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  • Gautam Sen is a retired IDAS officer who has served in senior positions at the Centre and in a north-east State Government.

    The many imponderables in sharing the Teesta waters

    Unless an integrated view of Teesta basin management is adopted, the water and power needs of Sikkim and Bengal cannot be attended to in juxtaposition to the needs of Bangladesh.

    April 18, 2017

    The Uncertain Overhang on Scotland of the Brexit Process

    In the face of Brexit, the continued union of UK and Scotland hinges on arriving at a suitable political accommodation between the UK and the broad spectrum of the Scottish polity and the public.

    April 03, 2017

    Prospects of US–German Relations under Trump

    In respect of trade and commerce, some uncertainties are looming over both US-German relations and US-EU relations.

    March 15, 2017

    Bangladesh and the Rohingya: Implications of Refugee Re-location to Thengar Char Island

    Bangladesh may be able to manage the Rohingya refugee problem only as a short-term expedient, albeit with considerable economic implications.

    February 28, 2017

    Trump and Israeli Settlements Expansion

    It is in the US interest not to encourage Israeli policies that could possibly lead to further radicalisation of Palestinians.

    February 22, 2017

    President Trump and the Mexican Border Wall

    The reaction to President Trump’s utterances and avowed policies on the Mexican border wall and tariff has attracted strong criticism. It is surprising that Trump, who is known to view developments and decide on policies in transactional terms, appears short-sighted and unwilling to view the implications of his policies in a long-term perspective.

    February 03, 2017

    Fatah at the Crossroads

    Abbas needs to take steps for a gradual change of guard in the Fatah within a specified time-frame to keep the cause of Palestinian statehood alive.

    January 04, 2017

    Political Fallout of the Creation of New Districts in Manipur

    While the creation of seven new smaller districts has led to agitations by the United Naga Council, efficiencies in administrative tasks should be obtainable with district headquarters closer to the respective inhabitants.

    December 16, 2016

    A Joint India-Indonesia Intervention on the Rohingya Issue

    Given that both India and Indonesia have a common interest in preserving their respective democratic, multi-ethnic and multi-religious polities, they need to work together to induce Myanmar to control the violence against the Rohingyas.

    December 15, 2016

    Need for Persevering with the Dialogue Process in Jammu & Kashmir

    It is essential that the dialogue process continues and additional steps are taken to resolve the deep sense of alienation presently prevailing among the civil society in the Kashmir Valley.

    November 01, 2016

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