South Asia and Beyond

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Showcasing Samarkand: Uzbekistan Rolls Out The Welcome Mat

SAMARKAND: The SCO summit in Samarkand was a Made for Uzbekistan event, designed to showcase its natural beauty, magnificent and perfectly preserved historical monuments and organisational (read government) competence and efficiency in carrying through a successful world summit. But in a move perhaps harking back to Soviet times, access to Samarkand was tightly controlled for the […]Read More

Need To Develop Grey Zone Capabilities: Army Chief

NEW DELHI: The latest round of disengagement involving Indian and Chinese troops along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Eastern Ladakh notwithstanding, two more friction points still remain, says Army Chief General Manoj Pande. In a free-wheeling chat at the India Defence Conclave 2022 with founder and editor-in-chief of Bharat Shakti Nitin A. Gokhale, Gen. […]Read More


SAMARKAND: The recently concluded heads of state summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) in Samarkand, Uzbekistan presents India many opportunities: the question is can it capitalise on them? The question is very valid. India is a relative late comer to this region, waking up about a decade ago with the focus on connectivity and […]Read More

Disintegration Of The Old World Order, A Decade Of Uncertainty

NEW DELHI: The Covid-19 pandemic and the Russia-Ukraine war have exacerbated an already disruptive world order, says former Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale. The former career diplomat told StratNews Global Editor-in-Chief Nitin A. Gokhale on ‘The Gist’ that India has managed the twin crises better than most countries and is on course to developing its economy, […]Read More

LAC Disengagement, Buffer Zones And Unanswered Questions

NEW DELHI: The latest round of disengagement at PP-15 in the Gogra-Hot Springs area along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Eastern Ladakh has triggered differing opinions among analysts and in the social media. While some back the move, calling it pragmatic, there are others who are critical of the government, claiming that the […]Read More

Connectivity To Central Asia: PM Modi’s Jibe At Pakistan

SAMARKAND: The summit of the heads of state of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) in Uzbekistan has ended and the rotating presidency of the bloc has been handed over to India which will host the gathering next year. Addressing the summit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi underlined the import of land connectivity to Central Asia and, without […]Read More

PM Modi’s Signals To China, Pakistan, The World As India

New Delhi: On ‘Talking Point’, Ambassador P.S. Raghavan, Chairman, National Security Advisory Board and India’s Former Envoy to Russia in conversation with StratNews Global Associate Editor Amitabh P. Revi. For the first time since the deadly border standoff between China and India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi came face-to-face with China’s President Xi Jinping at the annual summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation(SCO) in Samarkand, Uzbekistan. Despite […]Read More