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A restless US keenly watches Iran-Saudi Arabia talks

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A restless US keenly watches Iran-Saudi Arabia talks

What is upsetting Washington about any reset of Iran-Saudi Arabian relations, midwifed by Qatar, is that the US is not in the driving seat of this initiative 

COVID-19 and Foreign Policy | India must review its policy of accepting foreign aid

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COVID-19 and Foreign Policy | India must review its policy of accepting foreign aid

This is a time for India to be discriminating in accepting aid and exercising discretion can avoid regrets in future. Accepting aid with which controversial Indian origin politicians abroad are associated has its risks 

Modi’s foreign policy prescience with Cuba could help India's vaccine needs

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Modi’s foreign policy prescience with Cuba could help India's vaccine needs

As Cuba undergoes a leadership change, Narendra Modi’s decision to strengthen ties with Havana early into his prime ministership is likely to pay off

Why India and Pakistan will be closely watching political developments in Jordan

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Why India and Pakistan will be closely watching political developments in Jordan

Jordan’s stability, rocked by the royal spat, is of interest to India in multiple ways. In the divisions within the Hashemite family, Pakistan sees a chance to claw its way back into Jordan

Foreign Affairs | Quad, China, and India’s multi-polarity

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Foreign Affairs | Quad, China, and India’s multi-polarity

It is bewildering that in India it is taken for granted in all the public discourse about the first Quad summit that it is all about China when Modi made it plain that the Quad’s role under the present global circumstances is about everything else.

Joe Biden’s Cabinet nominees vs white, male American establishment

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Joe Biden’s Cabinet nominees vs white, male American establishment

Joe Biden’s will be most racially and ethnically diverse Cabinet in US history if all his nominees are confirmed. But as of now, the Senate is taking its own time to let go of its privileges that are the relics of a bygone era 

Iran nuclear deal is a maze that will test Joe Biden’s presidency

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Iran nuclear deal is a maze that will test Joe Biden’s presidency

If the Iran nuclear deal is resurrected on the lines of the recent US-European joint statement, the credit for this should go to Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, who first mooted the proposal in an interview to CNN about a fortnight after Joe Biden’s inauguration as US President

Amazon and The Washington Post | Two sides of the Jeff Bezos coin

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Amazon and The Washington Post | Two sides of the Jeff Bezos coin

Contrary to the dark underbelly of the business model practised by Amazon for two decades and its ruthless and predatory practices, the story of The Washington Post under Jeff Bezos’ ownership presents an entirely different picture 

Thanks to a complex US Senate, Donald Trump might not be impeached

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Thanks to a complex US Senate, Donald Trump might not be impeached

Donald Trump may not be impeached, but much is about to change in the US Senate. That will be a Trump legacy even if he had no clue how this chamber functioned with its time-honoured rules 

A Republican Senate would have been a blessing in disguise for Joe Biden-Kamala Harris

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A Republican Senate would have been a blessing in disguise for Joe Biden-Kamala Harris

‘Socialism’ is a spectre for most in the US and a Republican victory in the Georgia run-offs would have been a palliative against the so-called red scourge

Capitol Hill Violence | US is a democracy manipulated by lobbies

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Capitol Hill Violence | US is a democracy manipulated by lobbies

Donald Trump sees his supporters who invaded Capitol Hill and attempted to stop the final certification of Joe Biden as the next US President merely as one of his lobbies. It is not a coincidence that a succession of Trump’s campaign managers in both elections have been lobbyists, not political strategists

Foreign Affairs | Why a US-India trade deal is still elusive

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Foreign Affairs | Why a US-India trade deal is still elusive

There is absolutely no commonality in behavioural approach between the two sides, India and the United States, towards negotiating any trade deal

Foreign Affairs | Winter has come on US-Iran ties

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Foreign Affairs | Winter has come on US-Iran ties

There are many winters’ tales about Iran and the United States, but unlike William Shakespeare’s romantic comedy, none of them are either comic or romantic

US Elections | Punching above India’s weight could be counterproductive

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US Elections | Punching above India’s weight could be counterproductive

The Indian American community has taken only baby steps in political outreach in the United States in recent years. The potential of people of Indian origin to shape American public policies and to wield influence in the corridors of power in the US is vastly overstated

US Elections | Results to the Senate bring good tidings for the US-India ties

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US Elections | Results to the Senate bring good tidings for the US-India ties

While much of the attention in India has been on the US presidential race, results of the biennial elections to the Senate have put India on a strong wicket America-wide, and on Capitol Hill

India-US 2+2 Dialogue | The significance of Pompeo’s visit a week before US elections

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India-US 2+2 Dialogue | The significance of Pompeo’s visit a week before US elections

From India’s point of view, it would have made more sense to have the 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue later this year, if Donald Trump is re-elected, because there would be greater clarity on issues then

US Elections | Harris-Pence debate exposes the unequal status of women in the US

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US Elections | Harris-Pence debate exposes the unequal status of women in the US

The vice presidential debate between Kamala Harris and Mike Pence exposed the soft underbelly of American society where women are still unequal to men

The winds at the UN General Assembly are not in favour of India

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The winds at the UN General Assembly are not in favour of India

The impressive gains India has made at the UNGA since the 1975 episode are at serious risk of being set back this year in the just-opened General Assembly because the plenary of the world has fallen into the hands of those who are opposed to India

US Elections | Stage set for class wars in the United States

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US Elections | Stage set for class wars in the United States

The ‘radical’ pulls within both the Republican and Democratic parties are amplifying the realities between the two Americas: one where more than 40 million live on food stamps and the other comprising the nation’s wealthiest one percent

US elections | Virtual party conventions are dampeners

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US elections | Virtual party conventions are dampeners

The grapevine has it that Donald Trump decided that his endorsement for the second presidential run will take place in Charlotte because that is where Barack Obama was re-nominated for his second term in 2012

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