Thursday, 18 August, 2022

Topic: Diplomacy

Kennedy’s assassination had an unexpected impact on India-China relations

In ‘Life in American Politics & Diplomatic Years in India’, former diplomat Richard Celeste writes that there was a proposal to increase US military aid to India after 1962.

India has set an example in global diplomacy with Covid, climate change, says Jaishankar

In an op-ed for Newsweek, External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar criticised multilateral institutions for their response to the pandemic.

India’s diplomatic corps is understaffed, busy with bureaucratic work. That’s a problem

In ‘Flying Blind’, Mohamed Zeeshan writes on how foreign policy is considered a 'luxury' & why India needs a coherent strategy for its relations with the world.

In a rebuke of Trump, next US Secretary of State Blinken promises diplomacy with ‘humility’

Blinken's remarks show he intends to draw the curtain on 4 years of 'America First,' in which Trump browbeat the NATO alliance and slammed staunch allies such as Germany and France.

Can army and air force tackle climate change, pandemic? This is why diplomacy is needed

Former foreign secretary Shyam Saran, in a talk at the LSE Ideas Programme, says nations cannot define their interests in absolute terms, disregarding the interests of other states.

China has a ‘win-win’ game plan. India’s app ban and new weapons won’t change that

The Wuhan and Mamallapuram summit diplomacy did not change the Communist Party of China’s policy towards India. And New Delhi just lost time.   

India has to plan for a hot war where friends are few. US-China cold war won’t help it

A careful analysis of Trump’s policies on China reveals that the primary driver is self-interest. And India can’t count on it.

Modi’s bid to sway China’s Xi with personal outreach was a big error. India’s paying for it

India is now paying for those obsessions, and needs hard introspection, realism and course-correction, be it on China, US or Russia.

India intensifies engagement with Indo-Pacific partners as Covid-19 rages on

Members of the Indo-Pacific strategic setup have been holding discussions since 20 March to discuss collective safety, as well as real-time communication.

In era of social distancing, India’s Ministry of External Affairs must reimagine diplomacy

How do you win over the other at a time of gesture-less screen-presence? The MEA is becoming more about partnership and less about loud leadership.

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Representative image | Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina (L) with Chinese premier Xi Jinping (R) | MFA China

Nepal to Bangladesh, nations mounting small acts of big rebellion against China, US

Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and the Maldives reiterated their commitment to the One-China Policy—but on their own terms.
Farmers plant paddy saplings in a field | PTI Photo

Good news from the farm as India’s FY22 foodgrain production estimated at record 316 mn tonnes

Wheat production estimate sees marginal upward revision to 106.8 million tons, though current rate lowest in 3 years.


IAF Su-30 MKI aircraft | Twitter | @DefencePRO_Guj

Russian defence industry team to visit India soon for talks on upgrading IAF’s Sukhoi fleet

Upgrades would include more better radar & integration of electronic warfare abilities. Russia also hopeful of inking deal with India to supply 12 more Su-30 MKIs and 21 MiG-29s.
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Tiranga vs Tiranga: Gloves are off as Kejriwal joins the ‘nationalism’ battle with Modi

Kejriwal’s maun vrat on Modi has ended. This is an important turn in Indian politics. In some ways rivalling the dramatic turn in Bihar.