• Daw Aung San Suu Kyi
    Complementing India's 'Neighbourhood First' Policy
    China's 'Good Neighbourliness' Policy

    Global Centre Stage

    As State Counsellor and Foreign Minister Daw Aung San Suu Kyi wraps-up her five-day official visit to China, some media reports have framed the visit within Myanmar’s wider foreign policy challenge of balancing Beijing and Washington. However, the move seems to indicate Naypyitaw’s evolving foreign policy priorities that are driven more by the need to stabilise the country’s troubled border regions and to address the nation’s economic development as the country plays catch up. For this, Naypyitaw is turning to its immediate neighbours. […]

  • Brazil Impeachment Temer In; Dilma Out

    Global Centre Stage

    The Senate has impeached Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff for illegally manipulating government accounts, thus putting an end to the political uncertainty in Latin America’s largest country. […]

  • 'Regret that UK Left the European Union'


    H.E. Žigmund Bertók, the Ambassador of the Slovak Republic to India, speaks to Diplomatist Editor-at-Large Alankar Srivastava, on Brexit, the EU, Slovakia-India bilateral relations, etc. […]

  • INDIA-ASEAN Trade and Investment Story, and the Road Ahead

    Cover Story

    “Evidence of cross border investment and trading activities between ASEAN and Indian firms suggests that there is complementarity, and this partnership is sustainable. The source of complementarity in trading arises as India has demand for edible oil, rubber, wood products, and electrical items.” […]

  • G20 and Building New Global Relationships

    Cover Story

    Although it is proclaimed that the G20 and hence all of its subsidiaries by default should be just involved in global economic and financial affairs with no geopolitical undertaking, nevertheless, it is fair to say that a hidden geopolitical agenda was attached to this showcase. The prime goal appears to be trying to convince others that China as a country with one-fourth of the global GDP should commit itself to provision of global public goods by executing a structural reform and industrial transformation. […]

  • The BRICS: Aren't Breaking Any Time Soon

    Cover Story

    In 2009, when Yekaterinburg hosted the inaugural Head of State Summit of the BRIC coalition, the world was facing its most critical financial crisis since the Great Depression of the early 1930s. Despite the turbulent international context, the grouping (which became known as the BRICS after the official inclusion of South Africa in 2011) remained relatively insulated from the initial shocks of the crisis. While the developed world struggled to recover economically, the BRICS bounced back quickly and became even more vocal in demanding reform of the established international organisations, including the Bretton Woods institutions. […]

  • Two Years of Neighbourhood First – An Assessment Challenges and Motivations behind Neighbourhood First


    Prime Minister Narendra Modi began his term in office with the most dramatic of political symbolisms. At his swearing-in ceremony in a move, totally unprecedented, he invited the leaders of the South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation (SAARC) demonstrating India’s commitment to its neighbours. ‘Neighbourhood First’, as it has since been described, has become a significant component of Modi’s foreign policy. The motivations behind it are obvious enough as the challenges in this region are glaring. Its geopolitics makes South Asia a vulnerable and complex neighbourhood; one in which India’s foreign policy had not helped establish favourable perceptions about it. India was being viewed as an overbearing big brother by its neighbours and not as a developmental partner. […]

  • Kudankulam Nuclear Project for THE Future A Reflection


    Meeting increasing energy demands will remain one of the critical issues for India in the 21st century owing to high dependency on energy imports. Nuclear energy offers both opportunities and challenges for any aspiring country. Without nuclear power, achieving energy security will be much more difficult. […]

  • Philippines and South China Sea


    July 12 was an extra-ordinary day for the Philippines as the modest Southeast Asian economy won an international legal battle on South China Sea (SCS) against its colossal neighbour, China. The Permanent Court at The Hague (PCA), constituted under Article 287, Annex VII of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), “handed the Philippines a landmark victory against its giant neighbour”. According to the Filipino political analyst, Richard Javed Heydarian. […]

  • Health is Wealth: Indian Private Sector Investments in African Healthcare

    Africa Diary

    Health efforts can no longer be restricted to national jurisdictions, and the increasing range of transnational health-related concerns calls for a more collaborative approach to addressing these challenges. For one, the spread of infectious diseases has global implications; the recent outbreak of the Zika virus, for example, has caused widespread panic especially as global mobility has increased and the risks of a contagion have become starker. The absence of an effective treatment and—particularly for new mutations such as Zika — the lack of knowledge on even the modes of transmission, highlight the need for collective action on both prevention and cure. In addition to inter-governmental bodies such as the World Health Organization (WHO), various philanthropic and non-state actors have also developed multi-country strategies to arrest the spread of these ‘global epidemics’. […]

  • Smart Cities & India's Urbanisation Problems


    Are smart cities the panacea for the increasing urbanisation problems in India? This question is being increasingly asked even as the Narendra Modi government is speeding up its smart city mission.[…]

  • Engaging the Private Sector & Financing Sustainable Development


    The increasing scarcity of public budgets has naturally led to heightened expectations about private financing for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As such, this is quite a challenge - public and private objectives do not coincide naturally and private firms are not philanthropic, even though some individuals within them may be. Two dimensions are crucial to reconcile these differing objectives, beyond identifying unexploited synergies that can deliver the ‘low-hanging fruit’ - such as energy-saving initiatives. […]

  • GST Bill All We Need to Know


    The passage of the Constitutional Amendment Bill) has been approved by the Rajya Sabha and the President of India. The bill once ratified by the states, will pave the path for framing laws to implement the laws related to Goods & Services (GST). Also, it is high time to analyse the impact of the proposed regime on the economy. The effect of GST is not expected to be all positive and there are likely to be a few negatives in the short run as the uneven imprint GST will be leaving on various parts of the economy. Although, overall repercussions are likely to be beneficial owing to the salubrious impact on the fiscal front, there are pockets, which will feel the pinch. This article is a quick coverage of the emerging contours of the proposed GST in India and what the possible fallouts on some major segments of the economy could be. […]

  • Vietnam's International Integration and Engagements with India

    National Day Special

    The 2nd September, 1945, marked the birth of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam1, one of the biggest historical landmarks of Vietnam in modern times. For the first time in its history, Vietnam has emerged as a new-born, free and independent country after over 80 years under colonial rule. However, Vietnam was yet to experience the following 30 years of wars towards peace and national unification in 1975, then to respond to the long-lasting aftermaths of wars and other challenges during national reconstruction and development. […]

  • ‘Beyond the Mist’ Where Art is Blurring Borders

    Cultural Diplomacy

    ‘Beyond the Mist’ Art Exhibition is the result of International Art Residency programme called ‘Artists Point’ that took place in Meghalaya in May 2016. The exhibition is about cultures coming together, breaking barriers and building bridges. The art exhibition was held at All India Fine Arts & Crafts Society, New Delhi, curated by Slovak artist Jana Bednarova and supported by the Embassy of the Slovak Republic in New Delhi. […]

  • ‘The Gifted’ Conquering Disabilities Artistically

    Cultural Diplomacy

    Art Spice, the luxurious art gallery at five-star deluxe hotel, The Metropolitan Hotel & Spa presented the inauguration ceremony of a beguiling exhibition ‘The Gifted’ in conjunction with the NGO, Family of Disabled (FOD), to celebrate World Humanitarian Day on August 19, 2016 […]

  • London School of Economics Accepts 25 Bangaloreans!


    The London School of Economics accepted 25 Bangaloreans to study various programs. The send-off was held on August 12, 2016 with the British Deputy High Commissioner Mr. Dominic McAllister as the chief guest. […]

  • Skill India & Make in India ‘German Firms will be Crucial for Success’


    Germany and India bilateral programme on vocational education and skill development will run for 3 years starting August 2016 with a budget of EUR 3,000,000 (INR 22.6 cr) - made available by the German government. The programme is part of the ‘Joint Memorandum of Understanding in the Field of Skill Development and Vocational Education and Training’, signed during the Indo-German intergovernmental consultations October 5, 2015 in New Delhi. […]

  • Myanmar President U Htin Kyaw in India Taking Ties to ‘New Heights’

    Visitors' Book

    In his first overseas trip after assuming the top office, Myanmar President, U Htin Kyaw, visited India from August 27-30, 2016. The visit focused on the 1,600 km-long Indo-Myanmar border and maritime boundary in the Bay of Bengal, border management and the trade opportunities for both countries. […]

  • Malaysia and the ASEAN: Engagement and Contribution


    As ASEAN grows and attracts trade and investment from the rest of the world, there will also be enhanced intra-ASEAN flows in trade and investment, with Malaysia being the focal point for these transactions. […]

  • Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s India Visit India-China Ties in Focus

    Visitors' Book

    Chinese state media advocates that India-China ties should focus on amplifying their economic agenda, which required urgent attention since ‘India’s exports to China have dropped 16.7 percent year-on-year in the first 7 months of the year, suggesting that Indian enterprises are having a hard time amid simmering tensions between the two countries.’ […]

  • SAARC and Geopolitical Elements at Play

    Cover Story

    In the post-Cold War era, regionalism and multilateral institutions have opened doors for possibilities and the importance of regional cooperation. Nations across the globe have realised that keeping the doors open is the way to stability and economic prosperity. […]

  • Making Malaysia Trade and Investment

    Special Report

    "There was an increase of about 35 percent in GDP in 2014 over 2010. The annual GDP growth rate averaged at approximately 5.4 percent from 2010-2014, indicating high and sustainable levels of growth. The Gross National Income (GNI) per capita was RM 34,945 in 2014, up about 25.6 percent from RM 27,819 in 2010. This data shows upwards-macroeconomic trends in Malaysia and improvements in its economy." […]

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