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In West Asia, a new order shaped by Russia emerges

As America’s influence has shrunk, Russia has taken the place the US long occupied in the minds of many people in West Asia: An alien imperialist power seen as waging war on Muslims and Islam. And unlike in the past when the West was the lead player in shaping the strategic environment, it is Russia which seems in the driving seat today

As America’s influence has shrunk, Russia has taken the place the US long occupied in the minds of many people in West Asia: An alien imperialist power seen as waging war on Muslims and Islam(AFP)
Updated on Dec 23, 2016 12:43 PM IST
ByHarsh V Pant

Heart of Asia summit: India, Afghanistan team to isolate Pakistan on terror

Kabul wants to fight an intransigent Islamabad with the backing of Washington and New Delhi. And the Narendra Modi government seems more than willing to lend a hand.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani outside Hyderabad House in New Delhi, September 14, 2016.(REUTERS)
Updated on Dec 02, 2016 07:42 PM IST
ByHarsh V Pant

Ready to challenge Beijing on its own turf

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Updated on Sep 03, 2016 08:57 AM IST
ByHarsh V Pant

Modi in Vietnam: New Delhi ready to challenge Beijing on its own turf

If China can have a strategic partnership with Pakistan ignoring Indian concerns, India can develop robust ties with Vietnam on China’s periphery without giving China a veto on such relationships

India under the Narendra Modi government has made no secret of its desire to play a more assertive role in the larger India-Pacific(Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Sep 02, 2016 07:39 PM IST
ByHarsh V Pant

Sailing close to the wind in a choppy sea

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Published on Aug 12, 2016 11:36 AM IST
ByHarsh V Pant

India must navigate cautiously through the South China Sea

India will have to carefully assess the implications of rapidly evolving maritime order in Asia for its own interests and engage with Beijing accordingly

India will have to carefully assess the implications of rapidly evolving maritime order in Asia for its own interests and engage with Beijing accordingly(Arvind-Yadav/HT)
Updated on Aug 12, 2016 01:05 AM IST
ByHarsh V Pant

The importance of the SCO is often overstated

As India makes an effort to become part of the SCO, it will have to be cognizant of the underlying geopolitical realities that have shaped the evolution of the grouping and their impact on its foreign policy priorities

Tashkent : Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the SCO summit in Tashkent, June 24, 2016(PTI)
Published on Jun 24, 2016 10:16 PM IST
ByHarsh V Pant

Pakistan’s Afghan gambit faces pressure

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Published on May 30, 2016 09:01 AM IST
ByHarsh V Pant

Pakistan cannot go on running with the hare and hunting with the hounds

The US is signalling that its patience with Pakistan is wearing thin and is now willing to take the fight to Afghan insurgents in Pakistani sanctuaries

Pakistani Sunni Muslim supporters of hardline pro-Taliban party Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Nazaryati torch a US flag in Quetta on May 25, 2016, to protest against a US drone strike in Baluchistan that killed Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour.(AFP file photo)
Updated on May 29, 2016 08:54 PM IST
ByHarsh V Pant

India responds to a changing West Asia

Recent visits by PM Modi and Sushma Swaraj to the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Iran are aimed at isolating Pakistan and enhancing New Delhi’s strategic space in the region

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Published on Apr 21, 2016 11:33 PM IST
ByHarsh V Pant

India, US must collaborate on South China Sea

Maritime security cooperation between the two nations is a strategic necessity

On October 27, USS Lassen (file photo) navigated within 12 nautical miles of the artificial islands China is building in the South China Sea(AFP)
Updated on Mar 13, 2016 11:48 PM IST
ByHarsh V Pant
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