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India Watching Trump Administration’s Hardened Stance towards Pakistan

21 September 2017 | Associate Papers, Indian Ocean

New Delhi will be closely watching the Trump Administration’s stance towards Pakistan, which it has asked to do more in fighting terror groups. Until it sees what it considers to be satisfactory compliance from Islamabad, Washington will continue to take a harder line in its dealings with Pakistan.

North Korean Nuclear and Missile Tests: India as Mediator?

While the United States needs to keep open the threat of military action, smart diplomacy and the rigorous implementation of sanctions could offer the best chances of diffusing the crisis. It is tempting to see India as a possible intermediary, but New Delhi has very limited leverage with Pyongyang.

Iranian Response to Growing Water Scarcity Provides a Chance for Regional Leadership

Water scarcity has led to minor fatal confrontations, and regional transboundary issues are growing too. In the coming years, Iran has a chance to lead through co-operation or be held back and potentially fall into further conflict.

Sri Lankan Economy Confronted by Climate Change and Over-Reliance on China

As Sri Lanka negotiates a Free Trade Agreement and outsources much of its debt to China, there will be economic consequences of its over-reliance on Beijing. Better long-term planning and debt management to aid post-disaster reconstruction will be required for the economy to improve.

Nepal and China Agree to Trans-Himalayan Rail Link

The proposed rail link connecting Kathmandu with Lhasa will further deepen the Sino-Nepalese relationship. While it has the potential to pull Nepal further towards China and away from India, Kathmandu will continue to employ a balancing strategy with its two giant neighbours.

Urbanisation: Risks and Opportunities for Northern Australia Development

Population density in Australian cities and urban areas is intensifying. Decentralisation strategies to counter the trend present significant and wide-ranging opportunities for economic, industrial and social expansion particularly in northern Australia.

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