International Relations

South China Sea

9th July – South China Sea

Chinese muscularity in South China Sea The Philippines invoked the dispute settlement mechanism of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) in 2013 to test the legality of China’s ‘nine-dash line’ in the South China Sea regarding the disputed Spratlys. In response, the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) at The Hague decreed …

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Enrica Lexie

8th July – Enrica Lexie case

India must not cast anchor in ‘Enrica Lexie’ Italy has achieved its basic objective in the Enrica Lexie-St. Antony matter. It wanted its two marines, Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone, to stand trial for killing two Indian fishermen, Ajeesh Pink and Valentine Jelastine, not in India but in Italy. What was the case? The marines …

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Andaman and Nicobar Islands

29th June – Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Andaman and Nicobar Islands In recent years, the Government of India (GOI) has adopted a proactive policy aimed at transforming the Andaman and Nicobar Islands (A&N Islands), a tri-services command, as an economic hub and one of the key centres of India’s defence and security strategy. Significance of Andaman and Nicobar Islands – Strategically located, …

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22nd June – India at UNSC

An agenda for India as UNSC non-permanent member On 17th June, India was comfortably elected to the non- permanent seat of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) for the period of two years starting January 2021, receiving the endorsement from 184 out of the 192 countries who voted. Basic facts – In its last bid …

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18th June – Reset ties with China

Reset ties with China With its aggression in the Galwan Valley, Ladakh, China has crossed a threshold and pushed the relationship with India to a dangerous low, with long-lasting consequences. The events – Chinese soldiers used the opportunity of a negotiated withdrawal operation to viciously attack a supervisory Indian contingent. The first Indian military casualties …

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17th June – Remaining non-aligned

Remaining non-aligned is good advice For weeks, the India-China stand-off has dominated the national discourse now which warns about the possibility of a major conflict along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the Ladakh and Sikkim sectors. Why the conflict is happening? Border infrastructure – Both India and China have been strengthening their border …

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15th June – India’s medicine diplomacy

India’s medicine diplomacy “Vasudhaiv Kutumbakam” (World is one family) has been a key ingredient of India’s outreach to the world from time immemorial. It has also acquired a greater salience in the wake of Covid-19 pandemic. India has its own problems even if it had taken early measures to counter the pandemic. However, India’s recent …

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12th June – Unravelling the G7

An unravelling of the Group of Seven (G7) The G7 Summit scheduled in Washington DC was recently postponed by the US President Donald Trump.  What did President Trump say? While postponing the summit “to at least September”, Mr. Trump declared that in any case, the G7 “is a very outdated group of countries” and no …

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10th June – e-diplomacy

The e-diplomacy experiment The first India-Australia virtual leaders’ summit on June 4 had a lot on the menu, ranging from military interoperability to jointly tackling COVID-19. The two countries upgraded their relations to a ‘comprehensive strategic partnership’. The summit was noteworthy for its novel modus operandi. E-diplomacy – Just as corporations and educational institutions have …

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Persian Gulf

9th June – Cooperative Security in Persian Gulf

In Persian Gulf littoral, cooperative security is key The United Nations defines this body of water as the Persian Gulf. The lands around it are shared by eight countries (Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates), all members of the UN. There is a commonality of interest among them …

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