Gateway Features

Three Continuities, Three Shifts

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On June 9, a new government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi was sworn in to run India for the next five years. For the first time in the decade since his Bharatiya Janata Party has been the ruling political party, it missed reaching the majority mark, and will run a coalition government. While this has implications for India’s domestic politics and policies, on the foreign policy front there will be continuity and consistency. S. Jaishankar at the helm of India’s read more

What the EU elections mean

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The recently-concluded four-day election (4-9 June) in the 27 EU countries for representation to the 720-member European Parliament, is the second-largest democratic election after India’s recent election, with 400 million registered voters. The outcome of the voting for the five-year period 2024- 2029, has thrown up a win that has caused ripples in the balance between centrist and right-wing parties. There is much at stake, with repercussions within the European parliament itself, and for the substantive domestic issues of the read more

Sri Lanka confronts illegal tourist ventures

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International tourism is again attracting controversy, this time due to visitors on tourist visas running businesses in developing Asian countries. Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine in 2022, Sri Lanka has allowed Russians and Ukrainians to enter the country without paying visa fees in a bid to boost tourism. Desperate for foreign exchange following its sovereign debt default in 2022, Sri Lanka has turned a blind eye to some of these visitors running businesses. As many as 197,498 Russians and read more

The global Indian diamantaire network

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The world’s busiest rough diamond corridor, which runs a $4 billion annual business between Antwerp and Mumbai, is seeing a dramatic change for the first time in 80 years. The ongoing wars between Ukraine-Russia and Israel-Hamas have subdued global demand and prices for diamonds for two years running. The fallout of these geopolitical events masks a foundational shift taking place in the Mumbai-Antwerp diamond supply pipeline that may upend the primacy of Antwerp for Mumbai. An indication of this is read more

Research

Leveraging IBSA for the G20 Troika Presidencies

On December 1, 2023, India will hand over the G20 Presidency to Brazil. The G20 troika will now comprise the three IBSA countries – India, Brazil, South Africa – till November 2025. This trio has an agenda in common and with the G20, such as multilateral reform, energy transitions and digitalisation. IBSA should use its mechanisms and natural solidarity to advance the interests of the Global South.

Foreign Affairs

The New Nuclear Age

China’s expansionist nuclear programme aims to bolster its capabilities, so much so, that Beijing's predictions boast 2500 new warheads by 2030, thus rivalling the American and Russian arsenals. As the dragon quadruples its nuclear propensity, heralding the world to something greatly unstable – a tripolar nuclear system; nuclear peace seems a quite convoluted goal.

Book Reviews

Why Bharat Matters

Dr. S. Jaishankar’s new book creates an environment for an open and equal dialogue, which must continue between Indian and Russian diplomats, experts, representatives of business and public organisations. He is a visionary and an intellectual; his book is an example of next-generation Indian soft power, at the intersection of the challenges of the future and the legacy of the past.

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