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International Relations

Abraham Accords

18th September – Abraham Accords

Abraham Accords The so-called Abraham Accords, signed in the White House by the UAE, Bahrain and Israel, under U.S. President Donald Trump’s mediation, clearly mark a new beginning in the relations between the Sunni-ruled Gulf kingdoms and the Jewish state. What is the agreement? Under the agreement, the UAE and Bahrain would normalise ties with …

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Mahabharata

17th September – Deep insights from Mahabharata

Deep insights from Mahabharata If all the books on war and peace were to suddenly disappear from the world, and only the Mahabharata remained, it would be good enough to capture almost all the possible debates on order, justice, force and the moral dilemmas associated with choices that are made on these issues within the …

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India and China

14th September – Moscow Plan – India-China relations

‘Moscow Plan’ for India-China disengagement Recently, the foreign ministers of India and China agreed to ease tensions on the borders after “frank and constructive discussion” on the side lines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation meeting in Moscow. The five-point agreement could usher in normalcy at the border — a good thing even if it is …

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Kra Canal

12th September – Kra Canal

Kra Canal In the middle of August, Thai transport minister Saksayam Chidchob said that Thailand was considering a road and railway link across the narrow tract of land in the south of the country, which has been the proposed site for building the Kra canal. In its aftermath, Indian media reports said that plans for …

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Non-Aligned Movement

10th September – Non-Aligned Movement

Non-Aligned Movement India’s External Affairs Minister, S. Jaishankar, said recently that non-alignment (derived from non-aligned movement) was a concept of relevance in a specific era and a particular context, though the independence of action enshrined in it remains a factor of continuity in India’s foreign policy. This is about as explicit an assertion as one …

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Supply Chain Resilience Initiative

1st September – Supply Chain Resilience Initiative

Supply Chain Resilience Initiative With COVID-19 and trade tensions between China and the United States threatening supply chains or actually causing bottlenecks, Japan has mooted the Supply Chain Resilience Initiative (SCRI) as a trilateral approach to trade, with India and Australia as the other two partners. The initiative is at the strategy stage and has …

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One China Policy

24th August – One China Policy

One-China Policy “We support the One China policy. However, we expect you to also have a One India policy.” These were the words of the late External Affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj spoken to the Foreign Minister of China, Wang Yi in June 2014. With rising Chinese belligerence on Indian territories and its total disregard for …

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China-Russia ties

21st August – China-Russia ties

China-Russia ties The recent bonhomie between the leadership of Russia and China has sparked intense discussion on whether they are moving in the direction of a formal alliance, and what that could mean for the rest of the world. Background – The triangular relationship between America, China and Russia has, for the most part, shaped …

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Indian Foreign Policy

17th August – Indian foreign policy

Gaps in the casting of India’s foreign policy At a time ‘when sorrows come’, not as ‘single spies, but in battalions’ with an unprecedented pandemic, Chinese soldiers squatting on India’s side of the Line of Actual Control (LAC), cartographic aggression by little Nepal, Iran joining a virtual alliance with China, Russia getting close to China, …

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RIC

30th July – RIC – Is it still important?

RIC – A triangle that is still important Amid the tensions on the Line of Actual Control, the recent virtual meeting of the RIC (Russia, India and China) was held. As the statements had divergent views of the participating members, it calls for assessing the dynamics of RIC grouping as a whole. Background – When …

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