India is subtly adding four new elements in the policy matrix
The Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement for Geospatial Cooperation (BECA), the last of the India-U.S. foundational agreements, needs deeper analyses. Its over-emphasis on imaging overlooks the potential clash between the telecom and meteorological technologies, which can hurt India’s crucial capabilities in space-based weather forecasting and disaster management.
India’s foreign policy is increasingly blended in with its domestic agenda – and vice versa. Prime Minister Modi’s past proactive foreign policy has paid dividends in bringing global attention to India, a fact young voters have noticed and approved. In his second term, what will India’s foreign policy look like? A continuum of the past, but also new frameworks for the future
The second Forum for India and the Pacific Islands in Jaipur on August 21 will be a historic summit that brings together the interests of India and the 14 island countries of the Pacific. It is India’s acknowledgement of the emerging strategic importance of the Pacific region, and a chance for the islands to turn this into an opportunity for growth, development, and greater security.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s forthcoming visit to Japan is of considerable significance at a time when the bilateral relationship looks ready to take off. The rise of China, a growing Indian market for Japanese technology and a possible landmark nuclear deal have raised expectations of the outcome of this visit
The Modi-Obama meet in Washington will be crucial to take the India-U.S. bilateral forward. The meet will test the commitment of both administrations and hence the dialogue must focus on deliverables such as defence co-operation and LNG exports to create a roadmap for concrete progress
Manjeet Kripalani, Co-founder and Executive Director, Gateway House, makes a case for why de-regulation and economic diplomacy should be the priority for Prime Minister Narendra Modi.