OPINION

A Year to Act 

OXFORD – Let us hope that 2019 is the year when the historical tide turns. In 2018, divisions within and between countries continued to deepen. And while geopolitical tensions and political tribalism have transformed international relations and national politics, new technologies are upending long-held assumptions about security, politics, and economics. …

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From aid to trade

The election of the relatively “unknown quantity”— Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) party and Prime Minister (Dr) Lotay Tshering — in Bhutan has triggered speculation in New Delhi’s foreign policy and strategic circles. A theory, often repeated in sections of the Indian press, is that PM Lotay and the DNT want …

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Education in Bhutan-achievements and challenges- Final part

Education and world’s market Although the goal of education is more than preparing a student for a job, education should at least solve the youth unemployment issue. If our education takes care of this in the first place, it would lessen the burden of government’s headache and cost incurred for …

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Education in Bhutan-achievements and challenges – Part 1 of 2

Achievements It is five scores and four years since the introduction of modern education in Bhutan. The First King of Bhutan pioneered modern education besides the monastic education. Since then, the education system has undergone so many developments. The education in the country has reached this far solely due to …

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The World George H.W. Bush Made

CAMBRIDGE – I have worked for four US presidents, Democrats and Republicans alike, and perhaps the most important thing I have learned along the way is that little of what we call history is inevitable. What happens in this world is the result of what people choose to do and …

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Financing International Cooperation

NEW YORK – Today, the provision of public goods and services at the global and regional level is dangerously inadequate. The United Nations system, the European Union, and other multilateral organizations are under great stress, because their budgets are inadequate to meet their responsibilities. While a few free-market ideologues may …

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The Limits of China’s Charm Offensive

STOCKHOLM – Over the last decade, China has taken an increasingly muscular approach to relations with East Asian countries. But in recent months, it has surprised its neighbors with a charm offensive. What changed? In terms of China’s behavior in the region, quite a lot. In 2013, China unilaterally declared …

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Sounding The Hydropower Projects’ Death Knell

It has been four long years; it has taken 54 blistering articles at an average of over one article a month! I was the lone crusader ranting away like a man possessed – lamenting at the destruction that continues to be caused by a disaster named “hydropower”. The deafening silence …

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Meet the new Cabinet

So who are the 10 new ministers and what are their backgrounds. I present a list of the 10 here. The Foreign Minister is the party spokesperson and one of the founders of DNT, Lyonpo (Dr) Tandin Dorji, 50, has masters in international public health and MBA and who worked …

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