South Asia and Beyond

First Kalapani, Now Palm Oil

The festering territorial claim over Kalapani, a small enclave at the trijunction of India, Nepal and China which Kathmandu claims and India holds has become the latest irritant in bilateral ties. “If India can resolve the land boundary issue with Bangladesh, why not Nepal?” Nepalese Foreign Minister Pradeep Gyawali said during an interaction with journalists in […]Read More

Only The Second Time

So long, farewell to retiring Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale who heads off into the Pune sunset at the end of his diplomatic innings. Incidentally, he was Secretary, Economic Relations, in Delhi when picked for the top job, which is not the norm. Generally, foreign secretaries have moved into South Block from some foreign capital, as […]Read More

India Seeks Greater Maritime Cooperation With Sri Lanka In Indian

NEW DELHI: In the latest move to ramp up its strategic imprint in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) and to counter Beijing’s power play, New Delhi has reached out to Colombo for stepping up maritime cooperation. The outreach to the new Gotabaya Rajapaksa-led Sri Lankan government was done during the visit of India’s National Security Adviser […]Read More

When Trump Visits India

U.S. President Donald Trump is likely to be in India for two days and a half, top diplomatic sources indicated today. While he will spend one day in Delhi on completing the official part of his visit, Trump is expected to spend one full day in Ahmedabad with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The highlight of […]Read More

When Doval Met Gotabaya

India and Sri Lanka hope to further bolster cooperation in the area of national security among other things. India’s National Security Adviser (NSA) Ajit Doval and Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa flagged it as a priority area during their meeting in Colombo on Saturday. “Strengthening of bilateral cooperation on national security, intelligence sharing, maritime security & […]Read More

Mission Lanka On Fast Track

Engagement at the highest levels between India and Sri Lanka which began soon after the Gotabaya Rajapaksa-led government took charge in November last year will get a leg-up with National Security Adviser (NSA) Ajit Doval visiting Colombo on Saturday. It is a measure of the importance New Delhi attaches to its ties with the strategically […]Read More

‘Region Wants India To Play A More Proactive Role In

NEW DELHI: Iran’s admission that it accidentally shot down the Ukranian airliner raises various domestic issues for Tehran. It will also occasion some cheer in Washington. But Dr Waiel Awwad, senior Syrian journalist and West Asia expert based in New Delhi, believes that Iran with its array of proxy forces retains a very strong hand […]Read More

PM’s Military Plainspeak

Prime Minister Narendra Modi surprised even the most cynical national security analyst by not just appointing a Chief of Defence Staff end of last year but going a step further by creating a Department of Military Affairs (DMA) under the Ministry of Defence to coordinate and integrate the three armed forces to improve their combat […]Read More

What StratNewsGlobal Stands For

NEW DELHI: Strategic Affairs is our game. South Asia and beyond is our playground. We track international developments. Our Founder Nitin Gokhale and Editor Surya Gangadharan explain what StratNewsGlobal stands for.Read More

Who Will Succeed Shringla?

Who will be the next Indian ambassador to the U.S.? And who will fill the vacancy created after India’s envoy to Nepal Manjeev Singh Puri retired last month? The government is yet to announce, possibly because it’s waiting for current envoy to the U.S., Harsh Vardhan Shringla, to take over as foreign secretary on January […]Read More