Articles By Kanwal Sibal

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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Indo-US relations: Not natural partners at all

Indo-US relations: Not natural partners at all

By: Kanwal Sibal | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 30 Sep , 2014

If the media coverage in India of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s US visit and the adulation with which the Indian-American community greeted him in New York were any yardstick, it can already be...

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The Arc of the India-US Partnership

The Arc of the India-US Partnership

By: Kanwal Sibal | Issue: Vol. 27.2 Apr-Jun 2012 | Date: 29 Sep , 2014

Today, the India-US relationship is a transformed one with the change in Indian thinking about America being the most important element. Being ‘pro-American’ is not a stigma any longer...

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China failed to capitalise on Xi's Delhi visit

China failed to capitalise on Xi's Delhi visit

By: Kanwal Sibal | Date: 23 Sep , 2014

President Xi Jinping’s visit to India produced less than the expected results, despite favourable conditions for a “re-set” of India-China relations being in place. Prime Minister Modi,...

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Modi-Xi agenda: Work for 'Hindi-Chini buy-buy'

Modi-Xi agenda: Work for 'Hindi-Chini buy-buy'

By: Kanwal Sibal | Date: 16 Sep , 2014

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is receiving the visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping in Ahmedabad on the former’s birthday. If symbolism mirrored reality, then we should see the birth of new...

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India and Japan: Imperative for Bullet Train Journey

India and Japan: Imperative for Bullet Train Journey

By: Kanwal Sibal | Date: 11 Sep , 2014

Prime Minister Modi’s just concluded visit to Japan has been successful on various counts. Politically, the India-Japan relationship has been solidified; economically, prospects of major Japanese...

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How India and Australia became happy allies?

How India and Australia became happy allies?

By: Kanwal Sibal | Date: 08 Sep , 2014

The transformation of India-Australia relations in the last decade has been remarkable. We have moved rapidly from a lack of empathy to recognition that our relationship can be mutually...

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Because Pakistan crossed the line

Because Pakistan crossed the line

By: Kanwal Sibal | Issue: Courtesy: Economic Times | Date: 30 Aug , 2014

The Pakistan high commissioner seriously transgressed diplomatic norms in meeting the Kashmiri secessionists after being advised against it by the foreign secretary. Accredited envoys do not...

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Pakistan isn't ready for peace with India

Pakistan isn't ready for peace with India

By: Kanwal Sibal | Issue: Courtesy: Mail Today | Date: 26 Aug , 2014

We have to draw some hard lessons from the latest drama in India-Pakistan relations. If we do not, we will continue being beset with unmet expectations, unrequited gestures and a thousand...

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Modi is building a more connected India

Modi is building a more connected India

By: Kanwal Sibal | Date: 13 Aug , 2014

If Modi has not revealed his hand yet on domestic issues and his silence on rising controversies is puzzling and disappointing many, his personal imprint on our foreign policy is already...

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Kerry Visit: Not Much Expected, Not Much Achieved

Kerry Visit: Not Much Expected, Not Much Achieved

By: Kanwal Sibal | Issue: Courtesy: Economic Times | Date: 02 Aug , 2014

Not too much was expected from the just-concluded India-US strategic dialogue and not too much has resulted. Its importance lay in resuming and creating a congenial atmosphere for high level...

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The challenges ahead will not be easy to overcome

The challenges ahead will not be easy to overcome

By: Kanwal Sibal | Issue: Courtesy: The Telegraph | Date: 29 Jul , 2014

India’s relations with the United States of America need to be put back on track. The relationship has lost steam in the recent months with many contentious issues surfacing that remain...

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US has to see its role in MH17

US has to see its role in MH17

By: Kanwal Sibal | Date: 22 Jul , 2014

In India, we need to separate our reactions to the human dimension of the tragic downing of the Malaysian passenger plane over Ukrainian airspace by a missile and its political dimension. On the...

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