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India’s Modi continues his year-one diplomatic whirlwind with a week in Europe

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi with French Foreign Affairs Minister Laurent Fabius in Paris on April 10. / I. Langsdon / Reuters

Special to Dhruva Jaishankar, German Marshall Fund of the United States WASHINGTON — Diplomatically speaking, it has been a busy first year in power for India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi. In addition to hosting the leaders of the United […]

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As U.S. loses ‘its edge’, India looks to South Korea for defense options

India's Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar.

Special to By Donald Kirk, The Great Game for Asia is assuming new dimensions. Korea counts on the U.S. for some of its most advanced weaponry, but Korea also is a source for weapons technology and components. That’s […]

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U.S. expands military involvement in Yemen’s proxy war between Iran, Saudis

Yemenis search in the rubble of houses destroyed by Saudi-led airstrikes in a village near Sanaa, Yemen, on April 4. / Hani Mohammed / AP

Special to WASHINGTON — U.S. military officials said the Pentagon has expanded weapons shipments to the Saudi-led Arab coalition now conducting an air campaign against Iran-backed Shiite Houthi rebels in Yemen. By taking an active interest, the United States […]

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Irreconcilable differences in our time: Let’s not go to pieces over peace

The Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) at Panmunjom.

Special to By Donald Kirk, Some of the terrible problems we read, hear and talk about so often are beyond solution. Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated this week that as long as he was in office there […]

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The Indian Ocean emerging as central nexus of 21st century geopolitics

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Special to By Dr. Assad Homayoun The Indian Ocean has already become the key focus of the global strategic and commercial contest for the 21st Century. The realization is slowly dawning in Europe and the Americas that this is […]

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U.S. puts China in bind, backs India’s bid for UN Security Council

US President Barack Obama in India

Special to By Miles Yu, The U.S. government has announced its support for India’s quest to become a permanent member of the United Nations’ Security Council. The statement was included in a joint declaration with Indian Prime Minister […]

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Sanctions stress spurs Putin trip to India seeking expanded deals


Special to By Miles Yu, Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in New Delhi on Dec. 10 in hopes of securing big-ticket deals. Putin’s Russia is feeling severe economic pain caused by rising global energy sources, falling oil prices […]

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In Modi, Americans find a world leader to get enthusiastic about

Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Madison Square Garden in New York.  /AP

Special to By Miles Yu, He looks like a sophisticated man of the world, talks like a man in charge of the universe, and was received in the U.S. on his maiden state visit like something of a rock star. […]

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China versus Japan: The new Great Game in South Asia

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi greets Chinese President Xi Jinping in New Delhi on Sept. 18.  /PTI

Special to Following in the footsteps of Japan’s triumphant South Asia initiatives under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, China feels the pressure to compete for influence and goodwill in the region as well. This week, China’s Supreme Leader Xi […]

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Saudi expands India cooperation with refinery contract

Saudi Aramco's Abqaiq Plant in Shaybah.

Special to ABU DHABI — Saudi Arabia has approved an energy contract with India. Saudi Aramco awarded a $54 million contract to India’s Essar Projects for the modernization of a refinery. The maiden contract, meant to focus on engineering, […]

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