Articles By Kanwal Sibal

US Policies: Security Threat to India

US Policies: Security Threat to India

By: Kanwal Sibal | Date: 08 Jul , 2014

Current developments in Iraq expose further the failure of US policies in West Asia. With all the resources at its command, of information, analysis and technical expertise, and the sense of...

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India's foreign policy has become a delicate balancing act

India's foreign policy has become a delicate balancing act

By: Kanwal Sibal | Issue: Courtesy: Mail Today | Date: 25 Jun , 2014

The complexity of our foreign relations is illustrated by certain realities of our external political, economic, defence and popular ties. In the case of our major partners individually, the...

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It's a new era in India's foreign policy as countries compete to woo Modi

It's a new era in India's foreign policy as countries compete to woo Modi

By: Kanwal Sibal | Date: 10 Jun , 2014

In foreign policy, Prime Minister Modi has hit the ground running, taking unexpected initiatives. He reached out to our neighbours, taking the unprecedented step of inviting their leaders to his...

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India has to take a long hard look at its foreign policy

India has to take a long hard look at its foreign policy

By: Kanwal Sibal | Date: 02 Jun , 2014

Internally, much can improve with the spectacular electoral success of the Bharatiya Janata Party. India can now look forward to a strong and stable government at the Centre which the weak...

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Foreign ties will blossom under the new Modi government

Foreign ties will blossom under the new Modi government

By: Kanwal Sibal | Issue: Courtesy: Mail Today | Date: 20 May , 2014

The BJP’s massive electoral victory brings us foreign policy gains. The prospect of a strong and stable government in India makes our external image more positive. Modi’s personality gives us...

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A Modi government must project a more robust foreign policy

A Modi government must project a more robust foreign policy

By: Kanwal Sibal | Date: 06 May , 2014

Now that it appears that the next government in New Delhi could well be Modi-led, questions about the possible changes in India’s foreign policy are being raised inside and outside the...

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India must revamp its policy towards Pakistan

India must revamp its policy towards Pakistan

By: Kanwal Sibal | Issue: Courtesy: Mail Today | Date: 22 Apr , 2014

Several aspects of our Pakistan policy need a fresh look by the new government in May, though how much change can be brought about remains an open question as the issues involved and the options...

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The future of Indo-US ties now lies squarely on America's shoulders

The future of Indo-US ties now lies squarely on America's shoulders

By: Kanwal Sibal | Issue: Courtesy: Mail Today | Date: 11 Apr , 2014

After entering a green light mode, India-US relations have slipped into an amber mode. How soon we can get back into smooth circulation will depend largely on the US, as the responsibility for the...

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Modi's Foreign Policy

Modi's Foreign Policy

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

Modi has not yet expressed his thinking on India’s foreign relations. His focus and that of those opposing him or tracking his national rise has been on internal politics and development...

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Modi's stance on foreign policy remains a mystery

Modi's stance on foreign policy remains a mystery

By: Kanwal Sibal | Issue: Courtesy: Mail Today | Date: 25 Mar , 2014

Little interest has been shown domestically about possible new orientations in foreign policy under a Modi-led NDA government. Modi’s single-minded focus on the development agenda has dominated...

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Strategic Miscalculations

Strategic Miscalculations

By: Kanwal Sibal | Issue: Courtesy: The Telegraph | Date: 06 Mar , 2014

The United States of America is, once again, not managing its relations with India well. Gains made during George W. Bush’s presidency in building strategic trust between the two countries are...

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China's maritime 'silk road' proposals are not as peaceful as they seem

China's maritime 'silk road' proposals are not as peaceful as they seem

By: Kanwal Sibal | Date: 26 Feb , 2014

China’s proposition of a maritime silk route connecting the Pacific and Indian oceans is part of its propaganda drive to convince the world about its peaceful rise. Its actions do not match its...

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Turning Putin into a Demon

Turning Putin into a Demon

By: Kanwal Sibal | Issue: Courtesy: Mail Today | Date: 14 Feb , 2014

From our vantage point the vicious onslaught against president Putin in western political circles, especially the media, is difficult to appreciate. The media is of course reflecting prevailing...

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Political insult administered to Modi shouldn’t be overlooked

Political insult administered to Modi shouldn’t be overlooked

By: Kanwal Sibal | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 13 Feb , 2014

US diplomacy is a cynical mixture of principle and expediency. The world’s foremost power needs to project internationally that its policies are based on certain high principles so that its...

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The right way to look East

The right way to look East

By: Kanwal Sibal | Issue: Courtesy: Mail Today | Date: 28 Jan , 2014

Much has been achieved during Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s current visit to India and much has not. In reiterating a clear intention to strengthen bilateral ties, the visit has been a...

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It is cherry blossom time in India-Japan relations

It is cherry blossom time in India-Japan relations

By: Kanwal Sibal | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 24 Jan , 2014

Politically speaking, it is cherry blossom time in India-Japan relations. For the first time in history, the Emperor and Empress of Japan visited India December last. That visit had great symbolic...

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Abe’s visit will bolster security ties

Abe’s visit will bolster security ties

By: Kanwal Sibal | Issue: Courtesy: Mail Today | Date: 14 Jan , 2014

Japan’s Prime Minister Abe will be the chief guest at our next Republic Day, a decision that marks India’s reciprocal interest in deepening bilateral political and economic ties. Until now the...

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Fixing the Fault Lines in 2014

Fixing the Fault Lines in 2014

By: Kanwal Sibal | Issue: Courtesy: Mail Today | Date: 30 Dec , 2013

Our major foreign policy challenges are enduring and no dramatic change in our security environment is likely in 2014. Relations with Pakistan could actually worsen. Nawaz Sharif is focusing on...

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Managing the neighbours

Managing the neighbours

By: Kanwal Sibal | Issue: Courtesy: The Telegraph | Date: 23 Dec , 2013

India’s search for a successful neighbourhood policy continues. Sections of our society are anxious about our failure to manage our relations with neighbours properly. We tend to blame ourselves...

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US: Bullying Not Diplomacy

US: Bullying Not Diplomacy

By: Kanwal Sibal | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 18 Dec , 2013

The arrest and hand-cuffing of India’s Deputy Consul General (DCG) Devyani Khobragade in New York as if she is a criminal with all the intrusive personal indignities heaped on a “felon” by...

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