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Junctions and roadblocks in Arab politics
May 05, 2005

Junctions and roadblocks in Arab politics

THE DISTURBING aspects of Arab democracy, wrote a columnist in Haaretz recently, "are its implications for Israel." These were listed: advent of democracy in Arab countries would make Israel lose its unique character and the "shared values" with America emanating from it; given the freedom of choice, Arab voters might elect Islamist "extremists"; Arab opinion, as per the most recent Arab Human Development Report

Karnataka electoral battle to decide national politics
May 02, 2018

Karnataka electoral battle to decide national politics

A Karnataka victory would go into the account of Rahul Gandhi whose credentials as a leader would get strengthened and accepted by his friends and foe

Keep welfare politics under control, fiscal will take care of itself
Apr 20, 2017

Keep welfare politics under control, fiscal will take care of itself

It is not the quantum of money or its statistical insignificance to our leaders' personal finances; a public reproach can go a long way in ensuring go

Knowing one’s friends and allies: The politics of the BRICS amidst the pandemic
Jun 16, 2020

Knowing one’s friends and allies: The politics of the BRICS amidst the pandemic

For most coalitions — and especially so when they involve developing countries — there are usually doomsayers predicting its premature death. The

Look beyond politics on N-issue
Nov 21, 2018

Look beyond politics on N-issue

Nuclear weapons cannot be a panacea for tackling security challenges to India’s sovereignty

Macron’s visit to India takes place at an important juncture in regional geopolitics
Mar 12, 2018

Macron’s visit to India takes place at an important juncture in regional geopolitics

France has begun to pay serious attention to the Indo-Pacific region after a long time.

Mahinda Rajapaksa’s 50 years in politics? Triple threats & balancing triple spheres in Sri Lanka
Jun 05, 2020

Mahinda Rajapaksa’s 50 years in politics? Triple threats & balancing triple spheres in Sri Lanka

Mahinda Rajapaksa stands out as a symbolic leader surviving political office with internal and external pressure at various interludes.

Maldives: Politics takes a backseat as economy, tourism improve
Nov 09, 2021

Maldives: Politics takes a backseat as economy, tourism improve

With the gradual receding of the pandemic, Maldives in now focusing on pertinent issues such as climate change, economy, and tourism

Maldives: The effects of domestic politics on foreign policy
Jan 06, 2023

Maldives: The effects of domestic politics on foreign policy

The Maldivian domestic politics today is in constant flux as the presidential elections draw close

Maldives: The stranglehold of coalition politics continues
Nov 19, 2013

Maldives: The stranglehold of coalition politics continues

The recent presidential polls show the continuing stranglehold of 'coalition politics' in the contemporary Maldivian context. It became visible when Nasheed defeated incumbent Maumoon Abdul Gayoom in the second round of the 2008 polls, after securing only 25 percent vote-share in the first round.

Maldives: What does Yameen’s acquittal mean for domestic politics, India ties
Dec 06, 2021

Maldives: What does Yameen’s acquittal mean for domestic politics, India ties

As former President Abdulla Yameen is released from a four-year incarceration, his re-emergence into politics will have an impact on India-Maldives ti

Maldives: Yameen 'returns' Bill barring politics for Nasheed
Apr 08, 2015

Maldives: Yameen 'returns' Bill barring politics for Nasheed

While it may be inconceivable in the Third World democratic context that the Bill that restricts political rights of Nasheed was moved and passed without the President's consent, Yameen has now returned the Bill to Parliament.

Mayawati the Czarina of Dalit politics; Nation awaits her next political move
Jun 14, 2019

Mayawati the Czarina of Dalit politics; Nation awaits her next political move

Mayawati’s sharp turns and twists resulted in her political success and advancement in the past primarily because her fortress of Dalit voters was i

Media's role as foreign affairs impinge on national politics
Mar 22, 2013

Media's role as foreign affairs impinge on national politics

If proof were required, the DMK-Congress spat on the Sri Lanka related vote at the UN Human Rights Council has once again provided it. Foreign Affairs will increasingly impinge on national politics.

Modern Geopolitics: A Race Through Chaos to Stability
Jul 27, 2021

Modern Geopolitics: A Race Through Chaos to Stability

The evolving contours of modern geopolitics is still in a state of flux, and there is wisdom in accepting the notion that the end result is perhaps indeterminable. The age of disruption is here, countries that thrive on disorder may do well in the short term, while nations who invest in stability may well define the future of globalisation and, indeed, the new world order

Modi factor in Indian politics
Jun 28, 2013

Modi factor in Indian politics

The Modi factor disturbed the Congress party also to some extent. Though Jairam Ramesh had called Modi as "India's first authentic fascist", his description that Modi might prove a challenge to the Congress in 2014 did not go well with a Congress veteran who went to the extent of saying that if Ramesh felt so, he might as well resign and join Modi.

Modi's Geopolitics
Jul 07, 2015

Modi's Geopolitics

Delhi's foreign policy discourse continues to be dominated by the metaphor of "non-alignment" and the mindset of a weak state. Are there other ways of thinking about India's grand strategy? Delhi could turn to classical geopolitics in understanding the global power shift.

Muizzu’s Maldives is missing the ‘Geo’ in geopolitics
Jan 11, 2024

Muizzu’s Maldives is missing the ‘Geo’ in geopolitics

The island nation has bigger problems than tourism and India-Out—it is getting crushed in an Islamist-China pincer

Myanmar and the Geopolitics of the Bay of Bengal
Aug 23, 2023

Myanmar and the Geopolitics of the Bay of Bengal

The opening up of Myanmar has added a new strategic value to the Bay of Bengal. Isolated for decades, Myanmar is actively engaging the world's major players in redefining its geopolitical identity today. This has further encouraged naval exchanges, exploration of energy resources and development of connectivity infrastructure in a vital littoral of the Bay. Within this evolving context, this paper attempts to examine the implications of these cha

National security is about politics
Apr 29, 2019

National security is about politics

National security has always been a part of national politics. What has changed is only the way this issue is now playing out in the public domain.

Nepal-China relations under the shadow of geopolitics
Apr 05, 2022

Nepal-China relations under the shadow of geopolitics

Nepal's balancing act between the two development and infrastructural projects—the MCC aided by the USA and the BRI promoted by China—can hinder i

New Constitution is still more about power-politics, not power- devolution
Dec 19, 2016

New Constitution is still more about power-politics, not power- devolution

PM Ranil Wickremesinghe’s Party has decided on retaining the Executive Presidency and ‘power-devolution’ under the existing ‘unitary State’ model

New contours in Nepali politics
May 18, 2023

New contours in Nepali politics

The arrival of the new party RSP represents a distinct shift in the Nepali polity, one that is ringing the death knell of traditional parties

No ‘sayonara’ for Japan in Indo-Pacific geopolitics
Apr 03, 2023

No ‘sayonara’ for Japan in Indo-Pacific geopolitics

A Japan that is deeply invested in Indo-Pacific stability and prosperity is reassuring

Norway’s Arctic Council chairship: Priorities vs geopolitics
Jun 03, 2023

Norway’s Arctic Council chairship: Priorities vs geopolitics

As Norway takes over as the Chair of the Arctic Council, it will have to tread a fine line between its priorities and the geopolitics in the regions

Obama Vs Romney: Bitter Politics over the Economy
Aug 01, 2012

Obama Vs Romney: Bitter Politics over the Economy

By now, even reluctant observers of American politics would have easily discerned that economy will largely decide who will win the November presidential elections.

Oil geopolitics: Revisiting petrodollar recycling
Apr 03, 2023

Oil geopolitics: Revisiting petrodollar recycling

The changes in geopolitical alignments between oil-producing and consuming nations are likely to have a significant impact on petrodollar recycling in

Pak Army should give up politics
May 11, 2005

Pak Army should give up politics

There is only one way in which Pakistan can survive as a nation-state. That is, the Pakistan Army will have to confine itself to being an armed force and not usurp the powers and responsibilities of the legislature and executive branch of the government. The mission objective of an armed force is to safeguard the integrity and sovereignty of the country and not run it. The people of Pakistan have a choice here.

Pakistan Army: Blighted by Politics, Driven by Ambitions
May 13, 2023

Pakistan Army: Blighted by Politics, Driven by Ambitions

Imran Khan appears to have achieved what was supposed to be impossible and unacceptable—dividing the Pakistan Army.

Pakistan's new army chief: Seniority or politics?
Nov 02, 2013

Pakistan's new army chief: Seniority or politics?

What magnifies Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif's dilemma in picking up a successor to Gen Kayani is his own experience of picking Pervez Musharraf way down the seniority line to lead the army and regretting it forever. He will not like to repeat his past folly.

Pakistan's politics: Back to the 1990s?
May 07, 2011

Pakistan's politics: Back to the 1990s?

After more than two years of lull in the political arena, Pakistan is witnessing some visible and dramatic changes which can influence the political scenario in the next few months.

Pakistan: Internal politics and harassment of Indian diplomats
Mar 19, 2018

Pakistan: Internal politics and harassment of Indian diplomats

Pakistan has alleged harassment of their mission's staff. Its reaction may have something to do with the internal domestic scene and the forthcoming elections.

Pakistan’s roller-coaster politics and the military’s primacy
Aug 16, 2022

Pakistan’s roller-coaster politics and the military’s primacy

The Pakistan army has honed its ability to keep a sword dangling over the head of every single politician to keep them compliant and obsequious.

Pan-Tamil politics on the boil again?
Sep 24, 2011

Pan-Tamil politics on the boil again?

The revival of caste and community-based issues in Tamil Nadu (like in Paramakudi and Koodamkulam), the non-resolution of inter-State river water disputes and Sri Lanka-related concerns could added up to the problems of Chief Minister Jayalalithaa.

Parallel tracks: China’s SEZs and the geopolitics of the South China Sea
Oct 11, 2023

Parallel tracks: China’s SEZs and the geopolitics of the South China Sea

The development of Hainan SEZ stands to complicate the geopolitical situation of the South China Sea

Polls, politics, and foreign policy: Bangladesh in perspective
Jan 12, 2024

Polls, politics, and foreign policy: Bangladesh in perspective

The dynamics that have shaped the recent Bangladeshi election will leave an imprint on the country’s bilateral ties, in turn affecting its developme

Post-war Sri Lanka and politics in India
Sep 09, 2011

Post-war Sri Lanka and politics in India

Two years after the conclusion of the ethnic war in Sri Lanka, the nation is still confused over reactions from across the Palk Strait to the current developments - or, lack of them - on the prospects of power devolution and a political solution, also encompassing rehabilitation and reconstruction issues.