The Week

For a country to attain global pre-eminence it must address the key objectives of national and strategic importance by using its hard and soft power. Despite being a regional nuclear power, India’s soft power capabilities―socio-cultural strengths or information technology prowess―are overrated. In reality, it is......

Even though SAARC is a group of eight south Asian countries, the recent summit in Kathmandu was hijacked―like almost all previous summits in the past three decades―by media attention being focused on whether the prime ministers of India and Pakistan will revive the stalled dialogue......

Even before the gruesome attack at an army school in Peshawar, many in Pakistan had regarded December 16 as a black day in their history. It was on this day in 1971 that the entire East Pakistani army, under Lt Gen A.A.K. Niazi, had surrendered......

Prime Minister Modi’s visit to Japan and the strong message of strategic cooperation sent out by the two countries have caused concern in China, which has territorial disputes with both Tokyo and Delhi. While China is keen to invest in India and enhance bilateral trade,......

As President Obama has indicated, apart from the Chinese threat―with the nuclear deal and defence cooperation on track―it is the future of Afghanistan that is still of concern to the US. And he wants India to continue its involvement in that war-torn land. Policy makers......

Now that the hype about Prime Minister Modi’s well choreographed visit to the US has died down, it is time to look at Indo-US relations beyond the public adulation at Madison Square Garden or the reception he received in Washington. Modi established a good equation......

In a welcome move, New Delhi has called off the talks scheduled between foreign secretaries of India and Pakistan on August 25. Since 1999, Pakistan has been led to believe that despite the most brazen attacks on India― the Kargil conflict and the 26/11 attacks......

The fighting in Yemen has brought home many lessons that are important to India. To start with, the Arab world is now clearly facing a Shia-Sunni divide. The growing clout of Iran and its Shia militias all across the Arab world—apparently now in Yemen, as......

The outcome of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visits to China, Mongolia and South Korea has reminded us once again that his string of diplomatic visits are perhaps the most visible set of achievements of his government’s first year in office. And though it can be......

India’s recent attack on militant groups operating out of camps in Myanmar has created considerable excitement within sections of India’s strategic affairs community, the media and politicians of opposition parties. All of them question the wisdom of the Modi government going public with details of......