While the US has been cultivating India as its major ally in the region in what the US officials have tacitly called ‘containment’ of China, prospects of this cultivation have become brighter ever since... More
It is nothing short of a challenge for Pakistan to reconcile its western neighbour, a neighbour Pakistan has almost never enjoyed cordial relations with. But the need for reconciling the estranged neighbour has never been... More
What will the newly appointed National Security Adviser (NSA) John Bolton, the well-known hawk, would advise the US president Trumpon matters related to the US national security? This is the question that has been... More
The rise of China in Asia has meant different things to different countries in the region and beyond. For its competitors, this rise means political and economic hegemony with ‘Chinese characteristics’; for its supporters,... More
While no proper rejection has yet taken place, it is by now evident that the Afghan Taliban have partially turned down the Ghani administration’s proposal of entering into peace talks and earn legitimacy through... More
With Pakistanâ€™s Raheel Sharif leading the 40 nation Islamic Military Alliance and with China making investment worth billions of dollars in Pakistan through the China-Pakistan-Economic-Corridor (CPEC) projects and with Pakistan likely to become the... More
While Indian PM Narendra Modiâ€™s Davos speech has been termed by the Indian media as â€˜just what the audience wanted to hearâ€™, few take aways from his key-note speech illustrate how Modi actually toed... More
While there appears to be a general consensus on the necessity of bringing peace back to Afghanistan, the discourse of peace is delusional as the very definition of peace continues to be the subject... More
While the US decision to suspend all security aid to Pakistan hasnâ€™t come as a surprise, Pakistan is not the only country that has seen considerable deterioration in bi-lateral relations with the US. Since... More
While the list of accusations the US vice president Mike Pence presented during his latest surprise visit to Afghanistan included old claims on Pakistan providing â€˜safe heavensâ€™ to terrorists and following a rouge policy,... More
The US president Donald Trumpâ€™s new National Security Strategy (NSS) places the country at the centre of an increasingly â€˜dangerous worldâ€™ and accordingly identifies the steps it needs to take and force other countries... More
While this is not for the first time that the US has started to target poppy cultivation in Afghanistan, its significance has certainly changed in the current scenario when the Trump administration is looking... More
Although the US president Donald Trump has already stepped away from the USâ€™ nation-building and reconstruction program in Afghanistan as part of his new strategy to devote more resources to the military campaign and... More
The Islamabad sit-inâ€™s fallout has once again demonstrated how weak and fragile Pakistanâ€™s democracy remains in the face of ever increasing power of the stateâ€™s non-elected apparatuses. That the elected government had to resort... More
Despite all the attention paid to the US presidentâ€™s â€˜newâ€™ Afghan strategy and the role projected for India therein, Afghanistanâ€™s ground realities, and the fact that the US canâ€™t hope to fight and end... More
While the US has been cultivating India as its major ally in the region in what the US officials have tacitly called ‘containment’ of China, prospects of this cultivation have become brighter ever since the recent out-break of trade-war between the US and China.
While Indian and US interests strongly... More
James Brien Comey Jr served as Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for four years till fired by President Donald Trump on May 9, 2017. Trump initially claimed this was because of Comey's mishandling of the investigation into the private email of Hillary Clinton. The overriding perception... More
The UN Human Rights Committee (UNHRC), which went into the trial of former Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed had listed the flaws in it and asked the Maldivian government to release him to enable him to contest the September 2018 Presidential election.
But the government on Sunday rejected the UNHRC’s observations and recommendations... More
It’s pretty odd to think that Bangladesh elections should be of any interest to China and India given the complete lack of its strategic value. However, Bangladesh maybe becoming a reluctant pawn of sorts in a regional ‘great game’.
China’s rising influence in the region and India’s relative decline in what... More
Biplab Deb is a BJP chief minister with a difference. In a 40-minute interview with this writer last week, he did not mention even once any of the usual saffron agenda -- Ram Mandir, beef, illegal migration from Bangladesh. "My agenda is development, development, development all the way," he... More
As US President Donald Trump decides whether to reauthorize the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, which he has long wanted to exit or renegotiate, Iranian authorities have announced they will be getting help with their nuclear program from China.
"Some negotiations have been held on mutual cooperation and building small nuclear... More
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 Mean Good Politics In India? The essay appeared in December 2013 and I’d carefully stored it in my archives, as a fairly prescient analysis of... More
I will not reach any deal that would go against the national interest of Nepal,” K P Sharma Oli, the prime minister of Nepal, reportedly assured parliamentarians in Kathmandu earlier this week, before heading out to India. That such questions should be asked and answered is a definitive sign... More
The long political transition in Nepal has come to an end with the successful completion of local, provincial and federal elections. A new phase of history beckons Nepal as it has adopted federalism under the new constitution promulgated in 2015. The achievement of economic prosperity has now been prioritized... More
Just a few days ago I warned two young student leaders in Darjeeling of West Bengal, against the violent movement which has started there for a separate Gorkhaland. I told them in no way should they support this demand. This has multifarious geo-political risks. If a Gorkhaland state is... More