Current Affair Category: International Relations

February 21, 2024

Overview of the Raisina Dialogue 2024

The Raisina Dialogue, an annual gathering focused on geopolitics and geoeconomics, is set to commence its ninth edition today in New Delhi. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the conference, with Greece’s Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis attending as the chief guest. Understanding the Raisina Dialogue The Raisina Dialogue serves as a pivotal platform addressing global […]



February 16, 2024

India Rejects Data Exclusivity Demand in EFTA Free Trade Negotiations      

Introduction: India’s stance on rejecting the European Free Trade Association’s (EFTA) demand for ‘data exclusivity’ provisions within their ongoing free trade agreement negotiations underscores a pivotal point of contention in international trade relations. About the European Free Trade Association (EFTA): Established through the Stockholm Convention in 1960, the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) is an […]



February 6, 2024

Pakistan’s Electoral Landscape: An Overview

Introduction • The upcoming 2024 Pakistan election is poised to significantly influence the trajectory of the nation’s political landscape, which has long been characterized by turmoil and complexity. From its inception, Pakistan’s electoral journey has been riddled with challenges, including military interference, regional tensions, and controversial candidates. Electoral History • Pakistan’s electoral framework traces back […]



January 31, 2024

Imran Khan Sentenced to 10 Years in Cipher Case: Unraveling the Controversy

Introduction: • The cipher case involving former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan and ex-Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has resulted in a 10-year jail sentence for both individuals. The case revolves around the disclosure of a classified cable sent to Islamabad by Pakistan’s ambassador in Washington in 2022, revealing details of a meeting that implicated […]



January 31, 2024

Thailand’s Diplomatic Triumph: Navigating the US-China Rivalry

Introduction: • The recent clandestine meeting between the United States National Security Advisor and China’s Foreign Minister in Bangkok has sparked discussions on Thailand’s strategic positioning amid the escalating rivalry between the two global superpowers. The talks covered a spectrum of geopolitical issues, showcasing Thailand’s diplomatic prowess and prompting reflections on its foreign policy choices. […]



January 29, 2024

The Rise of the ‘Nones’: Exploring the Changing Landscape of Religious Affiliation in America

Introduction: • In the early 1990s, a staggering 90% of U.S. adults identified as Christians. However, a recent survey from the Pew Research Centre reveals a significant shift, with the number of Americans identifying as non-religious now standing at 28%. This transformation prompts an exploration into the reasons behind this shift, the characteristics of the […]



January 27, 2024

Europe’s Shift: From Global Tech Regulator to AI Innovation Advocate

Introduction: • The European Union (EU) has undergone a significant transformation in its approach to artificial intelligence (AI), shifting from a stringent regulatory stance to becoming an advocate for AI innovation. This change is aimed at fostering the development of trustworthy AI within the EU. In contrast, India is contemplating a similar trajectory, exploring a […]



January 25, 2024

Exploring Thailand’s Ambitious Trade Deal with EU: Hurdles and Aspirations

Introduction • Thailand, amidst economic challenges, is actively pursuing an ambitious free trade agreement with the European Union (EU). This endeavor, seen as a potential boost for Thailand’s sluggish economy, faces significant hurdles, particularly in the negotiations’ second round scheduled for this week. The EU’s Southeast Asia Pivot • The EU is strengthening its trade […]



January 24, 2024

Canada Implements Two-Year Cap on International Student Visas: Impact on Indian Students

Introduction • Canada’s federal government recently announced significant changes to its international student visa policies, affecting the number of visas issued and modifying post-graduation work permit programs. These measures are expected to have implications, especially for Indian students, a significant demographic in Canada’s international student community. Reduction in International Student Visas • Marc Miller, the […]



January 23, 2024

Sri Lankan CatChurch’s Move to Declare Easter Attack Victims as Saints

Introduction • The Catholic Church in Sri Lanka is considering the canonization of the 273 victims of the 2019 Easter Sunday suicide bombings, aiming to declare them as saints. This significant announcement was made by Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, the Archbishop of Colombo, during a mass on January 21, 2024. Process of Canonizing Catholic Saints • […]



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