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Free Trade Agreements Are Back in Vogue

Does the trade pact with the United Arab Emirates indicate a policy shift towards a more liberal trade regime?

Who Controls the Levers of the India–US Relations?

The perception that India was disinterested in the United States and acted difficult with the superpower dominates the analysis of India’s foreign policy over the past 75 years. Such broad conclusions are drawn without assessing the US policy vis-à-vis India. Based on these perceptions, Narendra...

An Engaged Chronicler of His Times

India–Pakistan: Themes Beyond Borders: Selections from Nikhil Chakravartty’s Writings selected and edited by Anil Nauriya, Ravi M Bakaya, Razia Ismail Abbasi and Sumit Chakravartty, New Delhi: Aakar Books, 2019; pp 382, ₹ 895.

Deconstructing India’s Negotiating Dexterity

Does India Negotiate? by Karthik Nachiappan, New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2019; pp 238, ` 1,295 (hardcover).

The Perpetual Problem of Palestine–Israel: A Legal Analysis

Constant violence has marred the relations between Palestine and Israel for more than six decades. Recent tensions arose due to evictions by Israeli police and the ensuing damage to a Palestinian mosque. Clashes with the public made matters worse and a ceasefire was possible only after many days of relentless bloodshed. Many term the Israeli occupation of territory as “belligerent,” especially when weighed on the scales of international and humanitarian law. It, therefore, becomes imperative to understand the conflict and subsequent actions from a legal point of view. This article tries to understand the various international laws and agreements which apply to the conflict and also aims to understand the approach of judicial bodies towards this dispute.

Constitutional and Political Predicament in Nepal

Ongoing political crisis in Nepal stems from the deep divisions in the polity across ideological orientations and along social, regional and personality fault lines. Decisions taken by the president, seemingly favouring the prime minister, entail violation of the constitutional scheme and parliamentary practices. India, driven by its immediate strategic interests to contain growing Chinese influence, seems to be tilting in favour of the prevailing authoritarian and unconstitutional regime.

Need for Autonomous Foreign Policy on China

India must disengage the border issue from Indo–Pacific policy.

Kibithoo Can Be Configured as an Entrepôt in Indo-China Border Trade

Borders are the gateway to growth and development in the trajectory of contemporary economic diplomacy. They provide a new mode of interaction which entails de-territorialised economic cooperation and free trade architecture, thereby making the spatial domain of territory secondary in the global economic relations. Taking a cue from this, both India and China looked ahead to revive their old trade routes in order to restore cross-border ties traversing beyond their political boundaries. The reopening of the Nathula trade route in 2016 was realised as a catalyst in generating trust and...

Misreading Afghanistan’s Crypto-coloniality

Afghanistan Post-2014: Power Configurations and Evolving Trajectories edited by Rajen Harshé and Dhananjay Tripathi , New Delhi: Routledge, 2016; pp xix+248, ₹ 895.

Region without Regionalism

Three decades have passed since the inception of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation. It still is virtually a non-starter and has not addressed any substantive issue. Intra-regional trade is minuscule. India and Pakistan show little interest in the organisation. Without judging their respective foreign policies, it is argued that South Asian regionalism is not on their agenda. Three questions arise: Is South Asia at all a region? How much does the strategic divide between India and Pakistan, with China factored in, come in the way of South Asian regionalism? Why should India bother about regionalism when its policy of bilateralism serves it fine? To probe these, the region's history, global perceptions of the region, India's foreign and educational practices, and interstate relationships are discussed.

India's Negotiating Strategy for Cancun

With less than three weeks left for the Cancun ministerial meeting and negotiations having entered the critical phase this week at the William Rappard Centre that houses the WTO in Geneva, it is time to take a look at how India's negotiating positions are shaping up.

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