Happymon Jacob

The story of two ceasefires

The story of two ceasefires

It is important to invest in negotiations, political concessions and soft power within Jammu and Kashmir

The Narendra Modi government in New Delhi has decided to make a host of political concessions — in the form of conciliatory moves, positive responses and toned-down rhetoric — vis-à-vis Jammu and Kashmir (J&K), and Pakistan. More notably, we are also perhaps witnessing a cautious, and sensible, adoption of diplomacy and soft power in the […]

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A time to think fast: on the US exit from the Iran deal

A time to think fast: on the US exit from the Iran deal

The U.S.’s exit from the Iran nuclear deal puts India in a spot on many counts

American President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), popularly called the Iran nuclear deal, is bound to have serious implications for the international system, and for India. To be sure, the least affected will be the U.S.; European Union countries will be moderately affected due to the business […]

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Substance and optics of the summit

Substance and optics of the summit

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has a short window to build on the positive outcomes of the Wuhan meeting

Happymon Jacob The recently concluded ‘informal’ summit meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping in Wuhan was more about optics than substance. That doesn’t take away from the fact that the summit was a much-needed one and has added to the ongoing attempts to bring the bilateral relations between the two […]