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  • The Eastern Window | Why is Xi intensifying military aggression amid economic challenges? Oct 18, 2021 09:51 AM IST

    The Eastern Window | Why is Xi intensifying military aggression amid economic challenges?

    A simple explanation is that Xi has emerged as a very strong leader and does not need to worry about immediate political repercussions for his decisions. But prominent voices also say he faces challenges from within the Communist Party

  • Taiwan crisis is a critical test of American resolve in Asia Oct 09, 2021 07:28 PM IST

    Taiwan crisis is a critical test of American resolve in Asia

    There’s little doubt that the recent PLA Air Force intrusions into Taiwan’s Air Defence Identification Zone are intended as threats. But they also seem designed not to provoke an actual crisis.

  • Is the US set to break up with Pakistan? Oct 02, 2021 09:00 AM IST

    Is the US set to break up with Pakistan?

    The United States is already working to bypass Pakistan’s geographical advantage in the region, and it isn't as invested in maintaining the geopolitical order in the Middle East any more.

  • Iran is considering its next moves in the Afghan war-without-end Sep 25, 2021 05:57 PM IST

    Iran is considering its next moves in the Afghan war-without-end

    Tehran might have secured the eviction of its superpower adversary from Afghanistan—only to discover that in this case, victory holds out the dangers of defeat.

  • Is the new Australia-UK-US alliance a geopolitical revolution, or a PR gimmick? Sep 18, 2021 08:16 PM IST

    Is the new Australia-UK-US alliance a geopolitical revolution, or a PR gimmick?

    For New Delhi, AUKUS isn’t uncomplicated good news.

  • Lt Gen. (Retd) Syed Ata Hasnain: ‘We should enhance our contacts with the Islamic world, especially the Middle East’ Sep 08, 2021 09:17 AM IST

    Lt Gen. (Retd) Syed Ata Hasnain: ‘We should enhance our contacts with the Islamic world, especially the Middle East’

    "Tactically, it is also good to remain engaged with Tajikistan and Uzbekistan besides also consulting our smaller neighbours within South Asia." - Lt. Gen (Retd) Hasnain

  • Does China really have the upper hand in Afghanistan? Sep 01, 2021 08:10 AM IST

    Does China really have the upper hand in Afghanistan?

    No one should get carried away by China’s apparent victory by default in the Afghanistan context 

  • Amid blood-red sunset of US withdrawal, fears rise that Afghan State will implode Aug 28, 2021 07:26 AM IST

    Amid blood-red sunset of US withdrawal, fears rise that Afghan State will implode

    Economic engagement with the Taliban could empower a ruthless regime. A collapsed Afghanistan, though, could degenerate into narco-state which exports terrorism.

  • Triumph of Taliban power could pose an existential threat to the ‘Anti-Taliban’ states of Central Asia Aug 21, 2021 06:54 AM IST

    Triumph of Taliban power could pose an existential threat to the ‘Anti-Taliban’ states of Central Asia

    Central Asia has significant ethnic and religious minorities, and populations of Russian-speaking Slavs. Islamism threatens to upset that delicate balance—and with it, the élites who rule the region.

  • India-Afghanistan trade, business take back seat amid political uncertainty Aug 19, 2021 11:48 AM IST

    India-Afghanistan trade, business take back seat amid political uncertainty

    India’s primary concern now is to secure its citizens in Afghanistan and fly them home. Business and economics have been pushed back for the moment and a waiting game is on.

  • 50 years of the 1971 War | Major General Ian Cardozo shares untold stories of heroism, camaraderie in wartime Aug 15, 2021 12:03 PM IST

    50 years of the 1971 War | Major General Ian Cardozo shares untold stories of heroism, camaraderie in wartime

    The events described in Major General Cardozo's new book, '1971: Stories of Grit and Glory from the Indo-Pak War', curdle the blood and inspire by turns.

  • A new narco-state is blossoming in Afghanistan under the Taliban Aug 14, 2021 10:46 AM IST

    A new narco-state is blossoming in Afghanistan under the Taliban

    In 2020, the area under opium cultivation expanded to 224,000 hectares from 163,000 hectares - overwhelmingly in areas under Taliban control.

  • An adventurer’s bid to circumnavigate the Arctic illustrates China’s northern ambitions Aug 07, 2021 11:13 AM IST

    An adventurer’s bid to circumnavigate the Arctic illustrates China’s northern ambitions

    India has set up laboratories focused on climate change in the Arctic Circle and is seeking to pursue hydrocarbon and trade opportunities, but catching up to China won't be easy.

  • As the Taliban prepare for victory, Islamabad is being forced to face up to the cost of getting what it wanted Jul 10, 2021 07:27 AM IST

    As the Taliban prepare for victory, Islamabad is being forced to face up to the cost of getting what it wanted

    In reach of complete victory, the Taliban see no reason to listen to the Generals’ calls to end the fighting.

  • Iran’s Presidential election has set the stage for high-stakes talks with the US, but the path forward remains fraught Jul 03, 2021 05:02 PM IST

    Iran’s Presidential election has set the stage for high-stakes talks with the US, but the path forward remains fraught

    For Tehran and Washington to arrive at acceptable terms, they will have to come to a shared understanding on the influence and role of Iran in the region—one that states like Israel and Saudi Arabia can also live with.

  • South Asia Union | New models of power will come from the East: Political theorist Indra Adnan Jun 24, 2021 06:37 PM IST

    South Asia Union | New models of power will come from the East: Political theorist Indra Adnan

    UK-based political entrepreneur and futurist Indra Adnan says theorists in the West are looking to the East for sustainable models of organisation and community-building.

  • G7 needs to learn from China, if it's going to succeed in pushing back China’s BRI Jun 19, 2021 09:23 AM IST

    G7 needs to learn from China, if it's going to succeed in pushing back China’s BRI

    China's BRI initiative is set to pump up to $1.3 trillion into infrastructure projects in over 100 emerging economies by 2027, powering the emergence of a global order in which China lies at the centre of a new constellation of geopolitical power.

  • “A South Asian Union would free us from the slavery of the west”: pro-democracy activist Hina Jilani Jun 16, 2021 02:26 PM IST

    “A South Asian Union would free us from the slavery of the west”: pro-democracy activist Hina Jilani

    Globally acclaimed human-rights defender Hina Jilani believes democracy and secularism are values all South Asian nations need to promote and protect.

  • 'The Family Man' illustrates the flaws in India’s pop-culture imagination on the threat from China Jun 12, 2021 08:34 AM IST

    'The Family Man' illustrates the flaws in India’s pop-culture imagination on the threat from China

    'Family Man'-style foreign policy is seductive, but flawed; displays of power, appealing as they are to patriotic audiences, usually serve no clear strategic ends.

  • Protracted unrest in Myanmar could put India’s ‘Act East’ policy in limbo Jun 09, 2021 03:07 PM IST

    Protracted unrest in Myanmar could put India’s ‘Act East’ policy in limbo

    The Sittwe deep-water port and a 1,360-km highway to connect India and Thailand via Myanmar are among the Indian infrastructure projects that could be affected if the unrest continues.

  • Could something like the Ryanair incident of May 16 occur in Indian airspace? May 29, 2021 03:20 PM IST

    Could something like the Ryanair incident of May 16 occur in Indian airspace?

    Currently, the Chicago Convention does not contain provisions to divert civil aircraft for arresting a government dissident. India is also a signatory to the 1971 Montreal Convention.

  • South Asia Union | Civil society represents the largest untapped source for peacebuilding globally: Dylan Mathews, CEO, Peace Direct May 27, 2021 12:08 PM IST

    South Asia Union | Civil society represents the largest untapped source for peacebuilding globally: Dylan Mathews, CEO, Peace Direct

    CEO of the international NGO Peace Direct that supports local activism in 44 conflict regions, Dylan Mathews believes sustainable peace can only be built bottom-up.

  • America is retreating from the global stage — but that might not necessarily be bad news May 21, 2021 10:50 PM IST

    America is retreating from the global stage — but that might not necessarily be bad news

    This is arguably the most significant period of geopolitical reordering since the Second World War. In this new world order, victory will be won by those who think smart, not talk big.

  • Beirut security officials say rockets fired from Lebanon toward Israel May 19, 2021 07:37 PM IST

    Beirut security officials say rockets fired from Lebanon toward Israel

    Air raid sirens heard in northern Israel; Israeli TV stations said two rockets had landed in the area on Wednesday.

  • South Asia Union | Shivshankar Menon: 'For India, our home is Asia and not just the Subcontinent' May 19, 2021 09:32 AM IST

    South Asia Union | Shivshankar Menon: 'For India, our home is Asia and not just the Subcontinent'

    Former Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon on his new book that looks at India’s foreign policy and domestic politics in an increasingly globalised, authoritarian world.

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