India had an option to accept the invitation extended by Chinese President Xi Jinping to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to participate in the Belt and Road Forum meeting in Beijing on May 14-15. Modi, in turn, had an option to depute a dignitary – a cabinet minister or a special envoy – to represent him. Delhi had a fall back option, too, to direct its envoy in Beijing to attend the event. But instead it decided to boycott the event.
If the efficacy of the US-China cooperation over North Korea gets tested successfully through the next several months – even as the remaining 75-80 percent of the Trump administration’s strategy toward North Korea unfolds – we may see wider application in other areas and regions for the new type of relationship between the two big powers...
The meeting of the Joint Commission of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, which took place in Vienna on April 25, witnessed the United States representative going along with the stance of the other five participants of the so-called E-3 +3 (China, France, Germany, Russia, United Kingdom) plus Iran who vociferously advocate the raison d’etre of the July 2015 agreement regarding Iran’s nuclear program...
The Indian government has divulged very little information – hardly any – regarding the visit by the United States National Security Advisor Herbert Raymond McMaster to New Delhi an April 18. The reticence is extraordinary, since Indian elites are usually exuberant when American dignitaries arrive. And McMaster happens to be the first official from the Donald Trump administration to visit India...
The recent visit by the Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to Moscow took place against the backdrop of a transformative period in Middle Eastern politics. The cooperation between the two countries undoubtedly reaches a new stage, as highlighted by their quasi-alliance in Syria as well as the prospective long-term economic projects at the bilateral level.
What would have happened if Mother Nature had not ordained a three-day snowstorm sweeping over America’s east coast in mid-March? The blizzards and the howling winds kept German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s jet waiting in Berlin’s Flughafen Tegel «Otto Lilienthal» pending weather clearance to take off for Washington.
If it is the rollback of Iran’s regional influence that seems to be the US’ number one priority in Syria, when it comes to Libya, it seems to be the old story of gaining control of its vast oil resources. Unsurprisingly, Libya’s oil ports have become the focus of months of fighting.
Trump’s speech testifies to his intense awareness that his domestic political base has not eroded despite the relentless, vicious attacks on him by an unforgiving opposition that lost the election. Indeed, it is to that base that he will have to return to seek a renewed mandate in 2020. He understands that his agenda to make the foreign policy serve as a tool to rebuild the country enjoys popular support.
The first month of the Donald Trump presidency in the United States has been truly exceptional. A combination of circumstances created headwinds for the new president, unprecedented in recent American political history. At the epicentre lies the question of the US’ Russia policies, but on deeper reflection, it is the Trump presidency that is under attack...
The back-to-back engagements in the weekend by the US president Donald Trump with America’s two major players in the Asia-Pacific region – China and Japan – can only deepen the angst in the Indian mind regarding the trajectory of its own ties with the new administration in Washington. This has been a traumatic weekend...