South Asia and Beyond

‘China Does Not Know How To Counter The Quad’

NEW DELHI: China’s reaction to the Quad—involving the U.S., India, Japan and Australia—has wavered from being dismissive to calling the grouping ‘Asian NATO’ and a security threat. There can never be a NATO in the Indo-Pacific; such an arrangement is just not suitable there, says James Carafano, who heads the defence and security vertical at […]Read More

Amid U.S. Vs China, India & Europe Can ‘Merge Forces

NEW DELHI: The Europeans and Americans may have been vocal against India not taking sides in the Russia-Ukraine conflict but many of their leaders have made a dash for New Delhi of late. That shows India’s rising clout, says Velina Tchakarova, Director of the Austrian Institute for European and Security Policy (AIES) in Vienna, Austria. […]Read More

No Rift With Gotabaya, We’re On The Same Page: Mahinda

NEW DELHI: The current economic crisis in Sri Lanka that has led to spiraling prices of essentials has drawn people onto the streets calling for the ouster of the Rajapaksas—President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and his elder brother Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa. Changes made by the President, including changes to the Cabinet, has done little to assuage […]Read More

‘With No Board To Oversee, Musk Can Use Twitter Any

NEW DELHI: Billionaire Elon Musk has rustled up $44 billion to buy social networking and microblogging site twitter. He will oversee his new empire with no board to oversee what he does or how he does it. That could be problematic for India, argues Jaijit Bhattacharya, president of the Centre for Digital Economy Policy. Speaking […]Read More

Target Russia On Opening Day Of Raisina Dialogue

NEW DELHI: The guns were out on the opening day of the Raisina Dialogue in Delhi with Russia the obvious and expected target. European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen, after meeting Narendra Modi earlier in the day, hinted at what she had told him. “In Europe we see Russia’s aggression as a direct threat […]Read More

‘West Asia Remains Mired In Despots And Decline, Hope Is

NEW DELHI: West Asia has seen some of the most horrific wars in recent memory. The US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 did result in the overthrow of Saddam Hussein but also saw the rise of the Islamic State and its atrocities, inflicted mostly on co-religonists. There followed the short lived Arab Spring where hopes […]Read More

A Guide To Contemporary China

Young Chinese “Confident, Aspirant Responsible” Says Govt Paper The government released its first nationwide official document recently, focusing on its youth. The document, titled “Youth of China in the New Era,” was published by the Chinese State Council Information Office ahead of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Youth League of China. […]Read More

“India’s BrahMos Deal With The Philippines Is Firmly Set, On

NEW DELHI: On ‘Talking Point‘, Ambassador Shambhu S.Kumaran, India’s Envoy to the Philippines, Republic of Palau and Federated States of Micronesia in conversation with StratNews Global Associate Editor Amitabh P. Revi. In this wide-ranging interview, Ambassador Kumaran discusses External Affairs Minister Dr S. Jaishankar’s upcoming bilateral meeting in Delhi with Teodoro L. Locsin Jr, the […]Read More

Is It Curtains For President Gotabaya Rajapaksa As Opposition Gathers

NEW DELHI: Sri Lanka’s political crisis triggered by its economic crisis, appears to be gathering steam. The Opposition has presented to the Speaker of parliament, constitutional amendments that would strip President Gotabaya Rajapaksa of his powers. Speaking on The Gist, Paikiasothy Sarvanamuttu, executive director of the Centre for Policy Alternatives, a Colombo think tank, assesses […]Read More