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New law on foreign relations adds to China’s lawfare arsenal
Jul 28, 2023

New law on foreign relations adds to China’s lawfare arsenal

With the Foreign Relations Law, China has added a new weapon to its arsenal against sanctions and further consolidates the Party’s grip on foreign e

North Korea’s accelerated nuclear ambitions
Feb 16, 2022

North Korea’s accelerated nuclear ambitions

International condemnation, sanctions, and diplomatic efforts have not yielded results as Pyongyang continues to expand its nuclear capabilities

NPT's Article IV offers nations enough leeway to engage in weapon development:  expert
May 12, 2015

NPT's Article IV offers nations enough leeway to engage in weapon development: expert

A nuclear expert has said Article IV of the NPT, which allows signatory countries to develop nuclear technology for peaceful purposes, offers nations enough leeway to engage in weapon development in the absence of a comprehensive inspection mechanism and enforceable sanctions.

Oil-for-loans: Chinese energy investments in Russia
Feb 22, 2023

Oil-for-loans: Chinese energy investments in Russia

The Sino-Russian bilateral signifies China’s urgency for resilient global energy supply chains to meet its increasing energy needs through its oil-f

Raisi in Pakistan and the revival of 'pipe' dreams
May 04, 2024

Raisi in Pakistan and the revival of 'pipe' dreams

Almost two months after ties between the two neighbours plummeted to a new low, the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ebrahim Raisi, was in P

Recovering from the Hanoi setback
Mar 08, 2019

Recovering from the Hanoi setback

The mantra in Washington is that no deal is better than a bad deal. Realisation will soon dawn that the current situation only permits North Korea’s stockpile to grow as there is zero likelihood for Chinese and Russian support for further tightening of sanctions.

Reshaping geopolitics: The middle powers’ response to the Ukraine crisis
Jan 16, 2023

Reshaping geopolitics: The middle powers’ response to the Ukraine crisis

With shifting poles of power, the near future will force states to be more innovative to push their interests

Reviving the old bonhomie: Assessing the next phase of North Korea-Russia ties
May 10, 2024

Reviving the old bonhomie: Assessing the next phase of North Korea-Russia ties

Factors like the rise of the Indo-Pacific as a theatre for great power competition and the Ukraine war have pushed Russia and North Korea closer toget

Riding the storm: Russia’s economic landscape since the Ukraine conflict
Feb 28, 2024

Riding the storm: Russia’s economic landscape since the Ukraine conflict

Since the Ukraine war, Russia’s economy has developed resilience against sanctions. However, the escalating military expenditure, while boosting sho

Rising Ukraine IDPs: Need for urgent international help
Dec 29, 2014

Rising Ukraine IDPs: Need for urgent international help

While the world remains engrossed in the debates triggered by Western sanctions on Russia over Ukraine and the countersanctions, a serious humanitarian crisis is building up in Ukraine which needs international attention and help.

Russia, EU and Nord Stream 2: Economics versus geopolitics
Oct 26, 2020

Russia, EU and Nord Stream 2: Economics versus geopolitics

The largest natural gas importer in the EU now faces the challenge of dealing with the latest US sanctions in order to ensure that the project goes ah

Russia-China relations in the Russian Far East
Jul 16, 2020

Russia-China relations in the Russian Far East

The Russian Far East has had to deal with the impact of a stagnating Russian economy in aiding regional growth and has itself witnessed a decline in b

Russia-Turkey deal and geo-politics of gas
Dec 30, 2014

Russia-Turkey deal and geo-politics of gas

At a time when it is facing Western sanctions and a proxy war on oil prices, Russia sprang a huge surprise early this month by signing a gas deal with Turkey. The deal will enable Russia to pump natural gas into a Turkish hub, near the Turkey-Greece border and from there into the southern EU market.

Russia–Germany ties: Charting a course through troubled waters
Oct 28, 2020

Russia–Germany ties: Charting a course through troubled waters

It is important that Berlin and Moscow take steps to address the deterioration in bilateral ties. There exist mutual areas of cooperation that need th

Territorial Disputes: Can Japan and Russia Reconcile?
Sep 14, 2023

Territorial Disputes: Can Japan and Russia Reconcile?

The Ukraine crisis may have effectively ended the rapprochement between the USand Russia, and in turn affecting relations such as those of Japan and Russia. Prior to this crisis,and the subsequent Western sanctions on Russia, Tokyo and Moscow had been reaching out toeach other, and hope flickered for a resolution to the territorial dispute over the NorthernTerritories or Southern Kurils. This paper argues that with nationalist governments in powe

The 1998 Pokhran nuclear tests: reactions and responses from the Indo-Pacific
May 11, 2023

The 1998 Pokhran nuclear tests: reactions and responses from the Indo-Pacific

There is increasing recognition that, given India shares land borders with nuclear-armed countries like Pakistan and China, it was imperative for Indi

The BRICS view on Iran: India's motivations
Apr 20, 2012

The BRICS view on Iran: India's motivations

The problem with imposing sanctions on a country which has the world's third largest proven reserves of oil and second largest conventional natural gas reserves is that the implications are felt globally. The price of oil is highly correlated throughout the world due to market arbitrage.

The elusive character of Eurasia — Will Russia’s plans for its integration finally materialise?
Dec 28, 2020

The elusive character of Eurasia — Will Russia’s plans for its integration finally materialise?

As the leading economy in the Union, Russia is yet to emerge as a strong economic player in Asia with looming concerns regarding overdependence on Chi

The EU After the Ukraine Crisis: Juxtaposing Issues of Convergence and Divergence
Apr 21, 2023

The EU After the Ukraine Crisis: Juxtaposing Issues of Convergence and Divergence

The crisis in Ukraine has resulted in an unprecedented level of unity in the often-fractured European Union (EU). The member states have provided Ukraine with economic and military aid, imposed far-reaching sanctions on Russia, strengthened their own defences, and accepted millions of Ukrainian refugees. At the same time, nuanced divergences have also emerged, particularly on how the countries view relations with Russia and calculate thei

The fall of a dictator and rising Chinese clout in Zimbabwe
Nov 22, 2017

The fall of a dictator and rising Chinese clout in Zimbabwe

China and Zimbabwe got closer ever since Mugabe started pursuing his ‘Look East’ policy after the imposition of sanctions by western countries because of human right concerns.

The India–US 2+2 dialogue: Opportunity to move beyond Ukraine
Apr 11, 2022

The India–US 2+2 dialogue: Opportunity to move beyond Ukraine

Despite having showcased differing positions on the Russia–Ukraine crisis, India and the US can use the India-US 2+2 Dialogue as a platform to set t

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 mighty dollar: Questioning the role of a monetary hegemon
Jun 03, 2023

The mighty dollar: Questioning the role of a monetary hegemon

The shift away from the US dollar has the potential to rebalance the international system of trade in an equitable way while placing the Global South

The new world – shaped by self-interest
May 24, 2023

The new world – shaped by self-interest

Limited liability partnerships among nations will constitute the geometry of politics. This is a gritty, realist world. We may not like it, but it’s here to stay

The paradox that Obama confronts
Apr 29, 2014

The paradox that Obama confronts

The big paradox that the US confronts is the need to confront China and Russia at the same time. Clearly, even the mighty US does not have the energy and resources to do that. Beijing is, of course, quite self-confident because it is locked into the western economies and is, in that sense, sanctions proof.

The quick transformation of Russia-North Korea ties
Mar 05, 2024

The quick transformation of Russia-North Korea ties

This is a partnership that has been forged amid common challenges and shared strategic objectives

The reshaping global order is Iranian economy's best chance in decades
Jul 28, 2023

The reshaping global order is Iranian economy's best chance in decades

Iran’s oil sales are at a five-year high as the US looks the other way despite sanctions. Iran is smartly undercutting Russia in selling cheaper oil and upset Saudi Arabia’s plan to profiteer from production cuts. The new world order being shaped amid the US-China battle for global supremacy equally belongs to countries charting independent paths

The significance of China and Africa in Russia’s foreign policy
Apr 26, 2023

The significance of China and Africa in Russia’s foreign policy

Russia’s foreign policy underlines the significant role that both China and African countries will play

The transcending arc of India-US relations since Pokhran II
May 09, 2023

The transcending arc of India-US relations since Pokhran II

India and the US have come a long way since the setback in their relations after the Pokhran II nuclear test

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 US-Iran Standoff and India
Feb 04, 2012

The US-Iran Standoff and India

While India would be hoping that the reported secret talks between the US and Iran succeeds, avoiding a conflict, New Delhi could take a leaf out of the Chinese and Japanese strategy of reducing its exposure to Iranian oil in return for a waiver from US sanctions.

Tiananmen Revisited
Apr 05, 2004

Tiananmen Revisited

June 4th was the fifteenth anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Incident. In 1989, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) was widely reviled for its violent handling of peaceful student protests. The crackdown prompted stringent political censure of the CCP by the international community and economic sanctions were imposed against China.

Ukraine’s charm offensive in Europe
Feb 15, 2023

Ukraine’s charm offensive in Europe

The diplomatic outreach to Europe by Ukraine was largely aimed at persuading the European allies to extend more support to the cause

US rapproachment with Iran a tectonic shift in regional balance of power
Jul 24, 2015

US rapproachment with Iran a tectonic shift in regional balance of power

Despite the sanctions, Iran has continued to act as a regional power with huge influence over the internal affairs of Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Bahrain and Yemen. That's what threatens Saudi Arabia and the other Gulf kingdoms, and America's rapproachment with Iran is the beginning of a tectonic shift in the regional balance of power.

US rhetoric dogs India-Iran ties
Jun 01, 2019

US rhetoric dogs India-Iran ties

The Trump administration’s attempts to create another West Asia crisis should worry India.

US-Iran conundrum: Not all doors are shut
Jun 06, 2024

US-Iran conundrum: Not all doors are shut

Iran’s leadership crisis may have come at an important time for the US, amid an ongoing political slugfest at home in an election cycle and a litmus test for US relations with Israel.

Value chains disrupted: Navigating the American and Chinese contest for dominance
Apr 14, 2021

Value chains disrupted: Navigating the American and Chinese contest for dominance

Decoupling, like sanctions as a geopolitical tool, can be a substitute for outright conflict, and this has started a controversy that is likely to be

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

What the upcoming polls hold for South Asia
Jan 07, 2024

What the upcoming polls hold for South Asia

Hasina’s victory will likely put Delhi-Dhaka relations under more scrutiny -with the West expecting India to be vocal about the state of democracy in Bangladesh

When everything is a weapon, everyone is a victim
Sep 23, 2022

When everything is a weapon, everyone is a victim

The Russians will face the weaponisation of sanctions while the Europeans will face the weaponisation of energy

Why New Delhi featured in Pompeo’s salvo against Iran
Jul 02, 2020

Why New Delhi featured in Pompeo’s salvo against Iran

India, which maintains good relations with Iran and has strategic interests in that country, has walked the trapeze wire regarding the issue of its nu

Why the future looks bleak for Iran
Feb 25, 2019

Why the future looks bleak for Iran

Chinese energy majors are now importing 360,000 barrels per day, of crude oil from Iran. This is only half of what they were importing before the US p

Why US-North Korea deal is good news for India
Jun 15, 2018

Why US-North Korea deal is good news for India

With trade sanctions lifted, New Delhi can engage in substantive economic ties with Pyongyang.

 How the Ukraine Crisis changed Europe
Feb 26, 2023

 How the Ukraine Crisis changed Europe

The Ukraine Crisis has strengthened the EU from within and forced it to undertake measures to bolster EU institutions

अमेरिका के लगाए क्षेत्रवार प्रतिबंधों के निशाने पर सीरियाई नागरिक
Apr 27, 2021

अमेरिका के लगाए क्षेत्रवार प्रतिबंधों के निशाने पर सीरियाई नागरिक

जब से अमेरिका ने सीज़र एक्ट को पारित किया है, तब से सीरिया �

आगामी निवडणुका दक्षिण आशियासाठी किती महत्वाच्या आहेत?
Jan 22, 2024

आगामी निवडणुका दक्षिण आशियासाठी किती महत्वाच्या आहेत?

शेख हसीना यांच्या विजयामुळे भारत आणि बांगलादेशाचे सबंधांवर आणखीन शंका वाढण्याची शक्यता आहे. बांगलादेशातील लोकशाहीच्या स्थितीबद्दल भारताने आवाज उठवावा अशी पश्चिमेची �

आर्थिक निर्बंधांच्या कायदेशीरतेवर प्रश्नचिन्ह
Aug 18, 2023

आर्थिक निर्बंधांच्या कायदेशीरतेवर प्रश्नचिन्ह

एकतर्फी आर्थिक निर्बंध लादणे हे आंतरराष्ट्रीय कायद्याचे पालन करत नसल्यामुळे, त्याच्या वापराचा पुनर्विचार केला पाहिजे.