South Asia and Beyond

UK’s Boris Johnson Chief Guest At R-Day Parade?

NEW DELHI: Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson (BoJo) is expected to be the chief guest at the Republic Day parade in January next year. If he does, he will join a list of luminaries including Barack Obama, Cyril Ramaphosa and Jair Bolsonaro. The invitation is understood to have been extended by Prime Minister Modi during […]Read More

30 Years On, A Throwback To Assam’s ‘Hot Brew’

NEW DELHI: Three decades ago, Assam was put under President’s Rule as law and order deteriorated due to violence unleashed by the insurgent group ULFA. For the first time, the Centre sent the army into the state for counter-insurgency operations. Businesses suffered as did the people and there was an overall environment of fear. In this […]Read More

Great Expectations: Can Team Biden Deliver?

NEW DELHI: U.S. President-elect Joe Biden has announced his first Cabinet and national security nominees this week. India’s former Ambassador to the U.S. and Germany Meera Shankar and James Traub, Author, Journalist and Scholar at New York University’s Centre on International Cooperation discuss the expectations around the world and in America on ‘Talking Point’ with […]Read More

Need To Build Credible Narrative, Sell The India Story: Vikram

NEW DELHI: In this age of information warfare, it’s imperative for nations to build narratives and control them so as to improve their image and standing abroad. The West has been on the top of this game, says Vikram Sood, former chief of Research & Analysis Wing (R&AW), India’s external intelligence agency. Building a national […]Read More

Indo-Pacific: Centre Of Gravity Of Geopolitics

NEW DELHI: Chinese aggression in the maritime domain and its utter disregard for international norms governing the seas and oceans is actually making world powers recalibrate their approach to Indo-Pacific. New alliances are being formed; small countries are now standing up to China’s belligerence and naval exercises involving powers such as the U.S., India, Japan and […]Read More

Al-Qaeda Leader Ayman al-Zawahiri ‘Died’ Of Illness: Reports

NEW DELHI: Fugitive Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri reportedly died of “natural causes” a month ago. That’s according to Hassan Hassan, a respected American journalist and author of Syrian origin. In a tweet, he said: “The news is making the rounds in close circles. I know the issue with such claims but corroborated it with sources […]Read More

Indo-Pacific Red Lines: On Course To Counter China?

NEW DELHI: The Indian Navy’s Vikramaditya Aircraft Carrier Battle Group has conducted naval exercises with the U.S. Navy’s Nimitz Carrier Strike Group, Australian and Japanese vessels in Phase II of Malabar 2020 in the northern Arabian Sea. In ‘Talking Point’, Admiral Arun Prakash (Retd), former Chief of Indian Naval Staff and Capt. James E. Fannel(Retd), […]Read More

Moderna Versus Pfizer: Who Will Give Us The COVID Cure

NEW DELHI: There are a number of vaccines that are being tried and tested to fight the global pandemic that has killed millions and devastated the global economy over the most part of this year. But the leading ones currently are from US Biotech firms Moderna and Pfizer. Moderna which recently released its study claims […]Read More

RCEP With China Minus India: Spotlight On ASEAN

New Delhi: On ‘Talking Point’ Ambassador Ichiro Fujisaki, Japan’s former envoy to the U.S., WTO and UN and Ambassador Mohan Kumar, India’s lead negotiator first at the GATT (General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade) and then at the WTO (World Trade Organization) and ex-Ambassador to France and Bahrain in discussion with StratNews Global Associate Editor […]Read More