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Harsh V Pant

Harsh V Pant

Academic and authorharsh.pant@kcl.ac.uk
The writer is Professor of International Relations at King's College London. His most recent book is India's Afghan Muddle (HarperCollins).

By Harsh V Pant

Why it is time to get tough on China

Unless the world's major democracies don't come together in managing China, all of them will lose the larger ideational battle.

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How restoring ties will help India and Iran

While critics in India argue that India had ignored Iran under US pressure, it is the other way round. It is Tehran that has ignored New Delhi and tried to actively derail Indo-Iranian ties by interfering in Indian domestic matters.

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Why the world must isolate China

The global landscape, which till a few months back looked benign for China, has now turned against the Middle Kingdom in a manner that Chinese policymakers can ill afford to ignore.

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India, China and the RIC’s agenda

The RIC platform has today become a talk shop in many ways where generic discussions on global issues have become the norm.

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When PM Modi met Morrison, virtually

The decision to go ahead with the virtual summit is an important signal that both nations don’t want the present momentum in the bilateral relationship to get disrupted.

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Why Hong Kong matters to China

At a time when China is facing global indignation over its mismanagement of initial stages of coronavirus, tightening screws on Hong Kong gives Xi Jinping a nationalistic boost.

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New Delhi and the Kabul conundrum

India will have to accept that despite its history with the Taliban and continuing concerns, it will need a proactive engagement policy for durable peace.

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How Indian diplomacy plays a global role in the coronavirus era

PM Modi has been convinced that though the domestic Covid-19 situation would be a priority, India will have to make a case for global engagement and coordination.

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How Beijing’s bluff has been called

For all the socio-economic toll on humanity that the Covid-19 pandemic has wreaked, it has exposed the Chinese Communist Party in ways that wasn’t happening before.

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Why US authority stands undermined

The expectations are so low from Washington that even America's closest allies are not coordinating their responses with it.

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How PM Modi is an effective leader in times of coronavirus pandemic

These are tough times of global crisis when leadership has been in short supply. For India, Modi has so far been successful in providing the right mix of authority and reassurance.

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Why India must get Myanmar right

Besides India’s neighbourhood policy, fructification of the wider Indo-Pacific policy of India also depends on its relations with Myanmar.

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Why China's rise is attested by the West

Western nations continue to use Huawei as it does not have a coherent strategy to manage Beijing even after acknowledging the problems its rise has engendered.

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How India will pay a heavy cost for the inaction in Afghanistan

If Afghanistan becomes a haven for extremists and Pakistan-backed proxies become the ultimate arbiters there, India would have the most to lose.

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Taiwan's self-governance proving to be a thorn in China's flesh

It is a sign of China's growing economic heft around the globe that only 15 countries now recognise the self-governing territory of Taiwan as a sovereign nation.

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Fresh churning in West Asia as tensions between Iran and US rise

American actions have put Iran under intense pressure for retaliation, even though Iran’s internal dynamics are hardly suited for an aggressive posture.

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Donald Trump’s impeachment polarises USA further

American society is more polarised now than when Trump became the President. He has no incentive to ameliorate this situation now.

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Britain votes for Brexit

Even as Britain has signalled that it wants the Brexit turmoil to end, the UK’s political future remains a matter of contestation.

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How S Jaishankar set the record straight

The external affairs minister's assessment of the changing global environment is apt and its impact on Indian foreign policy is already very visible.

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Kartarpur Corridor should not be seen as Indo-Pak rapprochement

If not handled with prudence, the corridor has the potential to become a thorn in India’s ties with Pakistan.

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Why Riyadh reposes faith in Narendra Modi

Pragmatism is dictating Saudi posturing as the very future of the country's economic model is at stake. It needs new partners like India.

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China-Nepal ties are deepening. What can India do?

There is no point bemoaning Chinese presence.

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How India is adjusting to the global power shifts

If China has a strategy of containing India, then New Delhi can challenge Beijing’s core interests. Alliance with Russia could come in handy.

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Benjamin Netanyahu's position weakens in Israel. What this means for India

The relations between the two nations are today driven by the political consensus that strong ties are imperative.

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Why India and Russia need to push the refresh button on their ties

Global trends are evolving rapidly and major powers must redefine ties with each other to match contemporary requirements.

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South China Sea on the boil. What should India do to tame the Dragon?

Unless India lends its voice and support to the cause of smaller regional states, China will continue to advance its claims primarily on account of its ‘might is right’ strategy.

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Pay no heed to Donald Trump’s gaffe over Kashmir issue

Trump’s comments should be ignored with the contempt they deserve and New Delhi should move on to more important matters.

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Pompeo, Jaishankar set interesting stage for Modi and Trump talks

Despite all the baggage, Pompeo’s visit has succeeded in injecting a renewed vigour in Indo-US bilateral discourse and in Jaishankar he managed to find a partner who is equally focused on delivering practical outcomes.

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Yes, Narendra Modi has changed India's foreign policy in four years. Here's how

Modi’s message to Pakistan has been heard around the world and will have serious ramifications for India’s global engagement.

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Where India and Pakistan fit in the great Afghanistan game

As the US once again revisits its policy options, New Delhi should be prepared to fight its own battles.

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