South Asia and Beyond

Quad Not A Closed Shop, Key Provider Of Global Public

The first high level US-China meeting kicks off later this week in Anchorage, Alaska. Participants at a webinar in Delhi shared some ideas as to what direction the meeting could take, given that it is being held just after the first summit of Quad heads of government. Former foreign secretary and National Security Advisor Shivshankar […]Read More

Burma Boils: What Can The World Do?

New Delhi: At least 138 protesters have been killed in Myanmar since the February 1 military coup, the UN has said, including 56 over the weekend. India’s Foreign Secretary Harsh V. Shringla has pointed to India working with all parties and in the UN Security Council to facilitate “balanced outcomes” that could help in resolving […]Read More

The Quad: China On Mind, Not On Lips

NEW DELHI: The joint statement issued by the Quad after the first leader-level summit harps on about a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific as the shared vision. In a subsequent joint article by the U.S. President and the prime ministers of India, Japan and Australia, the leaders talk about coercion and the need to apply […]Read More

Revisiting Palmyra: Ravaged By Daesh, Rising From The Ruins

PALMYRA: Half of Syria’s children including our driver Amaar’s siblings, Adnan and Sima have grown up knowing nothing but war. After ten years of continuing conflict, UN Secretary General António Guterres has noted, “it is impossible to fully fathom the extent of the devastation”, warning, “Syria has fallen off the front page.” Adding to the […]Read More

From Obscure To Buzzing: The North East’s Changing Fortunes

NEW DELHI: The perception about the North East being among the backward regions of India is anything but true. Call it ignorance. When it comes to human development, social indices and even contributing to the national economy, the region offers a lot. It took decades to turn the national spotlight on the region that holds […]Read More

A Guide to Contemporary China

‘Reforming’ Hong Kong China’s lawmakers want Hong Kong’s electoral system ‘reformed’, a move overwhelmingly endorsed at the fourth session of the 13th National People’s Congress (NPC). The Election Committee of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) will undergo changes in shape, size and composition, with a new committee set up to vet qualifications of election […]Read More

62 Years Of Tibet’s Repression: Time To Review ‘One China’

NEW DELHI: March 10, 1959 is marked as a day that changed Tibet’s history as the Chinese Communist Party’s(CCP) People’s Liberation Army cracked down on an uprising, killing and imprisoning hundreds of thousands of Tibetans. On ‘Talking Point’, China and Tibet Specialist, Claude Arpi, the Author of four volumes on Tibet-India relations 1947-1962 and Dorjee […]Read More

Air India First Rate Asset But Its Privatisation Is A

NEW DELHI: The national carrier has brought back over 2.5 million people of Indian origin to the country so far, as part of the Vande Bharat mission. Private carriers too have pitched in, says Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri. Speaking to StratNews Global Editor-in-Chief Nitin A. Gokhale, Puri defended attempts to privatise Air India, […]Read More

Afghanistan: Giving Peace Another Chance

NEW DELHI: The Biden administration has put forth a set of proposals to give fresh impetus to the Afghan peace process. The option of withdrawing the remaining 2500 American troops from Afghanistan on May 1—a deadline set by the earlier administration—is still very much open though. One of the proposals suggested by Biden is for […]Read More