October 2019: A conversation with Hamsini Hariharan of States of Anarchy about India's foreign policy towards Sikkim and Bhutan in the early years after Independence, and what led to a divergence in the approach towards the two. Available here.
October 2019: Analysis of informal summit between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and PRC President Xi Jinping in Mamallapuram, India. Available here.
The stand-off at the India-Bhutan-China tri-junction reflects the dissonance in the Sino-Indian relationship, driven by a hardening of the Chinese stand on territorial claims. Some Indian analysts suggest a comprehensive relook at India’s approach to such assertiveness, while others believe such a “reset” is already under way. The last such “reset” of relations was in... Continue Reading →
Few analysts following developments at the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) plenary in South Korea expected India’s membership bid to sail through. As the dust settles, what is clear is that Xi Jinping’s China differs considerably from Hu Jintao’s China. The latter did not want to stand alone; the former is on the path to establishing... Continue Reading →
The Changing Trajectory of Space Missions For a country that has developed a robust space exploration program over the last five decades, India has managed surprisingly well without a national space law. Current policy reflects realities from more than fifty years ago, when “national development” was the primary aim; this resulted in detailed guidelines... Continue Reading →
Signals may not speak as loudly as actions, but they go a long way in diplomacy. Narendra Modi’s decision to invite all South Asian heads of state to his inauguration signaled that the neighborhood would be central in his foreign policy. Elected on a mandate to boost India’s sagging growth numbers, Modi knows he has... Continue Reading →
Strategic Asia 2015-16: Foundations of National Power in the Asia-Pacific Edited by Ashley J Tellis, with Alison Szalwinski and Michael Wills (The National Bureau of Asian Research, 2015, 272 pp).In its 15th iteration, “Strategic Asia,” the flagship publication of the National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR), revisits a topic that it took on in... Continue Reading →
As the first Indian Prime Minister ever to visit the Silicon Valley, Narendra Modi has spent the weekend with the biggest names in the tech business. From touring the Tesla headquarters with the maverick CEO Elon Musk to being flanked by India-born tech CEOs including Google’s Sunder Pichai, Microsoft’s Satya Nadella and Adobe’s Shantanu Narayan... Continue Reading →
The biggest open secret at the annual United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) is that it is not about the UNGA. For world leaders travelling to the event held annually in the United States, this is often about finding photo-opportunities and meetings with senior members of the US administration — with the ones with the American... Continue Reading →
Even for a city like Washington D.C., that is used to its regular influx of world leaders flying in and out, this week has been breathless. What might come as a surprise to many, most of the excitement is reserved neither for Chinese President Xi Jinping, nor for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, but the... Continue Reading →