Theological Peace Movement warped into an International Conflict: Saudi Arabia-Iran Rivalry

By Anaida Kuthiala, Army Institute of Law, Mohali.

A reminiscent of the “Great Game”1 played out in Afghanistan, between the Great Britain and Russia which was a strategic rivalry and conflict for attaining supremacy in central Asia, more than a thousand years ago, was the rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran engaged in their own decade-long strategic contention for power and influence. The Houthis2, a Zaidi group, began as a theological3 movement preaching peace, but now they find themselves at the centre of an international conflict. This movement turned hostile in the year of 2004 on the grounds of self-defence when the first war with the Govt. erupted, the aftermath of which was that the then president of Yemen, Ali Abdullah Saleh sent Govt. forces to stop the Houthi’s protests in the mosques situated in Yemen, during which the then leader of the Houthi’s group was killed. (more…)

India Mongolia Ties: A Study

By Deepshi, Gujarat National Law University.

The recent foreign policy of the Modi government, which is also known as the Modi Doctrine, is majorly targeted towards improving relations with neighboring countries in South Asia and South East Asia. The “Look East” Policy, which was formulated under the leadership of PV Narsimha Rao but failed in subsequent implementation, has been revamped under the recommendation of Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj. The “Act east” policy has replaced the “Look east policy” and now aims at a more pro-active role of India in the Southeastern region. The focus is on economic engagements, strategic partnerships and security cooperation with countries in this region promoting an over-all culture of mutual growth and development. This policy which was unveiled in the ASEAN submit in Mynammar has been effectively action oriented and Modi’s recent visit to Mangolia was only a step further in this direction. (more…)

India-China Relations: A Study

By Deepti Purwar, Law College Dehradun.

The bilateral relations between People’s Republic of China and Republic of India are known as China-India relations or Sino-India relations. The relationship traces back to more than 2000 years. The modern relationship between India and China began in 1950 when India ended formal ties with Republic of China(Taiwan) and recognized People’s republic of China(PRC) as the legitimate government of China. China and India are the most populous countries and fastest growing major economies in the world. The Silk route was a major trade route between India and China. Thus, economic relations have been enhancing between them since ages. The Silk route also helped in the spread of Buddhism from India to East Asia thereby creating culture relations between the two countries. (more…)

Spotlight on the Asian Giants

By Shreya Sushil, Government Law College, Mumbai.

This, definitely can we say, calls for a fresh beginning between India and China! From strained ties to signing of 24 propitious Agreements, rays of mutual consent towards amiable neighbourhood are quite vibrant. The critics may perceive these agreements as some mere treaties on papers, the accomplishment of which is travelling in dim light. (more…)

Commendable Rescue: Another Chapter in Yemen’s Tale

By Shreyan Acharya, Vivekananda Institute of Professional Studies, IP University.

The Middle East is witnessing the most horrifying bloodshed ever after the Gulf War. The horrors of massacre, atrocities, rapes, displacement have traumatised the people and left a deep scar in their hearts. the sectarian violence has caused the loss of thousands of innocent lives. The crisis in Syria and Iraq has found its roots in Libya and now, also in the poorest country of the Middle East. The crisis in Yemen is no different from the crisis in other middle eastern countries. The sectarian difference has been grossly high which has led to this widespread excruciating violence. (more…)