South Asia and Beyond


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

‘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

One Step Forward Two Back For Saudis, But Achievement For

NEW DELHI: Was there a secret Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meeting with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that was outed by Israeli media? The Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud may have denied it in a tweet, but Netanyahu himself hasn’t, saying, “I […]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

Russia’s Sudan Port Deal Can Add More Meat On Skeleton

NEW DELHI: Russia’s 25-year deal for a Sudanese port on the Red Sea is a “great place to give historic ties with India a little more meat on the skeleton,” says Maxim A. Suchkov, Senior Fellow and Associate Professor at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO-University). This week, Russia announced an agreement to […]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

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