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Kabir Taneja

  • Decoding Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani’s visit to India

    Much has been said about the fact that Ghani’s visit to India has come late, raising questions about the potential loss of influence built by the Indian government over the past few years under the Karzai administration.

    Tuesday, 28 April 2015 - 1:45pm
  • Why India stands against a nuclear Iran

    The Middle East and Persian Gulf today has managed to become politically more complex than any other time in the recent past, and this, after the Iraq war, is an achievement in itself. 

    Wednesday, 25 March 2015 - 8:00pm
  • Which power centre should India engage with in Afghanistan- Ashraf Ghani or Abdullah Abdullah?

    The power struggle in Kabul continues as Ghani and Abdullah’s teams negotiate on various political sour points. Both Ghani and Abdullah represent different views on how Afghanistan’s politics need to run, and what role the international community would or should play in the country.

    Saturday, 14 February 2015 - 11:14am
  • India and US now need to focus on next bilateral partnerships

    India-US relations need to be built from the ground up and not the top down

    Monday, 26 January 2015 - 9:26am
  • Why India will maintain ambiguity over Israel-Gaza situation

    The Indian parliament witnessed a day of ruckus after the government “blocked” a debate in the Rajya Sabha on the Israel-Gaza situation. The reason given to block such a debate during the house’s question and answer hour was that the government did not want “discourteous” reference to any friendly...

    Friday, 18 July 2014 - 12:27pm
  • The curious case of India-UK ties

    Foreign Secretary of Britain William Hague and George Osbourne, the Chancellor of Exchequer, are currently in India to bolster ties between the two countries under the new government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. 

    Tuesday, 8 July 2014 - 10:49pm
  • Iraq crisis: The realpolitik around the ISIS

    A few days ago, a map apparently released by the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) itself, detailing the terror group’s five-year plan started to do the rounds on social media. This yet source-less map shows ISIS’s ambitions of conquering the entire northern Africa, Middle East, Indian sub-...

    Wednesday, 25 June 2014 - 10:08am
  • Narendra Modi's biggest challenge is to rescue trapped Indians in Iraq

    India’s Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson, Syed Akbaruddin, confirmed at a press conference that 40 India construction workers had been kidnapped from the northern Iraqi city of Mosul. The workers, originating largely from northern India, were reportedly picked up as the ISIS overran...

    Thursday, 19 June 2014 - 10:32am
  • Why Prime Minister Narendra Modi should be worried about the Iraq crisis

    Noted political commentator Ian Bremmer said on Twitter, “Democracy in the Middle East: be careful what you wish for”. Over the past one week, Iraq has been back in the news as it struggles to ward off an all-out offensive by the Sunni terror group the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) (...

    Tuesday, 17 June 2014 - 12:35pm
  • Why did Narendra Modi really invite Pakistan Prime Minister to his oath ceremony?

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s swearing in ceremony was made into a spectacle after he decided to invite all the members of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), and even Mauritius which is not a member. This was an unexpected move by Modi, however, it made sure that his...

    Tuesday, 27 May 2014 - 11:49pm