Seema Sirohi

Seema Sirohi

Analyst

Seema Sirohi is currently based in Washington as a senior journalist specializing in foreign policy. She received her master’s degree in journalism from the University of Kansas, Lawrence, and studied sociology at Jawaharlal Nehru University. As a journalist, she has covered India-US relations for more than two decades for The Telgraph, Outlook and Anand Bazar Patrika, writing on topics ranging from geo-politics and the North-South divide to Pakistan and Afghanistan. She has reported from various nations around the globe, such as Italy, Israel and Pakistan and published opinion pieces in The Los Angeles Times, The Christian Science Monitor and The Baltimore Sun. She was also a commentator with National Public Radio and has made various appearences with BBC and CNN.  Apart from her career as an analyst and journalist, as an author, she has published a book titled Sita’s Curse: Stories of Dowry Victims (HarperCollins India) in 2003. Seema Sirohi is also on Twitter, and her handle is @seemasirohi
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Afghanistan, geopolitics, Indo-US, north-south divide, Pakistan

Last modified: March 27, 2017

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India's Foreign Secretary Subrahmanyam Jaishankar (L) and US Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson Courtesy: AFP
6 March 2017 Gateway House

India-U.S.: continued ‘solid’ footing

Foreign Secretary Jaishankar’s third visit to the United States since Donald Trump's election is an indication of India’s commitment to engage with all-quarters in Washington with its full diplomatic might. Despite the current situation of concern due to the H-1B visa and the recent shooting of an Indian in Kansas, initial soundings are reassuring and positive.
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Shinzō_Abe_and_Donald_Trump_(1) Courtesy: Wikipedia
16 January 2017 Gateway House

A more robust Asia policy expected?

Trump’s cabinet has a preponderance of China hardliners, which has wider implications for the Asia Pacific region while some of its members view Narendra Modi as Reaganesque and a man of the times

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11 November 2016 Gateway House

Trump’s America

The world is now faced with a self-professed unpredictable U.S. president in Donald Trump. This unprecedented outcome is already being felt by the world’s economies, but while many foreign parties may be celebrating this outcome - there is such a thing as too much change
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Barack-Obama-Nawaz-Sharif Courtesy: Wikipedia
10 October 2016 Gateway House

U.S.-Pakistan: still cosy after Uri

There has been a strengthening in the India-U.S. bilateral, which reached new heights with the signing of the LEMOA agreement in August, 2016. However, this strengthened bilateral has not resulted in a strong response to Pakistan by the U.S. Government.

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INS_Vikramaditya_in_Baltic_Sea Courtesy: Wikipedia
6 September 2016 Gateway House

India’s ocean strategy crystallises

India's policy towards the Indian Ocean has begun to take a clear, coherent form with the signing of the Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement with the United States, an important bilateral visit to Vietnam by Prime Minister Modi, and an ambitious future being laid out by Foreign Secretary Jaishankar

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25 July 2016 Gateway House

Is it Trump’s Party now?

The victory of Donald Trump in becoming the presidential nominee for the Republican Party is a significant moment in American history. However, the cause for common unity in the GOP is associated with a hatred towards Hillary Clinton, not support for Donald Trump. Controversies like the recent WikiLeaks of Democrat Party emails are sure to increase in the road to November, making it a rocky and treacherous one.

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modiobama Courtesy: Wikipedia
29 May 2016

Modi in the U.S.: a changed landscape

Prime Minister Modi’s skills will be tested on his upcoming visit to the United States. The challenge comes in light of recent anti-India sentiments voiced at a U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing. With Modi set to address a joint session of the U.S. Congress, this is an opportunity to address all concerns, be it on policy or polity.

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Trmp clinton Courtesy: Gage Skidmore & Hillary for America via flickr
28 April 2016 Gateway House

Expect Trump vs. Clinton

It is beginning to be clear that the 2016 U.S. presidential race will see Donald Trump go head-to-head with Hillary Clinton. As these two contenders near the stage, Trump’s “America First” has started to ring differently, while Hillary’s “traditional” approach must be adjusted to cater to the financial needs of the American people.

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US India Navy Courtesy: Ash Carter / Flickr
16 April 2016 Gateway House

India-U.S.: convergence and divergence

The success of the U.S. Defense Secretary's recent visit to India is indicative of the deepening India-U.S. defence relationship. It has become clear that Indo-U.S. maritime cooperation in the Indian Ocean is steaming ahead; while other geopolitical differences, like the sale of aircraft to Pakistan, seem unlikely to disappear anytime soon.