• Aung San Suu Kyi: New Beginnings, Old Challenges


    It is barely six months since Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) formally assumed power in Myanmar on 30th March, 2016. This means it is a bit early to be passing judgement on the NLD Government, even if it had taken power in a less spectacular way than by winning the November 2015 national elections in a landslide. Any government taking power for the first time in its history and in the history of the country, by means of a sweeping election victory, would need longer to get serious reforms under way, no matter how well (or how poorly) it was prepared for such a victory. Nevertheless, expectations of the NLD Government – inside and outside the country – are so high that interested observers will ask how things are going, whether the answers can be definitive or not. […]

  • US Elections Are Indian Foreign Policy Pundits Missing the Big Picture?


    The US elections are less than two months away and the campaign is reaching its pinnacle. Going by some polls, Republican candidate Donald Trump may enjoy a small lead over the Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton in some of the swing states. With the numbers running neck to neck within the possible margin of error, the only thing that can be predicted is that it will be a tight race. […]

  • BRICS Summit in Goa Ahead of 8th conference, the bloc must focus on institution-building

    Cover Story

    When India hosts the 8th BRICS Summit in Goa in October, it will need to be the ‘B’ along with the ‘I’ in BRICS. The 'bright spot' that infuses direction, ideas and momentum into a collective whose individual members have certainly seen better days. With a relatively strong economic performance and a vigorous and imaginative foreign policy (on most counts), India has the capacity to help the BRICS plurilateral discover a new ethos that will channel cooperative sentiments into concrete objectives, durable institutions and constructive internationalism. […]

  • India's Energy Security Energy Diplomacy is the Way to Go


    A century ago, Sir Winston Churchill recognised that ‘safety and certainty in energy lies in variety and variety alone.’ Energy diplomacy goals should crucially go beyond engaging energy partners and must include India’s entire neighbourhood, both immediate and extended. […]

  • Spain and India Ties That Bind

    National Day Special

    What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of Spain? Is it the scenes of raging bulls chasing three Bollywood hunks in the much-appreciated movie Zindagi Na Banegi Dobara (ZNMG)? Or is it how superstar Shah Rukh Khan addresses his lady love as ‘Señorita’, played by Kajol, in the biggest Hindi blockbuster Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jaayenge? It doesn’t really matter. In reality, we are closer to Spain than we think. […]

  • Methanol Economy Opportunities Abound


    Recently, the Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari vowed to eliminate petroleum imports. India's influential Transport Minister spoke at an event to brainstorm on methanol economy as a substitute for oil and gas and vowed 'we want to create a country where import bill for petroleum is zero!’. Today India annually spends Rs 4.5 lakh crore on importing petroleum products. The Minister feels that 'methane is a cost effective import substitution'. […]

  • The Mexico Miracle


    Mexico has undergone significant political and economic transitions. The country is now a democracy. Its economy, once largely closed and dominated by oil, has become one of the world's most open, and is increasingly a global manufacturing powerhouse. Finally, years of economic change and macroeconomic stability have enabled a growing middle class. […]

  • Foreign Students in India - Education Diplomacy

    Soft Diplomacy

    Senator J. William Fulbright outlined his views on International Education thus: "Our future is not in the stars but in our own minds and hearts. Creative leadership and liberal education, which in fact go together, are the first requirements for a hopeful future for humankind. Fostering leadership, learning, and empathy between culture, was and still remains the purpose of the international scholarship program...”[…]

  • Photographing the Past

    Cultural Diplomacy

    “I was even told that companies do so much in the name of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), but never for heritage. My answer was, why CSR? Where is our ISR (Individual Social Responsibility)? Why do we expect a few hundred people sitting inside a circular building to care for these dead structures, when more than 100 crore sitting outside and living around these do not?” […]

  • Getting Ready for a Trump Presidency


    Only about six weeks remain for the November presidential elections, the days of Hillary Clinton’s lead in the polls reaching double figures is far behind. Her rival Donald Trump is not only catching up but threatening to leave her behind. Trump’s phalanx of the white American middle class is solidly behind him. Regardless of what the opponents have to say about him, or the charges they throw his way, his hold on his supporters is unshakeable. […]

  • 'India can Become a True Superpower'


    Klas Eklund, the eminent economist from Sweden, talks to Diplomatist Editor-at-large Alankar Srivastava on sustainable growth, Paris Agreement and global economy post-Brexit. Excerpts […]

  • Russia and Africa Engagement, Challenges and New Beginnings

    Africa Diary

    Both Russia and Africa have a common interest in the formation of the just and democratic world order, based on collective approach to the resolution of international problems and the superiority of international law. They reject the unipolar model, the attempts of one country or a limited number of countries to impose their will on the rest of the world. […]

  • First Coastal Industrial Corridor Devil Lies in Implementation


    Indian trade is set to get a boost with the development of 2500 KM East Coast Economic Corridor. The proposed corridor is planned to span entire coastline from Kolkata to the southern tip of India and the state of Tamil Nadu. The corridor will facilitate efficient movement of goods across the east coast in addition to providing more trade and shipping options for the highly industrialised Northern. The corridor will also provide a fillip to trade involving Central parts of the country. […]

  • Malaysia's Forgotten Arks Of Biodiversity


    It is not uncommon for one to have phrase“Malaysia, Truly Asia” sung to you in response to your answer that Malaysia is your country of origin while traveling abroad. The catchy sing-a-long phrase was coined and composed by the Malaysian Tourism Board in 1999. And by the looks of it, the campaign has successfully caught on with travellers around the world. […]

  • SAARC and Geopolitical Elements at Play


    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. […]

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