India to lose out in new-era wars
China’s Xi exhorting PLA to expedite reforms, Indian political leadership unenthused.
Challenges facing India in 2019
While more has been achieved by the Modi government than many earlier governments, there are still many long-standing challenges that face India which need to be addressed in 2019. The most daunting of these may be listed as the governance deficit, ineffective policing, neglect of defence capabilities, and the existential threat posed by Pakistan and China.
Why this new year will tell us if it’s time for a new world order
2019 will be the year when social scientists from across the world will be able to test their hypotheses on predicting new world orders.
Together in an uncertain world
Where India’s relations with individual EU nations have progressed dramatically over the last few years and the EU’s focus on India has grown, it has become imperative for the two to give each other a serious look.
When democracy is not enough
If we do not stand up and reclaim the space we have conceded to criminals and other low-life who now sit in judgment over us, it will be our children who will pay the price in the coming years.
Decoding China’s Stance on South China Sea
China has been looking into formalizing of a Code of Conduct (COC) for the South China Sea (SCS) and seeks a possible long lasting solution to the maritime territorial dispute that persists with its other claimant countries. There have been consultative mechanisms under the ASEAN process as well as bilateral interactions at play to solve the SCS issue. Further, China has proposed maritime cooperation as well as undertaking of joint development projects in the contentious region.
The Saudi government is tying itself up in knots
Journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s murder has triggered a power struggle and the future of the ailing Saudi king and his overambitious son could be at stake.
Trump’s politics the new normal in US
While the Republican Party is becoming more firmly entrenched in the rural, mainly white parts of the country, the suburban areas are going in the Democratic direction.
India’s African Focus Continues
It appears that the next Chief Guest for the Republic Day 2019 will be Cyril Ramaphosa, President of South Africa, after a reluctant US President expressed his inability. It was for the good in any case. We should have leaders who value and respect the gesture and dignity of the invitation and with whom we have a great relationship since it is a unique honour.
The long arm of the state
Authoritarian states are brazenly challenging the liberal order.