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India, China and an opportunity

Keeping up the momentum in India-China relations, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj came back from her three-day visit to China with several deliverables — including a new Chinese openness in seeing India take up permanent membership of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) and Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC). Previously, the Chinese

India’s tango with the great powers

Geopolitical and economic factors and the re-energised relationship between the U.S. and India are the drivers of change in the trilateral relationship between India, Russia and China. The cumulative impact of these two trends points to a new, emerging configuration of the triangular relationship The latest trilateral meeting between the

Voters need a good enemy

Contrary to what rational choice theorists hold, voters rarely, if ever, grade political candidates on the basis of past performance and programmes. The positive ‘will-do’ aspects of a party manifesto are not nearly as compelling to the voter as the scent of negativity What chance does anybody have in getting

Four Ideas for a Stronger U.N.

Seventy years ago, the United Nations was founded “to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war.” Looking around the world today, the least one can say is that it is not fully succeeding in this mission. From Nigeria through the Middle East to Afghanistan and Ukraine, millions are suffering