During the Cold War, the US and the USSR competed to become the foremost power in the field of outer space. In 1975, for the first time, the two countries sent a combined Apollo-Soyuz mission, marking the end of the Space Race between the two superpowers.
Amongst the many peace processes that Afghanistan has seen in the recent years, the one that has been making the maximum noise is led by the US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad.
The US, China, India, Iran and Russia want stability in Afghanistan. But their roles in any peace parleys will be shaped by their own national or regional interests. What are their concerns? If they could agree on a strategy, could they open the door to a stable Afghanistan?
Following Cambodia’s national election in July 2018, there are a number of key challenges facing Prime Minister Hun Sen. He and his government need both internal and external political legitimacy to survive.
Maldives is a mere 700 km away from India’s Lakshwadeep island chain. Located along major sea lanes in the Indian Ocean through which much of the world’s trade takes place, it has been traditionally considered to be part of India’s sphere of influence.
Since the beginning of Donald Trump’s presidency, relations between the United States and China have witnessed extremes in friendliness and cordiality on the one hand and hostility and antagonisms on the other hand.
Despite political deadlocks and the beginning of democratic development especially in Nepal and Bhutan, the year 2018 witnessed the successful completion of general elections in five South Asian countries.
Pakistan’s influence on the Afghan Taliban is misunderstood by the US. While Pakistan retains a modicum of influence on the Taliban, it is not able to dictate terms to them. It can convince the Taliban to enter peace talks but what comes out of these talks is not in its hands.
Chinese President Xi Jinping highlighted the necessity and urgency to think about possible ways of political unification. This was widely considered as Xi’s public demonstration of his determination to resolve the Taiwan issue within his term as the Chinese leader.