• The Greek Challenge: Finding Harmony with Berlin

    Global Centre Stage

    The much-anticipated bilateral meeting between Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and German Chancellor Angela Merkel was characterised by some observers as Tsipras taking the risk of walking straight into the lion’s den. Others labelled the reunion a much overdue reconciliation attempt after all the political brinkmanship exercised by various ministers in Athens and Berlin during the past two months. However, as Dr Jens Bastian insists, PM Tsipras and Chancellor Merkel will need more than bilateral visits serving to mend fences. Between euro area urgency and geo-political implications, both sides need further confidence building, sustainable commitments […]

  • Rolling Back Iran's Nuclear Project

    Global Centre Stage

    After more than two years of arduous negotiations between Iran and the international community represented by the P5+1 countries (United States, Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany), a major step towards a permanent agreement was made in Lausanne on April 2, 2015. […]

  • Victory of a Vibrant Democracy

    Global Centre Stage

    Jeremy Saltan analyses the reasons behind Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party's surprising surge in the final days before the election and finds out if Israel is on a collision course with her closest allies […]

  • 'The American-Iranian Nexus is the Most Dangerous Challenge for Israel's National Security'

    Global Centre Stage

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's right-wing Likud Party won a surprise victory in the country’s recent elections. In an exclusive interview with Diplomatist's Editor, Yamini Chowdhury, Prof Efraim Inbar, Director of the Begin-Sadat (BESA) Center for Strategic Studies, Bar-Ilan University, explains the implications of the election results, the future of the Israel- Palestinian peace process and the American-Israeli strategic partnership. […]

  • IBSA – A Powerful Driver of Change

    Global Centre Stage

    In an era of globalisation, economy and politics are interlinked. So economic development, international security and global governance need to be analysed from an interdisciplinary point of view to understand international political economy. Veenita Hede analyses the role of India- Brazil-South Africa Dialogue Forum and highlights ways IBSA can emerge as an important force in international politics by raising important issues such as global governance, sustainable development and development cooperation […]

  • Nigeria's Presidential Election: What the Global Media Miss

    Global Centre Stage

    Africa Digest: Global media commentary on Nigeria’s recently concluded elections often mentions that the country is close to being equally divided between Muslims and Christians, implying that it was an election that pitted one religion against the other. Yet, Nigeria is a society that demonstrates great diversity among both Christians and Muslims. Allan Christelow maintains that the global media, which simply focus on the winner, needs to recognise the challenges for the winner shown in the statistics […]

  • Nigeria Leads Africa's Democratic Transition

    Global Centre Stage

    Africa Digest: The much anticipated 2015 presidential elections in Nigeria have come and gone. On March 28, fourteen political parties took part in the efforts to elect the leader of Africa’s biggest economy. President-elect Muhammadu Buhari made history as the first opposition candidate to unseat a president through the ballot box. Kelechi Deca recounts the other aspects of the poll that altered the electoral landscape of the country […]

  • Economic Dimension of Indo-Pak Relations


    The antagonistic relationship between India and Pakistan has resulted in the lack of constructive economic engagement. Dr Mohammad Samir Hussain insists that both India and Pakistan must reduce the trust deficit that continues to serve as a key roadblock to constructive bilateral engagement and must devise ways to cooperate on areas of mutual interests […]

  • Indian Ocean Outreach

    Cover Story

    While most analysts and media tended to project Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent visit to three island nations – Sri Lanka, Seychelles and Mauritius – as part of a charm offensive focussed at veering them away from China’s influence and to counter its purported ‘string of pearls’ strategy in the region, the fact is that Modi’s visit only highlighted an on-going multi-dimensional effort that has been in progress for long. The recent visit also heralded the underpinnings of India’s readiness to assume greater responsibility and leadership of the region, writes Dr P K Ghosh […]

  • SAARC Yatra: A Win-Win Situation for India and the Region


    Indian Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar began his SAARC Yatra on March 1 with a visit to Bhutan, followed by Bangladesh and Pakistan. He concluded the fi rst phase of the yatra with a visit to Afghanistan on March 4. The schedule of visits to the other South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries has not yet been worked out, but that too should happen soon. […]

  • SAARC: India's Promises and Performance


    Indian diplomacy has the delicate job of neutralising certain neighbourly tendencies which might mar periodic debates of successive SAARC summits. Whenever a SAARC summit is scheduled to be held in one of the capitals of the member countries, it is a routine task of the Indian foreign policy establishment to prevent issues coming to the fore of the regional forum which otherwise prove to be prejudicial to the interests of the region’s pre-eminent power. […]

  • Border Talks and After


    On March 23, 2015, the 18th Special Representative meeting between the Indian and Chinese offi cials led by Ajit Doval and Yang Jiechi was held in New Delhi to discuss the territorial dispute. Predictably, after the meeting, both sides made comments suggesting that they reviewed the “positive progress achieved” during the last 17 such meetings, in addition to 13 meetings at different levels before. Meanwhile, India and China also called to “properly manage and control confl icts” in the border areas and strengthen bilateral relations. […]

  • Energising the India-Qatar Partnership


    "What this government has been doing in the last few months has been very encouraging. We trust the Indian economy. So we will invest in India", Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Emir of Qatar, said to The Times of India during his state visit to India. Andra Dodita highlights the immense opportunities for collaboration between India and Qatar in railways, defence, infrastructure, retail and LNG terminals that would help expand the countries’ trade relationship beyond energy […]

  • Looking East and Beyond


    At the Delhi Dialogue VII in March 2015, India's External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said, "ASEAN lies at the core of India's Act East Policy and at the centre of our dream of an Asian century. Since the launch of our Look East Policy in the early 1990s, we have matured from being Sectoral Dialogue Partners to Strategic Partners." Clearly, the strategic partnership between India and ASEAN constitutes a significant factor in realising India's regional power projection guided by the Indo-Pacific doctrine. Dr Vannarith Chheang understands how India and ASEAN can work together to further deepen this strategic partnership through the implementation of the 2010-2015 Plan of Action […]

  • Asian Powers Hold Renewed Talks: A New Start or Same Old?


    The seventh foreign ministers’ meeting involving China, Japan and South Korea on March 21 attracted much attention for its two ‘firsts’ – the first time since 2012 such a meeting was held, and the first time in five years that a joint press release was issued. The foreign ministers have also pledged to work on resuming the leaders’ Trilateral Summit. Sarah Teo analyses these significant developments in a sub-region troubled with the “Asian paradox,” reflected in the disparity between worsening political-security ties and increasing economic interdependence […]

  • How Lee Kuan Yew Shaped Singapore's Identity


    From charting Singapore's foreign policy and economic strategy to determining the type of tree that would provide the best shade from the tropical sun, Lee Kuan Yew, the city-state's founding father, was close to obsessive over functionality. This obsession is not just found in the efficiency of Singapore’s airports, roads and bureaucracies, but also deeply embedded in the Singaporean psyche, writes Terence Chong […]

  • Cultural Diplomacy Gone Wrong for China?

    Cultural Diplomacy

    The China National Tourism Administration has made it mandatory for provincial and national authorities to keep records of any misconduct of their citizens while they are travelling to other countries. The authorities will further contact tourists when they return home and work with them on fi xing their conduct. […]

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