21 February 2016   Leave a comment

India experiences fresh violence from a different sector as protests erupted in India’s Haryana state.  Members of India’s Jat’s caste have been protesting for different quotas in the Indian government and university system.  The caste quota system has long been a source of controversy.  Several people were killed in the protests and the protesters have temporarily shut down one of the canals that supply water to Delhi.

Turkey has suffered severe setbacks in its efforts to advance its national interests in the Middle East.  It now faces an armed civil war along its southern and southeastern flanks, it has lost the support of one of its strongest allies, the US, and its actions have led it to the potential of an armed confrontation with Russia. Only a few years ago it seemed very likely to emerge as the dominant power in the Middle East in the wake of the Arab Spring and the emergence of the Central Asian states.  Future international relations analysts will probably use Turkey, 2015-16, as a test case in how to mismanage foreign policy.

The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) has released its annual report on the international arms trade.  The US remains the worlds largest seller of arms, followed by Russia. The data indicate that many European arms producers are shifting their focus abroad as European governments are spending less on weapons due to the slow economic conditions in Europe. China has also dramatically increased its exports.  India and Saudi Arabia remain the world’s largest importers of weapons.

Infografik Die zehn größten Waffenimporteure und ihre wichtigsten Zulieferer ENGLISCH

 

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Posted February 22, 2016 by vferraro1971 in World Politics

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