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On the Kyiv front, the West is losing ground

Ukraine’s military campaign is indeed faltering but it is also the West’s political strategy that is unravelling.

TOPSHOT - This handout photograph released on February 14, 2024 by the Press service of Ukrainian Armed Forces, shows Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Oleksandr Syrsky (2nd L) and Ukraine's Defence Minister Rustem Umerov (L) visiting the frontline positions at an undisclosed location in eastern Ukraine. Newly appointed Ukrainian military chief said on February 14, 2024 that the situation on the front line was precarious, following a visit to positions near Avdiivka and Kupiansk. (Photo by Handout / Armed Forces of Ukraine / AFP) (AFP)
Published on Feb 14, 2024 10:09 PM IST

Delhi-Paris tango offers a third way of diplomacy

As dependable allies, the India-France partnership is a force for global good in a volatile world engulfed in multiple crises

French President Emmanuel Macron being received by Prime Minister Narendra Modi upon his arrival to attend the 75th Republic Day ceremony, in New Delhi (PTI)
Published on Jan 31, 2024 10:10 PM IST

Taiwan verdict reflects anti-China sentiment

It might be time now for India to shed these “hesitations of history” to script a bolder inning with Taiwan.

Taiwanese Vice President Lai Ching-te, also known as William Lai, center, celebrates his victory with running mate Bi-khim Hsiao, right, and supporters in Taipei, Taiwan.(AP)
Published on Jan 15, 2024 09:55 PM IST

What the upcoming polls hold for South Asia

Hasina’s victory will likely put Delhi-Dhaka relations under more scrutiny -with the West expecting India to be vocal about the state of democracy in Bangladesh

Bangladesh Elections 2024: Election campaign posters of Awami League hang on a road as traffic moves past ahead of the general election, in Dhaka.(Reuters)
Published on Jan 05, 2024 10:12 PM IST

For China, 2023 is a year of setbacks

Xi seems to have overplayed his hand, leading to a significant realignment, resulting in a pushback at a time when his governance style has come under scrutiny

Chinese President Xi Jinping(AP)
Published on Dec 13, 2023 10:00 PM IST

In the Netherlands, story of the far-Right in Europe

The political landscape of Europe is steadily changing, and the sheen of Right-wing populism seems here to stay.

HT Image
Published on Nov 29, 2023 10:19 PM IST

Biden-Xi meeting and the US-China calculus

Given the criticality of this partnership for ensuring a free, open and rules-based Indo-Pacific region, India will be keenly watching the Biden-Xi meeting.

China's President Xi Jinping (left) and US President Joe Biden (AFP)
Published on Nov 14, 2023 05:52 PM IST

Learning from Kautilya: New lessons for Army

While the quest to bring about an Indic renaissance in military thought is commendable, the exercise will need intensive engagement with civilian scholars

According to the ministry of defence, the Indian Army received a total of 317 awards for the gallantry and distinguished service of its personnel. (File Photo / HT)
Published on Oct 30, 2023 10:48 PM IST

India-China power play gets new life in Maldives

The victory of a pro-China government in the Maldives offers Beijing an opportunity to restore its influence in the Indian Ocean region

Maldives' President-elect of the Maldives' Mohamed Muizzu of the People's National Congress (PNC) party delivers a speech during a gathering with supporters following the country's presidential election, in Male on October 2, 2023. (AFP)
Published on Oct 07, 2023 01:48 AM IST

India and Canada on the global chessboard

Trudeau may have rolled the dice but India will now have a big role in determining how it falls.

FILE - Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (L) walks past Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R)(AP)
Published on Sep 25, 2023 11:22 PM IST

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
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