Harsh V Pant
Articles by Harsh V Pant

Internal security is key to being a global power

Despite significant progress, India’s claims to global leadership become credible only if it manages to showcase an effective grip on internal security

New Delhi’s leadership credentials today are taken more seriously than ever and most nations remain keen to enhance their ties(PTI)
Published on Sep 04, 2023 08:24 AM IST

India must prepare for a conflict over Taiwan

India needs to consider the political and military consequences of a potential Chinese invasion of Taiwan and formulate a policy to support Taiwan's freedom

Flags of India and Taiwan(File)
Published on Aug 03, 2023 10:53 PM IST
By, Yogesh M Joshi

Indo-Pacific lies at the core of India-France ties

PM Modi's visit to France further strengthened India-France ties, with major defence announcements and cooperation in various domains.

The adherence of both Delhi and Paris to the Indo-Pacific concept constitutes the mainstay of the cooperation between the two countries.(HT)
Published on Jul 17, 2023 09:44 PM IST

Keep an eye on China’s ingress in US backyard

How America counters Chinese ingress in its backyard will be an important touchpoint in crafting its future approach.

The issue of Taiwan is not out of the woods yet and will continue to be the bone of great power contention. (afp)
Published on Jul 05, 2023 10:07 PM IST

India is drifting away from Russia on defence

For New Delhi, the costs of overdependence on a single nation for defence requirements are obvious with a recalibration likely to produce new defence engagement

Moscow has proved to be a reliable defence partner of India over a long period(Sonu Mehta / HT Archive)
Published on Jun 14, 2023 08:46 PM IST

A confident India is taking on the world

PM Modi's three-nation tour was a testament to how New Delhi has managed the turbulence of global politics effectively and positioned itself well for the future

The fact that India successfully concluded a G20 meeting in Srinagar last week with great fanfare, and with hardly a murmur abroad, is a sign of the government’s growing confidence in its ability to navigate even the trickiest of policy issues(Still Pixels)
Published on May 31, 2023 09:49 PM IST

The nuclear revolution hasn’t been absorbed in military plans. Fix it

On Pakistan, India should be more willing to use conventional military options and call out Pakistan’s nuclear bluff

Soldiers of the Indian Army during the Kargil War in July 1999. During the war, India’s responsible and restrained nuclear behaviour laid the foundation of the India-US strategic partnership and the dehyphenation of India from Pakistan in America’s South Asia policy. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on May 10, 2023 07:48 PM IST

Border villages can help fight Chinese build-up

Under the Vibrant Villages Programme nearly 3,000 villages selected along the 3,400-km-long border are set to get better infrastructure facilities

Against the backdrop of the India-China border tension, the Vibrant Villages Programme marks a new assertiveness. At its launch, Union home minister Amit Shah asserted that India would not allow even an inch of its territory to be encroached upon. (ANI/PIB)
Updated on Apr 24, 2023 06:49 PM IST

NATO expansion will end up shaping India’s policy

India will do its best to keep ties with Russia on an even keel, but underlying realities are changing rapidly

For all the talk of Russia’s desire to step up ties with India, the challenges are mounting on multiple fronts. (Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Apr 05, 2023 08:57 PM IST

Learnings from the Ukraine battlefield for armed forces

There are six key takeaways for India from the Russia-Ukraine conflict. The Indian armed services, especially the Indian Army, has its task cut out.

The armed forces must invest in armour, missile and artillery capabilities and apply emerging technologies not as substitutes but as enablers of these firepower-intensive capabilities. (AP)
Published on Mar 21, 2023 07:35 PM IST

Stronger India-Italy ties can transform the Indo-Pacific

At the heart of Italy’s Indo-Pacific vision lies the understanding of this region as the neighbourhood of its strategic Mediterranean Sea.

An initial assessment of Italian PM Giorgia Meloni’s visit seems to indicate a radical and positive change for the region in Italy’s Indo-Pacific policy. As New Delhi often hoped, a further like-minded partner is appearing in the region. (PIB Photo)
Updated on Mar 04, 2023 07:07 PM IST
ByHarsh V Pant and Mauro Bonavita

How Russia’s Ukraine offensive can impact India’s G20 presidency

There can be no debate that India’s much-vaunted strategic autonomy is being challenged by the Russian misadventure in Ukraine

Even as India’s G20 presidency has gathered pace, there are signs that the Ukraine war is reaching a flashpoint, with Moscow preparing for a fresh offensive to mark the first anniversary of its invasion. (AFP)
Updated on Feb 19, 2023 08:32 PM IST

India unshackled from Pakistan is good news

A mix of marginalisation, mobilisation and militarisation has helped Delhi take away a key facet of Pakistan’s outreach, allowing India to be more ambitious on the regional and global stage

The more India has ignored Pakistan, the shriller has been the response from the Pakistani leadership. But the results of the Indian policy response are evident in Delhi making new space in the global hierarchy. (Shutterstock)
Updated on Feb 01, 2023 08:03 AM IST

Andaman and Nicobar can lift India’s maritime capacity

The strategic location of these islands demands New Delhi’s full attention as it can open new vistas for India’s maritime strategy

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh at Indira Point during his visit to Andaman & Nicobar Islands, January 6. (PTI) (PTI)
Updated on Jan 16, 2023 01:12 PM IST
ByHarsh V Pant and Sohini Bose

What 2023 holds for India’s foreign policy

The Ukraine war threw unexpected geopolitical tests at India in 2022, and Delhi handled it deftly. But challenges from China persist, and if the war drags on, India’s new multi-alignment strategy will face the stress test in the new year

At a time when multilateralism is facing a crisis of credibility, all eyes are on New Delhi’s G20 leadership to provide a road map for some of the key challenges facing the world (AFP)
Updated on Dec 28, 2022 08:01 PM IST

Berlin bats for closer ties. Delhi must reciprocate

As Germany makes an important outreach to India, New Delhi will carefully watch how Berlin deals with its economic entanglement with China.

External affairs minister S Jaishankar meets German foreign minister Annalena Baerbock in New Delhi (Außenministerin Annalena Baerbo)
Updated on Dec 12, 2022 08:48 PM IST

China is challenging India in the Indian Ocean Region

This has been a longstanding policy of China, but more recently, Beijing has been perturbed by New Delhi’s proactive push in China’s periphery along the wider Indo-Pacific. Beijing is attempting to portray itself as the new leader in the emerging multipolar world

n November 21, the Communist Party of China’s China International Development Cooperation Agency launched its first-ever Indian Ocean Region Forum. The latest development indicates Beijing’s keenness to institutionalise its influence in IOR and challenge India’s status quo in its backyard. (Shutterstock)
Updated on Dec 02, 2022 08:55 PM IST
ByHarsh V Pant and Aditya Gowdara Shivamurthy

What do the young think of India’s foreign policy?

The young respondents of The ORF Foreign Policy Survey displayed a sophisticated understanding of India’s foreign policy and the evolving world order

Despite India’s rising stakes in the new world order, young people attached strategic importance to India’s neighbourhood. (Shutterstock)
Published on Nov 12, 2022 08:33 PM IST

Don’t have unrealistic demands from Sunak

The bilateral relationship is growing due to a newfound convergence in their strategic orientation. Let’s not burden Sunak with unrealistic expectations.

With his cabinet formation, Sunak tried to provide a sense of stability by bringing various factions together. He continued with three key cabinet positions from the Truss administration — Jeremy Hunt as chancellor, James Cleverly as foreign secretary and Ben Wallace as defence secretary — ensuring much-needed continuity in policymaking. (Bloomberg)
Updated on Oct 30, 2022 07:28 PM IST

Xi’s Taiwan policy has a message for the world

Xi has sounded the bugle that Taiwan will continue to be the most important fault line in his global engagement. The rest of the world, including India, must assess the implications of this development with a degree of seriousness

China's President Xi Jinping gives a speech during the opening session of the 20th Chinese Communist Party's Congress at the Great Hall of the People, Beijing, October 16, 2022 (AFP)
Published on Oct 17, 2022 08:19 PM IST

India is at the heart of global governance shifts

At a time of unprecedented global flux, new structures of global governance will emerge and India is at the heart of most of these. This is a transformative moment in global politics, and in Indian foreign policy aspirations.

Jaishankar showcased India’s multilateral record at the UN by highlighting its term as a member of the Security Council this year where it focused on issues such as maritime security, peacekeeping and counterterrorism. (ANI)
Published on Sep 29, 2022 06:42 PM IST

Delhi-Dhaka ties have entered a new golden age

The robust India-Bangladesh ties has helped India to claim its links with East and Southeast Asia and ensure its role as a key interlocutor in the Indo-Pacific strategic architecture. Dhaka should be willing to go the extra mile to help Bangladesh achieve its true potential

ilateral ties are doing well and are on a strong footing. But beyond MoUs and pacts, there is genuine warmth for Sheikh Hasina in India across segments and that was reflected in her outreach engagements. Her investment in India has been significant and paid off despite some in her country deriding her as a ‘proxy of India’ (PTI)
Updated on Sep 09, 2022 07:43 PM IST

Ukraine war: The global order is being reshaped

A new era of great power politics is playing out among Russia, China, and the United States as the conflict in Ukraine drags on. India will have to make tough choices

In recent days, the focus has shifted to Europe’s biggest nuclear power plant, Zaporizhzhia, where shelling by the two sides has fuelled fears of a potential nuclear disaster. (Reuters)
Published on Aug 28, 2022 07:43 PM IST

Taiwan: Beijing’s growing belligerence is a warning

The message to countries in East and Southeast Asia, as well as India, is clear: Be ready for Beijing’s military intimidation if its unilateral alterations in the status quo are resisted.

And so, the pressure on Taiwan has been ramped up by imposing economic sanctions, launching missiles over the island and military drills that simulated an attack on Taiwan and its forces. (Reuters)
Published on Aug 11, 2022 08:28 PM IST

S Asia is in a flux. India must show leadership

New Delhi’s leadership during the Covid-19 crisis has generated a new sense of expectation and the multiple crises brewing in the neighbourhood should also be seen as an opportunity to project an India that takes its regional responsibilities with the seriousness they deserve

Amid this rising regional turmoil, India has a tough task ahead. It has to first ensure that its economic fundamentals remain strong, and it continues to remain on an upward growth trajectory. (Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jul 29, 2022 08:33 PM IST

Abe leaves behind a formidable legacy

The former PM’s vision was focused on reaffirming Japan’s place in the world. He revitalised the economy, fought hard to reverse the nation’s pacifist stance and gave the world the construct of the Indo-Pacific

There are few capitals that will miss Abe’s steady hand more than New Delhi. While a number of his predecessors pushed for closer ties with India, Abe placed New Delhi at the heart of Japan’s strategy for Asia and the Indo-Pacific. New Delhi and Tokyo upgraded the status of their bilateral partnership and articulated a joint vision for the future of the region (PTI)
Updated on Jul 10, 2022 08:59 PM IST
ByHarsh V Pant and Shashank Mattoo

The G7 is one part of India’s pursuit of a multipolar world

At a time when the world order is intensely polarised, India remains one of the few nations which can engage with both the G-7 and BRICS in a matter of days with élan.

This summit saw leaders achieve seeming unity on the Russia-Ukraine issue, but it’s unclear how long it will last. (File Photos)
Published on Jun 29, 2022 08:22 PM IST

Afghanistan: India must make its presence felt

Greater engagement with the Taliban will create new possibilities for India as other regional players such as China, Russia and Iran look for ways to step up their engagement

A vendor pushes a wheelbarrow loaded with melons at a market in Kabul on June 15, 2022 (AFP)
Updated on Jun 16, 2022 09:00 PM IST

Beyond summits, Quad must deliver quickly

It seized the moment to create a front against China. But long-term sustenance will depend on timeliness of delivery

Quad is a coalition of four like-minded nations with ‘trust’ being the operative variable that not only converges on a range of issues, but also has the capability to convert their aspirations into operational realities. (Reuters)
Published on May 26, 2022 06:40 PM IST

Why is the West wooing New Delhi?

The West, often used to a pontificating India of the past, today hears an Indian voice that is capable of articulating a narrative of a responsible stakeholder that is firmly steeped in its own ethos

Prime Minister Narendra Modi greets the members of the Indian community in Copenhagen, Denmark. Prime Minister of Denmark Mette Frederiksen is also seen (PTI)
Updated on May 04, 2022 10:29 PM IST
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