India

Meeting on Afghan settlement

Reflections On Events In Afghanistan (XXXI)

31. India plays Russian card  The chances were slim that the Pakistani National Security Advisor Moeed Yusuf would accept the invitation from his counterpart Ajit Doval to a regional meet of security tsars in New Delhi to discus the situation in Taliban-ruled Afghanistan. Nonetheless, the dismissive manner in which Yusuf […]

A virtual meeting

A Tale Of Two Quads

The United States’ chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan has dented the credibility of the trans-Atlantic relationship and dealt a body blow to the NATO. These developments add to the already existing frustration in Washington that the European allies disfavour its confrontational Indo-Pacific Strategy. Europe regards China as an economic competitor and […]

Bhutan

Narrative Traps In India’s Decision-Making

I read a stimulating essay recently co-authored by Paul Dolan, professor at the London School of Economics, and his research assistant Amanda Hedwood analysing, against the backdrop of the uncertainties of the Covid-19 pandemic, how dominant narratives powerfully influence decisions and create the ‘narrative trap’ in decision-making. The LSE academics […]

Morrison in USA

Our Man In Washington: Morrison’s Tour Of Deception

It was startling and even shocking. Away from the thrust and cut of domestic politics, not to mention noisy discord within his government’s ranks, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison could breathe a sign of relief. Perhaps no one would notice in Washington that Australia remains prehistoric in approaching climate change […]

Pentagon drone strike

Reflections On Events In Afghanistan (XVIII)

18. India’s ‘over-the-horizon’ dilemma In England, they’d plan a park, build it but wouldn’t complete it until they could observe  for a while the foot tracks of walkers, before deciding where to lay the pathways for optimal utility. The Blinken Administration and Modi Govt apparently think they don’t have that […]

Zika Virus in India

India: Zika Virus May Impact Adversely

Authorities in India’s southern Kerala state have issued a statewide serious alert after a case of the Zika virus was confirmed, officials said. A further 13 suspected cases were being investigated, state’s Health Minister Veena George said on Friday. A 24-year-old pregnant woman was found to be infected with the […]