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What Really Happened in Bolivia?

Events in Bolivia remain exceptionally fluid following the ouster of President Evo Morales. There may or may not be free and fair elections within 90 days. Morales, who has been given political asylum in Mexico, may run again for president or seek to return to power by other means. The Latin..

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Tackling The Kalapani Dispute Saturday, November 16th, 2019

The publication by India of its new political map consequent upon the change in the autonomy status of Kashmir has sent ripples across Nepal as the map has included the Kalapani region, which includes Kalapani, Lipulek and Limpiyadhura, and which belongs to Nepal, in India's territory. Limpiyadhura..

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WILL CHINA FACE HONG KONG TYPE PROEST IN PAKISTAN?

Around six decades back, China entered Tibet forcefully and occupied the country, suppressing the protest of Tibetans and in the process killing thousands of Tibetans. Respected the Dalai Lama , the Tibetan religious leader was forced to flee from Tibet along with his followers and seek asylum in..

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Germany Can Reduce Its External Surplus Friday, November 15th, 2019

At just below 8% of GDP, Germany’s current-account surplus is the highest of any country in the world. Since the 2008 financial crisis, the size of the German surplus has raised hackles around the world, and it remains a topic of concern at the International Monetary Fund and other global..

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Abolish the Billionaires?

The march of the billionaires has seemed unstoppable. Even as the International Monetary Fund warns of a synchronized global slowdown, the wealth of the very rich continues to grow unabated. According to Oxfam, the number of billionaires in the world has almost doubled since the 2008 financial..

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Belt and Road Initiative: Challenging South and Southeast Asia Thursday, November 14th, 2019

The euphoria about the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in Indonesia and elsewhere in South and Southeast Asia (SEA) has been felt since 2017, particularly following the country’s participation in the BRI Summit in Beijing that year, where Indonesia (along with other SAARC and ASEAN member states)..

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A Living Wage for Capitalism

At 3.6%, unemployment in the United States remains near its lowest level since the late 1960s. There are even signs that people who had previously dropped out of the labor force are being attracted back into it as employers scour a tight labor market for the marginal employee. Consistent with this..

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Kalapani Belongs To Nepal Wednesday, November 13th, 2019

Nepal has been an independent and sovereign nation since the ancient times, known for its historic bravery the country upholds the title till date. Nepal has been surrounded by two emerging superpowers on each side of its borders - India and China. Due to unregulated border between the two..

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China’s Risky Endgame in Hong Kong

Although the rapid escalation of violence in Hong Kong seems terrifying enough, things may be about to get much worse. The communiqué of the recently concluded fourth plenum of the 19th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) indicates that Chinese President Xi Jinping is planning..

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America’s Feeble Indo-Pacific Strategy Tuesday, November 12th, 2019

With the global geopolitical center of gravity shifting toward Asia, a pluralistic, rules-based Indo-Pacific order is more important than ever, including for America’s own global standing. So it was good news when, two years ago, US President Donald Trump began touting a vision of a “free and..

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Europe on a Geopolitical Fault Line

Two months ago, in his address to the United Nations General Assembly, UN Secretary-General António Guterres expressed his fear that a “Great Fracture” could split the international order into two “separate and competing worlds,” one dominated by the United States and the other by China...

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The High Stakes of the Coming Digital Currency War Monday, November 11th, 2019

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was at least half right when he recently told the United States Congress that there is no US monopoly on regulation of next-generation payments technology. You may not like Facebook’s proposed Libra (pseudo) cryptocurrency, Zuckerberg implied, but a state-run Chinese..

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Will China Confront a Revolution of Rising Expectations?

For over a decade, China has accounted for a quarter or more of global economic growth. With its economy currently navigating a rough patch, the question is whether this impressive performance will persist. Cassandras pointing to the possibility of a Chinese growth slowdown regularly invoke the..

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Charter for Conservatism: The ALP Campaign Review

Reports on electoral strategies are often written in order to be avoided. They are scripted for the express purpose of gathering dust on shelves, or decaying in digital files rarely to be consulted except by historians. But the review of the reasons why the Australian Labor Party lost the May 2019..

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The Siren Song of Strategic Autonomy Friday, November 8th, 2019

For over a year, US President Donald Trump’s protectionist war against China – and his broader use of import tariffs to advance geopolitical objectives – has been fueling anxiety about the future of world trade. But tariffs are only the tip of the iceberg of economic nationalism. If the world..

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The Rise of Nationalism After the Fall of the Berlin Wall

The fall of the Berlin Wall on the night of November 8, 1989 dramatically and suddenly accelerated the collapse of communism in Europe. The end of travel restrictions between East and West Germany dealt a death blow to the closed society of the Soviet Union. By the same token, it marked a high..

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Corporate Mammon: Amazon and the Seattle Council Elections Thursday, November 7th, 2019

An enduring US political tradition was in evidence in Seattle recently. Amazon had decided that the city council elections would be too important to leave alone. Seattle was their city after all. The aim of the company was much in keeping with the manor lord who prosecutes keen poachers: fund..

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Is Nepal’s tourism hub Thamel integrating into China Town? Monday, November 18th, 2019

By Phurpa Sherpa, KATHMANDU: In the Capital city of Kathmandu over Thamel area constantly Chinese business has been rising up according to the demands of the market, has..