Dhruva Jaishankar
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Why G20 matters to India and the world

Economic, demographic, and commercial factors are driving India’s outreach. Advancing the Global South agenda may prove to be its enduring legacy

A man rides a bicycle past installations of the G20 Summit,(PTI)
Published on Sep 04, 2023 10:40 PM IST

NATO can help Delhi anchor Indo-Pacific

India is wary about any engagement with NATO. However, the growing strategic competition in the Indo-Pacific opens the door for deeper dialogue with India.

The NATO and Lithuanian flags fly in Vilnius, Lithuania on July 9, 2023, a few days ahead of a July 11-12 NATO Summit. (Photo by PETRAS MALUKAS / AFP)(AFP)
Published on Jul 09, 2023 10:04 PM IST

A pathway for deeper US-India ties has been laid

A shared sense of challenges, deepening people-to-people and commercial links, and diminishing relevance of obstacles have led to more meaningful India-US ties

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s state visit to Washington represents cooperation across the wide breadth of the Indo-US relationship(AP)
Published on Jun 23, 2023 09:57 PM IST

Indo-Pacific summits mark a global churn

This month will see a series of global summits. New kinds of ties, geopolitical competition, and plans to address global problems are likely to take shape

The next Quad summit is in Australia and the grouping is proving to be a mechanism to advance bilateral efforts between member-countries (AP)
Updated on May 16, 2023 07:51 PM IST

A common agenda for the Global South

India’s recent embrace of the Global South represents a strategic opening to advance its objectives and push institutional reform

New Delhi, Jan 12 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses at the opening session of Voice of Global South Summit 2023, via video conferencing, on Thursday. (ANI Photo) (ANI/PIB)
Updated on Apr 05, 2023 08:09 PM IST

US has bolstered its position in the world

As the Ukraine war enters its second year, US efforts mark a good return on investment from the point of view of national security. But over the next year, further risks abound

As underlined by his surprise visit to Kyiv this week, American efforts in Ukraine represent a good return on investment from the point of view of US national security planners (AP)
Updated on Feb 22, 2023 07:43 PM IST

Will WC final be remembered for 2 individuals or 2 teams?

Memories of individual or collective accomplishment are often made in hindsight

Could the 2022 World Cup winning team come to be known as Mbappe’s France? Or will we recall a great Argentina XI featuring Messi at the end of his career? (AFP)
Published on Dec 16, 2022 08:09 PM IST

What midterm results will mean for US and the world

The results are a mixed bag, with the Republicans likely to win a slim majority in the House of Representatives and the race for the Senate too close to call. These dynamics will have implications for the US and the rest of the world

A divided Congress, a divided Republican Party, and a divided America may still be able to get some things done in the next two years. (Shutterstock)
Published on Nov 12, 2022 07:45 PM IST

India plays a crucial role in US semiconductor plans

The US doesn’t have the people to help industry grow. That’s where India can step in, with its high-quality innovators and researchers. India’s own ambitions are likely to benefit from this move

The success of the US semiconductor industry — deemed a topmost economic and national security priority by the government — will depend on acquiring the requisite human capital almost overnight. (Shutterstock)
Published on Oct 18, 2022 07:10 PM IST

Post Abe, the contours of India-Japan relations

Japan’s relations with India are currently healthy, but as structural challenges make themselves felt in the ties, the biggest tribute to Shinzo Abe’s legacy would be to find ways to surmount some of these hurdles

Shinzo Abe’s assassination less than two years after stepping down as PM leaves a political vacuum that may affect the pace — if not necessarily the direction — of Japan’s future trajectory. This, in turn, has implications for Japan’s partnership with India (PTI)
Updated on Sep 24, 2022 06:28 PM IST

I2U2 reflects new geopolitical realities for all four nations

There is a strategic logic in the coming together of India, Israel, the US, and the UAE. But trenchant disagreements on great power politics linger. Developing the partnership from the ground up will be key

Following the blueprint of Quad by having identified working groups to achieve specific outcomes in a certain timeframe will signal a seriousness and indicate that the group will not just be a talk shop (ANI/PIB)
Published on Jul 15, 2022 09:11 PM IST

The Ukraine war exposes glaring analytical gaps

Some are questionable assumptions that took hold among analysts of international relations. But other gaps have been exposed in India’s independent analytical capability

A woman cries as she tries to find a body of her son among debris of a residential building destroyed during Russia’s invasion in the town of Borodianka, Kyiv, Ukraine April 9. (Reuters)
Updated on Apr 11, 2022 08:26 PM IST

India should integrate into global value chains

Creating goods and services not just for India, but for the world, is critical to ensuring large-scale employment, wealth creation, and human development

Is India set to seize this opportunity? Not yet. (AFP)
Updated on Mar 04, 2022 03:55 PM IST

What the crisis in Ukraine reveals

It exposes the limitations of both hard and soft power. And, there are cautionary lessons for India from both the European and Russian experiences

Rumia, 59, a member of Ukraine's Territorial Defense Forces, trains close to Kyiv, Ukraine, February. 5, 2022 (AP)
Updated on Feb 14, 2022 08:54 PM IST
ByDhruva Jaishankar

Democracy and the US-India relationship

While both recognise the value of democracy and the importance of demonstrating the success of democratic governance, the two differ on their approaches to democratic promotion and coalition building

India proved an active participant in the summit, as reflected in the prime minister’s brief but pointed country statement. That statement reinforced the importance to India of democracy, including at the State and grassroots levels, which — among other things — has witnessed the increased participation of women. (ANI)
Updated on Dec 26, 2021 08:38 PM IST
ByDhruva Jaishankar

Will the US reset ties with China, Pakistan?

While the prospect of a US-China deal is limited, US cooperation with Pakistan is possible in the near-term

Some in the Democratic national security firmament believe that the Biden administration has adopted far too adversarial a tone with China, although such criticism overlooks Beijing’s contributions to strained relations (REUTERS)
Updated on Nov 16, 2021 07:24 PM IST
ByDhruva Jaishankar

The collective complicity for AQ Khan

The notion that Khan operated a rogue proliferation network is useful fiction. His death leaves many questions unanswered

The irony is that Khan’s technological contributions were often failures. Iran abandoned Khan’s secondhand P-1 centrifuges because they proved faulty, while North Korea forsook that method, remaining reliant on plutonium. China continued its struggles with centrifuges in the 1980s until it received assistance from Russia. (REUTERS)
Updated on Oct 11, 2021 06:49 PM IST
ByDhruva Jaishankar

Twenty years later, a fractured world

In a post-9/11 world, four geopolitical contests are playing out. In Afghanistan, all strands intersect

The return of Taliban control in Afghanistan brings all these dynamics into clearer focus (AFP)
Updated on Sep 08, 2021 09:45 PM IST
ByDhruva Jaishankar

A tale of four presidents, Afghanistan, and India

Bush, Obama, Trump and Biden took steps which aligned with Indian goals. But their policies also frustrated, undercut, or harmed Indian interests

Afghans residing in India take part in a demonstration outside the UN Refugee Agency ( UNHCR) office in New Delhi on August 23 to protest against the Taliban's military takeover of Afghanistan. (AFP)
Updated on Aug 23, 2021 06:16 PM IST
ByDhruva Jaishankar

How the US lost the plot in Afghanistan

In some ways, the real war began after 2009, as the US forces drew down from Iraq. The result was a carrots and sticks approach; the swelling to over 60,000 US troops in Afghanistan (with another 30,000 committed during the “surge”) coupled with greater economic assistance to Pakistan

The US misadventure in Afghanistan did not necessarily have to end this way (AFP)
Updated on Jul 13, 2021 08:27 PM IST
ByDhruva Jaishankar

The promise and perils of Artificial Intelligence partnerships

AI can be a force for good. It has emerged as one technology of particular importance because of its role as an accelerator, its versatility, and its wide applicability. But challenges include standards-setting, supply chain resilience, talent retention, and data policy

AI (Artificial Intelligence) concept. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Jun 16, 2021 03:21 PM IST
ByDhruva Jaishankar

How China plays on inter-race ties in the US

Beijing’s sharpening rhetoric concerning US race relations is certainly intended to deflect criticism and draw moral equivalence with the US amid their intensifying battle of narratives. But such Chinese statements also have Cold War precedents

Representational Image. (Shutterstock)
Updated on May 19, 2021 07:21 PM IST
ByDhruva Jaishankar

Locating Quad in geopolitical history

Despite last year’s quadrilateral Malabar exercises and the recent announcement of new working groups, Quad cooperation on naval interoperability, critical technologies, and Covid-19 had been manifest previously.

Those who contend that Quad is simply a talk shop have not been paying sufficient attention to its accompanying activities.
Published on Mar 17, 2021 08:30 PM IST
ByDhruva Jaishankar

EU’s China dilemma is a sign of things to come

The shift from a one-world economy to a two-world system will force States to make hard choices. Europe is the testing ground

The European Union remains one of the world’s three largest concentrations of economic activity, along with the US and China. Decisions taken by the EU — and Germany in particular — will have major ripple effects on much of the rest of the world (Getty Images)
Updated on Feb 19, 2021 06:19 AM IST
ByDhruva Jaishankar

All the President’s men and women

The incoming US national security and foreign policy team looks, on paper, to be one of the most experienced in history. How it translates into outcomes is to be seen

The incoming Joe Biden administration will avoid many of the personality-related pitfalls of its predecessor, and the presence of a core group of advisers in key security agencies suggests that coordination may be better than the first Obama term (REUTERS)
Published on Jan 15, 2021 07:02 PM IST
ByDhruva Jaishankar

India and the US should have a dialogue on democracy

There are areas of convergence, and India’s record is often under-appreciated. But talk about differences too in the nature of the two democracies

A Biden administration could adopt a narrow approach to global democratic cooperation, confined to a small number of western countries and advanced Asian economies. But pursuing a grander agenda will require a deeper dialogue with India(REUTERS)
Updated on Dec 18, 2020 08:55 PM IST
ByDhruva Jaishankar

Trump may go, but Trumpism is here to stay, writes Dhruva Jaishankar

A wariness of international trading agreements, overseas military commitments, and immigration regimes will persist in US positions

In the eyes of his electoral base, Trump delivered on his promises, such as on stemming immigration, cutting taxes, and nominating conservative Supreme Court justices.(Bloomberg)
Updated on Nov 06, 2020 10:13 PM IST
ByDhruva Jaishankar

Charting the future of India-US ties | Opinion

The relationship is more robust than ever before. But deepening ties will bring its set of challenges

Across spheres — defence, new tech, economy and development — India and the US have a conceptual overlap. But the next stage will not be easy(Mohd Zakir/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Oct 15, 2020 08:15 PM IST
ByDhruva Jaishankar

Biden will stay the course with India

He will deepen the partnership. Domestic Indian issues are unlikely to derail bilateral ties

Biden wants greater two-way trade, cooperation on health and climate crisis, and better immigration policies(AFP)
Updated on Aug 26, 2020 11:20 PM IST
ByDhruva Jaishankar

How India can act as a global bridge

It has an opportunity, with the expansion of G7, to be a part of both the global south and global west

US President Donald Trump with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Biarritz, France, August 26, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos Barria(REUTERS)
Updated on Jul 20, 2020 10:31 PM IST
ByDhruva Jaishankar
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