American Democracy At Peril?
It seems as if the biggest bastion of democracy in the world will continue to be marred by unpredictable changes. The latest in the series could stem from the setback suffered by the Biden Administration in country’s mid-term elections, last week.
Usually in a democratic system, every ruling party suffers from the incumbency factor in mid-term elections it faces. However, in President Joe Biden’s case the last week’s results suggested that added to the incumbency, voters also punished him for the steepest inflation in 40 years. The silver lining for the Democrats was the defeat at […]
Russia-Iran Defence Relations Gets a Boost
The apparent bonhomie between Iran and Russia, two ideologically opposed powers, seems rather surprising. But the reality of wider strategic gains can make one eschew ideology.
International politics, internal compulsions and various other external and internal threats and dynamics sometimes bring antagonist forces together. The wider compulsions force countries to forego ideological differences and stances and instead work unitedly for greater gains in the geo-political and regional level besides influencing global politics. The latest example in such a scenario is that […]
U.S. Priorities Ties with India
The Biden administration unveiled the US National Defence Strategy 2022 on 27th October. It lists plans to boost its defence ties with India to deter Chinese aggression in the region. The latest U.S. Defence Strategy states that China presents the most consequential and systemic challenge, while Russia poses acute threats to vital U.S. national interests […]
Political Chaos in the UK
During the last four months, the British public has witnessed a lot, with change of three prime ministers, four chancellors of exchequer and two monarchs, it definitely is taking a toll on the political scene of the country.
British Prime Minister Liz Truss resigned as UK prime minister and leader of the Conservative Party on 20th October after reading out a statement outside No. 10, Downing Street. She said she was doing so because she could not deliver the mandate on which she was elected as the Tory leader, just 46 days before. […]
U.S. brokered Israel-Lebanon maritime agreement
The U.N. Secretary-General and Israeli and Lebanese politicians have hailed the agreement as historic, as it may bring an economic windfall for both Israel and Lebanon in the long term.
After decades of enmity, Israel and Lebanon last week signed a historic agreement agreeing to demarcate their maritime boundaries and also demarcating the disputed area in Qanaa prospect, which is believed to be rich in oil and gas reserves. Further, it has in a de-facto manner, forced Lebanon to accept Israel as a sovereign nation, […]
Destruction caused by climate change
Various reports highlight the fact that Climate Change has been caused by the rich nations and thus poor countries have started demanding compensation for the climate changes, which have adversely impacted them.
The forthcoming COP27, UN climate talks due to be held in Egypt in November, may highlight the compensation system for poorer countries known as “loss and damage”, caused by the Climate Change. It is a fact, corroborated by various UN and independent reports that Climate Change over the last 25 years particularly has caused costly […]
India’s Growing Defence Exports
India’s defence exports to various countries have increased manifold in recent years, the latest deal is to export Indian rocket launchers to Armenia. According to reports, India would supply the ‘Pinaka’ multi-rocket launcher system, which can fire a salvo of 12 HE rockets in 44 seconds to Armenia besides anti-tank missiles and a variety of […]
Power Consolidation in China
The 20th Congress of the China’s Communist Party will begin on 16 October, a five yearly exercise. This time it is expected to approve Xi Jinping as country’s paramount leader for the third unprecedented time.
Recent rumours of a military or a political coup in China seem to be largely unsubstantiated and unreliable. They can be dismissed as based on the fact that the current leadership has in the past week acted harshly against what it called a “political clique” against the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), and this is not […]
Indian Diplomacy’s ace performance at Samarkand
During the last fortnight, India has asserted itself diplomatically by refusing to join an important pillar of the U.S.-led IPEF, and at the same time PM Modi in Samarkand has demonstrated his government’s resolve to act glocally and resolutely in interactions with regional leaders.
The 22nd summit of the eight-nation Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) took place in Uzbekistan’s capital Samarkand, last week. The summit was held amid the growing geo-political turmoil set-off by the Russian invasion of Ukraine and China’s aggressive military posturing in the Taiwan Straits. China which initiated this regional grouping as Shanghai Five in 1996, has […]
Chinese BRI: A success or a failure?
The recent economic upheaval followed by the political disruption in Sri Lanka, has once again made the Chinese BRI, the focus of debate whether it is beneficial or insensitive to the participating countries besides being a success or a failure.
The Chinese President Xi Jinping launched the BRI with much fanfare and high promises and grandiose plans for the participating countries in 2013. It was considered to be a centrepiece of the Chinese foreign and trade policy. Basically, Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) earlier also referred to, as One Belt One Road or OBOR for […]