Commentaries & Articles
Significance of Kishida’s visit to India
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has been on a diplomatic blitz in recent days. First he hosted the South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol breaking the ice in the frosty ties that troubled the two Asian neighbours for quite some time. He then hosted the German Chancellor Olf Scholz before heading to New Delhi for talks with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. This was Kishida’s first visit to India as Prime Minister and the first annual India-Japan Annual Summit meeting with his Indian counterpart.
Buddhism and India’s Soft Power Diplomacy
India has always been aware of the need to avoid using military might as the cornerstone of its foreign policy since gaining independence. The values of peaceful coexistence have governed India since Jawaharlal Nehru's Panchsheel principles. Though India's place in the international system has shifted dramatically since—and today the language of India's great-power aspirations is widely heard—ideas that support non-coercive power projection are still vital to foreign-policy formulations.
International Order and Taliban: Theory and Practice
Afghanistan has historically been on the fringe of global politics while also being unexpectedly and tragically entangled in international processes. It was afflicted throughout the 20th century by linkages to the outside world. The Soviets invasion of Afghanistan took place in 1980s followed by a period of "isolationism". Post-Soviet withdrawal from the country, a bloody civil warfare broke out, which ended in 1996 with the victory of the radical Islamist Taliban. With the support of the Pakistani military, Taliban established the first Islamic Emirate in Afghanistan.
How Far Will China Walk on the No-Limit Partnership Road with Russia?
It was business as usual for Russia when it struck Ukraine with missiles and UAVs just after President Vladmir Putin bid farewell to President Xi Jinping after their highly publicized three days meeting in Moscow.[1] Historian Sergey Radchenko summed up the visit quoting a Chinese proverb, which translates to “Loud thunder and few rain drops”.[2] “If you scratch further, even the thunder was not that loud”, he added.
India's G20 Presidency Presents an Opportunity to Foster India-Africa Collaboration on Traditional Medicines
After the G20 Summit in Bali, India took over the G20 presidency for one year, from December 1, 2022, to November 30, 2023.[1] Indeed, this presidency is an opportunity for India to step up and provide some long-term sustainable solutions to the problems plaguing the world.
China’s Big Two Sessions Confirm Xi Jinping as China’s Pre-eminent Unrivalled Leader
The plenary sessions of the 14th National People's Congress (NPC) -- China's version of a parliament -- and 14th Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) -- China's top political advisory body -- that concluded on March 13 were, as anticipated, a success for Xi Jinping. Having again been elected as General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Central Committee (CC) at the 20th Party Congress last October, the 2952 Deputies to the NPC unanimously re-elected Xi Jinping for a third term as President of China.
Changing Shades of Russian Weapon Deployment in Ukraine War
Picking up the Thread- the Premise
The recent reports in the open source have stated that in the massive missile strikes on Ukraine between 06-10 Mar 2022, Russia has used ‘new age weapons’, namely the Kinzhal hypersonic cruise missiles unstoppable by any known defences
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