The record of regional cooperation on rivers since India's independence in 1947 is one of several successes, with some contestations. In contrast to the past when governments strove to divide and share river waters, the endeavor has now shifted to thinking about comprehensive river basin development which makes the process even more complex. India’s policy on transboundary river governance must now also be aware of the increasing importance of Indo-Pacific in the global geopolitics.
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The first-ever virtual summit of leaders from member-states of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation on March 15 was an innovative exercise in showing solidarity in containing a pandemic. Here is an assessment of its tangible outcomes – and longer-term ways to prepare for SAARC’s revival
Chinese president Xi Jinping’s visit to Myanmar on January 17 highlighted the economic aspect of the two countries’ bilateral relationship. China has been Myanmar’s top partner for years. But more than the 33 agreements signed, the visit threw light on the region’s changing geopolitics and Myanmar’s own compulsions in growing closer to China
India's foreign policy under the second Modi government will take account of a turbulent world in which the old verities are disappearing and domestic political compulsions exert overwhelming influence on external postures
Our Distinguished Fellow in Foreign Policy Studies, Amb. Rajiv Bhatia, was a guest on Lok Sabha TV’s ‘Global Review’ hosted by Sachin Chaturvedi, discussing recent elections in Pakistan as well as the BRICS Summit. Watch the full programme here.
Our Director, Amb. Deo, joined the India Development Debate yesterday to discuss Imran Khan – PTI‘s election victory, along with Eurasia Group‘s Shailesh Kumar, Pakistani policy journalist and Maroof Raza, retd. Indian Army officer. Watch the full video here.
Sifra Lentin, Fellow, Bombay History Studies at Gateway House, was quoted in an article on recent changes in land ownership rights for Pakistani refugees living in Mumbai and Maharahtra, written by Rina Chandran of the Thomson Reuters Foundation. Read the Read more
Logistical support for this mission, movement of heavy equipment, fuel and other supplies, needs connectivity via Pakistan.
The Pathankot attack reflects a new template of terrorism and is a reminder that India needs a well-coordinated approach to security emergencies. This is particularly necessary as the country has embarked on a bold foreign policy path, daring to tread where we have not gone before, intensifying existing and new engagements and trying to functionalize dysfunctional bilaterals like Pakistan
The nuclear deal with Iran benefits India and Pakistan in terms of energy security and connectivity. But both countries also face challenges in their prospective engagement with Tehran, and both will have to tread carefully while using the new opportunities.