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11 June 2024

India’s general election 2024: its impact on India’s foreign policy

The expected result of India’s general election 2024: Prime Minister Modi secured his third consecutive term in government and was sworn in on 9th June. Unexpectedly, however, he owes his parliamentary majority not to one more landslide victory of his party BJP, but to the total number of seats won by the coalition NDA. Against all predictions and Modi’s declared goal, BJP alone lost massively and lost the parliamentary majority on its own.

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13 March 2024

Autocratic Rule on the Indian Subcontinent and prospects for the world

The global political calendar of 2024 will bring about elections in some countries, which will be of importance beyond national borders. The most serious ones are certainly presidential and Congress elections in the USA. Elections in Russia and Iran, two major sources or profiteers of wider conflicts, will however, remain globally meaningless. Of a different significance are elections to be held or already held in India and its neighbourhood.

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15 December 2023

India’s place and positioning in the world

India has overtaken China as the country with the world’s largest population and appears to derive from it a higher political relevance in world affairs. But how solid are the underlying trends needed for more global influence? According to The Economist Intelligence Forecast, India’s GDP growth rate outnumbers by far that of all other relevant global economic powers. On this basis, India is set to become the market of the future.

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6 September 2023

India’s global strategic goals after the BRICS summit and before the G-20 summit

Last week’s international headline announced that BRICS, at its summit in Johannesburg, has invited six countries to join the group. BRICS’ members, Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, formerly known as “emerging economies”, had, since their inception, been aspiring at more political weight by closing up to the globally dominant G-7 and by trying to become the Global South’s voice in world affairs.

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18 April 2023

India’s “Western” future

India’s most conspicuous political move of late is certainly its refusal to join the West’s condemnation of Russia’s war against the Ukraine and to comply with its sanctions against the aggressor. India has even, together with China, become Russia’s main buyer of oil and is, thus, indirectly funding Putin’s war. India may not be known for militarily supporting Russia, but remains dependent on Russian armament … and for a long time.

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20 January 2023

2023, an important year for India’s Government

Throughout 2023, India will play a prominent role in world politics. It will be chairing the G-20, the grouping of the world’s 20 largest economies. The G-20 is not an international organisation, nor a grouping of common values, and even less an alliance, but it is a setting in which the world’s most important economic, financial and development issues, including the most burning political topics of our time, are being dicussed.

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17 August 2022

Russia’s Ukraine war, India’s contradicting reactions and its ultimate goal

India’s refusal to adhere to Western sanctions against Russia as a consequence of Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine is in stark contrast to its recent repeated confirmations of unequivocally siding with its QUAD partners US, Japan and Australia against China’s expansion and its joining the newly created quadrilateral forum I2U2, a grouping comprising India, Israel, United Arab Emirates and the United States.

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12 April 2022

Russia’s war against Ukraine and India’s long term interests

India abstained, when the UN Security Council voted a resolution condemning Russia for its unsolicited war of aggression against the Ukraine. For some in the West, this positioning may have come as a surprise and certainly as a disappointment. A deeper look into the historic background, however, reveals some logic for Prime Minister Modi’s position.

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26 November 2021

India after the debacle in Afghanistan

America’s withdrawal from Afghanistan last August had been announced. It was no “black swan”. But when the Taliban took over, and with the speed with which they did it, it seemed to take all involved by surprise. Since then, the world got accustomed to see it as a repetition of Saigon’s fall in 1975. Media pictures looked the same.

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29 April 2021

India in geopolitics and at home: two worlds

The picture of India’s geostrategic position is moving, these days. Over recent months, China’s geopolitical behaviour and accompanying diplomatic rhetoric have become strikingly more assertive and more threatening for its neighbourhood. But in the logic of cause and effect, international resistance against China is growing, too.

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