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  • Commentary

    Chinese Takeaway

    Those who think “spheres of influence” is an outdated idea in international relations should take a close look at China’s charm offensive in Southeast Asia.

  • Commentary

    A Moment for Asian Solidarity

    A strong alignment between India and Indonesia holds the key to Delhi’s much-vaunted “strategic autonomy” and Jakarta’s quest for a “dynamic equilibrium” in Asia.

  • Commentary

    He Tried His Best

    There is no avoiding the conclusion that Manmohan Singh will end his prime ministerial tenure without advancing his vision to transform India's relations with Pakistan.

  • Commentary

    Irresolute on the World Stage

    Manmohan Singh should use his upcoming visit to Washington to reaffirm New Delhi's commitment to the strategic partnership.

  • Commentary

    Odd Couples: Obama and Rouhani; Singh and Sharif

    As the UN Security Council grapples with getting control of Syria’s chemical weapons, two meetings in New York will draw considerable attention in the subcontinent and around the world.

  • Commentary

    Passive on Syria

    Beijing is dipping its diplomatic toes in the turbulent waters of the Middle East. But it is not clear if Delhi is ready to do the same.

  • Commentary

    Continental China

    Even as China becomes a maritime power to reckon with, Beijing has no desire to give up on its continental aspirations.

  • Commentary

    Talking to the Taliban: Between Hope and Experience

    There is no evidence to suggest Nawaz Sharif has persuaded the Pakistani Inter-Services Intelligence to change its strategy to install the Taliban in power and turn Afghanistan into a protectorate of the Pakistan Army.

  • Commentary

    The Arab Divide on Syria

    As Obama seeks support for a bombing campaign against Syria, the Arab League has held the Assad regime responsible for the use of chemical weapons and called for international action.

  • Commentary

    Karzai in Pak

    Delhi must engage all forces in Afghanistan and focus on insulating India from the negative consequences of the new phase that has begun to unfold on India's northwestern frontiers.

  • Commentary

    India and Iraq: Restoring the Old Warmth

    The visit of the Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to India marks the rapid acceleration of bilateral ties after Delhi’s prolonged neglect of Baghdad.

  • Commentary

    Power Relation

    Xi Jinping, who took charge of the Chinese Communist Party last year, has quickly proclaimed the “Chinese Dream”—or the great renewal of the nation—as the main mission for his decade-long rule.

  • Commentary

    What Delhi Must Say, What Dhaka Needs to Hear

    Early parliamentary approval of the land boundary agreement with Bangladesh is in India’s interest. If the BJP sees itself as a champion of national security, it must support the bill.

  • Commentary

    Beyond Vikrant

    As India celebrates the launch of the Vikrant, the much delayed first indigenous aircraft carrier, Delhi is not the only one in Asia focused on the virtues of airpower at sea.

  • Commentary

    Unquiet on the Front

    Delhi must move toward more responsible management of its borders with Pakistan and China.

  • Commentary

    Japan’s Marines

    Facing China’s growing military power and Beijing’s increasingly assertive regional policy, Japan may have no option but to make marines a critical element of its new defense strategy.

  • Commentary

    New Middle East

    If there ever was a moment for India to stick by the principle of non-intervention in the internal affairs of other nations, this is it in the Middle East.

  • Commentary

    Finish What You Started

    Vice President Joe Biden’s strong record on U.S.-Indian relations raises hopes for his visit to New Delhi.

  • Commentary

    Korea Rising

    South Korea can help develop some interesting strategic options for India if the government in Delhi is willing to think boldly.

  • Commentary

    The Great Game Folio

    Infrastructure development along India’s borders with China and Pakistan can be cooperative, not competitive.

Interpreting India

On Interpreting India, every two weeks, we bring in voices from India and around the globe to unpack how technology, the economy, and foreign policy impact India’s relationship with the world.

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