Commentaries & Articles
Evolution of Indo-US Relations: From Estranged Democracies to Engaged Democracies
From being what Dennis Kux, the US diplomat and author, called ‘estranged democracies’, India –U.S.A relationship has been transformed to ‘Comprehensive Global Strategic Partnership’. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s current visit to USA is certainly going to scale up the relationship between the two countries. After the outbreak of COVID-19, it is for the second time that Prime Minister Modi is visiting a foreign country in person; earlier he visited Bangladesh to participate in the Independence Day of Bangladesh coinciding with the birth centenary of Mujibur Rahman.
Qatar Registers its Soft Power Presence in Afghanistan
The Qatari’s Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammad bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani’s visit to Afghanistan in September1 marked the first high level visit since the Taliban takeover on August 15.
Decoding Tajikistan’s Critical Approach towards Taliban
The quick rise of the Taliban after the US troops started to withdraw from Afghanistan has left the country’s neighbours in a difficult situation. Pakistan, a long-time ally of the Taliban, was pleased with the Taliban’s victory in Afghanistan. China, Iran, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan hoped for some sort of collaboration with the Taliban considering that they could not do much about Afghanistan’s domestic politics. However, Tajik authorities have adopted a different attitude and a more critical one concerning the Taliban’s victory and conduct.
At the Cross-Roads: A ‘Fleet- in- Being’ for QUAD 3.0?
The QUAD Leaders’ Summit on 24th September in Washington DC is akin to a cross-road, a juncture, at which the collective political leadership of four nations will have to choose between different paths as they move forward in defining the objectives of this quadrilateral grouping. It remains to be seen if they can impart greater clarity and momentum to this initiative, especially in the light of the AUKUS (Australia, United Kingdom and US Security pact) announcement.
Future of Post-Islamist Morocco and India-Morocco Relations
In the parliamentary elections of 8th September, Morocco’s long-ruling Islamists suffered a crushing defeat by the liberal parties. With just 12 seats, Islamist Justice and Development (PJD)Party finished much behind its main rivals, the National Rally of Independents (RNI) and the Authenticity and Modernity Party (PAM), with 102 and 82 seats respectively in the 395-seat assembly. Morocco’s oldest party, the Istiqlal (Independence) also made a surprisingly remarkable comeback and added 32 more to its previous tally to reach 78 seats.
अफगानिस्तान में तालिबानी हुकूमत के असर
अफगानिस्तान के हालिया घटनाक्रमों के वैश्विक एवं क्षेत्रीय स्थिरता के लिए अच्छे संकेत नहीं हैं। यह क्षेत्र तालिबान की हुकूमत में वापसी के साथ ही सबसे ज्यादा अस्थिर हो गया है। अफगानिस्तान से आतंकवाद एवं कट्टरता की ऊंची उठती लपटों का विश्व के अन्य हिस्सों को भी अपनी चपेट में ले लेने का खतरा उत्पन्न हो गया है। अमेरिकी फौज की वापसी ने एक क्षेत्रीय-शक्ति की एक शून्यता पैदा कर दी है, जिससे क्षेत्र में आगे चल कर और भी दुश्वारियां होने की आशंकाएं हैं।
China’s Communist Party Celebrates its Centenary-What Next?
The Chinese Communist Party (CCP)’s centenary celebrations were extensively covered in the Chinese media. Xi Jinping, who holds China’s three top positions of CCP General Secretary, Chairman of the Central Military Commission (CMC) and Chinese President, delivered an important speech on the occasion on July 1, 2021. His speech provided a few pointers about future plans including an indication that he intends to remain in power.
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