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25 October 2016

While the security relationship between India and Pakistan is viewed primarily in military terms, the adversarial nature of that relationship could be mitigated over time if the Prime Ministers of the two countries are able to use their genuine personal relationship to challenge the status quo.

News from the CEO

  • 30 September 2016
    Strategic Alert

    India Strikes Back: Where to Now for Pakistan? The Indian strikes on militant camps in Pakistan can only further increase already-heightened tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbours, making the current situation extremely volatile.

  • 14 September 2016
    What’s Next?

    Nobel Laureate, Myanmar’s Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi to visit Washington 14 Sept for talks with Nobel Laureate, President Barack Obama to discuss possible easing of sanctions.

  • 6 September 2016
    What’s Next?

    The Asia-Pacific Petroleum Conference will be held in Singapore on 6-8 September. The leadership of India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party and its parent organisation, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, will meet on 10 September to discuss party unity.

  • 30 August 2016
    What’s Next?

    French Minister of State for Foreign Trade Matthias Fekl begins an economic diplomacy visit to Qatar on 4 September. The G20 Leaders’ Summit will take place in Hangzhou, China on 4-5 September.  


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