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SCO and India (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS mains Paper II; International Organizations and Bilateral Relations)

What is the SCO? The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) is a multi-government organisation that was formed in 2001 as an expression of greater coordination among the major powers in the Eurasian region. The organisation was launched by China, Russia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan, reflecting a growing awareness among these countries to come to terms … Continued

Nuclear scientist Anil Kakodkar explains: How Pokhran happened (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper II; International Organizations and Bilateral Relations)

20 years ago, on May 11, 1998, India carried out nuclear tests. What were the circumstances that led to the tests? What did India gain from them? Could testing have happened at another time? Anil Kakodar, nuclear scientist, was director of Bhabha Atomic Research Centre when India conducted nuclear tests in Pokhran in May 1998. … Continued

Mahathir’s victory in the Malaysian elections (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains paper II)

Mahathir’s victory in Malaysia Mahathir Mohamad’s spectacular victory in Malaysia’s elections has the potential to spur democratic movements across Southeast Asia, where one-party rule and the military’s preeminence are pervasive. Winds of change could be in the offing, with elections looming in a number of countries. A clear majority for the opposition Pakatan Harapan (Alliance … Continued

Reactions to American withdrawal from nuclear deal with Iran (Relevant for GS Mains Paper II; International Organizations and Bilateral Relations)

Reaction of EU World powers vowed to uphold a landmark deal curbing Iran’s nuclear programme after President Donald Trump pulled the U.S. out of the agreement, raising fears of a fresh confrontation with Tehran. Britain, a signatory to the 2015 deal, said it remained committed, with Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson urging Washington “to avoid taking … Continued

What Donald Trump’s pullout from Iran deal means for India (Relevant for GS prelims, GS Mains Paper II; International Organizations and Bilateral Relations)

India’s first reaction has been cautious, and it may gain from the US-Europe disagreement. Indian interests in Afghanistan and West Asia are at stake, and this could be the moment to plan for similar crises in future. What is the nuclear deal from which President Donald Trump on Tuesday pulled the United States? It is … Continued

Deal breaker: on the U.S.’ withdrawal from the Iran deal (Relevant for GS Mains Paper II; International Organizations and Bilateral Relations)

President Donald Trump’s decision to unilaterally pull the U.S. out of the Iran nuclear deal is a huge setback to multilateral diplomacy and the rules-based international order. What was the deal? The agreement, signed in 2015 by Iran with the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, Germany and the EU, curtailed its nuclear … Continued

Donald Trump withdraws US from Iran nuclear deal: All you need to know (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper II; International Organisations and Bilateral Relations)

United States President Donald Trump on Tuesday withdrew the United States of America from the Obama-era Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA deal with Iran, a move which could allow the middle-east country to resume enrichment of uranium. Trump, a long-time critic of the 2015 landmark US-Iran nuclear deal, said, “It is clear to … Continued

Koreas to talk peace (Relevant for GS Mains Paper II)

What the high-stakes meeting is all about What is the inter-Korean summit? The leaders of North and South Korea, Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-in, will meet in the demilitarised zone between the two countries on Friday to discuss the ‘denuclearisation’ of the Korean peninsula and the official end to the Korean War (1950-53) which has … Continued

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