Articles By Kanwal Sibal

Responding to American Criticism of India’s Stance on Russia-Ukraine Conflict

Responding to American Criticism of India’s Stance on Russia-Ukraine Conflict

By: Kanwal Sibal | Date: 07 Jun , 2022

If western governments are ready to accommodate India by balancing their longer term interest in keeping it within their “democratic” fold with their shorter term interest in drawing India...

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India-US 2+2 Dialogue takes differences over Ukraine in its stride

India-US 2+2 Dialogue takes differences over Ukraine in its stride

By: Kanwal Sibal | Date: 22 Apr , 2022

The India-US 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue on April 11, 2022 no doubt carried the momentum of bilateral ties forward. But the timing was not the most opportune. The US is treating the Ukraine crisis as...

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West can’t cavil at India for doing business with Russia; it has erred too

West can’t cavil at India for doing business with Russia; it has erred too

By: Kanwal Sibal | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 30 Mar , 2022

The Ukraine crisis is destabilising the global system. The West has declared an economic war against Russia. The sanctions punish not only Russia but others too, including India. Oil and commodity...

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West must stop pressurizing India against Russia on Ukraine

West must stop pressurizing India against Russia on Ukraine

By: Kanwal Sibal | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 26 Mar , 2022

India has to take a position on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine not as a democracy but based on its national interest, just as the West takes decisions based on its national interest when there is...

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Lessons for India from the Russia-Ukraine crisis

Lessons for India from the Russia-Ukraine crisis

By: Kanwal Sibal | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 19 Mar , 2022

India, as well as others, should draw some hard lessons from the wide fall-out of the Ukraine crisis. One, it has proved that possession of a mighty nuclear arsenal neither earns you the desired...

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War in Ukraine: Pax Americana was never absolute, now it will exist even less

War in Ukraine: Pax Americana was never absolute, now it will exist even less

By: Kanwal Sibal | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 04 Mar , 2022

Pax Americana would mean peace and order and prosperous stability across the world under America’s hegemony. That never really existed in full and exists even less now. Pax Americana ended...

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The Ukraine Crisis

The Ukraine Crisis

By: Kanwal Sibal | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 28 Feb , 2022

The Ukraine crisis reflects the West’s failure to establish durable structures of peace and security in Europe after the end of the Cold War and the demise of the Soviet Union. The Cold War...

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How should India respond to the crisis in Ukraine?

How should India respond to the crisis in Ukraine?

By: Kanwal Sibal | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 22 Feb , 2022

The developing confrontation between the West and Russia on the Ukraine issue does not serve India’s interests. We have very friendly ties with the US, Europe and Russia and would prefer not...

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Paean to Colonel Babu and His Men

Paean to Colonel Babu and His Men

By: Kanwal Sibal | Date: 07 Jul , 2020

At those heights where the earth touches the sky The wind blows like a flurry of sharp spears That pierce the flesh without drawing blood When breathing becomes an ordeal And each step an act of...

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The CAATSA Waiver: An Analysis

The CAATSA Waiver: An Analysis

By: Kanwal Sibal | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 11 Aug , 2018

Russophobia in America has reached such levels that countries like India have become vulnerable to serious collateral damage as a consequence. US-Russia relations have got caught in vicious...

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India’s maritime and other challenges in the Indo-Pacific region

India’s maritime and other challenges in the Indo-Pacific region

By: Kanwal Sibal | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 28 May , 2018

Until very recently we would be talking only about India’s challenges, maritime and others, in the Indian Ocean region and not the Indo-Pacific region. The concept of the Indo-Pacific is a very...

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Tillerson's speech and his vision for India-US ties in the decades ahead

Tillerson's speech and his vision for India-US ties in the decades ahead

By: Kanwal Sibal | Date: 27 Oct , 2017

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s speech on October 18 at a Washington DC-based think tank is important as it tells us how the US views India as a partner in the years ahead. It is not the first...

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No tears for Sharif

No tears for Sharif

By: Kanwal Sibal | Date: 06 Aug , 2017

Nawaz Sharif’s ouster is surprising. And not so surprising, because his position had earlier been jolted by the massive ‘dharnas’ orchestrated by Imran Khan, with the army’s tacit support....

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The Belt and Road Forum: India Hits the Nail

The Belt and Road Forum: India Hits the Nail

By: Kanwal Sibal | Date: 07 Jun , 2017

China has been working to undermine India’s position from within by courting business, academic and media lobbies that question the wisdom of government’s decision on boycotting BRF. India was...

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Why India must keep an eye on China's 'Silk Road' project

Why India must keep an eye on China's 'Silk Road' project

By: Kanwal Sibal | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 25 Apr , 2017

China is planning to hold an international conference on President Xi Jinping’s ‘One Belt One Road’ (OBOR) project (aimed at rebuilding the ancient Silk Road) in May where the presence of world...

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India's foreign policy last year and the challenges of 2017

India's foreign policy last year and the challenges of 2017

By: Kanwal Sibal | Issue: Courtesy: The Telegraph | Date: 13 Jan , 2017

The vigour of the Indian prime minister’s diplomacy did not abate in 2016. Ties with the United States of America received particular attention, with five meetings with Barack Obama during the...

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China has not been made to pay yet for protecting Pakistan

China has not been made to pay yet for protecting Pakistan

By: Kanwal Sibal | Date: 19 May , 2016

China’s repeated blocking of India’s moves in the 1267 United Nations sanctions committee to include leaders of Pakistan’s jihadi organizations perpetrating terrorist attacks against India...

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Evolving Dynamics of Indo-US Relations

Evolving Dynamics of Indo-US Relations

By: Kanwal Sibal | Issue: Vol. 30.1 Jan-Mar 2015 | Date: 24 Sep , 2015

The pro-US lobby in India prefers to see in Prime Minister Modi’s move to invite President Obama an inclination to strategically lean towards the US, shed “strategic autonomy” and end the...

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Indo-Pak Talks: The problem is with the Pakistani mindset

Indo-Pak Talks: The problem is with the Pakistani mindset

By: Kanwal Sibal | Issue: Courtesy: Economic Times | Date: 10 Jul , 2015

Prime Minister Modi extended his hand of friendship to Pakistan immediately after his electoral triumph by inviting Nawaz Sharif to his swearing-in ceremony and agreeing to hold foreign secretary...

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Dealing with the US always tests our diplomacy

Dealing with the US always tests our diplomacy

By: Kanwal Sibal | Date: 06 Oct , 2014

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s US visit presented him with a difficult challenge. At the rhetorical level, projecting the India-US relationship as between two democracies is easy. The US calls...

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