Jan 28, 2013

Rising son can't resolve India's leadership crisis

When Rahul Gandhi was formally anointed to the number two position in India’s Congress party, his installation as vice president was accompanied by the usual shenanigans among party operatives. Nine years after the grandson of Indira Gandhi — and the son of Rajiv and ...

Jan 14, 2013

Abe's opportunity to remake Indo-Japanese ties

With the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) winning a landslide in Japanese parliamentary elections and Shinzo Abe assuming the office of prime minister in Japan for the second time, India-Japan ties have entered a new phase. For Japan, embroiled in its domestic political instability and ...

Dec 19, 2011

Road map for Afghanistan as contested as ever

Another conference on Afghanistan has come and gone, but the problem remains as intractable as ever. No one has any idea how the underlying issues facing Afghanistan and the region will be resolved, but the international community soldiers on in the hope that ultimately ...

Nov 15, 2011

The upper hand on post-U.S. Afghan stability

All regional players are struggling to come to terms with the withdrawal of NATO-led Western forces from Afghanistan by the end of 2014. Early this month, Istanbul became the latest venue where 12 regional states and the Afghan government came together to try again ...

Nov 2, 2011

India's Look East policy in top gear

India hosted the leaders of Myanmar and Vietnam in early October, underscoring once again the seriousness with which it is pursuing its Look East policy as it forges close economic and security ties with two significant nations in East and Southeast Asia and counters ...

Oct 12, 2011

Joint interests draw Kabul and New Delhi closer

The Afghanistan-Pakistan (Af-Pak) story took another turn with the visit of Afghan President Hamid Karzai to Delhi early last week. In Afghanistan’s first strategic pact with any country, Kabul and New Delhi signed a landmark strategic partnership agreement during Karzai’s visit. As part of ...