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Afghanistan's looming crisis
Vikram Sood
03 September 2015
It is difficult to accept that the Americans were blissfully ignorant about Mullah Omar's death unless there was a failure of both intelligence and imagination. This was a failure to imagine that, having once hidden the truth from them about Osama bin Laden, Pakistan would repeat this subterfuge.
 
India-US defence cooperation stuck in a catch-22 situation
Seema Sirohi & Abhijit Iyer-Mitra
02 September 2015
As PM Modi's second visit to the US draws near, excitement and anxiety both are rising on bridging the gap between promise and delivery. Though US officials would like to treat visits by Indian leaders as 'normal order of business' without demands for a breakthrough, breakthroughs are needed given the long history of non-cooperation and suspicion.
 
Faith and diplomacy
C. Raja Mohan
01 September 2015
Delhi must recognise that putting religion into statecraft does not mean privileging one faith over another. If Buddhism has the potential to reinforce India's engagement with many East Asian countries, a similar outreach on Islam might boost India's ties with the Muslim world.
 
Why India-Australia FTA matters?
Richa Sekhani
28 August 2015
The bilateral agreement has been expressed as a top priority by both India and Australia leaders. However, having finalised a successful Australia-China FTA, it is unlikely that India will represent same demand for Australian products.
 
BRICS New Development Bank: Glass is half full
Shubh Soni
25 August 2015
The New Development Bank is in a lot ways revolutionary. It is the first time that a group of five emerging economies, with varying political systems and structures, and which are geographically spread wide apart from each other, have taken up the mantle of development in the Global South.
 
What's behind PM Modi's new love for the UAE
Pinak Ranjan Chakravarty
20 August 2015
Prime Minister Modi's visit to UAE opens various doors for closer engagement with the region, at a time of significant global geo-strategic shifts. His visit to the UAE, one of the important Gulf Cooperation Council, is set to test India's diplomatic skills in the region.
 
Call of the Gulf
C. Raja Mohan
18 August 2015
One of the long-term outcomes from Prime Minister Narendra Modi's two-day visit to the United Arab Emirates is the prospect that India might actively contribute to the balance of power in the Gulf. It was the British Raj that provided security to the small and vulnerable Arab kingdoms of the eastern Gulf from the early 19th to the mid-20th century.
 
Bridge to the Emirates
Manoj Joshi
18 August 2015
Looked at any way, the UAE is one of the most important foreign relationships for India. Through the web of aviation links, trade and expatriate Indians, the UAE is virtually a neighbour of India. And, characteristic of the Modi style, the visit to UAE was carefully nuanced with the agenda back home.
 
How India, UAE looked beyond Pak to forge a new partnership
C. Raja Mohan
18 August 2015
In proclaiming a "natural strategic partnership" with the United Arab Emirates and putting security cooperation, including counter-terrorism, at the centre of it, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has seized a rare moment of change in the Gulf and launched a new phase in India?s relations with a very critical region.
 
Modi in the Gulf
C. Raja Mohan
11 August 2015
That Narendra Modi's two-day trip to the UAE this weekend is the first prime ministerial visit since 1981 underlines the story of New Delhi's neglect so far of a country and region that is so proximate in all senses of the term.
 
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