The people-to-people bonds between India and South Africa go back to the 1860s when the first Indians reached South African shores, but the state-to-state connection is more recent. This year marks the 25th year since the countries established diplomatic relations as the brutal apartheid regime was ending. The year...
Iraq votes for parliamentary elections on 12 May 2018, the fourth since the ouster of Saddam Hussein in 2003, the second since the withdrawal of US forces in 2011, and the first after the defeat of the Islamic State (IS) in 2017. This will also be the first election...
A meeting of the defence ministers of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) was held in Beijing on April 24, 2018. This is the first meeting attended by India and Pakistan after they have become full-fledged members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) at the Astana Summit on June 8-9,...
Kim Jong-un’s historic meeting with South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in across the ‘Military Demarcation Line’ (MDL) on April 27, 2018 will go down as a watershed moment in the destiny of Korean Peninsula. The Korean Peninsula, given its geographic location, has been the scene of inter power rivalry in...
The Federally Administrated Tribal Areas (FATA), bordering Afghanistan, is considered one of the world’s most significant geopolitical regions. These tribal regions have been the scene of the world’s deadliest military operations, which started when the Taliban and affiliated groups established full control over this area. These terrorist groups let...
Bank scams and debacles were common in the early history and development of modern banking in India. That may not be surprising since banks then were privately owned. But even though most banks have since been nationalised, complicity between bankers and favoured borrowers persists, with covert deals often suffering...
India is located immediately to the south of the highest plateau in the world, the Himalayan Plateau, where the average elevation exceeds 4.5 kilometres above sea level. The high altitude, minimum precipitation, clear skies, and low atmospheric and light pollution make the plateau, which spans the area between Ladakh,...
Contemporary trends positing the reversibility of a nuclear exchange presupposes that the antagonists are able to understand mutual aims, objectives and have unimpeachable knowledge of boundaries within which the conflict is to be played out. In turn, these settings demand unambiguous appreciation of and total knowledge of decisions that...
Since the beginning of the 21st century, no other partner country of Africa’s has paid as intensive or as sustained attention to building relations with it as China has. This partnership has benefited China and contributed to Africa’s development, raising the continent’s profile in global affairs and sharpened geopolitical...
Recent reports have highlighted that India’s planned defence procurement from Russia could potentially come under US sanctions under a newly enacted law, Countering America’s Adversaries through Sanctions Act (CAATSA). The Act, if implemented in its extreme form, has the potential to adversely affect India’s defence purchases from its traditional...