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  • India – China, Widening Fault-Lines
    The current Indo-China relationship has been evolving rapidly in recent years. As India’s External Affairs Minister, S. Jaishankar, states, the relationship is at crossroads with repercussions for the entire world. In such a context, three significant fault-lines become important in the relationship viz. differing interpretations of the border and ensuing crisis, increasing salience of the Indian Ocean, and the scope…
  • India West Europe Relations
    Western Europe and India According to the United Nations geo-scheme classification, Western Europe comprises Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, Netherlands, and Switzerland. In this article, we’ll explore the various dimensions of India West Europe relations, with a particular focus on France and Germany. Even geographically, Western Europe also has some resemblance to the Indian subcontinent. The three major…
  • Israel-Palestine-(Jordan) Conflict and Indian Stakes in the Matter
    “Israeli-Palestinian conflict is a complex one involving the rights and obligations of both Israelis and Palestinians, and it needs a negotiating process.” Ron Malka The Israel Palestine conflict – often referred to as the ‘world’s most intractable conflict’ – is rooted in a dispute over land claimed by Jews as their biblical inheritance and by the Palestinians, who seek self-determination.…
  • India and the Post-Covid World
    Based on Sardar Patel Memorial Lecture-2020 by EAM Dr. S. Jaishankar : India and the Post-Covid World Even before Covid-19 engulfed the world, it was apparent that the international system was under great stress. There was a backlash against globalization and the resulting class wars created political insecurity for others.  Policy-makers across the world dealing with the impact of the…
  • Does US Elections Matter for India
    Introduction Indo US relations have come a long way from the cold war era. The rise of China has been alarming for both the countries and there is increasing security cooperation between the two. While India tries to balance China by partnering with the USA, America sees India as a key ally in pushing back against China. The relationship with…
  • India and the Indian Ocean Region (IOR)
    Indian Ocean has been an economic and cultural reality for centuries. Before the arrival of Europeans, Indian and Arabs traded in the region for centuries. And the ocean holds key strategic importance even today. More than 40% of oil reserves of the world are located in Indian ocean. 50% of global shipment happens through it and two third of oil…
  • BECA and Indo US Relations
    “India and the US have Overcome the Hesitations of History” PM Narendra modi India and the USA signed the BECA (Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement) and few other documents during the recent 2+2 meeting.  BECA allows the militaries of two countries to share geospatial data. India will get access to topographical images and precision data from US military satellites on…
  • United Nations at 75
    The United Nations was established on 24th oct 1945. This year marks the 75 anniversary of the institution. Coupled with unprecedented global pandemic, this is perhaps the right time to assess the workings of UN and discuss its relevance and future. First of all, United Nations matters – because it is the only institution of global governance where all states…
  • Indian Foreign Policy Since 2014
    Indian politics shifted dramatically in 2014 to the centre right. Its reverberations were felt across sectors and foreign policy cannot be immune to it. To begin with, since 2014, the debate around Indian Foreign Policy has increased. The volume of literature around Indian foreign policy, which this govt. has inspired has been unprecedented. The fact that everyone is engaged, may…
  • Can Pax Sinica be a New Reality?
    Simply put, Pax Sinica means the world order dominated by China. Just like Pax Romana existed from around 0 AD – 200 AD, Pax Britain from the 18th century and Pax Americana after the 2nd World War. This brings a number of questions to mind. To begin with, whether we will witness Pax Sinica at all? And does China have…
  • Impact of COVID 19 on International Affairs
    This article is a note from the E-Conclave arranged by India Today with Thomas Friedman. For entire video discussion, you can visit India Today. Impact of pandemic on US hegemony We were already on decline. American exceptionalism is on decline. And the COVID-19 crisis has exposed all our weakness. This has exposed our health infrastructure, cognitive immunity.  It has exposed…
  • India Vietnam Relations
    Status of ties between India & Vietnam. India & Vietnam has old civilizational links & cultural ties. India had strongly condemned US actions during Vietnam war. During Vietnam-Cambodian war, India was the only non-communist country supporting Vietnam. And on the backdrop of China-Vietnam oil rig crisis 2014, India and Vietnam are closer than ever. Maritime perspective. Vietnam is conduit for…
  • Impact of BREXIT on India.
    Before studying impact of Brexit on India, let us 1st understand what is BREXIT and what has actually happened. Brexit simply stands for Britain + Exit. Britain joined European Union (EU) in 1973. Since then, from a simple regional trade agreement, EU has transformed to a monetary union, a borderless region and an example of regional integration for rest of…
  • US Taliban Peace Deal
    Situation. US-Taliban signed a Peace Deal, under which, US would withdraw its troops in 14 months to end the war in AFG. Trump has said that you can only hold someone’s hand so long. Concern is, if US troops withdraw, it may lead to civil war or Taliban may capture power completely. Taliban is proxy of Pakistan, and the situation…
  • India Bangladesh Relations
    Bangladesh and India are having their best relations, since Shaikh Hasina is at helm of affairs from 2009.  Due to cooperation of Bangladesh, India has been successful in eradicating militants in North East India, who  would often take shelter in Bangladesh. And even complex issues like border issue have been resolved. India is also increasing connectivity to North East through…