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  • Arctic Cold War
    October, 2008 By Ilmas Futehally

    The impact of climate change is here to stay. One dramatic example is that for the first time in at least 125,000 years (or the beginning of the last Ice Age), ships can travel around the North Pole. The opening up of the North-west and North-east passages in the Arctic region is witness to this.

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  • Divisive Politics and its Security Implications
    October , 2008 By Rohit Honawar

    As the United States financial crisis looms large over international markets and threatens to engulf global economies into a downward spiral of recession and uncertainty, there is a stark reminder of how globalization and inter-dependence between nations exposes the frailties and vulnerabilities of the international system. 

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  • The Indo-US Nuclear deal: Are two countries gaining or is the world losing out?
    October , 2008 By Ambika Vishwanath

    As of October 3rd 2008 the 123 civilian nuclear cooperation between India and the United States had completed its 3 year long journey across the globe and been ratified by not only the parliament in both countries, but also been given its blessings by the international community. On October 10th External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice signed the agreement at a ceremony in the State Department, operationalising the deal which is now legally binding on both sides.

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  • Blue Gold: Somalian Pirates in the Gulf of Aden
    October , 2008 By Gitanjali Bakshi

    For many of us the term “pirate” conjures up images of 17th century buccaneers, coursing through the waters of the Caribbean, in search of lost treasure – it holds within it, an element of make believe; of unscrupulous bearded men with eye patches, wooden legs and talking parrots.

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  • Asif Zardari: King, Pawn or Joker ?
    October , 2008 By Sahiba Trivedi

    Much has been written about the 12th President of Pakistan, Asif Ali Zardari; people have been confused over what to make of him. He’s been described as a wily politician, ‘Mr. 10 percent’, ‘a Nelson Mandela in the making’; people have also talked about his meteoric rise in Pakistani politics since the death of his wife Benazir Bhutto last December. 

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  • India and Sri Lanka: The Tamil Connection in a Post-Conflict Sri Lanka
    October , 2008 By Brian Orland

    In Sri Lanka, the majority Buddhists have backed a consensus to militarily defeat the minority Tamil's twenty-five year old insurgency. This time the Sri Lankan state may have finally amassed enough military strength and political will to flush the insurgents out of their northern Sri Lankan jungle hide-outs. A quarter century long insurgency may end very soon

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  • What Next in Progress?
    September, 2008 By Sundeep Waslekar

    The last century – especially if we extend it back to 1870 – was unique. It took 18 centuries for the population of the planet to increase from 250 million around 1 AD to 1 billion in 1800. It increased to 1.6 billion by 1900 and it had crossed 6 billion in 2000. Such exponential growth of population is unprecedented. It was also around the beginning of the last century – give and take a couple of decades on either side - that internal combustion machine, aircraft, electricity, telephone and penicillin came into being. Later on the human specie built on the foundation of these inventions to create radio, computer, space travel, internet and the possibility of a visit to another celestial body in the universe.

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  • 2009: The Year of Change
    September, 2008 By Ilmas Futehally

    One of the things that I mentioned in my last column “Geremek’s World” was the late Professor’s thinking on the future of Europe. When I met him in 2005, he had predicted that 2009 would be a year of change for Europe with many elections, including the election for the European Parliament to take place in 2009. He had said that maybe Europe would shine after that- depending on the kind of political decisions that the new leaders are able to take.

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