Why Qatar has been isolated by other Arab nations? The recent diplomatic rift between Qatar and other Arab states — like Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, UAE and Egypt — has again highlighted the geopolitical significance of the region beyond the oil factor. It emerged as a result of an allegation that the Qatar supports and funds... Continued.
President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey. The firing is unusual on account of following reasons: First, the FBI director is a nonpartisan post serving for a 10-year term. Though the president has authority to fire him or her at any time, by norm and custom, presidents have kept their predecessors’ FBI directors in... Continued.
Switzerland, the incoming chair of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), will support application for membership, but has left the door open for Pakistan to join as well. ‘Grossi process’ Without referring directly to the “Grossi process”, Switzerland would take up the issue once it took over as Chair. The “Grossi process” mandates the former NSG... Continued.
India and Pakistan become members of SCO India along with Pakistan became a full member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), ending an administrative process that began two years ago. Meetings of SCO was held at Astana, Kazakasthan. Past dealings with SCO India and Pakistan were admitted as observers in 2005 and began the administrative... Continued.
U.S. President Donald Trump, wading into the worst split between powerful Arab states in decades, said his trip to West Asia was “already paying off” with leaders there taking a hard new line in accusing Qatar of funding of militant groups. Qatar vehemently denies the accusations against it, calling them baseless. Ordinary Qataris, however, were... Continued.
Decision of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Egypt and Yemen to suspend diplomatic ties with Qatar (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper II)
What step has been taken? Suspension of diplomatic ties as well as air and sea travel to and from Qatar is unprecedented. Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain asked Qatari diplomats to leave their countries within 48 hours and Qatari citizens within 14 days. Why the 5 nations have suspended to suspend diplomatic ties with... Continued.
India to get SCO full membership in Astana, say Russia and China (Relevant for GS prelims, GS Mains Paper II)
Both China and Russia said India will become a full member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) when Prime minister Narendra Modi attends the summit-level meeting in Kazakhstan capital Astana on June 8 and 9. During the 2015 summit in Ufa, Russia, the SCO formally adopted a resolution starting the process to admit India and Pakistan as... Continued.
To counter OBOR, India and Japan propose Asia-Africa sea corridor (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper II)
Prime Minister NarendraModi made the pitch for developing an Asia-Africa Growth Corridor (AAGC), with support from Japan, while addressing the annual general meeting of the African Development Bank (AfDB) in Gujarat’s capital of Gandhinagar. The next day, both the Indian and Japanese governments presented a “vision document” for the project that is largely meant to propel growth... Continued.
Angela Merkel believes the U.S. and the U.K are no longer dependable and her nation hence has to shift its gaze and find new friends A day after warning that Europe can no longer “depend” on its Western partners, the U.S. and the U.K., German Chancellor Angela Merkel met Prime Minister NarendraModi shortly after he... Continued.
Global treaties, Major Gogoi and the ‘human shield’: How facts stack up (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper II)
Maj Gogoi says Dar was instigating a mob that was throwing stones to discourage people from voting, and was attacking election officials. Did tying Farooq Ahmad Dar to a military vehicle to deter stone-throwers violate the Geneva Conventions? Do the Conventions apply to Jammu & Kashmir? On April 9, the day a mere 7% of... Continued.