BRUSSELS, June 15: U.S. President Joe Biden will seek to end one front in a Trump-era trade war when he meets European Union leaders on Tuesday by agreeing a truce in a transatlantic dispute over aircraft subsidies that has dragged on for 17 years.

KATHMNANDU, May 24: Pradeep Kumar Gyawali, minister of foreign affairs, had a telephone conversation with Wendy Sherman, US deputy Secretary of State, this morning. The two leaders discussed matters concerning Nepal-US relations, COVID-19 cooperation and common international agenda. While expressing satisfaction on the overall state of Nepal-US relations, the two sides agreed to take forward bilateral and multilateral engagements in their mutual interests, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

KATHMANDU, May 10: The United States has asked its citizens not to travel to Nepal as the Himalayan nation has witnessed a sharp rise in the cases of COVID-19 in recent days.

“Even as we are withdrawing our force, we are not disengaging from Afghanistan. We are remaining deeply engaged in diplomacy, in support for the Afghan government and its people, development economic assistance, humanitarian assistance, and support for the security forces.”

WASHINGTON DC, May 6: President Joe Biden on Wednesday threw his support behind waiving intellectual property rights for COVID-19 vaccines, bowing to mounting pressure from Democratic lawmakers and more than 100 other countries, but angering pharmaceutical companies.

KATHMANDU, May 3: Amid sharp spike in the cases of COVID-19, Nepal has requested the US government to provide COVID-19 vaccines.

KATHMANDU, May 1:  The US government has announced to provide an additional $8.5 million in emergency response funding support to Nepal to combat the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

WASHINGTON, April 16: The Biden administration has announced the U.S. is expelling 10 Russian diplomats and imposing sanctions against dozens of people and companies, holding the Kremlin accountable for interference in last year’s presidential election and the hacking of federal agencies.

China remains the largest trading partner of all the Quad members, including India. Japan and Australia would not sacrifice their economic interests just for American or Indian interests.

NEW DELHI, Mar 13: Leaders of the United States, India, Australia and Japan agreed to pool financing, manufacturing and distribution capacity to send 1 billion coronavirus vaccines across Asia by the end of 2022, India’s foreign secretary said on Friday.

What will happen to UN peacekeeping?

March 11, 2021 08:45 am

UN peacekeeping for the foreseeable future is likely to follow the trend as observed from the 60s to the 80s.

KATHMANDU, March 6: Ambassador of Nepal to the United State Yuba Raj Khatiwada received the statue of Vasudeva-Kamalaja, also known as Laxmi Narayan handed over by the representative of the US government.

UNITED NATIONS, March 2: Saudi Arabia’s U.N. ambassador on Monday disputed the U.S. intelligence report which concluded that the Saudi crown prince approved an operation to kill or capture dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, saying in a tweet: “Let us all move forward to tackle the serious business of world issues!!”

UNITED NATIONS, March 2- U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield said on Monday she hopes to use Washington’s presidency of the United Nations Security Council in March to push for more “intense discussions” on Myanmar.

WASHINGTON, Feb 27: Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler approved an operation to capture or kill murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018, according to U.S. intelligence released on Friday as the United States imposed sanctions on some of those involved but spared the crown prince himself in an effort to preserve relations with the kingdom.

How to cooperate with China

February 26, 2021 08:00 am

When the West is ready to cooperate—without attempting to force China to cross red lines such as regime change—devising a new global social contract will be essential.

WASHINGTON, Feb 20: The United States is concerned by China’s recently enacted coast guard law and that it could escalate maritime disputes and be invoked to assert unlawful claims, the U.S. State Department said on Friday.

If Europe truly wants to drive progress toward peace, it must show courage and conviction. That means recognizing the state of Palestine along pre-1967 borders, thereby helping to balance the scales in negotiations and clarifying the framework for peace.

BAGHDAD, Feb 16: Rockets struck outside an airport near where U.S. forces are based in northern Iraq late Monday, killing one U.S.-led coalition contractor and wounding at least eight other people, Iraqi security and coalition officials said, sparking fears of new hostilities.

Reflections on a plague year

February 11, 2021 08:00 am

COVID-19 crisis has accelerated Asia’s global rise in terms of relative economic growth, with China driving the region’s ascent. The contrast between China’s governance structure and that of Western democracies will thus become an even bigger issue for many leaders than it already is.

WASHINGTON, Feb 10: A divided U.S. Senate voted largely along party lines on Tuesday to move ahead with Donald Trump’s impeachment trial on a charge of inciting the deadly assault on the Capitol, but conviction appears unlikely barring a major shift among Republicans.

Biden’s Asian triangle

February 7, 2021 09:00 am

The US cannot decouple its economy completely from China without enormous costs.

WASHINGTON, Feb 6: President Joe Biden and his Democratic allies in Congress forged ahead with their $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package on Friday as lawmakers approved a budget outline that will allow them to muscle Biden’s plan through in the coming weeks without Republican support.

Problem with the COVID convergence

February 2, 2021 08:00 am

Efficient use of available resources and effective implementation will be more important than ever. With the rich getting poorer, the poor must take matters into their own hands.

The end of liberal diplomacy

January 26, 2021 08:00 am

For liberal diplomacy to be revived, a reinvigorated transatlantic alliance—with a far more cohesive EU acquiring the hard power it now lacks—is vitally important.

The Internet versus democracy

January 24, 2021 08:00 am

In a decade punctuated by the global financial crisis, the COVID-19 crisis, a racial-justice crisis, an inequality crisis, and now a political crisis, we have only paid lip service to lofty democratic ideals.

WASHINGTON, Jan 23:  The leaders of the U.S. Senate agreed on Friday to push back former President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial by two weeks, giving the chamber more time to focus on President Joe Biden’s legislative agenda and Cabinet nominees before turning to the contentious showdown over Trump.

SAN DIEGO, Jan 22: In the days before Joe Biden became president, construction crews worked quickly to finish Donald Trump’s wall at an iconic cross-border park overlooking the Pacific Ocean, which then-first lady Pat Nixon inaugurated in 1971 as a symbol of international friendship.

KATHMANDU, Jan 20: Police have arrested a man who conned a person to send to the United States of America, claiming that he was the chairperson of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC).

The BRICs at 20

January 19, 2021 09:00 am

What the world really needs is what we called for back in 2001: genuinely representative global economic governance. Let us hope there is a renewed desire to take this path under the new US administration.

WASHINGTON, Jan 15: Federal prosecutors offered an ominous new assessment of last week’s siege of the U.S. Capitol by President Donald Trump’s supporters on Thursday, saying in a court filing that rioters intended “to capture and assassinate elected officials.”

Donald Trump’s costly legacy

January 13, 2021 08:00 am

Donald Trump is handing off a country and a world in far worse condition than he inherited. That is his distressing legacy.

Three strikes on democracy

January 12, 2021 09:43 am

If President Bhandari had downplayed her party affiliation, revisited the list of her duties as a President and sought counsel, instead of rushing to satisfy Oli, she could have reached a different conclusion.

WASHINGTON, Jan 11: The chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Rules Committee said he expected the article of impeachment against President Donald Trump to get to the House floor for a vote on Wednesday and predicted it will pass.

Ten hours that shook America

January 8, 2021 11:31 am

For the first time in the country’s history, a defeated incumbent president summoned a mob to intimidate Congress into violating the US constitution to keep him in power.

Sorrows of democracy

January 6, 2021 13:13 pm

Trumpism and Oli-garchy may keep on raising their heads time and again, but it is the people who make history by their collective action, and who continue to carve new forms of democracy.

While Nepali politicians remain motivated by personal gain, they have kept the great powers off balance. Nepal’s political uncertainties, and the record of multiple leaders shifting their priorities and relationships, have created difficulties for either great power to establish firm linkages with Kathmandu.

The Sino-American race to zero

January 5, 2021 08:15 am

Climate action has become yet another front in the competition between the world’s two largest economies. Who will cross the net-zero-emissions finish line first?

DUBAI, Jan 4: Iran has resumed 20% uranium enrichment at an underground nuclear facility, the government said on Monday, breaching a 2015 nuclear pact with major powers and possibly complicating efforts by U.S. President-elect Joe Biden to rejoin the deal.

What’s next for Nepal?

January 4, 2021 08:40 am

Should the Supreme Court nullify the dissolution and reinstate the House, PM Oli’s position will be threatened and he will need to scramble for new alliances with Nepali Congress and the Janata Samajwadi Party.

When will Nepal get Covid-19 vaccines?

January 4, 2021 08:00 am

In Nepal, it may take much more time than expected for the entire population to get vaccinated. Political turmoil does not offer much hope.

The brutal governance lessons of 2020

January 3, 2021 08:00 am

The pandemic has revealed the urgent need to build connective tissue across governments and between national and sub-national institutions in the US and the UK.

Ivanka the inevitable?

December 26, 2020 07:16 am

For the Trumps, Ivanka may well be the ideal frontwoman. She is as soulless and cutthroat as her father, but more polished and polite, and she seems to be at least partly aware of the flaws in the Trump brand.

The pandemic’s long economic shadow

December 25, 2020 07:34 am

While mass vaccination points to an end to the COVID-19 pandemic in the next year or so, it does not provide immunity against longer-term economic damage.

The best way to help poor countries obtain more doses is to reach an international agreement, presumably through COVAX and the WHO, to coordinate the allocation of available vaccines.

WASHINGTON, Dec 21: A bipartisan legislative deal unveiled by U.S. lawmakers on Sunday will grant U.S. airlines $15 billion in new payroll assistance that will allow them to return more than 32,000 furloughed workers to payrolls through March 31, sources briefed on the matter told Reuters.

Bull or bear in 2021?

December 17, 2020 08:35 am

What can we expect in 2021? On the positive side, the year will follow a similar script as 2020, with generous monetary and fiscal policies justifying further optimism for equities.

LONDON, Dec 12: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it authorized the use of Pfizer Inc’s COVID-19 vaccine on Friday, with the first inoculations expected within days, marking a turning point in the United States where the pandemic has killed more than 295,000 people.

A tale of two economies

December 2, 2020 08:30 am

This is the best of times and the worst of times. As financial markets celebrate the coming vaccine-led boom, the confluence of epidemiological and political aftershocks has pushed us back into a quagmire of heightened economic vulnerability.

China’s global climate boost

November 30, 2020 07:00 am

With the American public divided and climate science politicized, rejoining the Paris accord will not by itself make the US a reliable player in international climate politics.