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Power relations

Whenever American policymakers talk about India, they sing praises of its cultural diversity, hailing it as the world’s oldest and largest democracy. The euphoria of shared values of common democratic…

The Chinese Experience

The Chinese experience

I recently led a delegation of the Regional Peace Institute (RPI) at an international conference on peace and disarmament in China. The theme was cooperation between China and South Asia.…

The double game

ndia uses its sour relations with China and Pakistan as an excuse to purchase more weapons. For example, India published reports that accused Pakistan of using drone technology to help…

India’s foreign policy follies

When in trouble shoot out. Nations have a habit of using internal/ external policy overtures to deflect unwanted attention to underperforming areas. India’s latest conflict with China is not only…

Analysing the ceasefire

Any move that can push Pakistan and India away from the dangers of war offers a sense of relief, even if temporarily. The unique feature of this positive development is…

The Ladakh compromise

This Valentine’s Day, China sent special white roses with a letter to India’s ‘glorious seven’ – Raksha Mantri Rajnath Singh, Raksha Sachiv Ajay Kumar, Generalissimo Rawat, General Naravane, Lt-Gen Mohanty,…

Our Foreign Policy Dilemma

Our foreign policy dilemma

Upon assuming office in 2013, maintaining good relations with neighboring countries through regional economic integration was the mainstay of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s foreign policy. Three years on, however, Pakistan’s…

Terrorism’s Saffron Fault Line

Terrorism’s saffron fault line

Colours have strong associations and tend to be coded in our psyche. They are linked, sometimes inexorably, to our politics, culture and social biases. The way we respond to people,…

BCIM Corridor Versus Gwadar-Kashgar Corridor

BCIM corridor versus Gwadar-Kashgar corridor

When it comes to connectivity between India and China, leveraging the potential of direct roads still remains low. Road corridors enable not only trade, but also infrastructure like electricity lines,…

False Prestige

False prestige

So addicted is the Indian power elite to being treated as the representative of an unstoppable rising great power that it finds the recent decline in India’s global stature and…