GS-II: International Relations

Rise of militant anti-fascist movements that began in Europe in the 1920s and Current Anti-fascist movements

September 18, 2017

Recently, the US had witnessed anti-fascists demonstrations at the University of California, Berkeley. The anti-fascists held demonstrations to prevent the university from providing a platform for a far right speaker Gavin McInnes who is known for his anti-immigrant rhetoric. Eventually, the speaker was evicted from the campus before he...


Q+A: Current Geo Politics in the Arctic Region

September 17, 2017

The Arctic and the Antarctic are relentlessly changing due to the global warming and the exponential melting of ice. This has led to the Geographical changes, which mainly govern the interests of the nations. By this means, the Arctic has gained the Geopolitical apprehension in the recent years. What...


India–Japan Relations: Overview of Important Topics

September 16, 2017

Here are some of the important topics on India-Japan Relations for quick overview for your examinations. Historical Trends in India-Japan Relations Rich cultural, literary and religious linkages coalesce to provide a positive bedrock to India-Japan relations. It is said that Japan first came into contact with India during the...

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Tibetan Refugees in India and Rehabilitation Policy, 2014

September 10, 2017

During history, Tibet has been an avid invader as well as victim of frequent invasions. The invasion of China in 1951 resulted in Chinese occupation of Tibet. Large numbers of Tibetan refugees first arrived in India in March 1959 after the Chinese suppression of an uprising and the fight...

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SASEC Road Connectivity Investment Program (SRCIP)

September 6, 2017

The SASEC Road Connectivity Investment Program (SRCIP) is an effort by the Asian Development Bank for improving road connectivity and efficiency in the international trade corridor shared with the SASEC (South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation) member countries. The program aims at expanding roads upto 500 kilometres in the North...


International Affairs: Issues Around FONOPs

September 5, 2017

It has been reported that the U.S. Department of Defence is likely to come up with a schedule of regular freedom of navigation operations (FONOPs) under the authority of U.S. Pacific Command in the South China Sea. What is freedom of navigation operations (FONOPs)? The US Navy regularly carries out...


Net Security Provider: Concept, India’s Potential in Indian Ocean Region

September 4, 2017

The phrase Net security provider was first used by US Defence Secretary Robert Gates in the Indian context at the 2009 Shangri-la Dialogue. The US considered India as the pivot in the Indian Ocean and using such phrase for India could explain the US zeal to sell its military...

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Amber Box Subsidies: Issues Around AMS and Recent India-China Proposal

September 1, 2017

Recently, in a joint proposal submitted to the World Trade Organisation (WTO), India and China have called for elimination of trade-distorting farm subsidies given by developed countries as a prerequisite for consideration of other reforms in domestic support negotiations. This proposal made by India and China is viewed as...


Doklam Standoff: Background, Strategies and Resolution

August 28, 2017

The 71-day standoff between India and China at Doklam has been successfully resolved following a diplomatic breakthrough without the need for any armed confrontation and bloodshed. Both the countries have announced the end of standoff at Doklam, on the tri-junction of the Indian, Chinese and Bhutanese borders. The Ministry...


US Policy for Afghanistan and South Asia

August 20, 2017

US President Donald Trump has unveiled an expansive new strategy for Afghanistan and South Asia in his first formal address as Commander-in-chief of the US. The main takeaway in his strategy was that he has concluded that rapid exit from Afghanistan is unacceptable as it could leave a vacuum...