South Asia and Beyond

Neighbourhood Outreach, Shringla Style

In keeping with India’s foreign policy dictum of ‘Neighbourhood First’, new foreign secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla has begun his outreach to the envoys of these countries by meeting them before the envoys of other countries. The first envoy Shringla met after he took charge less than a month ago is Nepal’s ambassador of Nepal Nilambar […]Read More

FATF Meet: Pak Unlikely To Be Blacklisted But Holding Its

NEW DELHI: The conviction of UN-designated terrorist and 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks mastermind Hafiz Saeed by a Pak court has come almost on cue. The terror watchdog FATF (Financial Action Task Force) has a crucial plenary meeting where it will assessed if Pakistan has done enough to crack down on terror funding and money laundering and […]Read More

‘Mission’ Nostalgia

Outgoing Australian high commissioner to India Harinder Sidhu had some important visitors at her official residence in Delhi recently. And they weren’t from the diplomatic community but sons of noted American architect Joseph Allen Stein who designed some outstanding structures in India, including the India International Centre (IIC), the Ford Foundation building next door to […]Read More

Chinese Footprints In South Asia: The Sri Lanka Experience

NEW DELHI: In June last year, Sri Lanka’s external debt reached an all-time high of US $55.5 billion—a drain on an already struggling economy made worse by the deadly Easter Sunday bombings in April that numbed tourism, one of the mainstays of the economy, and jolted investor confidence. Managing debt is the biggest risk to […]Read More

Major Attack Bearing Pak Imprint Foiled, 3 Terrorists Killed

NEW DELHI: Photographs available with StratNews Global show a group of three heavily armed terrorists, who were planning a sophisticated terror attack, intercepted and killed near the Bann toll plaza in Nagrota close to Jammu. Some markings found on the arms, ammunition and other items recovered from the terrorists reveal a clear Pakistani hand. The […]Read More

Ministry Gets A Corporate Dose

The administrative rejig in India’s Ministry of External Affairs is described as far reaching by some, even ambitious while others are sceptical. A retired diplomat recalled a similar exercise by a former foreign secretary keen on burnishing his credentials as a thinker and reformer. End result: the IPA Division (Iran, Pakistan Afghanistan) became PAI to […]Read More

Humanitarian Crisis In Madagascar: Will India Extend Its Benign Outreach

NEW DELHI: The cyclonic season in southwestern Indian Ocean has been unusually harsh for the island nation of Madagascar where a national emergency has been declared following flash floods and torrential rain. European Commission’s Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations reported on Monday (January 27) that over the past week, heavy rain, […]Read More

New Foreign Secretary Set To Take Charge; Expect A Shake-Up

NEW DELHI: The external affairs ministry is all set to get a new captain of the ship with Harsh Vardhan Shringla taking over as foreign secretary on January 29, so expect some important announcements in the coming days regarding transfers and postings of diplomats. Many senior officers have been awaiting new assignments but had to […]Read More

A Proposal Of Himalayan Heights!

Blistering barnacles! Or, should we say ‘Thundering typhoons’! The offer made by Nepal to play mediator between India and Pakistan makes one remember Captain Haddock’s exclamations in the comic-book series Tintin. The offer of mediation on Kashmir and terrorism was made by Nepalese “sources” during a briefing on Saturday to a group of visiting Indian […]Read More