Category International Relations and Strategic Studies

India-China Disputes and India's Growing Global Influence

India-China Disputes and India’s Growing Global Influence

China will be an ongoing challenge for the Indian foreign and security policy establishment. Its hegemonistic ambitions are clearly evident from the fact that its territorial ingress and disputes are with more countries than it shares a border with. After the perfidious war of 1962, India became wiser and focussed on creating stronger defences against Chinese designs which have become far more robust during the past few years as greater focus on creating state of the art border infrastructure and quick response mechanisms have been created.
A Diplomat's take on Pentagon Document leak

A Diplomat’s Stand on Pentagon Document Leak

Hackers seem to have acquired a new heft and respect even from the State actors. Hackathons are conducted to crack the codes. Friends spy not only on enemies and adversaries but also on friends, proving that there are no permanent friends or enemies but interests. Any leaks, therefore, cause international embarrassment and can make friendly leaders even more nervous as many understandings and assessments are made and shared even at the highest level in great confidence.
Navigating the New Normal in West Asia

Navigating the New Normal in West Asia

Geo politics is the art of the possible as they say there are no permanent friends or enemies but only interests. But in today’s fast changing global and regional dynamic especially in the volatile West Asia which is still nursing the impact of Arab Spring, economic downturn and pandemic apart from festering hotspots, the US, that had been the arbiter of security in the region, does not seem to inspire the same confidence among the major players in the region.
Indian Foreign Policy and Civil Society Experts MEA must go past the Conference Model

Indian Foreign Policy and Civil Society Experts: MEA must go past the Conference Model

Harsh V. Pant, Ambuj Sahu Foreign policy starts getting shaped by public opinion only when a democracy develops and matures. Such a political evolution sows the seeds for the democratization of foreign policy, where citizens actively participate in decision-making on…

The Challenges of Leadership in a Polarized Society: Netanyahu's Legacy in Israel

The Challenges of Leadership in a Polarized Society: Netanyahu’s Legacy in Israel

There is no doubt that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel (Bibi) has perhaps been the most elected and electable politician. Shrewdness with savviness in politics is an art that  often takes you places in democracy and often treated as an essential trait for success. But arrogance can often take one down. And utter and crass ambition could steer in the direction of arrogance especially when a politician's personal integrity and credibility is questioned and matter remains  subjudice.