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  • Meghna Kashyap asked: What is Cold War 2.0? What could be its implications for the global politics as well as for India?

    S. Kalyanaraman replies: Cold War 2.0 is a misleading term that has come to be employed by excitable commentators for characterising the United States-Russia relations in recent years. Drawing upon the analogy of the Cold War rivalry between the United States (US) and the Soviet Union to describe US-Russia relations in the current era is, however, misleading because of three main reasons.

    Amit Kumar Jha asked: What is ‘Agartala Doctrine’? Why has it been ignored in India’s foreign policy?

    Pushpita Das replies:The so-called Agartala Doctrine is a distillation of the principles derived from the policies and postures adopted by successive governments in Tripura vis-à-vis East Pakistan and later Bangladesh. The same has been recommended for the Union government’s consideration. According to its advocates, the doctrine would not only help state governments in safeguarding the interests of their own people but also work towards strengthening the Union government’s neighbourhood policy.

    India’s Strategic Connect with the World

    The various connectivity projects put forward by India show its involvement as an investor in capacity-building efforts in the recipient countries across sectors of their particular needs and choices, not as an overarching and imposing economic power.

    October 23, 2017

    India-US Relations: On the Upward Trajectory

    The foreign policy establishment can justifiably feel upbeat with the results of the Modi-Trump meeting, which have been most gratifying especially given the uncertainties in the run-up to the visit.

    June 30, 2017

    Revamping the Indian Foreign Service

    With changing times and the growing profile of India in the international system, there is a need for a change in the structure and process of recruitment into this very important service.

    April 11, 2017

    Omkar Pawar asked: What is functionalist approach in international relations?

    Arpita Anant replies: A functionalist approach to international relations emphasises the importance of specific issues or problems, mainly technical in nature, in engendering the need for cooperation among nations. According to David Mitrany (1943), cooperation among technical experts in a functional area will result in the creation of an international agency that will push nations to cooperate rather than wage war. Cooperation in one functional area will have ‘ramifications’ in other functional areas.

    India - UAE Relations: New Dimension to Strategic Partnership

    As India seeks to enhance economic engagement and deepen security cooperation with the Gulf, it finds a willing partner in the UAE.

    February 17, 2017

    Triumphant Trump and American Foreign Policy

    President-elect Donald Trump’s foreign policy pronouncements during the campaign have led to alarm and concerns among America’s strongest allies.

    November 22, 2016

    India’s Foreign Policy Priorities and the Emergence of a Modi Doctrine

    India’s current Prime Minister Narendra Modi is often touted as India’s Deng Xiaoping, expected to lead the country on a path of economic reform and accelerated growth.1 While Modi rose to power on an economic mandate, it is his foreign policy that has received the most attention in the media. Modi has been criticised by the media, the public and the opposition parties for taking several overseas trips in his short tenure in office.

    September 2016

    Chaitanya Nagalla asked: How relevant is Mackinder's 'Heartland Theory’ in the contemporary geo-politics?

    S. Kalyanaraman replies: Mackinder's heartland theory highlighted the probability of Imperial Russia, which occupies the vast, interior, pivotal position in Eurasia, and which enjoys direct territorial access to all the other regions (Inner Crescent, or Rimland in Spykman's formulation) of the Eurasian landmass (West Asia, South Asia, East Asia and Europe), expanding its territorial extent along these axes and thereby seeking dominance over the whole world.