The choice of the Crown Prince of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to be the chief guest at India’s 2017 Republic Day celebrations is an indication of the enhanced attention that the Indian government is according the Gulf countries. Many trade interests ally India to the UAE, but a deeper engagement is called for even as instability grows in the region
Ambassador Kanwal Sibal
Former Foreign Secretary of India
Kanwal Sibal was Foreign Secretary to the Government of India from July 2002 to November 2003. His diplomatic career spans 41 years. He was India’s Ambassador to Turkey (1989-1992), Deputy Chief of Mission in the United States (1992-1995), with the rank of Ambassador, Ambassador to Egypt (1995-1998), to France(1998-2002) and to Russia (2004-2007). He was a member of India’s National Security Advisory Board from November 2008 to November 2010. Ambassador Sibal writes regularly for national journals and periodicals on international affairs. Disclaimer: External experts are not affiliated with Gateway House and have been presented here for reference only.
India foreign policy, Indo-Russia relations, Nuclear proliferation, terrorism
Last modified: February 6, 2017
Shashi Tharoor's book has a wide scope and may possess a potential to enhance an ordinary reader's understanding of India's foreign policy, but does it have adequate analyses of the all the topics it covers?
Ambassador Kanwal Sibal reviews "That Used To Be US", by Thomas L. Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum, and summarizes that it is an unpretentious book which explains the problems facing the US – heavily marked by a journalistic style that relies extensively on quotations.
During the era of the Cold War, India chose to take a neutral stand and joined the Non-Aligned Movement. However, at the end of this bipolar world, where does India's relationship with the former rivals, U.S. and Russia, stand?
A report card of US President Barack Obama's visit to India.