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India’s ASW readiness

China has stepped up its activity in the Indian Ocean while maintaining a sizeable number advantage to India’s submarines. Can India adapt its surface technologies to thwart sub-surface threats? Anti…

Erdogan takes a gamble

President Erdogan is unlikely to buy oil from Saudi Arabia and the UAE due to sustained tensions. However, can Mr. Erdogan continue to buy oil from Iran given its energy requirements? Strategic…

Belarus to join Russia?

President Vladimir Putin may look beyond Russia for a window to retain status quo after his current term ends. Is President Putin looking to force Belarus’ integration with Russia as a way of staying…

Kim Jong-Un in Russia

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will meet Russian President Vlad Putin in the first trip aimed at galvanising support while talks with Washington are in limbo. Is North Korea looking for other…

Afghanistan – A way forward

Upendra Baghel visited Synergia Foundation to discuss India’s need for an independent and inclusive Afghanistan Policy. Mr. Baghel recently served as the Head of the Policy Advisory Unit of the…

Doha Peace Process - Another Dayton Agreement?

Doha peace talks between the US and the Taliban have progressed but still one should agree with Amb. Zalmay Khalilzad, that ‘nothing is agreed till everything is agreed’. Afghans’ recent conflicts…

People centered intra-Afghan talks lead to convergences

Constitution is at the intersection of the legal system, the political system and the society in the country. It is the supreme law of the land. Foundation of legal system: rights and duties are…

Ceasefire in Doha talks: Difficult to agree, more difficult to implement.

Whatever type of ceasefire is negotiated in Doha, it would have two basic ingredients: (i) moratorium on all types of attacks by all parties, here the Government and the Taliban cessation of…

Saudi Arabia building nuclear reactor

Saudi Arabia is building a small reactor in its drive to divest from hydrocarbon fuelled electricity. The move brings questions of regional nuclear proliferation to the forefront. The Kingdom of…

Pakistan retreats from US – Taliban peace talks

Pakistan has withdrawn from US-Taliban scheduled peace talk but will continue to play a facilitating role. A series of civil wars in 1996 saw Kabul fall into the hands of the Taliban, a hardline…

US’ OPIC vs China’s BRI

China’s controversial Belt and Road Initiative is pitted against the US’ Overseas Private Investment Corporation in a global race for geopolitical, economic and normative primacy. The Belt and Road…

The US-Russia nuclear tussle

America and Russia are currently engaged in a legal, normative and political battle to ensure their nuclear advantage, although this may mean a new nuclear arms race. Measures for the Further…

NAFTA replacement yet to be ratified

The USMCA has yet to ratified by all parties, potentially making the issue an electoral captive, although immediate considerations such as tariff concerns are likely to grab airwaves. The North…

Singapore, Malaysia deescalate tensions

Singapore and Malaysia are expected to undertake negotiations to address a number of concerns, undertaking a measure of good faith before deliberations gather steam. Malaysia, a federal…

LNA marches towards Tripoli

The leader of Libyan National Army (LNA) forces in eastern Libya has ordered them to march on the capital Tripoli, the base of the internationally recognised government. Tripoli is the capital city…

Trump threatens tariffs; risks hurting Americans

Trump threatens to place a 25% tariff on cars coming to the US from Mexico, demanding Mexican action on illegal immigration and the drug trade. The Mexico–United States barrier, sometimes…

IRGC designated “foreign terrorist organisation”

The US is expected to designate the IRGC as a terrorist organisation in an unprecedented move that sees a national security force as a terror agent. The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) is a…

UN chief warns of nuclear threat

Izumi Nakamitsu, the U.N. undersecretary general and high representative for disarmament affairs, told Security Council members that the threat of nuclear weapons use has increased because the…

US to step up Black sea surveillance

The United States is set to unveil a Black Sea package, adding more warships and surveillance in the old Cold War arena on the 70th anniversary of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO), the…

America pressurises NATO members

American believes that NATO members are not fully cognisant of increasing Russian threat in Europe. European powers, for their part, fear a new Cold War. The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO…