C. Raja Mohan is Director, Institute of South Asian Studies, National University of Singapore, and contributing editor on foreign affairs for 'The Indian Express'.
India and the US need to address the vexed issues in trade. This will prepare New Delhi for profound changes in global economic order
Modi must also underline that the main purpose of India’s diaspora engagement in America is about elevating the strategic partnership with the US to a higher level.
Reactions of several Muslim countries to India’s decision on Kashmir shows that political and economic interest bind nations — not ideologies.
Realists in Islamabad are arguing for diplomatic relations with Israel. This is part of a new urgency to revamp the country’s foreign policy.
That no prime minister has visited Hungary since Rajiv Gandhi in 1988 and Poland since Morarji Desai in 1979, underlines India’s strategic neglect of Central Europe all these decades. As the region’s weight grows within Europe, Eurasia and the world, Jaishankar’s visit has hopefully created the basis for a more productive engagement with the region.
Barring China, few major powers want to take advantage of India’s problems in Kashmir. Pakistan might whip itself into a frenzy about every word on Kashmir, but there is little reason for Delhi to be too excited
Why in a more uncertain world order, India and France are natural partners in building the new coalitions.
Delhi should support the region’s reform agenda, deepen economic and security cooperation.
India’s recent decision to revoke the special status of Kashmir is about the unfinished task of extending effective territorial sovereignty over lands it has claimed.
India’s diplomatic response must be at multiple levels. One is the legal dimension. Realists might scoff at legal niceties. But legal arguments are important and Delhi must present a solid legal brief about its actions, since there is little international understanding of the complex historical evolution of Kashmir.
After altering J&K’s status, Delhi needs strategy to manage external environment
Rajnath Singh’s visit to Mozambique offers an opportunity for Delhi to review the progress made in implementing the Indian Ocean strategy.
There is valuable real estate for space-faring nations on the lunar surface. But international law is still unclear on ownership in space.
The essence of talks: What General Bajwa can deliver on regional peace, what he wants in return.
The churn in the Persian Gulf provides India an opening to step up its strategic engagements beyond investments in the Chabahar port.
There is renewed global interest in the moon. India must leverage its space legacy to gain lunar advantage.
As in India, so in the ASEAN, there was much initial suspicion about the meaning of and the motivations behind the term Indo-Pacific. If India’s preferred focus was on the Indian Ocean, the ASEAN had grown accustomed to the idea of the Asia-Pacific.
The key to successful engagement with the US is to keep the negotiations going and make progress wherever one can. Americans are always ready to split the difference and move on. Delhi has been notorious for its inability to bring any negotiation to a close.
The street protests threaten to dim Beijing’s aura of invincibility.
The context of India-Pakistan relationship has changed significantly. Any framework for dialogue must reflect the new situation
The strengthening of ties between Russia and China present a challenge to Delhi. But it is better prepared than most to play the new Great Game.
As Prime Minister Narendra Modi travels to the southern seas, Delhi must come to terms with a number of realities.
Rise of the all-knowing surveillance state has reinforced Deng Xiaoping’s model of open economy and closed polity in China.
If there is one piece of real estate that holds the key to the geopolitics of East Asia, it is Taiwan.
Modi needs to take a strategic view of India’s foreign trade, purposefully explore the possibilities for give and take with the US, and seize on the rearrangement of global production chains in the wake of the US-China trade war. No other set of issues will shape India’s future global trajectory more than a pragmatic reorientation of India’s trade strategy and the reformation of its negotiating structures.