South Asia and Beyond

Ashwin Ahmad

Traveller, bibliophile and wordsmith with a yen for international relations. A journalist and budding author of short fiction, life is a daily struggle to uncover the latest breaking story while attempting to be Hemingway in the self-same time. Focussed especially on Europe and West Asia, discussing Brexit, the Iran crisis and all matters related is a passion that endures to this day. Believes firmly that life without the written word is a life best not lived. That’s me, Ashwin Ahmad.

Brazil’s Rising Global Influence Is In India’s Interest

NEW DELHI: President Jair Bolsonaro’s first state visit to Delhi has thrown up questions on the India-Brazil relationship, where it stands, and what more can be done to build up ties. Speaking to StratNews Global, Deepak Bhojwani, former Consul General in São Paulo and an analyst of Latin American affairs, tells Opinion Editor Ashwin Ahmad […]Read More

EU Sees India Relationship As Key To Its Future

NEW DELHI: Europe seems to be at a crossroads today. The US pivot towards Asia has ensured that global geo-politics is slowly but surely being played towards the east of the world. This trend, exacerbated by growing tensions within the transatlantic alliance, and the fact that the 28-member organisation cannot seem to pull together on […]Read More

Chinese Ships Have Entered Our Exclusive Economic Zones In IOR,

NEW DELHI: Concerns about China, and China’s increased naval presence was uppermost in the mind of India’s Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Karambir Singh. Speaking at the Raisina Dialogue, he acknowledged that China’s heightened activity in the Indian Ocean was something that New Delhi was keeping a close eye on.  “The PLA Navy, which is […]Read More

U.S.-Iran Faceoff: Can Stability Return To The Middle East?

NEW DELHI: Tehran’s belated admission of downing a Ukrainian passenger aircraft is embarrassing for the regime, externally and domestically. President Donald Trump has tacitly encouraged Iranian protesters on Twitter, but curiously, there hasn’t been any significant announcement by him on Iran so far. Professor AK Pasha, of the Centre for West Asian Studies at Delhi’s Jawaharlal […]Read More

‘It’s Not Possible To Predict When The Bushfires Will End’

With a death toll of over 20 people and damage expected to exceed $4.4 billion according to Moody’s Analytics, Australia’s bushfires have not only been devastating but they are not likely to end anytime soon. Ashwin Ahmad, Opinion Editor of StratNews Global, speaks with Mosiqi Acharya, Senior Producer at SBS Radio in Australia to get […]Read More

India, France Move Towards An Alliance In The Indian Ocean

The competition for strategic space in the Indian Ocean could see China deploying an aircraft carrier with its complement of other vessels, in the coming years. That’s the assessment of the Indian Navy based on a close study of the pattern of China’s naval profile since 2008, when it first entered the Indian Ocean in force.  […]Read More

India Needs A New Counter Terrorism Policy To Deal With

NEW DELHI: The recent handover of 13 captured Indian ISIS fighters by the Afghan government has confirmed to Indian intelligence agencies that the global terrorist organisation is determined to not only to expand its footprint in India, but also to get more Indian fighters to do it. Though India has been prepared for the ISIS threat […]Read More