Purposeful engagement with religious communities around the world can increase the efficacy of India’s international relations, but only when handled with great care and diplomatic competence.
India and Pakistan cannot afford to stay away from each other for too long. But they cannot stay with each other either.
The consequences of a breakdown in dialogue between India and Pakistan might be unpredictable and could well push bilateral relations, as well as the situation in Kashmir, into uncharted waters.
In refusing to call off the talks between Indian and Pakistani national security advisers, Modi might be signalling the strength to rethink the core assumptions of India’s recent Pakistan policy.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has seized a rare moment of change in the Gulf and launched a new phase in India’s relations with the United Arab Emirates.
Recent developments demand that New Delhi take a fresh strategic look at the Gulf region.
The U.S.-India relationship was often distant during the Cold War, but the partnership is now critical for both countries’ strategic aims.
Even if Pakistan succeeds in getting the new Taliban leadership to the table, there will be enough Afghan elements to challenge the terms.
Beijing has begun to see that political stability and moderation in Afghanistan are vital to counter the rise of Islamist extremism and ethnic separatism in its restive far western province, Xinjiang.
The next decade in India’s partnership with America could turn out to be even more consequential than the previous one.