International Relations

Balakot Airstrikes

Context: Indian Air Force (IAF) has struck against Jaish-e-Mohammed camp in Balakot of Pakistan occupied Kashmir in the pre-dawn hours of 26th February 2019. Mirage-2000 fighter jets were used to drop explosives on these training camps. A dozen Mirage-2000 fighter jets used to carry out the attack were escorted by four Sukhoi Su-30 aircraft. Phalcon Airborne Warning and Control …

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Macedonia to join NATO

Macedonia to Join NATO: Macedonia has signed accession papers with NATO The signing of accession papers allows Macedonia to take part in NATO ministerial meetings as an invitee. To acquire full membership, all 29 current members must ratify the accession protocol. The conflict over the name with Greece had become a damper in its membership to NATO. With …

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Venezuela Political Crisis

What’s the crisis? Both Juan Guaidó and Nicolás Maduro have debatable claims to legitimacy. European Union, Australia, US, New Zealand have recognised Juan Guaidó, the opposition leader as the president. Juan Guaidó, the opposition leader, has said that President Nicolás Maduro is illegitimate and has asserted himself as Venezuela’s interim president. How did the Presidential …

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Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty suspended

With the formal announcement by the United States about the withdrawal from the INF treaty, Russia has followed the suit and declared the suspension of the treaty.   Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty It was crucial Cold War-era treaty banning development, testing and possession of short and medium range ground-launched nuclear missiles with range of …

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NSG and India

What is NSG? 48 nation grouping that controls nuclear related exports. Setup in 1974 to counter India’s nuclear tests.   What are the benefits of being an NSG member? NSG members can trade in and export nuclear technology. Members gets timely information on nuclear matters. Members contributes by way of information.   What are the …

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Yellow Vests Protests

The protestors are referred to as Yellow Vests because they don the “Gilets Jaunes” (yellow vests), which the French drivers are required to carry in their cars. It is a leaderless movement which no reported structure or leadership to the movement.   Why are they protesting? Though there is no consensus on the French media about …

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