A critical understanding of the drivers of this engagement, the various forms it has taken, and its impact on South Asian countries has been largely missing from the discourse, which is punctuated by broad-based assumptions such as allegations of debt-trap diplomacy.
The challenge for India, the United States (US), or others interested in the region, is to develop a policy that productively engages these countries. This policy should be based on its own merits, delinked from how these countries engage with China, and should aim to demonstrate an intent to engage.
China and Russia, which Biden has also singled out for criticism, are not the main causes of the weakening of democracies around the world. Most of the backsliding, according to a recent study, has been caused by erosion within the world’s democracies, including the United States and many of its allies.
Bengaluru did not become a tech innovation hub overnight. It shows key policy changes that are required in India to foster an innovative ecosystem.
As Covid pandemic moves to epidemic conditions with regional hotspots, caution must be taken because any fault line in global vaccine supply can be cataclysmic.
All of this regional activity is happening with the U.S. quietly coordinating in the background, encouraging some moves while discouraging or ignoring others (such as the overtures to Assad), but overall engaging in much more diplomacy across the region ahead of the nuclear talks with Iran that resumed this week after a five-month hiatus.
There are at least two sets of reasons that support Dasgupta’s claim that Indira Gandhi had already made-up her mind about the need to delay military intervention, prior to the meeting on 28/29 April. Further, much like any policy process, thinking around an eventual military intervention evolved over the next seven months.
These farm laws covered three main points, each dealt with in a specific legislative text. First, they ended the mandatory building up of stocks of agricultural products, except for in "exceptional circumstances".
Tunisian President Kais Saied has slowly and steadily consolidated power into his own hands since his July 25, 2021 self-coup. While the United States and Europe have taken an increasingly critical stance against Saied’s actions, the Tunisian leader has ignored their requests for a return to a constitutional order and an inclusive political process.
Few international issues generate more conflicting interpretations than the military cooperation between Belarus and Russia. Alternating between secretive deals and acrimonious disputes, this bumpy relationship regularly puzzles even close observers. At times, the two countries’ dealings are so confusing that the very same arrangements may be seen as either a major boost or a severe blow to Belarusian sovereignty, depending on the viewpoint of the beholder.
Konark Bhandari writes how a moratorium on further testing of DA-ASAT weapons may take time, but countries must start exchanging data on debris in outer space and question sustainability in space.
From this perspective, the France-Greece deal will have fostered a deep suspicion in Ankara, very possibly leading to France’s exclusion from Turkey’s major defense procurement projects. It is unclear how the positioning of the EUROSAM consortium, which produces the SAMP-T air and ballistic missile defense system, will be affected.
Rudra Chaudhuri writes on how the outrage of ex-Servicemen against new claims on Manekshaw’s role in 1971 shows a homily in the larger literature, which undermines the agency of the forces.
Just as the 1970s and 80s brought more clarity about the USSR’s nuclear intentions, the West needs to understand more about China’s objectives in its nuclear modernization — while also being willing to talk frankly about its own.
Indeed, in recent years Beijing has implemented a series of policies that have tightened control over the country’s financial system, undermined private businesses and expanded the role of state-owned enterprises and public-sector investment.
With a deft literary hand, Klaas describes how positions that offer power and possibilities for enrichment feature incentives that attract the wrong sort of people.
While there is a compelling case to be made about the downward trajectory of China’s power, it is difficult to argue that Chinese leaders perceive themselves to be running short on time. In recent years, the actions and rhetoric of the Chinese government reveal little doubt about how it sees the future.
British Indians, much like the rest of the country, are preoccupied with the economy and healthcare. Though disappointed with the record of Boris Johnson’s government, many are also critical of Labour policies. Indeed, the most common reason that British Indians do not identify with the Labour party is the perception that it is too influenced by socialism.
Yet this approach will, in the longer run, inevitably have unintended downsides for Russia itself. If Moscow doubles down on building more pipelines to China as a counterweight to its reliance on energy exports to Europe, it might find within a decade that it is highly dependent on a sole consumer at the other end of the pipeline.
Sri Lanka is not alone. Over the last decade, moves like these have indicated a deepening engagement between China and countries in South Asia such as Bangladesh, Maldives, and Nepal.