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European Parliamentary elections 2019 — Challenging the status quo
Jun 11, 2019

European Parliamentary elections 2019 — Challenging the status quo

It was an erratic poll for populists and right-wing nationalists alike, but they extended their power in Europe’s capital nations.

Europe’s divided vote for change — 5 lessons from the EU parliamentary elections
May 28, 2019

Europe’s divided vote for change — 5 lessons from the EU parliamentary elections

2019 European parliamentary elections have been a boost for democracy in Europe.

Bangladesh: Election-2014, an assessment
Jan 24, 2014

Bangladesh: Election-2014, an assessment

On 5 January, parliamentary elections were held in Bangladesh. They were boycotted by the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP)-led 18 party alliance, allowing the Awami League to win the election with two thirds majority and with very little opposition.

China’s massive attack against India: A looming possibility
Jun 17, 2024

China’s massive attack against India: A looming possibility

India might be deceiving itself by believing China will limit itself to "grey-zone operations" along the Sino-Indian border, avoiding all-out war. Thi

Continuity and Change in Bangladesh’s Indo-Pacific Outlook: Deliberating Post-Election Scenarios
Jan 04, 2024

Continuity and Change in Bangladesh’s Indo-Pacific Outlook: Deliberating Post-Election Scenarios

Bangladesh’s Indo-Pacific Outlook, released in April 2023, is a projection of its interests in the region, and a testament to its political nonalignment and commitment to economic development. Its focus on upholding the rule of law and maintaining regional stability makes it a conducive partner for neighbouring countries and major powers in the Indo-Pacific. Bangladesh enjoys close ties with China, Japan, and the US, and a special relationship

No end in sight for the Afghan conflict
Sep 09, 2018

No end in sight for the Afghan conflict

As the Afghan government struggles to govern effectively — the country gets ready to hold parliamentary elections on 20 October.

South Asia’s cyclical geopolitical trends likely to continue in 2019
Jan 14, 2019

South Asia’s cyclical geopolitical trends likely to continue in 2019

The story of 2019, whatever the outcome of parliamentary elections, will essentially be about India adjusting its engagements in its neighbourhood.

Talks alone can solve Kashmir problem
Dec 14, 2013

Talks alone can solve Kashmir problem

It is obvious that the Kashmir problem has to be resolved only through negotiations between the two Prime Ministers. With the recent election results from the four States going against the UPA, it is likely that Pakistan may not make an effective push towards a solution of the issue till the next parliamentary elections are over.

The Challenges in Muizzu's Maldives: A Stocktaking
Apr 05, 2024

The Challenges in Muizzu's Maldives: A Stocktaking

Mohamed Muizzu was sworn in as the seventh president of the Maldives in November 2023 after intense electoral competition with seven other candidates and a highly competitive second round. However, his administration’s five-year term will not be without challenges. Muizzu’s rise to power comes at a time when the archipelago is experiencing significant domestic and strategic challenges. As the Maldives gears up for parliamentary elections in l

The Malé Dossier: An introduction to Maldivian polity 2024
Oct 09, 2023

The Malé Dossier: An introduction to Maldivian polity 2024

As the new administration in Maldives prepares to swear into power in November, political parties are embracing new alliances, roles, and responsibili

The Sri Lankan crisis: Domestic and regional implications
Apr 29, 2022

The Sri Lankan crisis: Domestic and regional implications

The deteriorating economic crisis in Sri Lanka has grown into a political movement against the government who secured a landslide victory in the 2020

Understanding the complexities of the Afghan peace process
Aug 10, 2023

Understanding the complexities of the Afghan peace process

Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani’s bold peace offer to the Taliban has aroused hopes of peace in the country torn by war for many years now. In a sweeping proposal made at the Kabul Process conference in February, President Ghani offered a ceasefire, the removal of sanctions, release of prisoners, the recognition of the Taliban as a political party, the conduct of fresh elections, and a review of the constitution. He repeated his offer in Mar

Verdict 2004: Myths and Reality
May 26, 2004

Verdict 2004: Myths and Reality

Results of the 2004 parliamentary elections have generated a serious debate among scholars and analysts following the unexpected ouster of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and the victory of the Congress-led coalition. Some see it as ¿the revenge of the poor against the pro-rich image of the government¿ and there are many who ascribe this to ¿the supposed maturity and ingenuity of the India voter¿.

What Musharraf's five years have wrought
Oct 08, 2004

What Musharraf's five years have wrought

It has been five years since General Pervez Musharraf came to power in Pakistan in a bloodless coup on October 12. One questionable referendum staged in April 2002, the less-than-credible parliamentary elections in October the same year, a controversial constitutional amendment and two changes of government this year later, Gen Musharraf is still the numero uno.

With season of elections setting in, political battle-cries begin
Sep 27, 2013

With season of elections setting in, political battle-cries begin

Election season has begun in the country as in the next two months, five states are going to have assembly elections which are being billed as mini-general elections. Soon thereafter, parliamentary elections will be held in the first four months of the next year to elect the 16th Lok Sabha (lower house).

चीन भारतावर मोठा हल्ला करण्याची दाट शक्यता
Jul 03, 2024

चीन भारतावर मोठा हल्ला करण्याची दाट शक्यता

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