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China and Russia wary of Japanese militarism

The following is the third installment of an extended report on one of the most important geopolitical developments of the 21st century: the increasingly comprehensive alliance between China and Russia and its implications for Eurasian and regional powers across the planet. To follow the series,…

China and Russia wary of German rearmament

The following is the second installment of an extended report on one of the most important geopolitical developments of the 21st century: the increasingly comprehensive alliance between China and Russia and its implications for Eurasian and regional powers across the planet. To read Part 1,…

Sino-Russian alliance coming of age

The following is the first installment of an extended report on one of the most important geopolitical developments of the 21st century: the increasingly comprehensive alliance between China and Russia and its implications for Eurasian and regional powers across the planet. Joint statements between two…

Doctors who add conviction to their prescriptions

In 2004, Dr Jose Armando Arronte Villamarin was posted to head a Cuban medical brigade in Namibia. Cuban medical personnel first came to what was then South West Africa in 1975 alongside Cuban soldiers assisting the South West African People’s Organization in the fight for…

Modi’s folly: cutting spending during pandemic

A striking aspect of the 24% decline in India’s GDP in the first quarter of 2020-21 compared with the previous fiscal year’s first quarter is the decline by 10.3% in public administration, defense, and other public services. This is a sector where the gross domestic…

China’s Sri Lanka foothold a dilemma for India

There are three categories of statesmen: those addicted to Twitter (Donald Trump, Narendra Modi, Javad Zarif, et al); those who shun it (Vladimir Putin, Angela Merkel, Xi Jinping, et al); and those with selective uses for the micro-blogging app. Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa…

Pompeo threatens to light the fuse in Persian Gulf

The US Fifth Fleet announced last Friday that a carrier strike group led by USS Nimitz passed through the Strait of Hormuz with the guided-missile cruisers USS Princeton and USS Philippine Sea and guided-missile destroyer USS Sterett. After a gap of some 10 months, a…

An India-China reset is still possible

A joint statement wasn’t anticipated after the talks between Indian External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar and Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Moscow on September 10. In diplomatic terms, a joint statement signals that a “critical mass” developed through the three-hour discussion…

Why ‘herd immunity’ is a distraction

There has been a spectrum of actions taken by governments to address near-term prevention of the spread of Covid-19. The extremes have ranged from total lockdowns (for example, Italy, Belgium and Spain) to legal enforcement of quarantines and contact tracing (for example, Canada and Germany)…

Modi’s legacy to be defined by virus war defeat

Jawaharlal Nehru began his historic “Tryst with Destiny” speech on August 15, 1947, heralding India’s independence, with an immortal line: “At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom.” On September 4, 2020, at the stroke…

What can Russia do to ease tensions in Himalayas?

The legend is that Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev, during his path-breaking visit to India in 1955, told the Indians that all they had to do to get Russian help was to give a shout across the Himalayas. I don’t know how far this is true…

India gains nothing from an ‘Asian NATO’

If you are of two minds about the foreign-policy orientations of the Indian government, what do you do? Answer: Read the lips of US State Department officials. They will give you the authoritative account of what India’s secretive foreign policy elites are up to.  At…

US determined to make Assange pay

On September 7, Julian Assange will leave his cell in Belmarsh Prison in London and attend a hearing that will determine his fate. After a long period of isolation, he was finally able to meet his partner, Stella Moris, and see their two sons, Gabriel,…

Abe will be dearly missed in India

Earth became a lonely planet for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi as his friend and Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe announced his resignation from office on August 28 and started walking toward the sunset. Abe had been expected to remain on the stage until September next…

Alliance of liberals, neocons set to shape US foreign policy

The emergence in recent weeks of a coalition of neoconservative Republicans and former US national-security officials who have thrown their support behind the Democratic candidacy of Joe Biden is an ominous development to those who believe US foreign policy should be guided by the principles…

Erdogan snubs UAE, backs Palestinian resistance

Turkey has made its first move on the regional chessboard after the recent peace deal between the United Arab Emirates and Israel. On August 22, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan received in Istanbul a high-level delegation from Hamas, including its leader Ismail Haniyeh and deputy leader…

US aiming to break Russia’s hold on India

The Nikkei Asian Review, well known for its anti-China reportage, featured an article 0n the weekend titled “India should ignore Putin’s offer to broker accord with China.” The author is none other than Marco Rubio, the high-flying Republican senator from Florida and the acting chairman…

Smooth Biden boxes clever on ‘China Question’

Joe Biden’s acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention on Thursday has been widely acclaimed in the US and it enhances the growing perception that he is likely to prevail in November’s general election, while President Donald Trump’s support continues to wane because of his…

Socialist or capitalist: What is China’s model, exactly?

Near the end of his life, Lenin gave a speech that referred to the USSR as a transitional society. He explained that socialists had taken state power and could thereby take the post-revolutionary economy – which he labeled “state capitalism” – further. The socialists’ state…

Israel, UAE deal less change than meets the eye

Sweeping geopolitical assumptions are being made regarding the Israel-UAE agreement to establish diplomatic relations. Basically, the deal legitimizes a previously existing two-decades-old relationship. The key issue is, what motivated the two protagonists to bring to the limelight this underlying relationship? This is how Vali Nasr,…

Risk of a Russian intervention rising in Belarus

The mercurial Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has not been an easy ally for the Kremlin. But the growing interference by Belarus’ “New European” neighbors is setting the stage for a “color revolution” with potentially anti-Russian orientation. Poland, egged on by the United States, has convinced…

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