Change and uncertainty have marked geopolitical equations in the East Asian segment of the Indo-Pacific in the last six months. India-China relations changed visibly for the better while the U.S.-China trade war became more polarised. The Quad remained inert as did negotiations on the proposed Code of Conduct for the South China Sea. An analysis of some of the major trends
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Religion is an important component of the soft power countries use in their foreign policy. Yet, no Indian government has given Islam adequate prominence, especially in its interactions with South-East Asia, where the majority of people are Muslim
Ambassador Neelam Deo, Director, Gateway House, was interviewed by BloombergQuint reacting to the news of postponed India-U.S. 2+2 talks between the Ministers of Defense and External Affairs. Watch the interview and read the accompanying article, here.
Our Fellow for National Security Studies, Sameer Patil, was mentioned and quoted in a write-up on his most recent article on China’s increasing influence in Ladakh. Read the full article here.
Border regions and communities, some of them far from the heartland, constitute India’s first line of defence, a critical link in its national security. India’s 15,000-km borders touch seven neighbouring countries: Afghanistan (abutting Gilgit), Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, China, Bangladesh, Myanmar. Border regions have their own local dynamics, often shaped by subnational and religious identities that do not necessarily align neatly with political borders. Some also serve as flourishing corridors for illegal smuggling of goods and humans. Technology plays an important role in better protecting borders, but in some cases it has made borders obsolete. Despite their importance, border regions do not receive the full attention of the Indian mainstream, except when border tensions arise.
With India distracted in the Kashmir Valley, the critical border region of Ladakh has become a target of Chinese attention. Beijing appears to be exploiting Buddhist sectarian rivalries as it did in Tibet
Our Director, Ambassador Neelam Deo, was on BTVI Live this morning to discuss the position of India being caught in the crossfire between the U.S., China and the EU countries’ ‘trade war’. Watch the interview here.
An article written for our website by our co-founder and Director, Amb. Neelam Deo, analyzing the recent Trump-Kim summit in Singapore, was republished in the Washington D.C.-based publication, “India America Today“. Read the republished piece here.
The $20 million price tag is a low-cost campaign fee for a country that’s transforming its branding from being “a little red dot” on the shopping map, to becoming a precisely and globally positioned summit state that counts
The June 12 summit was characterised by give-and-take as opposed to the one-way approach practised by earlier U.S. administrations. All countries welcomed the agreement and there is hope that this realism will enable the United States to address other contentious issues too