If Tesfaye still had that phone, the phone that Teddy borrowed and never returned, he would have his contacts. If he had his contacts, he would still have his home.
American and Soviet negotiators sat down in New York in January 1963 to hash out a nuclear test ban treaty in secret. Months after the Cuban Missile Crisis, the superpowers needed to reassert their flagging leadership. They billed a comprehensive nuclear test ban treaty (CTBT) as a means […]
The Maldives has amended its constitution to allow foreign nationals and entities the right to own freehold land, including entire islands, a move that some Maldivian legislators say will turn the Indian Ocean nation into a “frontline state” in a “new Cold War” between India and China. A set […]
Russia and China have established a modus vivendi in Central Asia and India is not central to it. That said, India’s entry into the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation is still a positive development
On Monday, July 20, Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar delivered the IISS Fullerton Lecture in Singapore. Although the topic of the speech was ‘India, the US and China,’ it painted a comprehensive picture of Indian foreign policy the way the Narendra Modi government sees it. The Wire presents edited excerpts of the […]
The arrest of twenty foreign tourists in China on unspecified terrorism charges stems from the country’s inability to tell apart legitimate dissent from terrorism
Kashmir’s first-ever graphic novelist talks about his book and what life was like in the state in the troubled 1990s
New Delhi: The formal release on Friday of Modi’s World: Expanding India’s Sphere of Influence, the new book by strategic affairs analyst C. Raja Mohan ignited a sharp debate over whether the foreign policy pursued by Prime Minister Narendra Modi really marks a dramatic break with the past or has merely […]
The Modi government needs to understand that unbridled rhetoric, poor messaging and the failure to build public opinion in line with its mood swings can only land badly, like the unclaimed and splintered drone.
When a leader’s deshbhakti alone is deemed to be more than sufficient to overcome strategic structural limitations, there is a danger of India punching above its weight
It is increasingly evident that the TiSA negotiations are an attempt to pressure developing countries to grant greater liberalisation in sectors of interest to the US and other industrialised countries, without the latter having to pay any price for it.
Rich country recalcitrance means the Addis agreement falters on the sole meaningful reform that could make a difference to global development
The IMF, rammed down Greek throats by the ECB and the EU to police the implementation of the ‘bailout’, is now saying the deal can’t work unless European creditors pledge debt relief on a scale Greece has been asking for all along
The lifting of economic sanctions against Tehran will be useful in our energy quest and the pursuit of connectivity to Central Asia
What international law tells us about how a guerrilla army should legitimately fight a technologically superior opponent, employing justifiable and proportionate means and tactics
Obama has a chance to put U.S. policy toward the Middle East on a different and more productive trajectory, but he is going to have to make the strategic case for engagement with Iran – and spend the political capital necessary to make that case
The adjustment program will deepen the already incredibly prolonged and severe collapse of the Greek economy. Worse, these consequences, which will result in the misery of millions, are not completely unintended.
A disagreement over international tax architecture in Addis Ababa reveals inherent tensions between multinational capital and global development
Humility has to be the hallmark of any commemoration – not just in the face of the extraordinary sacrifices made by soldiers and citizens, but also of our always imperfect understanding of the past.
The country is inching towards full democracy, but it is proving to be a very rough ride
Sartaj Aziz, foreign policy and security adviser to Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif made an opening statement at a press conference in Islamabad on July 13, 2015 describing the talks held recently in Ufa, Russia between Sharif and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. To help readers decode the statement […]
A meeting between the NSAs to “discuss all issues connected to terrorism”, with the rest of the India-Pakistan relationship in deep freeze, will serve very little purpose
The seeds planted during Partition have borne deadly fruit for decades, and show no signs of dying out. Hajari’s account of the seminal period from 1946 to 1948 is redolent with resonances when read today.
The urgent discussions and meetings between European and Greek officials mirror the desperate conditions of war – a still invisible war between Greece and the European Union
The UN created the illusion of ‘safe areas’ for Bosnia’s civilians without deploying the troops needed to protect them. The result was a tragedy of monumental proportions
Just as the US does not fully understand the complexity of the region, China’s leaders are neglecting how this complexity will necessarily limit their power, and probably inspire resistance that diminishes Chinese power overall
The Japanese PM’s approval ratings are high because the economy is doing well but there is growing opposition to his plans to allow the Japanese military to be used for missions beyond the territorial defence of the country
If the Ottomans had been aware of cricket’s popularity among South Asians and used this to encourage positive feelings towards the Empire, cricket might’ve had a different place in Turkey
Islamabad: Pakistan has said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi have agreed in their meeting in Russia to address the issues of Kashmir, Siachen and Sir Creek through Track II diplomacy. PM’s Adviser on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz yesterday said both […]
All kinds of misconceptions about Greece are doing the rounds, but there is another side to the debt story
Pakistani designer Huma Nassr weaves a unique line to bring India and Pakistan together
Two recent books on the Chinese absorption of Tibet have received little attention in India although they have interesting revelations to make on the recent history of the region
The steps announced in Ufa mark the resumption of a political dialogue which allows each side to claim it got the other to move forward a little.
Some opportunities have been missed and now, with a possible thaw with the west, Indian companies could be left out in the cold for Iran’s immense oil and gas reserves
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif will meet in Ufa, Russia on Friday after a gap of more than seven months but it is far from certain whether the two sides are ready to move the bilateral relationship on to a firmer plane. “It is […]
New Delhi: Despite Prime Minster Narendra Modi personally raising the matter with President Xi Jinping on Wednesday, India and China still do not see eye-to-eye on the question of UN action against 26/11 accused Zki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi. In a wide-ranging, 90-minute conversation with Xi in Ufa, Russia – where the two leaders met […]
Ufa (Russia): After visiting two Central Asian countries, Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived here today on a three-day trip during which he will attend the BRICS and Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summits. Modi flew here from Kazakhstan, which was his second stop after Uzbekistan in his six-nation week-long tour. […]
The star economist Thomas Piketty calls for a major conference on debt. Germany, in particular, should not withhold help from Greece.
‘When it was no longer the hub of trade, but a land in the shadows of the high walls of the powers around it. Central Asia declined and trade withered’
Any new investor in the region must have deep pockets, the confidence to deal with dodgy political, legal and tax regimes and a sense of desperation to access the energy whatever the costs. As of today, only China fits the bill.