Ukraine Developments: US/ EU Attempt to Stretch Europe’s Frontiers?

Amb Kanwal Sibal, Dean, Centre for International Relations and Diplomacy, VIF
Developments in Ukraine should be understood as part of US/EU's project of stretching the frontiers of "Europe" eastwards as far as possible in order either to eventually topple the present Russian political and economic order from within and make Ru
International Relations and Diplomacy, Europe, US, Russia

Back From The Brink

Amb Kanwal Sibal, Dean, Centre for International Relations and Diplomacy, VIF
Contrary to all expectations, the Italian marines have returned to India for trial. After having formally announced that the marines will not come back, the Italian government has dramatically reversed its position. This suggests that the hardliners
International Relations and Diplomacy, Europe

Italy goes back on its word

Amb Kanwal Sibal, Dean, Centre for International Relations and Diplomacy, VIF
The latest turn of events in the Italian marines case is most unfortunate for both India and Italy as the bilateral relationship is being put under serious strain. The Indian side had greater reason to feel aggrieved by the cause of the crisis. In
International Relations and Diplomacy, Europe

Not in Our Interest to Escalate Matters

Amb Kanwal Sibal, Dean, Centre for International Relations and Diplomacy, VIF
But it’s up to Rome to find an acceptable way out of the crisis it has created. The refusal of the Italian government to send back their marines to India for trial complicates an already emotive issue. The Italian government had till now show
National Security and Strategic Studies, Europe

Importance of India

Amb Kanwal Sibal, Dean, Centre for International Relations and Diplomacy, VIF
The back to back visits of French President Francois Hollande and British Prime Minister David Cameron to India in February call attention to the European dimension of our foreign policy. Many in our establishment have a tendency to dismiss the impor
International Relations and Diplomacy, Europe

Europe Comes Calling

Amb Kanwal Sibal, Dean, Centre for International Relations and Diplomacy, VIF
The successive visits of French President Hollande and UK Prime Minister Cameron to India this month can be viewed from different angles. Both countries clearly attach increasing importance to the India relationship. Opportunities in India are consid
International Relations and Diplomacy, Europe

Friends with Benefits

Amb Kanwal Sibal, Dean, Centre for International Relations and Diplomacy, VIF
The back-to-back visits of the president of France, Francois Hollande, and the Prime Minister of Britain, David Cameron, last month have put the spotlight on India’s relationship with Europe. Some belittle the importance of this relationship as Eur
International Relations and Diplomacy, Europe

Giving Delhi Some Parisian Delight

Amb Kanwal Sibal, Dean, Centre for International Relations and Diplomacy, VIF
France was first to offer a strategic dialogue after our 1998 nuclear tests, forswear sanctions and announce a “business as usual” policy towards India. This remarkably pragmatic position, surpassing the acute international anxieties of the momen
International Relations and Diplomacy, Europe

Indo-European Relations: Strategic Alliances

Amb Kanwal Sibal, Dean, Centre for International Relations and Diplomacy, VIF
To appreciate better the subject of India’s defence relations with Europe some reflections of a general nature would be pertinent. The point needs to be made right at the start that India does not have defence relations with Europe as such; it has
National Security and Strategic Studies, International Relations and Diplomacy, Defence, Europe

Arms and The Country

Amb Kanwal Sibal, Dean, Centre for International Relations and Diplomacy, VIF
European nations compete for defence ties with India When listing India’s defence partners Europe is mentioned, but it would be more accurate to speak of individual European countries as partners. Europe is unified economically bu
National Security and Strategic Studies, International Relations and Diplomacy, Defence, Europe