GS-II: International Relations

Short Note: Switzerland Finding India’s Data Security Law Adequate

August 9, 2017

What does it mean when Switzerland finds data security and confidentiality laws of India adequate for entering into an automatic exchange of information pact? What things would follow? Switzerland recently through a notification declared the finding that the security and confidentiality laws of India are adequate to enter into...

Short Note: Proposed Bill for Merit Based System of Visa in United States

August 3, 2017

What is the new proposed Bill for Merit-Based System in United States? How it may affect Indians? The Bill for Merit Based System, which is to later take the shape of the American Immigration for a Strong Economy Act, has been introduced by two US Senators-Tom Cotton of Arkansas...

Short Note: Chinese Army Incursion in Barahoti

August 1, 2017

Recently, the Chinese Army transgressed LAC in Uttarakhand. What happened and what is current status? Barahoti in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand is a midpoint on the 3440 kilometer Sino-India Line of Actual Control (LAC). The Chinese ingressions there are a routine affair and have been taking place since as...

South Asia Satellite and Space Diplomacy

July 24, 2017

The recent years have witnessed a splurge in the number of satellites and programmes being launched by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). Although these initiatives are indicative of a huge progress in the field of space science, they have a special significance in India’s development of soft power...

India-Bangladesh Joint Interpretative Notes (JIN) Agreement

July 12, 2017

On 12th of July, 2017, the Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the Joint Interpretative Notes (JIN) agreement between India and Bangladesh. Objective of this agreement is to work towards promotion and protection of investments and impart clarity to the interpretation of existing BIPA (Bilateral...

Global Warming and India-Pak Relations over Siachen

July 9, 2017

This article in The Hindu, has tried to review the Siachen Glacier problem and elucidates how the changing climate is trying to reassess our position on Siachen and demanding shift of some of the posts from there. The basic idea is that it has been 33 years since we...

The Remilitarization of Japan

July 5, 2017

The Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe recently said that he wants his country’s “pacifist” constitution revised and put in place a new version in effect by 2020 which would facilitate the “remilitarization” of the Japan has raised the eyebrows of the wartime enemies of Japan viz. China and South...

Chemical Weapons and Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC)

July 5, 2017

A chemical weapon uses toxic chemicals to cause harm or death. The Chemical weapons may be in the form of liquid, gas or even solids; may be lethal or non-lethal. Nerve agents, vesicants (blister agents), tear gas, pepper spray etc. are some of the major types of chemical weapons....

PM’s Recent Visit to Germany & Overview of India-Germany Relations

May 31, 2017

There have been regular high-level visits, including at the highest level between India and Germany. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had recently paid visit to Germany at the end of May 2017. During his visit he met German Chancellor Angela Merkel and took part in the fourth round of the...

OBOR Summit 2017: Meaning, Agenda, Outcome and India’s Stance

May 20, 2017

In May 2017, China organized a two days grand summit (Belt and Road Forum) to show off its plans to build a great network of trade routes under its One Belt-One Road (OBOR) umbrella. The OBOR is part of its so called “Silk Road Diplomacy”. Meaning of OBOR and...
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