Indian Subcontinent

India Looks Out

Project Syndicate, Arun Jaitley
NEW DELHI – Today more than ever, to paraphrase the poet John Donne, “no country is an island entire of itself.” India, too, has recognized this, becoming fully integrated into the world economy by way of trade in goods and services, as well as flows of capital, technology, and ideas. And, of course, India’s uniquely large and widespread diaspora is playing a unique role in strengthening its ties with the world.

India and Japan Boost Ties During Abe Visit

India and Japan Boost Ties During Abe Visit

 Harsh V. Pant
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was in India last week to take part in the 9th annual India-Japan summit talks with his Indian counterpart, Narendra Modi.Both leaders evaluated the state of their “special strategic and global partnership” as well as reviewed the implementation of various decisions taken over the last year on the economic and trade front.

India’s Karakoram Conundrum: The Great Game Lives On

Karak, cc Flickr Guilhem Vellut, modified,

Geopolitical Monitor, Prateek Joshi
The Karakoram Range lies on the northernmost borders of Pakistan and India, further extending into the western border of China. The range houses a huge concentration of peaks over 8,000 meters in height, including K2, the world’s second-highest peak. It consists of the Ladakh region of India, the Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan Occupied Kashmir, and it touches the Aksai Chin region occupied by China.

Commentary: India — America’s New Special Relationship?

By Melissa S. Hersh and Ajey Lele
If you have watched cable news television in the last several months, you have probably seen a Make in India (MII) ad or two. To be sure, the US-Indian relationship is not only that of buyer-seller, it’s about prospective partnership in the defense sector: The US envisions India as a long-term, geostrategic and security partner. How India perceives this relationship going forward with respect toRussia and China will be telling.

Sino-Indian Border Talks Not Enough to Defuse Tensions

Sino-Indian Border Talks Not Enough to Defuse Tensions

Sarah Watson and John Chen
India hosted its highest-ranking Chinese military delegation in ten years November 15-17 for talks on the Sino-Indian border dispute. Despite the unusually high status of the participants in this year’s talks, the visit appears to mark only a brief pause in gradually rising tensions on the border between the two countries.

The Revival of Jihad in Bangladesh: Is Islamic State at India’s Doorsteps?

Geopolitical Monitor,
Balasubramaniyan Viswanathan

Islamic State, in its latest issue of Dabiq entitled “Just Terror,” has sounded the clarion for its jihadi campaign in Bangladesh with a dedicated article entitled “The Revival of Jihad in Bengal.” This is the first official instance of the Islamic State trying to revive jihad in the Indian subcontinent, concomitantly confirming the presence of Islamic State in Bangladesh, and posing serious security problems to India.

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