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Will Okinawa poll shock impact Abe's national politics and US relations?
The consequences of the Okinawa gubernatorial elections, where Prime Minister Abe's party candidate was defeated convincingly, mainly on the issue of relocation of US bases, will resonate on the US-Japan security alliance as well as Abe's ruling LDP party.

The pragmatic idealism of Nehru
Manoj Joshi
20 November 2014
It is easy to criticise Nehru today. His priority then, as it remains that of our country today, is to take poor Indians out of poverty and protect the country's territorial integrity. Given the circumstances, he did not do a bad job, and he did it without murdering millions as was done in China, or overturning democracy, as was the case in many countries of the time.
Chinese perceptions of Modi's foreign policy
Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
14 November 2014
Tibet and the Dalai Lama's status continue to worry the Chinese. India's stated policy that Tibet is part of China notwithstanding, Chinese feel that India has a hidden agenda. The fact that Lobsang Sangay was invited to Modi's swearing-in has made the Chinese nervous.
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Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka: Is Indian concerns on Chinese naval presence justified?
N Sathiya Moorthy
18 November 2014
Since 2010, some 250 naval vessels from across a wide spectrum of nations have berthed at Sri Lankan ports. If Indians have to suspect Sri Lanka in the matter of Chinese naval vessels, then they would have to suspect a host of other nations.
Going beyond SAARC power-grid
N Sathiya Moorthy
13 November 2014
The Indian proposal for a SAARC power-grid, revived by Union Minister Piyush Goyal, has the potential to increase power-generation in South Asia. It also has the potential to reverse the way the South Asia thinks about itself - and the world thinks about South Asia, besides cutting oil bills of countries like India.
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War against ISIS: The picture is gloomy
Ravi Joshi
17 November 2014
In the war against ISIS, the picture is gloomy. The ISIS is unlikely to be pushed back as long as the Coalition's War against it remains only aerial. The Iraqi troops battling them were trained by the Americans, who after spending billions of dollars on their training find they are not up to the task.
When Modi made his moves in the US
Vikram Sood
16 October 2014
There was more to Narendra Modi's visit to the US than the razzmatazz of Madison Square Garden and Central Park. He had gone to the US after three basic foreign policy initiatives, and was making a statement on the world stage beyond the confines of the UNGA.
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Like a Lady Macbeth
Vikram Sood
13 November 2014
Throughout the 1990s, the Anglo-US duo remained obsessed with India's nuclear plans and virtually refused any discussions on Pakistani assistance to terrorism in India. The US also did succeed in delaying our missile programme even as they equipped Pakistan with nuclear capable F-16s.
Pakistan needs to be rescued from its current predicament
11 November 2014
On November 2, the Wagah border which collects curious crowds on either side of the border gate to witness the interesting manoeuvres of border guards on either side were witness to a gory incident of a terrific explosion on the Pakistani side,
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Japan walks the extra mile
Manoj Joshi
11 November 2014
The four-point agreement that was worked out by State Councillor Yang Jichei and Japanese National Security Adviser Shotaro Yachi to enable the meeting between President Xi Jinping of China and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan indicates that Tokyo has walked the extra mile to assuage the Chinese.
Japan and China seeking a limited truce?
K.V. Kesavan
09 October 2014
The forthcoming APEC annual summit, to be held in Beijing in November, provides an opportunity for both Shinzo Abe and Xi Jingping to meet for the first time and perhaps move in the direction of working out at least a limited "detente" in their relations.
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Iran's N-talks: Two steps forward and another act of sabotage
Ravi Joshi
06 November 2014
While the nuclear negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 are on track and when Iran is conceding most of the demands, why should there be an explosion in a crucial Iranian nuclear site, that too a missiles and munitions centre -- Parchin.
Iran and India's road to Afghanistan
C. Raja Mohan
27 October 2014
Delhi and Tehran must now sit down with the new government in Kabul to negotiate trilateral trade and transit agreements that will ensure an early realisation of all economic and strategic benefits that the Chabahar project promises.
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Russia hugs China
C. Raja Mohan
17 October 2014
As Russia embraces China to relieve the pressures from the West, India's room for geopolitical manoeuvre in Asia and beyond is bound to shrink. Earlier, though both India and Russia had begun to normalise bilateral relations with China in the 1980s, they remained wary about Beijing.
Neither warmongers nor wimps
Britta Petersen
20 September 2014
Driven by the dramatic events in the Ukraine, a far-reaching process has started, in Germany and in other European countries. For this time, the European Union is on the right path.
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Xi's visit to Maldives: Should India worry?
N Sathiya Moorthy
29 September 2014
Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit and accompanying independent agreements with Maldives and Sri Lanka, on undefined maritime issues and cooperation, have the potential for causing greater concern not only in India, but in the shared neighbourhood and beyond.
Maldives: Uniting in the name of Islam and Palestine
N Sathiya Moorthy
06 August 2014
In Maldives, the use of religion for political purposes should not be confused with a return or advent of 'fundamentalist Islam' or whatever.
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US-Africa Leaders' Summit: Seeking a new relevance
H.H.S. Viswanathan
19 August 2014
The US-Africa Leaders' Summit in Washington D.C from August 4 to 6 attracted considerable international media attention for various reasons. To begin with, for the US, it was a first of its kind.
BRICS needs doses of steroids to prosper
Samir Saran and Vivan Sharan
14 July 2014
Perhaps, the most critical issue for the five BRICS leaders, who will meet at the sunny shores of Fortaleza, will be practical goal-setting. This will be an exercise in planning and coordination to maintain continuity as well as honing in on objectives for the long term. If there is an opportunity to be seized in cross-leveraging political and economic ties, it will be in the coming years.
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Maritime dispute resolved, Delhi and Dhaka should work for turning Bay into economic hub
Joyeeta Bhattacharjee
16 July 2014
Resolution of the maritime dispute between India and Bangladesh has opened up a new horizon for cooperation between the two countries.
What Sushma Swaraj should look out for in Dhaka
Joyeeta Bhattacharjee
25 June 2014
Friendly Indo-Bangla relations will play a major role in securing peace and prosperity in the South Asia and these can be achieved with sincere initiatives by the government in resolving outstanding issues. India's Bangla policy could be a benchmark for the new government in dealing with other countries in the neighbourhood.
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