Reorienting India’s Foreign Policy: Neighborhood First

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 →

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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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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