Factoring in Pakistan

@The Hindu, 26 October, 2015 Read the article here The joint statement by Mr. Sharif and Mr. Obama indicates a broad continuity in U.S. policy in South Asia. The visit and its stated outcomes undermine an increasingly fashionable strategic theory that an emerging polarisation is giving shape to two axes in South Asia – Pakistan…

US-Pakistan joint statement: concerns for Indian strategic interests

@ The Hindu US-Pakistan joint statement: Indian strategic concerns Key statements over which objection is raised by India – 1. Hydroelectric projects in PoK/Gilgit-Baltistan President Obama expressed support for Pakistan’s efforts to secure funding for the Diamer Bhasha and Dasu dams to help meet Pakistan’s energy and water needs. -Proposed dams are located in territory claimed…

The hyphen linking India and China

@livemint.com The hyphen linking India and China Modi and Jinping seem to be criss-crossing the globe in tandem, showcasing their nations’ economic growth, aggressive missions to attract foreign investment and strategic ambition. See their back to back visits to US, Australia, Fiji, UK (forthcoming), Summit with African countries, etc. The 1980s and 1990s were marked…

India – Israel Relations

India and Israel established full diplomatic relations in 1992 and since then the bilateral relationship between the two countries has blossomed at the economic, military, agricultural and political levels. Both countries see themselves as isolated democracies threatened by neighbors that train, finance and encourage terrorism, therefore both countries also view their cooperative relationship as a strategic…

India – ASEAN Relations

  Geographically South-East Asian states are nearer to India, but politically both the entities came closer only after the bipolar structure of the Cold War era world collapsed. ASEAN’s pro-western orientation during its establishment (1962) led India to wonder about organization’s true purpose, esp. in the context of British decision to withdraw from the east…

Why support the TPP?

Jeffrey Frankel @ Project Syndicate The TPP represents a triumph over long odds. Tremendous political obstacles, both domestic and international, had to be overcome to conclude the deal. And now critics of the TPP’s ratification, particularly in the United States, should read the agreement with an open mind.. The agreement gives pharmaceutical firms, tobacco companies,…