In October 2019, the first Russia-Africa Summit will take place in Sochi. Leaders from all 54 African countries have been invited to the summit, which, in scale and significance, is like the Forum for China-Africa Cooperation and the India-Africa Forum Summit. The summit has been in the planning for several months under the personal supervision of President Putin, and is a clear announcement from him: Russia is back in the African continent after a long absence – since the Soviet Union’s read more
The priorities for India are almost the same as for all developing countries. First, it is the realisation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We all share similar challenges, be it climate change or food security or developing our own infrastructure: these are important priorities for India – and India also takes up these issues on behalf of other emerging economies, other developing countries. Some of the other key priorities for India are: disaster-resilient infrastructure. Disaster has become a major read more
Since taking power in April 2016, State Counsellor (and effectively) Premier Aung San Suu Kyi has lost much of her lustre as an international icon of democracy and human rights, but proved to be an effective politician, a clarification she has herself insistently made in the past. The National League for Democracy (NLD) party she leads, which has been in power for three years now, has drawn much criticism abroad, and mixed appreciation at home. What led to the initial read more
A key task for the newly elected government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is to decide on the content of the last of the India-U.S. foundational agreements – the Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement for Geospatial Cooperation (BECA). BECA, like the previous agreements – Logistics Support Agreement (LSA) and Communication Interoperability and Security Memorandum Agreement (CISMOA) read more
India and the world have watched China’s growing investment in Asia and beyond with a mix of awe and apprehension. The unprecedented scale of these investments are reshaping political arrangements around South Asia.
Although China does not want to usurp the United States’ position as the leader of a global order, its actual aim is nearly as consequential. As one Chinese official put it, “Being a great power means you get to do what you want, and no one can say anything about it.” In other words, China is trying to displace, rather than replace, the United States.
Former ambassador Dilip Sinha’s book comes at a time when there is a call for greater transparency and accountability in the functioning of institutions the world over. The United Nations Security Council, a vestige of post-Second World War structures, has had no real meaningful reform. The author deals with this and other thorny questions