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International Relations

21st November – Trade Agreements

Why trade deals are the next logical step ]Reacting to the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) agreement signed by 15 Asia-Pacific countries, India’s External Affairs Minister, S Jaishankar, gave a scathing assessment of trade agreements. “In the name of openness we have allowed subsidised products and unfair production advantages from abroad to prevail,” he said, …

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19th November – Asian Drama

Shifting sands for Asian economies Discussions on the post-pandemic global economy have often predicted that China’s appeal as a business destination would fade, losing favour as the global manufacturing hub. Arguments have been made that production would be dispersed to other appealing locations mostly in Asia, and even to those outside. It was expected that …

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10th November – US Federal Election Commission

US Federal Election Commission In the presidential election in the United States, the Election Commission, is singularly missing. There has not been even a single order or intervention passed by the American counterpart of the Election Commission of India (ECI), the Federal Election Commission of the United States of America. Vision behind ECI – In …

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7th November – China-occupied Kashmir

The forgotten fact of China-occupied Kashmir Following the abrogation of Article 370 and reorganisation of the Indian State of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K), a China-Pakistan tandem has emerged to internationalise the issue, including in the UN Security Council. China’s support for Pakistan is motivated by a desire to perpetuate its own territorial grab in the …

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4th November – Strategic importance of Myanmar

Strategic importance of Myanmar Recently, India’s Army Chief Manoj Vikram Naravane and Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shingla made an official visit to Myanmar. There is a common link between the challenges we face in Ladakh and the developments across our borders with Myanmar. While we are confronting direct Chinese aggression in Ladakh, the challenges in …

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21st October – Bangladesh’s economic rise

Bangladesh’s economic rise is an opportunity for India The International Monetary Fund’s latest World Economic Outlook has triggered much outrage in India. The provocation was the IMF’s prediction that Bangladesh’s per capita GDP will overtake that of India this year. The projected difference is rather small — $1,888 to $1,877 — and unlikely to last …

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15th October – Arab Nationalism

The Arab World and the elusive two-state solution Recently, the global media gleefully proclaimed the newly minted ‘Abraham Accord’ to describe a happening of political significance. Abraham is a patriarchal entity who flourished in the Second Millennium BCE which is revered by three religions — Judaism, Christianity and Islam — and whose followers today account …

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7th October – Dispelling confusions about QUAD

The Quad — the quadrilateral framework that brings India together with the US and its Asian allies, Japan and Australia, whose foreign ministers have met recently in Tokyo could certainly emerge, at some point in the future, as a critical element not only for India’s foreign and security policy but also a definitive moment in …

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5th October – Strategic response to China

Strategic steps for India – Chanakya vs Sun Tzu Close to five months of Sino-Indian border standoff, hand-to-hand combat, and death of a few dozen soldiers in the Galwan Valley clash has led to many reactions from the intellectuals and ordinary citizens of both the countries. There are innumerable theories on plausible causes for China’s …

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QUAD

2nd October – QUAD

QUAD In 2007, the Quad (the United States, Japan, India, and Australia) was an idea whose time had not yet come. That was a different world. The times have changed now. Events leading to the formation of QUAD – The global financial crisis was still lurking in the shadows as America continued to enjoy its …

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