Pranav Menon highlights the rising menace of fringe terror groups in the present decade in the Middle East and Africa. Despite the counter terrorism operations by US and its allies against Al Qaeda weakening its hold in the terrorist circuits, it affiliates have turned into extremist jihadis, extending their control even in Africa. The rise of the Affiliates such as the Islamic State, Boko haram, et. al., has illustrated a unique model of terrorism, which seems to be much more precarious than the world has ever seen before.
Ishita Das argues that as South Africa considers the legalisation of trade in rhino horn in a bid to curb the rising poaching problem, it should consider the anti-trade arguments seriously before pushing ahead with a pro-trade approach.
China and India, apart from being some of the fastest growing global economies, far outshining European counterparts, also have high economic complementarities. These regional realities have taken over the border tiffs as both countries usher an era of economic partnership.
Policy-makers in the BRICS nations face numerous challenges to maneuver through several headwinds. slow growth and high inflation in Brazil, Russia, India and South Africa and a potential new round of Fed-related Emerging Markets selloffs is a threat to financial stability.
In upholding the authority of the international nuclear non-proliferation regime and dealing with regional nuclear issues, both China and the US will benefit from the moral and systemic effect brought by the entry into force of the Treaty
The meeting of the two leaders had captured the attention of all – though the prism through which both countries attempted to weigh the expectations and outcomes were somewhat different.
The four-year-old TPP talks, now involving 12 nations, are aimed at establishing a free-trade bloc that would encompass 800 million people, about a third of world trade and nearly 40 per cent of the global economy