war, or war in any guise conventional or otherwise seems unlikely – between the US and North Korea, the war of words seems to be getting interesting by the day and for now looks as if it is tilting in favor of Kim Jong-un rather than Trump. … Continue reading War of words: Trump and Kim Jong-un
And now, not even regional organizations based on economic and geo-poilitcal concept, albeit not ones in close vicinity of each other can survive. Is the age of regionalism really over? BRICS has been described as “more a slogan than a geopolitical concept” by Bilahari Kausikan, a Singaporean diplomat. And like SAARC where spat between two… Continue reading Regionalism – II
Radio, most people listen to it. Queen listened and sang about how radio taught them everything they had to know, the Carpenters sang about how listening to radio made them smile. But radio can also be used for political motives. Consider the Voice of America, BBC and Radio Free Europe during the Cold War. And… Continue reading When radio goes political
The rhetoric of war the Korean Peninsula is increasing. This is not helped by the stances of Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un, the respective leaders of the US and North Korea. ‘Incendiary’ can be used to describe the situation and the state of mind of these leaders. From the North Korean threat against… Continue reading On Preventive war
Countries recognizing Taiwan are decreasing slowly. In a world with binary, where you either recognize People’s Republic of China or Republic of China (Taiwan), the number that was 21 for the latter has decreased to 20 with Panama cutting ties with it. Last time, it was São Tomé and Príncipe in December 2016. However much… Continue reading Taiwan is losing diplomatic relations, one state at a time