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West Asia as a laboratory of minilaterals for India and the US
May 12, 2023

West Asia as a laboratory of minilaterals for India and the US

From New Delhi’s perspective, these minilaterals in the Middle East offer wider geopolitical and geoeconomic connections with critical partners

West Asia's changing contours
Nov 26, 2013

West Asia's changing contours

The US interest in West Asia is declining as domestic economic and political uncertainties make it look more and more inwards. The shale oil and gas boom is transforming energy markets with the US likely to emerge as the world's biggest combined oil and gas producer this year. These trends are reshaping the regional order in West Asia and New Delhi will have to respond pro-actively to preserve and enhance its own interests in a strategically crit

West Asia: Deal making and deal breaking for peace in the Middle East
Nov 02, 2020

West Asia: Deal making and deal breaking for peace in the Middle East

By exiting the Iran nuclear deal and guiding the Abraham Accords to fruition, did Trump’s disruptions succeed in American foreign policy’s most ho

West Asian countries will have to develop their path to democracy: Experts
Mar 19, 2014

West Asian countries will have to develop their path to democracy: Experts

At a conference on "Transformations in West Asia: The Next Steps" in Delhi, speakers said each country must develop its unique path to achieve democracy, based on the historical and current social, political and economic context.

West Sets Up The War Within Islam
Oct 24, 2011

West Sets Up The War Within Islam

The Libya scene is now set for a first class conflict within Islam (Libya included) stretching from Pakistan right across the Arab world, North Africa embracing large swathes of sub Saharan African. On occasion this conflict within will spill over as terrorism abroad.

Western Governments’ Response to Diasporic Separatists: Weighed and Found Wanting
Sep 28, 2023

Western Governments’ Response to Diasporic Separatists: Weighed and Found Wanting

Recent public mobilisations in certain Western countries of separatists demanding that a homeland for Sikhs be created in Punjab (or Khalistan) are raising concerns about the threats that these groups pose to India’s security. Tamil Eelam nationalists are also continuing to mobilise themselves in activities hostile to Sri Lanka that openly display militant iconography and messages. What motivates host countries, such as Canada and the United Ki

What constitutes Hinduism?
Oct 16, 2019

What constitutes Hinduism?

Debating the most important and vibrant, yet confused and polarised, theme in India

What does India’s new Australia Group admission mean for its old NSG bid?
Feb 09, 2018

What does India’s new Australia Group admission mean for its old NSG bid?

If India is not celebrating too much, it is because India has not been able to get membership in the group that New Delhi covets most — the NSG.

What does the United States want?
Nov 21, 2018

What does the United States want?

To punish China, isolate Iran and forgive Russia. This is the new US foreign policy doctrine.

What does Trump’s Kashmir storm mean for US-India relations?
Jul 29, 2019

What does Trump’s Kashmir storm mean for US-India relations?

While the controversy risked being added to the list of issues both sides are having, thus far the fallout has been managed relatively well.

What India needs on 14 April
Apr 04, 2020

What India needs on 14 April

Every war has its share of the unexpected. However, the impact of the lockdown on the economic chain, even if expected certainly did not anticipate th

What Karnataka foretells: Not all gloom and doom
May 19, 2018

What Karnataka foretells: Not all gloom and doom

If the BJP has a long-term economic vision for India, it needs to shun acting in a purely transactional manner in the near term.

What Nirmala Sitharaman needs to do to reform India’s defence establishment
Sep 16, 2017

What Nirmala Sitharaman needs to do to reform India’s defence establishment

Fixing manufacturing and acquisitions alone will not work. Nirmala Sitharaman needs to urgently tackle the need to reorganise India’s sprawling military to make them an effective fighting unit for 21st century warfare, where challenges range from nuclear armed adversaries to proxy jihadis.

What the budget can and can’t do for our rise as a global power
Jan 31, 2020

What the budget can and can’t do for our rise as a global power

An economic revival would grant India the resources for power projection but strategy matters even more if those are scarce 

What the cash crunch foretells
Apr 21, 2018

What the cash crunch foretells

A common thread across the turbulences is uneven support from the government for beleaguered institutions and the absence of informed participation.

What US and India need to do together in Afghanistan
Apr 18, 2013

What US and India need to do together in Afghanistan

The issues in Afghanistan do not exhaust potential areas for India-US cooperation. For example, combating the drug trade, engaging China, Central Asian nations, Iran, and Russia. Successful coordination and collaboration will go a long way towards creating a post-2014 Afghan scenario amenable to both India and the US.

What will India’s G20 presidency focus on?
Jul 05, 2022

What will India’s G20 presidency focus on?

India’s presidency must leave the grouping with the agility and energy to respond to new realities, and it must create a future-ready multilateralism through a novel and robust institutional architecture

What would a Biden win mean for global climate action?
Nov 07, 2020

What would a Biden win mean for global climate action?

To translate his plan into action, Biden will have to exercise his executive powers as President and depend heavily on federal agencies.

What’s the shelf-life of Shehbaz Sharif’s ‘hybrid pro-max’ regime?
Mar 12, 2024

What’s the shelf-life of Shehbaz Sharif’s ‘hybrid pro-max’ regime?

For all intents and purposes, this government is here to stay so long as it doesn’t fall out with the military

When a bridge becomes a wall: What is the language of the Internet?
Sep 16, 2022

When a bridge becomes a wall: What is the language of the Internet?

English remains the lingua franca of the internet. However, with local alternatives to English-oriented platforms emerging, the status quo may soon ch

When India failed Rafale
Jul 21, 2018

When India failed Rafale

India is asserting its rights as a Nuclear Weapons Power, and France is helping us do this at great risk to itself, and the Indian public discourse se

When Myanmar opens up
Dec 29, 2011

When Myanmar opens up

The Government of Myanmar, in the past few weeks, has played host to a number of high-ranking foreign officials. These include the likes of the US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

When small might be beautiful
Mar 29, 2020

When small might be beautiful

If community transmission can be mitigated or avoided altogether in the small population through extraordinary human-centred measures, the Seychelles

When the going gets tough, the tough burn coal
Jul 25, 2022

When the going gets tough, the tough burn coal

With a robust increase in coal consumption worldwide, grand challenges await the entire world in future

When Trump and Putin meet in Helsinki
Jul 13, 2018

When Trump and Putin meet in Helsinki

The Helsinki summit presents an opportunity for the US and Russia to resume a dialogue even if to disagree on matters.

Why China wants to expand BRICS
Jul 21, 2022

Why China wants to expand BRICS

China’s purpose to expand BRICS is to promote its agenda and grand strategy more forcefully through the BRICS mechanism and stage and diplomatically

Why have we failed to create institutes of excellence, like in West?
Dec 11, 2017

Why have we failed to create institutes of excellence, like in West?

There is reluctance in offering absolute autonomy to institutes in something as basic as issuing degrees. When it comes to financial autonomy, it is a

Why India must go all out for a stable Kabul
Oct 28, 2016

Why India must go all out for a stable Kabul

India has underscored the need for improving connectivity with Kabul for trade and transit potential.

Why India should go for national election fund?
Sep 22, 2017

Why India should go for national election fund?

While it would cost the public exchequer a bomb, still, time is ripe for India to have a national election fund. Given that India’s current politica

Why is Bangladesh important in India’s G20 presidency?
Feb 15, 2023

Why is Bangladesh important in India’s G20 presidency?

As India tries to shape the global agenda through G20, it needs Bangladesh’s support to translate many of these ideas into action in its neighbourho

Why is environmental accounting essential for India?
Mar 05, 2019

Why is environmental accounting essential for India?

Depletion of natural capital is an irreversible process and steps to assess and combat this are needed urgently.

Why Is the Indo-Pacific Important for Europe?
Feb 25, 2022

Why Is the Indo-Pacific Important for Europe?

A proactive Europe is welcomed by many in the Indo-Pacific, a reality highlighted by a recent ministerial forum focused on cooperation in the region.

Why peace will remain elusive in Afghanistan
Feb 15, 2019

Why peace will remain elusive in Afghanistan

History is testament to the fact that no number of guarantees or pledges can deter the Taliban from reneging on promises.

Why the African Union’s ban on Sudan bodes well for democracy
Jun 13, 2019

Why the African Union’s ban on Sudan bodes well for democracy

The AU’s decision to ban Sudan counters the Gulf’s aggressive role in Sudan. It is a major diplomatic feat.

Why the CTBT remains an elusive goal
May 23, 2023

Why the CTBT remains an elusive goal

The last multilateral negotiations in the field of nuclear disarmament took place more than 20 years ago, resulting in the long awaited Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT). The treaty, however, has yet to enter into force. India is often held responsible for such uncertainty, in spite of having withdrawn from the negotiations before it was even concluded; at other times, it is the US which is blamed for failing to ratify the CTBT—giving reason

Why The New York Times is wrong
Jul 08, 2014

Why The New York Times is wrong

The allegation of Indian expansion of its uranium enrichment facilities is based on a report released by IHS Jane's, which has already been dismissed by both the US and the Indian governments as speculative. Indeed, the IHS Jane's report merely identifies a "possible" new uranium hexafluoride plant.

Why the protests over Tipu Sultan are so misplaced
Nov 13, 2015

Why the protests over Tipu Sultan are so misplaced

The best way to understand what the Tipu Sultan controversy is all about is to see who is at the forefront of the protests against the observance of his birth anniversary ? the Bajrang Dal, Vishwa Hindu Parishad and the Bharatiya Janata Party.

Why the Saudi Crown Prince’s visit to India is a diplomatic success
Feb 25, 2019

Why the Saudi Crown Prince’s visit to India is a diplomatic success

Narendra Modi’s West Asia policy remains the one area of achievement in an otherwise indifferent record of foreign policy.

Why US needs a more measured approach to the nuclear question
Apr 08, 2013

Why US needs a more measured approach to the nuclear question

The deepening crisis in the Korean Peninsula and the stalled nuclear talks with Iran together are a powerful reminder to the US that its non-proliferation policies are not working in Asia. Both Bush's muscular approaches and Obama's coercive diplomacy have failed.

Why ‘final solution’ to Indo-Sri Lanka fishers issue requires greater commitment
Mar 13, 2024

Why ‘final solution’ to Indo-Sri Lanka fishers issue requires greater commitment

The solution will require great effort on both nations’ government and fisher communities

Why’s US silent on Pak turmoil?
Jun 23, 2023

Why’s US silent on Pak turmoil?

India must ascertain if the US has a plan for Pak, and what it is

Wild, Wild West
Jan 04, 2006

Wild, Wild West

Ever since the US declared Iran a member of the ¿Axis of Evil¿, and more so after the Iraq invasion, the question very often asked in many of the essays that appeared in the West was ¿Is Iran next?¿ And now, after a bruising experience in Iraq, the US administration cannot just retreat to the relative safety of the White House and glower at the rest of the world.

Will Aarogya Setu provide solution to India’s COVID-19 worries?
May 12, 2020

Will Aarogya Setu provide solution to India’s COVID-19 worries?

The success of the application is reliant on two factors — its own technical implementation, along with the uptake among the population at large.

Will China’s Tall Space Goals Spur Further Competition?
Feb 07, 2022

Will China’s Tall Space Goals Spur Further Competition?

While China’s white paper on space is a good transparency move, the goals enshrined in the document may also make space more competitive.