Southern Asia

Indian Intellectuals on How the Country is Positioning Itself on the International Stage

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India has already been included in the pool of several participants that are taking the lead in the current stage of the “Great World Game”. Occupying the fifth place in the world in terms of GDP (the country reached that at the end of 2019, displacing its former mother country from it), with a population of 1.3 billion people…

India and Indonesia: an Important Partnership for the Indo-Pacific

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Recently, the Indo-Pacific has become a battleground for a confrontation between the two world powers: China and the United States. In fact, other nations in the region, such as India, Japan and Australia, have taken a back seat. Since these countries are PRC’s rivals and USA’s partners, they are often primarily…

France is getting Involved in Regional Power Games in Asia – but in What Capacity?

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In view of two noteworthy events which occurred in early September this year, it may be interesting to take another look at France’s plans to joining the power games being played out in the Indian and Pacific Ocean region, which is becoming a key arena in the current phase of the global political contest. It is “another look”, as NEO briefly…

New Attempts at Rekindling the Sino-Indian Conflict

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At a recent US-India meetup US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo led an American effort to take advantage of recent India-China friction. In a move to do exactly what the United States blames Russia, China, and other nations of doing, the Trump administration foreign policy chief put forward again a possible US-India Comprehensive Global Strategic Partnership, thinly…

Russia and India: Prospects for a Strategic Partnership

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For many decades, Russia and India have been conducting close military-technical cooperation (MTC). However, the aggravation of Russia’s relations with the United States, also a close Indian partner, has recently made it more complicated. The United States is trying to pressurize India to reduce its interaction with Russia, for example, to refuse to buy Russian…

A Pakistani Olive Branch Extended In Efforts to End the Afghani Conflict

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In the face of the obvious failure of US policy in Afghanistan, Pakistan stepped up its efforts to peacefully resolve the Afghani conflict. On August 24, at the invitation of Pakistani Foreign Ministry, a delegation of the Taliban (movement banned in the Russian Federation – ed.), headed by Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar…

Yet Another Flare-Up in Tensions over Kashmir

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The Kashmir conflict, which began at the time the two new sovereign nations of India and Pakistan were formed at the end of 1940s, continues to garner attention from the New Eastern Outlook. It remains one of the most volatile political issues of the Indo-Pacific region. In fact, it is among other acute woes plaguing this part of the world, which stem from…

India: On the Start of Construction of the Temple in Ayodhya

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On August 5 of this year, a fairly noteworthy event occurred in India, which can be viewed as an important phase in the transformation of the complex socio-political environment within this nation. It is bound to impact (possibly indirectly and with a delay) the relationship between India and Pakistan, which is among the key foreign policy…

More on the Consequences of the Incident in Ladakh

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The incident that occurred on the night of 16 June in one of the mountain regions along the China-India (quasi) border is hard to evaluate as anything but a possible signal about the process at the world political table potentially transitioning from respected gentlemen putting their cards down on the table to undisguised physical assault. Actually, its main…

Is Washington Provoking India to a War With China?

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in a recent video conference suggested that the US might move some of its troops from Germany to the region around India, citing growing US security concerns in the Asian region. Given the dramatic rise in tensions between India and China over disputed borders in the region of Nepal and Bhutan where several soldiers from both sides…

India Faces the Fait Accompli of Escalating Domestic and Foreign Challenges

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For India, which has until recently shown one of the highest rates of economic growth, one of the key internal problems continues to be a lack of clarity on the potential for implementing the far-reaching program, announced by Prime Minster Narendra Modi on May 12, to qualitatively modernize…

China vs India: Who Benefits?

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A recent border dispute between China and India have resulted in multiple casualties including deaths. It is the first time in decades that this scale of violence has been seen between the two nations. Western headlines have immediately tried to play up the notion of conflict between China and India, but to what end? China and India respectively have the two largest populations. Both find…


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