International Relations [IAS (Admin.) IAS Mains GS Paper 2 (Governance, Polity, Social Justice, & IR)]: Questions 82 - 86 of 103

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Question 82

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Is Commonwealth group relevant today? Comment on Britain՚s renewed interest in the Commonwealth amidst its impending separation from the European Union. (250 Words)

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Commonwealth Group Relevant

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The Commonwealth of Nations (formerly the British Commonwealth) , also known as simply the Commonwealth, is an intergovernmental organisation of 52 member states that are mostly former territories of the British Empire. The Commonwealth operates by intergovernmental consensus of the member states, organised t…

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Question 83

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What do you understand by the rules-based regional security architecture? Examine how can India and ASEAN be partners in the rules-based regional security architecture. (150 Words)

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  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has addressed the 15th ASEAN India summit at Manilla, Philippines.
  • India՚s relationship with ASEAN is a key pillar of its foreign policy.
  • Centrality of ‘Act East Policy’ in the regional security architecture of Indo-Pacific region.
  • It՚s time that we jointly address challenge of terrorism by intensifying Co-opera…

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Question 84

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India՚s energy requirements and greater geopolitical clout have resulted in it importing more hydrocarbon resources from Russia. Analyse how will ongoing tensions between Russia and the West, fluctuating crude oil prices, and the falling value of the rouble affect Indo – Russian cooperation in the hydrocarbon sector. (250 Words)

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  • Indo – Russian bilateral cooperation has been promising in the hydrocarbon sector. Of India՚s hydrocarbon imports by the end of 2012, Russia՚s share was $ 176 million.
  • In the light of India՚s growing energy necessity, commitment to Paris agreement there is need to diversify the energy imports and reduce dependence on Coal.

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Question 85

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Critically analyse the nature and prospects of India՚s evolving ‘Look West’ policy. (250 Words)

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After successfully implementing a “Look East” policy to promote trade and investment with its Asian neighbours, India has adopted a similar policy toward West Asia.

Nature of India՚s Evolving Look West Policy:

  • India seeks to pursue a multi-dimensional engagement with West Asia. While much focus is often given to India՚s ‘Act East’ policy, …

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Question 86

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Addressing the plight of refugees is one of the greatest challenges currently facing the international community. Examine the notable multilateral agreements and unilateral policies previously made in this regard and comment on the need for a global refugee policy. (250 Words)

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  • With some 65.6 million people forcibly uprooted by violence, natural disasters, and economic hardship, there are more displaced people today than immediately after World War II.
  • But, because no country is immune to the consequences associated with large movements of refugees, only a coordinated response can ameliorate the suffering.
Large Movements of Refugees

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