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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

Bangladesh: Creeping Radicalisation And A Complicit Government

NEW DELHI: The space for those expressing secular, liberal or progressive views is shrinking rapidly in Bangladesh–this is a view expressed by Bangladeshis as they see hardline elements gaining increasing salience in the Muslim-majority nation. Even more worrying, they say, is that such radical views are no longer confined to Islamist outfits but have spread […]Read More

India-Nepal: Protocol Set Aside For India’s Top Diplomat, Ties in

NEW DELHI: India’s Foreign Secretary Harsh Shringla appeared to have struck all the right notes in Kathmandu, describing Nepal as “nikatam mitr” or close friend in initial remarks at the airport. As the day unfolded, protocol was brushed aside as Shringla called on Nepal’s Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, for a one-on-one that included a […]Read More

‘Biden Has To Increase Risk Appetite With Xi Jinping, Be

NEW DELHI: “I expect the Biden administration to uphold the Trump administration’s precedent with regard to arms sales to Taiwan,” says Charlie Lyons Jones at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) in Canberra, adding, “it would be really helpful for bolstering deterrence in the Taiwan Strait.” The Trump administration notified Congress of military deals to […]Read More

Ethiopia-Tigray War: “Ethnic Genie Out Of The Bottle, UAE Can

NEW DELHI: Why is 2019 Nobel peace laureate Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed conducting a ‘war’ on the country’s Tigray region? Theodore Murphy, Director of the Africa programme at the European Council on Foreign Relations, explains the genesis of what PM Abiy describes as a ‘campaign to uphold the rule of law’, the “explosion of […]Read More

Shringla’s Nepal Visit May See Land Borders, Air Space Reopened

NEW DELHI: Winds of change in the India-Nepal relationship? That remains to be seen, but the visit later this week of India’s Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla to Kathmandu suggests a determination to address the bumps in the relationship. The most recent bump of course, is the bitter border dispute over Nepal’s claims to the […]Read More

Afghanistan, Pakistan Agree On Shared Vision For Peace

KABUL: Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday arrived on a day-long visit to Afghanistan where he met top Afghan government officials including President Ashraf Ghani and the talks between the two were focused on a number of important issues pertaining to the Afghan peace process, bilateral relations and cooperation between the nations on mutual […]Read More

‘Don’t Make Us Your Enemy’: China Threatens Five Eyes Group,

China’s diatribes are getting positively theatrical. On Thursday, none other than Foreign Ministry Spokesman Zhao Lijian said, “It doesn’t matter whether they have 5 eyes or 10 eyes, if they dare to damage China’s sovereignty, security and development, they should be careful or their eyes will be plucked out.” The threat was directed at Britain, Australia, […]Read More