South Asia and Beyond

India-U.S. Defence Ties: Transactional Or Transformational?

NEW DELHI: One of things that stood out during the U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin’s visit to India late last week was the renewed emphasis by the United States on its partnership with India. The Indo-Pacific, which was the overarching focus at the first virtual Quad summit held recently, was reiterated by both India and the […]Read More

India’s National Security Reforms Beginning To Pay Off

NEW DELHI: India’s arms imports fell 33 per cent over the last decade, according to a report released by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (Sipri) earlier this week. This is some achievement for a nation that has for long been over-dependent on countries such as Russia and the United States for arms and other […]Read More

A Guide To Contemporary China

Divorce Within 60 Days Wuhan, the Chinese city which won worldwide notoriety as the source of the pandemic, appears to have a new claim to fame. Authorities say that since a new law on divorce was enacted in January, nearly half of couples who registered have preferred to withdraw. Apparently, the secret behind this success […]Read More

Alaska Spat: U.S.-China, Indo-Pacific, India, Russia

New Delhi: On ‘Talking Point’, Ambassador Ichiro Fujisaki, Japan’s Former Envoy to the U.S., the UN, and the WTO and Rear Admiral (Retd) James Goldrick, Strategic Maritime Expert, Visiting Fellow at the Australian Sea Power Centre and Adjunct Professor at the University of New South Wales, Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) in conversation with StratNews […]Read More

U.S., China Talk At Each Other On Day 1 Of

New Delhi: Acrimony is no stranger to diplomacy, but the first round of the US-China dialogue in Anchorage, Alaska, was redolent largely of that. US Secretary of State Blinken in his opening remarks, underscored Washington’s “deep concerns” with China’s actions in Xinjiang, Hong Kong, Taiwan which threatened “global stability”. He warned that the alternative to […]Read More

‘Fighting In Tigray Has Died Down, The Pandemic Is Under

NEW DELHI: Much of the news about Ethiopia these days has centered around the fighting in Tigray province between local militias and the federal forces, and the flood of refugees into neighbouring Sudan.  Although large scale fighting appears to have eased, small incidents continue with attacks reported on federal forces. In this exclusive conversation with […]Read More

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