South Asia and Beyond

India-Pakistan: Talking Water & Peace

NEW DELHI: After a gap of over two years, India and Pakistan have held talks on sharing of the Indus waters. This comes at a time both the countries have been strictly adhering to a ceasefire along the Line of Control and the international boundary. Are these signs of a thaw after ties between the […]Read More

UNHRC Lanka Human Rights Vote Adopted: India Abstains

New Delhi: India has abstained as the resolution against Sri Lanka has been adopted at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva with 22 votes for, 11 against (including China, Pakistan, Russia, Philippines) and 14 abstentions. On ‘The Gist’, Ambassador Dilip Sinha, India’s Former Envoy to the UN in Geneva and Jamila Husain, Deputy Editor […]Read More

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