The fact that three vacancies – at the ICJ, ITLOS and the Continental Shelf Commission – have arisen at the same time makes the diplomatic task more complex
The pot shots US secretary of state Rex Tillerson and the Iranian leaders have taken at each other in the aftermath of the election suggest no improvement in ties can be expected.
Hassan Rouhani got 58.5% percent of the votes, while conservative candidate Ebrahim Raisi came in with a distant 39%.
Given the long queues and high voter turnout across Iran, the cut-off time for casting votes had to be extended multiple times.
A high voter turnout in urban areas, where 70% of the population resides, is being seen as key to Hassan Rouhani’s re-election. But in rural areas, where voting turnout is typically high, Ebrahim Raisi’s platform of economic misery and more cash-handouts could find a resonance.
Ahead of the presidential election, Iranian journalists put forth some tough questions to the country’s most powerful body, including about it not being in favour of female candidates.
Two recent rallies in Tehran highlighted just how different the two candidates’ supporters and their concerns for the country are.
The country’s culturally liberal president is the front-runner in opinion polls but the race is expected to tighten before May 19, polling day.
A fortnight before making its death sentence on the Indian naval officer public, Pakistan narrowed the conditions under which it accepts the world court’s compulsory jurisdiction
ICJ has scheduled oral hearings on the provisional measures requested by India on May 15.
This is the first time India has initiated a case at the ICJ since 1971 and has chosen to do so because of the possibility that Pakistan might quickly carry put the death sentence imposed on the former Indian naval officer.
Less than a day after making an offer to rename the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor to allay Indian concerns about Beijing’s wider One Belt, One Road initiative, the Chinese side appears to have quietly dropped the idea.
With the Belt and Road summit set for May 14-15, Chinese officials have increased their lobbying, through public diplomacy and behind closed doors, to get New Delhi to attend.
In his opening remarks, attorney general Mukul Rohatgi said India was a secular state with no religion and that the constitution protects the rights of minorities.
New topics in India’s draft UPR report include a section on state control of the Internet, with a reference to the Centralised Monitoring system.
With each new domestic crisis, the civilian government’s political space keeps shrinking.
Ceylon Petroleum Corporation workers oppose role for India in development of strategic port assets.
Preparing for the 2018 elections, the Bhutan government has given in to internal opposition to the BBIN agreement.
Afghanistan has said that it seeks peace through direct talks with the “authoritative leadership” of the Taliban.
Pakistan has sentenced Kulbhushan Jadhav to death for alleged espionage.
Bilateral talks were mutually beneficial, helping India to make a stronger statement against terrorism while Malaysia stood strong on the South China Sea issue.
‘Faced with a fork in the road in 1961, the world chose the wrong path to deal with nuclear weapons. Today, we are at another crossroads,’ says senior Indian diplomat.
On Day of Crucial Maldives Parliament Vote, Nasheed Accuses International Community of Turning a Blind Eye
The vote to remove the speaker was an important test for the newly formed alliance between ex-president Mohamed Nasheed and former dictator Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, with an eye on the 2018 presidential elections.
On the last two days of the UNHRC session, India voted in 15 resolutions and made a statement on Myanmar, the only resolution that did not go to a vote.
Thousands of Rohingya have been displaced since renewed violence broke out in October, with India saying Myanmar be given more time to resolve the issue.
India continues to maintain a hands-off approach and advocates giving Myanmar’s democratic government more time to resolve the Rohingya issue, an approach encouraged by experts.
The country’s central repository for archives flatly refused to undertake the “extensive research” as it would require a lengthy search through various government agency records.
After months of recriminations over clashes in Kashmir, India is set to participate in the meeting of Permanent Indus Commission on Pakistan’s invitation in Lahore this month.
New Delhi does not want to go beyond routine diplomatic phrasing, as it does not see a need to put the Nepali government under extra pressure.
Vishnu Wang spoke to ‘The Wire’ about his experiences in China, not knowing Mandarin and how he feels about the possibility of his father remaining in China.
Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster has strongly advocated a continued US presence in Afghanistan, something South Block also would like to see.
India decries ‘baseless allegations’, while Pakistan says the Indian side is upsetting the strategic balance in the region
On the sidelines of the Raisina Dialogue in Delhi, the Maldives cabinet minister and foreign secretary speak to The Wire about the country’s relations with India, its major infrastructure projects and whether the South Asian nation could be piling up excessive debt.
In his inauguration speech at the second Raisina Dialogue, the prime minister took a stand on China’s grand connectivity project and urged Pakistan to shun terrorism if it wants good relations with India.
Bhutan is hoping to get a green light from the RBI next week on exchanging demonetised notes, while Nepal is still to start collecting the Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes.
Kenya is seeking greater engagement with India in tourism, defence and healthcare, while India is looking to regain its position as Kenya’s number one trade partner from China.
The campaign against Shaan Taseer shows that the intolerant atmosphere that led to his father’s untimely death has not ebbed.
A round-up of major happenings in Bangladesh in the last week.
A round-up of major happenings in the Maldives in the last week.
A round-up of major happenings in Bhutan in the last week.