The upcoming summit could be the moment when India and the United States find the necessary political will to turn opportunities that have been at hand for years into tangible agreements.
Barack Obama’s participation in India’s Republic Day celebration is rich in symbolism. It is also a major opportunity to reboot the U.S.-India relationship and set ambitious new goals for the partnership.
As Modi and Obama expand the scope of the India-U.S. partnership, they have a rare opportunity to strengthen bilateral engagement on regional issues in the subcontinent, including the stability of Pakistan.
It is premature to conclude that Rajapaksa’s defeat in the Sri Lankan presidential election last week is a strategic setback for Beijing, but his exit is a diplomatic problem in the near term.
As a new government led by Maithripala Sirisena takes charge in Sri Lanka, India has a valuable opportunity to arrest the drift in bilateral relations over the last few years.
Modi’s openness to the diaspora should, hopefully, crack open India’s generally unwelcoming attitude to “foreigners” that has congealed over the last many decades of inward orientation.
As New Delhi turns to the Gulf in 2015 and tends to its high stakes in the region, an intensive engagement with Saudi Arabia must be at the top of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s diplomatic priorities.
Despite Modi’s claim to Vajpayee’s strategic legacy, the latter’s understanding of the subcontinent’s past and his vision for the region’s future appear to have little resonance within the BJP and RSS.
India needs to deepen its military security cooperation in the Indian Ocean with the United States and France and initiate a maritime security dialogue with China.
It is easy to forget that domestic stability holds the key to a successful foreign policy.