Syria: The Russians are leaving, or are they?

Russian President Putin’s decision to pull out his military resources from Syria has been received with much skepticism and analysts are pulling out all the stops to examine the decision from every angle. Till late the Russian Air Force was using...

Russia, International Relations and Diplomacy

The Ukraine Crisis and The Challenges Ahead

A ceasefire deal to end the fighting in Eastern Ukraine was reached in Minsk after a marathon session of negotiations running into almost seventeen hours amongst the leaders of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France. This seeks to end a year of...

Russia, International Relations and Diplomacy

India and Russia: Putin Visit to Boost Ties

The India-Russia Strategic partnership was formed in the year 2000. Russia was the first country with whom India established a strategic partnership and in the year 2010 during the 11th Summit, India and Russia elevated their relationship to a “...

Russia, International Relations and Diplomacy

India Must Choose the Right Strategic Partner

Current Scenario

It has been rightly stated that, as a nation we can change our friends, but not our neighbours. We have been destined to live in the most dangerous part of the world with two nuclear armed countries, China and...

US, Russia, International Relations and Diplomacy

Ukraine Crisis: The Chinese Stand and Lessons for India

Introduction

As the conflict in Ukraine refuses to abate, it continues to raise fears of triggering yet another confrontation between the Cold War era adversaries – the US and Russia - in a geopolitical tussle for dominance in...

China, Russia, International Relations and Diplomacy, Neighbourhood Studies

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

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...

Europe, US, Russia, International Relations and Diplomacy

The Stakes in Ukraine

As the situation in Ukraine deteriorates, foreign powers are getting overtly involved. Russian forces are already deployed in the Crimea, and there is the live danger that they will also enter eastern Ukraine. It is important to try and...

Russia, International Relations and Diplomacy

Prime Minister’s Visit to Russia and China: New Equations in a Fast Changing Global Order

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s back to back visits to Russia and China from October 20 to 24 reflect the evolution of India’s external relations in a world with shifting power balances and the challenges faced in consolidating relations with...

China, Russia, International Relations and Diplomacy, Neighbourhood Studies

President Putin in India

The thirteenth Indo-Russian Summit was a fleeting affair, with President Putin spending less than twenty-four hours in Delhi. It came as the stakes in the extended neighbourhood are growing higher – Afghanistan, Iran, and the broader West Asian...

Russia, International Relations and Diplomacy

Still Comrades after all these years

Russia was the first country with which India established a strategic partnership in 2000 when Vladimir Putin became President and reversed the drift in ties under Boris Yeltsin when Moscow veered westwards and lost interest in its Soviet-era...

Russia, International Relations and Diplomacy