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The EU-India FTA Negotiations: Leading to an Agreement or Disagreement?
Feb 25, 2012

The EU-India FTA Negotiations: Leading to an Agreement or Disagreement?

After a brief discussion on the uneasy relationship between Regional Trade Agreements and the WTO, the implications of the “deep” integration that the EU is seeking with India are discussed, and the respective positions, interests and concerns of the partners in the long drawn out negotiations are examined. The challenges for India in plunging into such “deep” territory, unprecedented in its history of bilateral or multilateral negotiatio

The first international AI treaty: Progress with caveats
May 22, 2024

The first international AI treaty: Progress with caveats

The Council of Europe adopted the first international legally binding treaty on AI. However, the regulatory approach and normative ambiguities leave k

The foreign policy dimension of the US presidential election
Sep 29, 2020

The foreign policy dimension of the US presidential election

Whoever wins the November election, the structural constraints that affect US foreign policy behaviour will remain. China will remain a key rival, rel

The foreign policy legacy of Atal Bihari Vajpayee
Aug 20, 2018

The foreign policy legacy of Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Atal Bihari Vajpayee emerges as a figure in the classical tradition of the 19th century European strategists like Metternich and Castlereagh—a realist committed to restraint and balance

The forgotten history of Indian international relations
Nov 16, 2017

The forgotten history of Indian international relations

What does it mean to speak of an ‘Indian’ approach to international affairs? Indian International Relations (IR) is commonly presented as merely a derivative of ‘western’ disciplinary traditions in Europe and North America. This obscures the vast body of work on political science and international thought that emerged from the beginning of the 20th century amongst South Asian intellectuals, scholars, and activists. This forgotten history

The Global Gateway and BRI Forums: Few similarities, striking differences
Nov 14, 2023

The Global Gateway and BRI Forums: Few similarities, striking differences

While the BRI faces resistance from some countries, the GG forum has yet to establish itself. On balance, all these initiatives are bound to coexist i

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Germany’s response to the COVID-19 Pandemic
May 21, 2020

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Germany’s response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Germany’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic has earned it almost all-round approval. This special report argues that there is indeed much that German policy has gotten right. But it is also important to keep an eye on the limitations and failings, for which Germany – and other countries that seek to emulate it – might end up paying a very dear price. In contrast, a timely correction of some aspects of German policy could help pre-empt bo

The impact of Sweden’s growing relationship with NATO
Aug 24, 2016

The impact of Sweden’s growing relationship with NATO

In the past few years, Sweden has been growing closer to NATO than ever, causing some to see Stockholm as very close to joining the Alliance.

The Iran nuclear deal: A thorn in Biden’s side
Jun 28, 2022

The Iran nuclear deal: A thorn in Biden’s side

A faltering Iran nuclear deal emboldens Biden’s woes in West Asia and the United States alike.

The Iran vote and after
Feb 17, 2006

The Iran vote and after

The excitement of the Board of Governor's meeting is over and the participants have not been slow to express their views at the outcome. The Iranians are defiant, the Americans triumphant, the Russians cautious, the Europeans smug, the Chinese inscrutable, the Arabs joyous at directing a new argument at Israel, the latter pleased over Iran's predicament yet angry over a dent in their nuclear ambiguity, and the Indians self-righteous.

The Long Shadow of NATO-Russia Contestation on India
Apr 07, 2023

The Long Shadow of NATO-Russia Contestation on India

There are fundamental structural changes shaping the security landscape in Europe and they are also casting their shadow on Indian foreign policy and national security.

The Middle Corridor and opportunities for India
Jan 15, 2024

The Middle Corridor and opportunities for India

The Middle Corridor is an essential route for Central Asian countries which are keen to expand their trade with Europe to reduce their reliance on Chi

The populists march on
Dec 19, 2019

The populists march on

The simple fact is that there are no easy answer for progressives, whether in Europe, Asia or America.

The pushback against China
Apr 24, 2021

The pushback against China

Now, the European Union has released its own Indo-Pacific strategy too

The rise of the extraterritorial ISPS
Jul 05, 2022

The rise of the extraterritorial ISPS

The rise of extraterritorial ISPs indicates that the great power politics has also slowly permeated into this realm.”

The risks and dangers of foreign fighters taking up arms to fight in Ukraine
Mar 16, 2022

The risks and dangers of foreign fighters taking up arms to fight in Ukraine

This sudden acceptance of the concept of foreign fighters by some Western States and analysts reeks of opportunism and double standards.

The Russia-Ukraine Conflict and Sanctions: An Assessment of the Economic and Political Impacts
Oct 21, 2022

The Russia-Ukraine Conflict and Sanctions: An Assessment of the Economic and Political Impacts

In the modern era, sanctions measures have evolved into a major policy instrument, and their usage has increased rapidly since the end of the Cold War. Sanctions have been used by the US and the European Union extensively since 2014 in the context of the Russia-Ukraine conflict, with a new set of sharp and comprehensive sanctions implemented following the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February 2022. This paper examines the political and economic

The situation in Ukraine: a view from Moscow
Mar 02, 2022

The situation in Ukraine: a view from Moscow

From Kremlin’s perspective, as Europe is getting increasingly militarised, keeping Ukraine “neutral” is of strategic importance.

The spirit of ‘compromis à la belge’
Jan 10, 2024

The spirit of ‘compromis à la belge’

As the country that hosts the EU institutions with Brussels known as the EU’s de facto capital, Belgium has been instrumental in the EU’s evolutio

The Three Theatres of the Arab World
Apr 25, 2011

The Three Theatres of the Arab World

In the short term, it appears Libya will be divided between East and West. The world, including the Arab public and 20 million Muslims in Europe, will see the partitioning of the country for what it is: not to stop the "slaughter" of the innocents but for Libya's light crude for which European refineries are specially geared.

The Trans -Atlantic Defence Dilemma
Dec 11, 2003

The Trans -Atlantic Defence Dilemma

More than ever before, the United States needs the continued support of the European Union (EU) in defence and security matters, especially in the war against terrorism. A draft security strategy prepared in June 2003 by Javier Solana, the EU High Representative for the Common Security and Foreign Policy (CFSP) delineated the threats to security in Europe; international terrorism, proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and failed states.

The U.S. Escalates Chips War With China
Apr 03, 2023

The U.S. Escalates Chips War With China

Global geopolitics is in a state of intense flux. China’s rise has led to greater competition in the international system, with the United States and the post-War global order coming under increasing challenge. China’s high economic growth rate in the past several decades has meant bigger military budgets. In turn, its military rise threatens security in the Indo-Pacific region where China seeks to dominate, from the Himalayas to South China

The U.S. search for a new role in West Asia
Jul 27, 2022

The U.S. search for a new role in West Asia

Realpolitik may have trumped the Biden administration’s rather vocal positions on principles in the region

The UK Shifts to the Indo-Pacific: An Opportunity for India-UK Ties
Feb 15, 2021

The UK Shifts to the Indo-Pacific: An Opportunity for India-UK Ties

When the United Kingdom (UK) releases the highly anticipated integrated review of its foreign, defence, security and development policy in March, it will mark the first formal iteration of the UK’s Indo-Pacific strategy. This brief explores the dynamics that are driving the UK’s tilt to the Indo-Pacific. It identifies three key drivers that are prompting the shift: a reappraisal of China, the economic fallout of Brexit, and the UK’s close t

The Ukraine conundrum
Feb 10, 2022

The Ukraine conundrum

The ongoing tussle is germane to the geopolitical mapping of future Europe

The Ukraine crisis: Its impact on India
Feb 22, 2022

The Ukraine crisis: Its impact on India

India has to tread a fine line in this imbroglio: Taking care of the welfare and evacuation of Indian students and the possibility of oil price hike

The Ukraine war and its bearing on China
Apr 16, 2022

The Ukraine war and its bearing on China

In the wake of the Ukrainian war, Europe is trying to end its dependency on both Russia and China

The Ukraine War: Shaping The Information Battlespace
May 10, 2023

The Ukraine War: Shaping The Information Battlespace

The claims and counterclaims are less about the two protagonists in this war than it is about moulding the world’s opinion.

The Ukraine war’s impact on Western arms production
Dec 27, 2022

The Ukraine war’s impact on Western arms production

With the NATO facing shortages in weapons and rapidly declining stockpiles, the protracted conflict has exposed the limits to the West’s arms produc

The year ends, but the chaos may just be beginning
Dec 31, 2014

The year ends, but the chaos may just be beginning

2014 by far has been the most chaotic year in international politics, since the end of the Cold War. The Islamic State terrorists in the Middle East threaten to upturn borders settled for close to a century. Europe is in the throes of an unexpected tussle with Moscow. In the South and East China seas, China's aggressiveness is too clear now to be ignored.

There cannot be any talk of a humiliation of Greece, says EU Ambassador
Jul 21, 2015

There cannot be any talk of a humiliation of Greece, says EU Ambassador

Ambassador of the European Union to India, Dr. Joao Cravinho, admits that the current problem is "big" and it is "about the EU project", but he also believes that "the EU has the strength to deal with Greece" and that it has come out stronger after every crisis it has been facing in the past.

Threats in The Long Range
Jun 28, 2012

Threats in The Long Range

Tensions between the United States of America and Russia over the deployment of a ballistic missile defence system by the US in eastern Europe are sharpening. Japan is deploying such a system to ward off the North Korean missile threat.

Top EU jobs go to women
Aug 13, 2019

Top EU jobs go to women

The EU has had much less gender discrimination and the gender equality index in the member countries is much better than in Asian countries, especiall

Towards a ceasefire in Libya
Jun 08, 2020

Towards a ceasefire in Libya

European powers should seize this break to bring Libya’s almost decade-long tryst with unprecedented violence to an end.

Towards a Deliberative BIMSTEC
Aug 06, 2020

Towards a Deliberative BIMSTEC

The Bay of Bengal region links South Asia and Southeast Asia, with the BIMSTEC (Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation) serving as a platform of trans-border cooperation. The BIMSTEC’s prime assets are the historical and cultural links between the nations, and their spirit of community. However, the lack of both a robust decision-making mechanism and a set of common rules have slowed down the growth of th

Trends in the Transatlantic Alliance
Oct 14, 2022

Trends in the Transatlantic Alliance

Although the transatlantic alliance has shown resilience so far, several emerging trends may impact relations in the coming months

TRIPS Agreement: बौद्धिक संपदा के अधिकारों पर समझौता यानी ‘एक क़दम आगे, तो दो क़दम पीछे’
Jul 31, 2023

TRIPS Agreement: बौद्धिक संपदा के अधिकारों पर समझौता यानी ‘एक क़दम आगे, तो दो क़दम पीछे’

बौद्धिक संपदा के अधिकारों (TRIPS) में रियायत के जिस कमज़ोर कि�

Troubled waters: FONOPS, UNCLOS, and global commons
Jun 30, 2022

Troubled waters: FONOPS, UNCLOS, and global commons

Is the United States using FONOPs to undermine the International Law of the Sea and are other powers such as China following suit?

Trump re-certifies Iran’s nuclear compliance while India earns wrath of Tehran
Jul 26, 2017

Trump re-certifies Iran’s nuclear compliance while India earns wrath of Tehran

The problem that Trump administration faces is if the US unilaterally breaks away from JCPOA, its European partners are unlikely to stand by the US.

Trust but verify: A narrative analysis of “trusted” tech supply chains
Apr 21, 2021

Trust but verify: A narrative analysis of “trusted” tech supply chains

The contours of global supply chains in the 2020s and beyond will be shaped by the evolving understandings of “trust.”

Turkey And Syria Press The Pause Button
Dec 17, 2011

Turkey And Syria Press The Pause Button

Just as Europe is beginning to look economically desperate, Turkey next door looks like the very picture of economic, political and strategic stability. The ultimate irony, ofcourse, is that after having prepared itself on every possible count for eligibility to enter Europe.

Ukraine and slowing Indian growth: Back to basics
Mar 03, 2022

Ukraine and slowing Indian growth: Back to basics

The Ukraine crisis coupled with the disruption caused by the pandemic could have adverse effects on the Indian economy

Ukraine Crisis: चीन पर यूक्रेन युद्ध का असर!
Jul 31, 2023

Ukraine Crisis: चीन पर यूक्रेन युद्ध का असर!

यूक्रेन में युद्ध को देखते हुए यूरोप इस बात की कोशिश कर रह

Ukraine's task for the year 2024: To maintain support and break the course of the war
Mar 13, 2024

Ukraine's task for the year 2024: To maintain support and break the course of the war

Ukraine must convince its allies to continue military, financial and other support regardless of a change in power in their governments

Ukraine-like change not acceptable to EU, says official
Apr 10, 2015

Ukraine-like change not acceptable to EU, says official

The past 18 months of the crisis in Ukraine has brought back memories of the Yugoslavian crisis, says Mr. Césare Onestini, the Deputy Head of delegation of the European Union in India.