What happened? President Donald Trump came to power partly on the promise that he will create more jobs and that other countries would not thrive at the expense of the U.S. In his dealings with the rest of the world, he has made it amply clear that if the U.S. buys more from another country … Continued
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The now-famous Op-Ed article, ‘I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration’, published in The New York Times (and reproduced in The Indian Express Saturday), contained this sentence: “Given the instability many witnessed, there were early whispers within the cabinet of invoking the 25th Amendment, which would start a complex process for removing … Continued
Access to designated military facilities in specific areas The India-U.S. foundational agreement for mutual logistics support, the Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (LEMOA), has been fully operationalised over the past few months, official sources said. Earlier this week, India concluded the third foundational agreement, Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement (COMCASA), which is meant for secure … Continued
At the 2+2 meet, India and the United States signed the COMCASA, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Foreign Affairs Miinster Sushma Swaraj, US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and Defence Secretary James Mattis were present at the time of signing. Michael Pompeo termed the ‘Communications, Compatibility, Security Agreement (COMCASA)’ agreement a “milestone” in the relationship and … Continued
What is happening with Argentina’s economy? Argentina’s currency, the peso, has lost approximately 50% of its value this year and 25% in August alone, falling to new lows on Monday as confidence in the currency continued to drop. Earlier this week, President Mauricio Macri asked the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to accelerate the disbursement of … Continued
What is the US demanding? India and the United States are in a deadlock over contentious trade issues after the Donald Trump administration sought a formal commitment of additional purchases of $10 billion annually for the next three years, as part of a trade agreement under negotiation. What is the strategy of US? As both … Continued
Negotiations on RCEP towards end Negotiations on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, among 16 Asian and Pacific Ocean countries, have entered a decisive phase. Most potential member-countries of the grouping, that comprises the 10 ASEAN members and their Free Trade Agreement partners, Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand and Republic of Korea, would like to … Continued
Why is there an impression that Pakistan’s election is a set-piece by the Army, and that it will score no matter who wins? Unlike in the elections of 2008 and 2013, there is a strong perception this time that the Pakistan Army is pulling strings behind the scenes to ensure that the Pakistan Muslim League … Continued
In 2013, after Nawaz Sharif won a decisive mandate, it was believed that relations between India and Pakistan were set to improve. A promising start was made after Narendra Modi’s victory, but ties have since been in a downward spiral. Jaish-e-Muhammad’s Pathankot attack was just one of many events that undid Nawaz’s intentions to normalise … Continued
Earlier this month, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed of Ethiopia, the second largest country in Africa by population, embraced President Isaias Afwerki of Eritrea in that country’s capital Asmara, announcing to the world, finally, the end of a 20-year war that has killed at least 80,000 in two of the continent’s poorest countries. The two leaders … Continued