The year 2017 marks the golden jubilee of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), which was founded on 8 August 1967. It is also the silver jubilee of its dialogue partnership with India, two reasons that make this an apt moment to examine how the organisation has fared. This regional grouping came into being in the Cold War era, with a membership of five countries, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. read more
Britain will notify formally its intention to leave the EU on March 29, while European leaders are gathering in Rome on March 25 to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Treaty signed there (on 25 March 1957), whereby a Common Market was established between the six founding members. They will deliberate on what is to become of the European Union. In the last few months, pro-European demonstrations led by an informal movement, the Pulse of Europe, have been taking place every Sunday in various cities, mostly in Germany read more
China overwhelms. State-of-the-art infrastructure, impressive financial centres, e-commerce giants like Alibaba and Tencent, large, multi-departmental, government-backed think tanks and academic institutions with sprawling campuses, and expansion plans coexist with artistic riches, history, culture and heritage. A recent visit by a study delegation proved to be an eye opener in more ways than one. The members met experts from some of the leading think tanks, across four cities – Guangzhou, Shanghai, Hangzhou and Beijing. read more
The idea of a strategic grouping of the United States, Japan, Australia, and India has been doing the diplomatic rounds for at least a decade. Originally inspired by the successful coordination between their navies in the aftermath of the tsunami that struck the Indian Ocean in 2004, the so-called “democratic quad” came closest to being realised in 2007, with U.S. and Japanese backing. However, pointed Chinese demarches seeking to know the purpose of the four-country initiative caused India and Australia to roll back their involvement, and subsequent changes of government in Tokyo and Washington appeared to seal the quad’s fate. read more
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5 March 2017 - 7 March 2017
European defence companies can contribute significantly to India’s military modernisation under the ‘Make in India’ campaign. But before this can happen they will have to deepen their interactions in the country at the political and strategic levels to identify common areas of interest and understand India’s technological priorities in the sector
Over the last two decades, Germany has undergone a remarkable transformation on the global stage. With the weakening of the European Union and a withdrawal from the region from the United States, Germany will be a responsible, restrained, and reflective leader, guided in chief by its European instincts.
An earnestly, but objectively written, biography of the late prime minister gives credit where it has been denied: PVN was the principal architect of the economic reforms that put the country on a destiny-changing path of growth, while being up against a restless party, hostile Parliament, and an apathetic public.