Articles By Kanwal Sibal

Make most of Japan’s overtures

Make most of Japan’s overtures

By: Kanwal Sibal | Issue: Courtesy: Mail Today | Date: 12 Jun , 2013

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s visit to Japan from May 27 to 30 was opportune as the circumstances today are more propitious than ever for India and Japan to forge a solid strategic...

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India’s China Syndrome

India’s China Syndrome

By: Kanwal Sibal | Issue: Courtesy: Mail Today | Date: 29 May , 2013

India-China relations are complex enough not to be seen in black and white terms. Amidst all the good reasons for India to mistrust China and deal with it as an adversary, it makes sense to work...

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Bowing down to the dragon

Bowing down to the dragon

By: Kanwal Sibal | Issue: Courtesy: Mail Today | Date: 14 May , 2013

Our statements on the recent India-China face-off in Ladakh continue to confound. One would have thought that we would have analysed the incident in depth, tried to figure out China’s...

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Guns, Helicopters and the Treaty

Guns, Helicopters and the Treaty

By: Kanwal Sibal | Issue: Courtesy: The Telegraph | Date: 27 Apr , 2013

The United Nations general assembly has approved the arms trade treaty on April 2, causing India some discomfiture. India participated actively in the negotiations but could not endorse the final...

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Let’s not get too relaxed on China

Let’s not get too relaxed on China

By: Kanwal Sibal | Issue: Courtesy: Mail Today | Date: 24 Apr , 2013

Reports of Chinese soldiers intruding 10 kilometres into Ladakh challenge once again our assumptions about the stability of the situation on the unsettled India-China border. Our expanding...

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India: Strategic Challenges and Responses

India: Strategic Challenges and Responses

By: Kanwal Sibal | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 04 Apr , 2013

At the outset let me clarify that I will discuss the subject primarily from the foreign policy and security point of view. Many believe that strategic challenges should now include those...

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Anti-Lanka vote was a bad idea

Anti-Lanka vote was a bad idea

By: Kanwal Sibal | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 25 Mar , 2013

India has ended up looking opportunistic and unprincipled, a victim of its internal political wrangling, with a government in New Delhi not fully in control of foreign policy. India has once...

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Italy goes back on its word

Italy goes back on its word

By: Kanwal Sibal | Date: 16 Mar , 2013

The latest turn of events in the Italian marines case is most unfortunate for both India and Italy as the bilateral relationship is being put under serious strain. The Indian side had greater...

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Adrift Without A Strategic Culture

Adrift Without A Strategic Culture

By: Kanwal Sibal | Issue: Courtesy: Mail Today | Date: 12 Mar , 2013

Does India have a strategic culture? If strategic culture is defined narrowly in the context of the nuclear age alone, then India, as a recent entrant to the nuclear club and still in the process...

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Build a stronger partnership with France and Britain

Build a stronger partnership with France and Britain

By: Kanwal Sibal | Issue: Courtesy: The Telegraph | Date: 06 Mar , 2013

The back-to-back visits of the president of France, Francois Hollande, and the prime minister of Britain, David Cameron, last month have put the spotlight on India’s relationship with Europe....

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Failing On Terror Yet Again

Failing On Terror Yet Again

By: Kanwal Sibal | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 26 Feb , 2013

Hyderabad is bloodied again by terrorism, exposing once more our failure to marshal the political will, the legal instruments, the organizational structure and the required technical skills and...

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Giving Delhi Some Parisian Delight

Giving Delhi Some Parisian Delight

By: Kanwal Sibal | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 15 Feb , 2013

The French President’s visit will further strengthen the strategic relationship between both countries France was first to offer a strategic dialogue after our 1998 nuclear tests, forswear...

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India's compass on terror is faulty

India's compass on terror is faulty

By: Kanwal Sibal | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 12 Feb , 2013

Afzal Guru’s hanging shows the ineptness with which our political system deals with the grave problem of terrorism. The biggest challenge to our security, and indeed that of countries all over...

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Friendly Handshake: Change is unlikely in India-US relations

Friendly Handshake: Change is unlikely in India-US relations

By: Kanwal Sibal | Issue: Courtesy: The Telegraph | Date: 29 Jan , 2013

Looking ahead, what could President Barack Obama’s second term mean for relations between India and the United States of America? Will the relationship stay more or less at the level that it has...

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Pakistan the nettlesome neighbour

Pakistan the nettlesome neighbour

By: Kanwal Sibal | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 24 Jan , 2013

India-Pakistan ties: Pakistan has to act like a civilised country and do serious introspection about its destructive attitudes and policies. We need to take proper stock of our policy towards...

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Pakistan: Time to end unilateral concessions

Pakistan: Time to end unilateral concessions

By: Kanwal Sibal | Date: 19 Jan , 2013

Prime Minister Shri Manmohan Singh’s remark that there can be no business as usual with Pakistan after its troops mutilated the bodies of two Indian soldiers they killed, and that those...

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India and the South Asian Neighbourhood

India and the South Asian Neighbourhood

By: Kanwal Sibal | Issue: Vol. 27.4 Oct-Dec 2012 | Date: 01 Jan , 2013

India’s relations with her neighbours need to be analysed frankly and unsentimentally, without recourse to the usual platitudes when pronouncing on the subject. It is fashionable to assume that...

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Still comrades after all these years

Still comrades after all these years

By: Kanwal Sibal | Date: 28 Dec , 2012

The India-Russia summit saw positive formulations on many issues, while providing an opportunity to address difficult questions like Kudankulam. Russia was the first country with which India...

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Method in the madness

Method in the madness

By: Kanwal Sibal | Date: 27 Dec , 2012

If it was wrong to invite Pakistan’s interior minister Rahman Malik to India because he prevaricates on investigations into the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks and lets Hafiz Saeed make hate...

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Rehman Malik’s visit: Going by the script

Rehman Malik’s visit: Going by the script

By: Kanwal Sibal | Date: 18 Dec , 2012

All those who have criticized the Indian government’s decision to invite Pakistan’s interior minister Rahman Malik to the country to operationalize the revised liberalised visa regime have...

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