It will be best if Modi takes the many lessons that history holds out for those who think of venturing into Afghanistan for one reason or the other.
Tension between the Philippines and China has been rising as an international tribunal in The Hague prepares to deliver a ruling in the next few months in a case about the South China Sea lodged by Manila in 2013.
The true measure of the success of the Chabahar port project will be if it is implemented quickly and leads to a quantum leap in Indian trade and investment relations with Iran, Afghanistan and Central Asia.
Details left vague by the 31-page Paris Agreement include how countries will report and monitor their domestic pledges to curb greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to changes such as more floods, storms, desertification and rising seas.
The cessation in hostilities has been unravelling for weeks and the Syrian government has largely blocked humanitarian aid access despite repeated UN appeals to prevent civilians starving in besieged towns.
Beijing: India sought China’s cooperation at the United Nations in the fight against cross-border terrorism and called on Beijing to play a positive role in ensuring a “predictable environment” for India’s pursuit of nuclear energy – code words for Indian membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), the rule-setting cartel of nuclear exporters whose norms the Indian […]
The dispute has strained relations between India and Italy and its European Union partners.
Several commentators have been left disappointed by Modi’s – and India’s – handling of international relations in the past two years. The record shows otherwise.
Modi will have to make a finely-balanced foray into a sharply polarized region, but extremely vital for India’s security and energy interests.
Meanwhile, a new bill going through the US Congress attempts to block $450 million in aid to Pakistan for its failure take action against the Haqqani Network.
New Delhi’s policy of hustling its smaller neighbour comes at a time when the Wickremesinghe government’s mismanagement of the economy is apparent and will end up helping the xenophobic political forces in the country.
While the hijack of grand strategy by the intelligence community is amply evident, what is not clear is whether this is the product of the rise of majoritarian political forces or a logical extension of the state’s existing predisposition towards relying on its intelligence arm.
Not many people have had such an opportunity to serve their country. When weighed in the balance of real life achievements, Mishra’s, to paraphrase a Chinese saying, are heavier than Mount Tai. Swamy’s will always remain lighter than a feather.
Since the Indian member of the tribunal is there to protect Indian interests, it is baffling that he neither dissented nor put in an explanatory declaration to oppose a decision that so gravely weakens India’s case on merits. This must have been on instructions. Perhaps the government owes an explanation for this.
Mirwaiz welcomes Modi government’s stand that separatists have every right to meet with Pakistani and other foreign representatives in India.
The minister, Adel al-Jubeir, speaking to reporters in Geneva denied that Saudi Arabia had “threatened” to withdraw investment from its close ally.
The two sides also said their navies will hold talks on anti submarine warfare (ASW), an area of sensitive military technology and closely held tactics that only allies share.
India should be a supporter of the Uighur cause, says the activist, if only for strategic reasons. “By raising support, helping us, the Indian government can have leverage (with China).”
Lu Jinghua, who fled to the US after the Tiananmen square crackdown, was not allowed to board her flight on 27 April with authorities informing her that her e-visa had been denied.
The FCRA law, governing foreign funding to certain NGOs and CSOs in India, is not in conformity with international law, principles and standards, Kiai has argued.
The Wire has parsed down the two public statements to help readers take note of the positions of both countries.
The cancellation of the visa will inevitably damage the credibility of the government and expose it to the charge that it does not have the ability to stand up to Chinese pressure.
“We manage to find the worst of all possible outcomes, snatching defeat from the jaws of victory,” said a former Indian diplomat.
If Isa is eventually refused entry or does not come to India for some reason, the message the Chinese side receives may well be that the Modi government lacks the will to follow through.
Should countries focus on clean energy and worry less about making components feeding into clean energy industries?
Iran has for the first time publicly said that it is gathering “information” about Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav, who was arrested by Pakistani security agencies on charges of being an Indian spy.
If Indian diplomacy has to succeed, the skill needed to engage the new Iran will have to be greater and sensitivity to their concerns adequately factored in.
Consultations on Asia, Illegal Drug Trade and Cyber Security: Key Takeaways from Russia-India-China Summit
Issues ranging from cyber security to the threat from terrorism was discussed in the Russia-India-China trilateral summit. Here are the key takeaways.
The communique is testament to India’s role as the bridge between the liberal international regime and its counter-construct.
Four foreign diplomats have lead a unique diplomatic effort to help India in its mission to build toilets and end open defecation.
India’s attitude towards its smaller neighbour has pushed it towards China and given it a false sense of comfort and security which could land it into trouble sooner than later.
Negotiators from Afghanistan, India and Iran have reached agreement on the contours of a deal that will turn an Iranian port near Pakistan into the hub through which all roads to the region from India will run.
India and the US have agreed “in principle” on a logistics exchange deal to enable both militaries to use each other’s assets and bases for repair and the replenishment of supplies.
“India is the most important friend of Maldives… Maldives pursues an India-first foreign policy… Maldives’ security is intimately linked to the security of India”, President Abdulla Yameen told reporters in New Delhi.
The Maldivian opposition is unhappy but New Delhi’s desire for rapprochement is driven by China-linked strategic concerns.
As Islamabad’s envoy demurs, India insists it allowed the Pakistani joint investigation team to visit the Pathankot air base on the ‘basis of reciprocity’ and that the National Investigation Agency would like to visit Pakistan to take its terror investigations forward
“This is an issue to be pursued with the Chinese in the UN context. I wouldn’t want to give the impression that somehow this will overflow into other areas,” said foreign secretary S. Jaishankar.
Official sources in New Delhi dismissed the Pakistan Today report as a “total concoction”. As far as India is concerned, the next step would be when the Pakistan JIT will conclude its investigation and approach the courts in that country.
After having done some legwork on the connectivity front, India needs to take ownership of its ideas and articulate them cogently, making it clear to regional partners that it is not vying for influence against China or other powerful actors.
New Delhi: Four days after US President Barack Obama put New Delhi and Islamabad in the same bracket and equated the subcontinent with a flashpoint like the Korean peninsula, a clearly unhappy India has pushed back, saying Washington seems have a “lack of understanding” about India’s military doctrine. On April 1, […]