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India in the Indo-Pacific: Pursuing prosperity and security

Published on Nov 28, 2022 06:01 PM IST
The time is right to have a renewed focus on regional geopolitics – and no region is now more important than the Indo-Pacific.

Malaysia’s general elections: A mandate of hope

Malaysia Election: Malaysia's opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, chairman of the Pakatan Harapan (Alliance of Hope), casts his ballot at a polling station during the general election in Permatang Pauh.
Published on Nov 25, 2022 01:35 PM IST

Preparing to face the looming energy crisis in winter

According to the Ukrainian prime minister, approximately half of the country's energy system has been damaged. He further added that Russian attacks have destroyed 90% of its wind power, 40% of its thermal generation capabilities, and 40% of its solar energy generation sources.
Published on Nov 24, 2022 03:41 PM IST

China’s militarisation and weaponisation of space

China’s space programme of China is deeply embedded into its national objective. Apart from prosperity (or the Chinese dream, fuqiang), the Chinese national objective also emphasises ‘war-fighting and winning.’
Updated on Nov 23, 2022 03:33 PM IST

US concerns on Chinese military-related projects in Cambodia

China is an important partner for Cambodia and China-Cambodia relations have grown under Hun Sen.
Updated on Nov 23, 2022 12:57 PM IST

Syria-India relations: Shared history and the way forward

Syria strongly supports India in various international organisations, and looks forward to a more active Indian role at the international level, to defend the principles of justice and law, and prevent the attempts of hegemony that some States are exercising in many regions around the world. In this regard, we greatly value the positive and active role of Indian foreign policy through its membership in the United Nations Security Council.
Updated on Nov 22, 2022 10:24 AM IST

Malaysia’s elections: Amidst uncertainty, a glimmer of hope

Malaysia Elections Motorists drive on a road in front of the office complex of the Malaysian prime minister in Putrajaya.
Published on Nov 17, 2022 07:42 PM IST

Tech-led solutions key to restore confidence in international travel

International travel in the new normal has changed, but the momentum of recovery towards pre-pandemic level has been a lot faster than expected.
Published on Nov 14, 2022 04:50 PM IST

Deciphering the 19th ASEAN-India Summit

This year’s summit is remarkable on three counts.
Published on Nov 13, 2022 04:33 PM IST

Domestic politics or international relations: Malaysia’s 15th general election

On November 19 this year, Malaysia is set for its 15th GE. In four years since 2018, Malaysia has seen three different administrations and three prime ministers (PMs).
Published on Nov 07, 2022 07:38 PM IST

Pakistan's War Within

A file photo of activist Karima Baloch, who was found dead in Toronto.
Published on Nov 01, 2022 10:16 AM IST

Survival of the British monarchy

(FILES) In this file photo taken on June 2, 1953 Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain poses on her Coronation day, in London. - The coronation of King Charles III will take place on May 6, 2023, Buckingham Palace announced on October 11, 2022. The Crown Jewels will form the centrepiece of King Charles III's coronation, and symbolise the power and history of the British monarchy. (Photo by INTERCONTINENTALE / AFP)
Published on Oct 26, 2022 05:11 PM IST

After Queen Elizabeth II: Reparations and return of the jewels

Reparations and return of the jewels after Queen Elizabeth II death.
Published on Oct 25, 2022 11:16 AM IST

The vital role on air power in conflicts

Russian air force or even the tiny Ukrainian one had little role to play. Russia watchers had predicted a swift decapitating strike on Ukraine’s air defences and then free rein to Russian operations.
Published on Oct 16, 2022 12:01 AM IST

Britain’s new Carolean age is beset by the unfinished business of history

Britain's King Charles III delivers his first address as a monarch to the nation and the Commonwealth from Buckingham Palace, London, following the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, on Thursday. Picture date: Friday September 9, 2022. (Yui Mok/Pool via REUTERS)
Updated on Oct 14, 2022 08:19 PM IST

India-Singapore Ministerial Roundtable: Strengthening bilateral ties

Recently, the inaugural India-Singapore Ministerial Roundtable (ISMR) was held in New Delhi on September 17, 2022. (ANI) 
Published on Sep 27, 2022 01:20 PM IST

Political corruption detrimental to Southeast Asia

There is a perception that corruption has increased in Malaysia, especially after the exposure of scandals like the 1MDB and other recent major corruption scandals. Overall, the World Bank measures indicate that Malaysia whilst not amongst the most corrupt countries in the world still suffers from widespread corruption, creating a situation where much improvement is needed.
Published on Sep 27, 2022 01:59 PM IST

Global energy crunch: A silver lining?

The entire world is crippled by an energy crunch, caused mainly due to the Covid-19 pandemic which was further exacerbated by the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war coupled with climate change-induced natural disasters.
Updated on Sep 26, 2022 02:51 PM IST

Geopolitics of energy of the war in Ukraine & national responses to energy crisis

The war in Ukraine creates a vicious cycle of disruption of global supply chains, which in turn affects the prices of energy and essential commodities as well as their domestic pricing strategies and export policies.
Published on Sep 26, 2022 02:30 PM IST

Taiwan as a pawn in great power politics

Tensions between China and Taiwan reached new heights during Nancy Pelosi’s visit, this being the highest-level visit from the United States (US) visit in the last 25 years. Since the Chinese Revolution of 1949, Taiwan has been governed independently of China.
Published on Sep 14, 2022 02:41 PM IST

Afghanistan’s centrality to the SCO

SCO has deliberated over the Afghanistan situation even before the Taliban's return was prophesied. Keeping in mind the significance of Afghanistan, SCO set up a Contact Group (ACG) in 2005 to collaborate and coordinate on issues of mutual interests.
Updated on Sep 12, 2022 01:30 PM IST

Ten years after the Marikana massacre in South Africa

This August 2022, South Africa commemorated the 10th anniversary of the Marikana massacre. Located 90 kilometres northwest of Johannesburg, Marikana is one of the richest mineral belts in the world. In fact, South Africa and Russia meet 90% of the global demands for platinum, and most of the South African platinum comes from this belt.(Photo by PHILL MAGAKOE / AFP)
Updated on Sep 12, 2022 01:27 PM IST

Nuclear weapons as the ‘million pound note’

The nuclear dimension along the Taiwan Straits may not be immediately evident, but it runs like an invisible thread through the conflict.
Published on Sep 07, 2022 11:35 AM IST

Taiwan build-up: Delimitating determinants

Taiwan build-up: With President Xi at the helm, China appeared to have found its ‘chosen one’ to fulfill the “China Dream”. (AP)
Published on Sep 05, 2022 09:05 AM IST

Drone autonomy and international law

The dominance of Azerbaijani Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) over Armenian air defence systems was critical to the former’s decisive upper hand in the Nagorno-Karabakh border conflict in 2020.
Published on Sep 04, 2022 01:38 PM IST

Pakistan needs to focus on economic and political stabilisation now

As reports indicate that Pakistani army Chief General Bajwa called a senior US official for help in speeding up disbursal of some $1.2. billion from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), and the Pakistani rupee is in full retreat, it is painfully clear that Pakistan is in a full-blown economic crisis.
Published on Aug 11, 2022 02:24 PM IST

Navigating India-Africa relations in a post-pandemic world 

India has traditionally prioritised Africa in its foreign policy. However, the current administration of Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi has shown an extraordinary determination to strengthen India's longstanding ties to the African continent.
Published on Aug 08, 2022 11:11 AM IST

Is it Indo-China Sea or South China Sea?

History records that except for very brief periods in 2,000 years, the Chinese trade forays on high seas have been few and far in between. On the other hand, it was the traders from India, Arabia, Africa, Roma, the littorals of the SCS and later Europe who came to Chinese ports for trading.
Published on Aug 06, 2022 12:47 PM IST

Agenda 2030: A bumpy road ahead?

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Report 2022 has finally revealed the severity of the social, economic and environmental setbacks endured by the world during the two-years spanning the Covid-19 pandemic.
Published on Aug 04, 2022 11:07 AM IST

The death of Zawahiri may only have a short-term impact

From the podium of the White House, the President of the United States (US) announced that on July 31, 2022, in the US air strike Ayman al-Zawahiri, an Al-Qaeda chief since 2011 was killed in Kabul.
Updated on Aug 02, 2022 02:31 PM IST
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