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M. K. Bhadrakumar

M. K. Bhadrakumar

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Fizz is gone from Biden-Putin summit

The morning after a Russian-American summit is most critical to know whether the previous day’s bonhomie was real, surreal or unreal. Surve...

Biden has a worthy interlocutor in Raisi

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani (L) meets the media with President-elect Ebrahim Raisi (R) in Tehran, June 19, 2021 This may seem a paradox...

Takeaways from Biden-Putin summit

On the diplomatic stage, there is nothing to beat Russian-American summits in sheer theatrics. When the leaders of the two most powerful nuclear power...

G7 and China: Fault lines in the world order

The G7 has come a long way since its inception in the mid-1970s at the initiative of then French President Valéry Giscard d’Estaing and W...

US reclaims Turkey for the western alliance

The first components of Turkey’s S-400 air defence missiles arrived from Russia in Ankara in July, 2019. (File Photo) Less than forty-eight...

What to expect when Biden, Erdogan meet

US Vice President Joe Biden (L) and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at their last meeting at Yildiz Mabeyn Palace, Istanbul, Jan. 23, 2016 (F...

Israeli politics breaks through glass ceiling

Conservative Israeli politician Naftali Bennett places a note in the stones of Western Wall, holiest site where Jews can pray, in Jerusalem’s...

Let Iran choose its next president

Iran’s presidential candidate Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi began his election campaign with two events: a meeting with businessmen and a visit to Teh...

Israel-Palestine conflict at inflection point

The well-known French philosopher, writer and political activist, late Paul-Michel Foucault has written about a conversation he had with an Iranian du...

Biden wants to remain engaged with Russia, China

Chinese Vice Premier Liu He (L) and USTR Katherine Tai held their first call after the latter’s Senate confirmation, May 26, 2021 Anyone wh...

Afghanistan: Apocalyptic scenario is unwarranted

Afghan children walk past a Taliban Red Unit, an elite force, Alingar district, Laghman province in eastern Afghanistan (File photo)  The Pa...

Biden-Putin summit is on

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, left, met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, right, at Reykjavik, Iceland, May 19, 2021 On March...

How India lost its way in Persian Gulf

India gets booted out of Farzad-B gas field in Persian Gulf. There have been two successive setbacks in the past one-year period to the India-Ira...

Saudi-Iran reset will take time

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman (R) received Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani (L), Jeddah, May 11, 2021 The Saudi-Irania...

China on the horizon as ‘world’s pharmacy’

WHO Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus announced approval for China’s Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine, Geneva, May 7, 2021 The World Health Org...

US-Taliban acquiesce to live and let live

Handover ceremony at Camp Anthonic, from US Army to Afghan Special Forces, Helmand province, Afghanistan, May 2, 2021. As the US and NATO troop w...

India will be front-line state in Myanmar civil war

Hakha Town in Myanmar’s Chin State bordering Mizoram was the scene of attacks on the military by rebel fighters on May 5, 2021  ...

India should welcome the end of US occupation of Afghanist...

The spectre haunting India today is that its worst case scenario in Afghanistan is becoming reality — a Taliban takeover. Delhi watches with dis...

Indian Ocean is not India’s ocean

The guided-missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones sailing past Lakshadweep Islands April 7 has thrown India’s Sinophobes into confusion. One lead...

Whither India-Russia ties?

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (L) at press conference with  External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar (R), Delhi, April 6, 2021 &nb...

China resents US presence in Afghanistan

Unidentified militia group shot down  helicopter with laser weapons in Wardak March 18 killing Afghan military personnel. The “hidden agen...