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M.K. Bhadrakumar

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For Modi’s India, 2+2=0 as Trump tightens the leash

The US-Indian defining partnership took a leap forward in the field of defence at the first session of the “2+2” dialogue of the two...

Why Trump’s new Afghanistan strategy isn’t much different from Obama’s

United States President Donald Trump’s much-awaited policy speech on the way forward in Afghanistan was disappointing. It neither fulfilled his campaign pledge to end...

The Maldives is Modi’s Achilles heel

The “Wuhan consensus,” borne out of the informal meeting between India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping hardly ten weeks ago...

A whiff of Sino-Indian détente is in the air

The doomsday predictions of an impending India-China confrontation in the Himalayas are petering out. The two countries are earnestly exploring a pathway to lead...

Pinarayi and Gadkari link up on development

The American think tank, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, had featured a riveting ‘curtain-raiser’ to the 2014 poll in India entitled Does Good Economics...

What if Trump dumps Iran deal?

The last big European effort to dissuade US President Donald Trump from abandoning the 2015 Iran nuclear pact ended without success Friday with the...

Two success stories of Indian diplomacy on a bleak landscape

The direct maiden flight to Israel by Air India in the weekend made headlines in the world media only because Saudi Arabia gave the...

India doesn’t need a working relationship with US Central Command

The Indian media reported that following the 2+2 talks in Washington last week at the level of the foreign and defence secretaries of India...

India won’t miss Tillerson

With the exit of Rex Tillerson as secretary of state, a new chapter is set to begin in the Trump administration’s foreign policies. Certainly,...

Lessons from Tripura election

Ten years ago, in 2008, I was invited to speak at a colloquium in Rome regarding the war in Afghanistan, which was organized by...

Tread softly on Maldives

The prescriptive, partisan and provocative approach that South Block took – for reasons that are best known to the Indian establishment – over the...

India’s Asian strategies are distinctly passé

The meeting between the foreign ministers of China and Japan – Wang Yi and Taro Kono – on Sunday in Beijing signifies the resumption of high-level...

US creates Afghan transit route with counter-narrative in Central Asia

The US President Donald Trump made a significant diplomatic breakthrough in the Afghan war by getting Kazakhstan President Nurusultan Nazarbayev to commit at their...

Why businessman Trump is upset with Pakistan

The Indian media have ignored the momentous announcement by Pakistan’s central bank on January 2 notifying that it has taken “comprehensive policy related measures...

Nepal, Maldives poised to move out of Indian orbit

The South Asian region’s political map is transforming phenomenally. The early counting from Nepal’s parliamentary elections, which concluded on Thursday, suggests that the Left...

India refuses to condemn Trump’s Jerusalem decision

The cat is out of the bag – the Modi government will not condemn the US President Donald Trump’s announcement recognising Jerusalem as the...

Afghanistan’s tryst with China begins – in Washington

Afghanistan has been accepted as a permanent member of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). Jin Liqun, president of the Beijing-based institution, formally presented...

Iran seeks strategic depth in Pakistan ties

The statement in Islamabad on Wednesday by Alaeddin Broujerdi, chairman of the Iranian parliament’s committee on foreign and security policies, while on a 3-day...