Saudi-Canada Spat

Saudi-Canada Spat

Canada’s protest in response to arrest of women human rights activist by Saudi regime led to diplomatic crisis between the two countries. About: • Canadian Foreign Minister C. Freeland wrote a tweet in support of women human rights activists Samar Badawi, who is fighting against guardianship laws in Saudi Arabia. • In response to this,…

Belt and Road Initiative (BRI)

Belt and Road Initiative (BRI)

During the Qingdao summit (2018) of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), India was the only member state to not endorse the China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). About: • The Belt and Road Initiative, also known as the One Belt, One Road (OBOR) project was launched by the Chinese President Xi Jinping in 2013. • The project…

JAPAN-AMERICA-INDIA (JAI) Trilateral Meeting

JAPAN-AMERICA-INDIA (JAI) Trilateral Meeting

On the sidelines of G20 Summit, the leaders of JAPAN-AMERICA-INDIA (JAI) met together for the first time. About: • On the sidelines of G20 Summit and around an year after the QUAD Meeting, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, US President Donald Trump and Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met in a trilateral format in Buenos Aires.…

BRICS

BRICS

Recently, Cabinet approved MoU amongst BRICS nations regarding cooperation in the social and labour sphere. About: • The MoU was signed on 3rd August, 2018 during BRICS Labour and Employment Ministers (LEM) Meeting. Features of MoU: • This would facilitate all member countries to share knowledge and implement joint programmes on matter of Labour and…

Russia-Ukraine Standoff Near the Kerch Strait

Russia-Ukraine Standoff Near the Kerch Strait

Russian Armed Forces captured 3 Ukrainian Naval Ships in Kerch Strait near the Azov Sea. About: • Russia recently captured three Ukrainian Naval Ships and over 20 crew members in the disputed Azov Sea claiming violation of Russian Territorial Waters. • Enhanced Tension: This led to rapid escalation in tensions in Eastern Europe 4 years…

Yellow Vests Protests in France

Yellow Vests Protests in France

“Yellow Vests” renewed protests in France. About: • Violent protests were observed in France by the “Yellow Vests” due to rising living costs. • Major Reason: The proposed increase in the “Fuel Tax” by the newly elected President Emmanuel Macron’s government. • Challenges: It will have adverse impact on the climate change policy. The purpose of…

WTO Dispute Settlement Body- Analysis

WTO Dispute Settlement Body- Analysis

Recently,  In a meeting of the WTO Dispute Settlement Body, the United States reaffirmed that it will not support the reappointment of a judge to the already understaffed WTO Appellate Body. About: • The U.S delegation said at a meeting of the WTO dispute settlement body that it was not prepared to support the reappointment of…

Indo-Pacific : The New Geo Political Construct

Indo-Pacific : The New Geo Political Construct

INDO- PACIFIC has emerged as the new diplomatic buzzword in recent years, replacing the term Asia Pacific. Why Indo Pacific is in News? • India Mentions the term: In June 2018, the Indian Prime Minister, in his Shangri-La dialogue address, held that India is committed to a “free, open, transparent, rules-based, peaceful, prosperous and inclusive Indo-Pacific,…

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CASPIAN SEA DEAL

CASPIAN SEA DEAL

CASPIAN SEA DEAL was concluded in the Kazakh city of Aktaun recently. Leaders of the five states bordering the resource-rich Caspian Sea signed a landmark deal on its legal status. Countries involved: Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Russia and Turkmenistan. Features of the Deal: It is an agreement on the status of the inland sea, which has been…

Trumplateralism or Multilateralism? what should India choose?

Trumplateralism or Multilateralism? what should India choose?

President Donald Trump is at it again! He says, “India wants to sign a trade pact to keep the US happy”. Right! Mr. Trump, You won your elections, by calling “America First”. Why wouldn’t you say now?. Same old rhetoric. Well, it seems to be no other way you speak Mr. POTUS. The real truth behind…