Modi Hits a High Note in the US, Now for Action

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 →

All’s Not Well For Xi After Visiting Obama

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 →

A Tale of Two Visits: Narendra Modi and Xi Jinping in Washington

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 →

Why China Doesn’t Get Terrorism

After over a week of what must have been a harrowing experience, 20 foreign nationals arrested in China on July 10 on undisclosed terrorism charges – among them South Africans, Britons, and an Indian – were finally all sent home. At the same time, a sparse first official account of the matter appeared on state media. Unlike other... Continue Reading →

AIIB: An Opportunity for India to Assert Itself

  It is not a coincidence that the beginning of Narendra Modi’s term as Prime Minister corresponded with one of the most active periods in economic diplomacy for India. If the rest of India’s notoriously languid bureaucracy has been pushed into an overdrive, the effort has certainly been led by the South Block. It is... Continue Reading →

IISS Regional Security Assessment 2015 – Chapter Five: China’s Regional Grand Strategy Paves the Way for Realising the China Dream

Bonnie Glaser & Deep PalChina’s policy towards its periphery seems paradoxical to many foreign observers. President Xi Jinping has attached top priority to maintaining good relations with China’s neighbours, elevating the importance of China’s periphery above its ties with the United States. At the same time, Xi stubbornly insists that China makes no concessions in... Continue Reading →

President Obama’s Visit to India: Beyond Symbolism

Barely four months after Indian prime minister Narendra Modi held a summit meeting with U.S. president Barack Obama during a five-day visit to the United States, the two leaders will meet again, this time in New Delhi. The September 2014 meeting was largely interpreted as a success, with collaborations announced in economic growth, energy and... Continue Reading →

Afghanistan-Pakistan: Building Peace, Ensuring Stability

Weeks before 2014 came to a close, a savage attack by the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), also called the Pakistan Taliban, at a school in Peshawar, Pakistan, killed almost 150 people—over 130 of them children. The cold-bloodedness of the attack sickened the collective consciousness of the world. It demonstrated again how important 2015 is for the... Continue Reading →

On CNBC Awaaz: Way forward for US-India relations (Hindi)

September 2014: What do India and the United States need to do to rejuvenate their relationship? Analysis during meeting between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi with US President Barack Obama in Washington DC. Available here.

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