Topic 1 : "Grand words, but sobering reality"
Sobering - making you feel serious and thoughtful
Optimism - hopefulness and confidence about the future or the success of something
Emphasising - giving special importance or value to (something) while speaking or writing
Convergence - the act of coming closer.
Collaborative - involving two or more people (groups) working together for a special purpose.
Even keel - regular and well-balanced and not likely to change suddenly.
Notwithstanding - in spite of something
Kerfuffle - noise, excitement, and argument
Wrinkle - a problem, usually a small one
Disruptive - causing trouble and therefore stopping something from continuing as usual
Detention - keep (someone) in official custody (for questioning about a crime or in a politically sensitive situation)..
Bonhomie - cheerful friendlines
Diverse - very different
Counterterrorism - political or military activities designed to prevent terrorism
At the helm - officially controlling an organization
Trilateral - involving three parties
Emanating - spreading out from a source
Paralysed - unable to move or act
Brawls - fight in a rough or noisy way
Spiralling - a situation gets worse and is difficult to control because one bad event causes another
Hostility - fighting in a war
Chasm - a very large difference between two opinions or groups of people
Suspicion - a feeling or thought that something is possible
Mandarins - a person who has a very important job in the government (powerful)
Perceived - come to realize or understand something
Travesty - a false representation of something.
Complicity - involvement in a crime or some activity that is wrong.
Chastise - to criticize someone severely
Conundrum - a confusing and difficult problem.
Stemming - to take origins.
Legitimate - allowed by law.
Hangs over something - a problem exists at something (India).
Signatory - someone who signs an agreement (person / organization / country).
Spate - a larger number of events (especially unpleasant ones) happening at the same time
Squabbles - an argument over something that is not important
Dispute - a disagreement or argument
Accurate - correct in all details