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  • Raja Mandala: Rethinking the Gulf

    New Delhi is paying too little attention to the growing weight of the Gulf in regional affairs and the strategic possibilities that it opens up for India.

  • Diplomacy and Faith

    This volatile history of India-Pakistan engagement over the last decade makes the agreement on opening the Kartarpur corridor quite significant.

  • Global Britain and India

    • Rudra Chaudhuri
    • November 27, 2018
    • UK House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee

    As the United Kingdom seeks to bolster its trade with Australia, China, Japan, and India, the importance of sea lines of communications across the Indian ocean will grow and this will increase the strategic logic for the U.K. to have a naval presence in the region.

  • Raja Mandala: Battle for Islands

    Unlike the European colonial powers, which could easily prevail over natives of the strategic island territories, today’s major powers have to deal with the more complex domestic politics of the island nations.

  • Coming Full Circle

    Ending India’s amnesia about the two World Wars must now be followed by a more purposeful engagement with Europe in reordering the security architecture of Eurasia and the Indo-Pacific.

  • New Ripples in Andaman Sea

    China’s rising profile in the Andaman Sea is not limited to building strategic infrastructure like the China-Myanmar Economic Corridor and the Kra Canal that allow Beijing reduce its current dependence on the Malacca Straits and access the Indian Ocean directly. Its military profile too is rising.

  • Raja Mandala: Shifting Sands in West Asia

    America’s renewed sanctions on Iran, which kicked in Monday this week, mark the beginning of a new crisis in the Middle East.

  • Tokyo and Delhi: Expanding Strategic Collaborations in the Indo-Pacific

    The India-Japan summit has laid out the foundations for a stronger operational strategic collaboration between the two countries.

  • Raja Mandala: India, China, and the INF Treaty

    The focus of a potential new arms race appears to be less on traditional nuclear armed missiles, but rather on precise hypersonic missiles equipped with conventional warheads.

  • Raja Mandala: The Great Sunni Divide

    The outrageous murder of the Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi in the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul has brought into sharp relief the deepening conflict between Riyadh and Ankara.

  • A Diplomatic Blind Spot

    While New Delhi focuses narrowly on its own interests—energy security, welfare of migrant labor, and counter-terror cooperation—it tends to recoil from any political discussion of the existential challenges to the Arab Gulf.

  • Paddling Upstream: Transboundary Water Politics in South Asia

    • Ambika Vishwanath
    • October 10, 2018

    Major waterways in South Asia are at risk of overuse, but India and its neighbors face an uphill battle to broaden multilateral cooperation in response.

  • Raja Mandala: Recalling an Older Power Play

    If a revolutionary Iran exports ideology and destabilizes its neighbors, others have no option but to push back, balance, or contain.

  • Raja Mandala: The Gulf in Foreign Policy

    As storm clouds gather in the Gulf, New Delhi can’t afford to ignore the deepening Arab fears about Iran and their expectations for a measure of political understanding from India.

  • Raja Mandala: The World Beyond Pakistan

    New Delhi’s messy relationship with Islamabad will continue to draw headlines in the Subcontinent at the expense of India’s other engagements at the UN.

  • Raja Mandala: Two Discourses on Strategic Autonomy

    India and Europe have good reasons to strengthen their security partnership—as a hedge against the rise of new regional hegemons and U.S. retrenchment in Eurasia.

  • Bridging the Gap Between India and the Baltics

    • Sharanya Rajiv
    • September 12, 2018
    • Estonian Foreign Policy Institute

    India and the Baltic states must establish closer dialogue on strategic issues and deepen their relationship across the political, cultural, and economic levels.

  • Raja Mandala: Reconnecting With Europe

    When all is said and done about Indian Prime Minister Modi’s diplomatic record, his outreach to Europe is likely to emerge as a major contribution to India’s foreign policy.

  • Where Interests Meet

    What creates the room for some bold thinking about the next steps in the bilateral relationship is the fit between U.S. President Trump’s effort to recalibrate America's international relations and India’s ambitions to play a larger global role.

  • Raja Mandala: Imran’s Pompeo Test

    Whatever might be the civilian rhetoric, Pakistan’s army leadership is quite conscious that making the United States an enemy and putting all the eggs in the China basket is not a smart strategy.

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