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Bouquet of Thorns and Roses: Comprehending the Past, the Present and the Future of the India-US Relations
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Bouquet of Thorns and Roses: Comprehending the Past, the Present and the Future of the India-US Relations

Harmonious relations between India and the United States is inevitable, but the US must not take India for granted and respect its sovereignty and integrity unconditionally. India and the US are strategic partners, not seeking a complete convergence but managing differences by ensuring a continuous dialogue and crafting new opportunities. While Indian and American policies are at variance in countries such as Myanmar, Iran, and Afghanistan, China is the one interest that brings the two countries together. There is no doubt that the degree of rapprochement between India and the United States, especially from New Delhi, will largely depend on the situation in China−India relations. Russia’s increased alignment with China as a result of the Ukraine crisis only complicates India’s abil...
Understanding AUKUS: The Submarine Deal, Restraining China and Geopolitical Implications
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Understanding AUKUS: The Submarine Deal, Restraining China and Geopolitical Implications

Despite its indifference towards AUKUS, India will welcome the arrangement to support a free and open Indo-Pacific in light of the increasingly assertive attitude of China in the region. India’s concerns regarding "encirclement" by China may also be partially mitigated by AUKUS. The unparalleled rise of China has been one of the most notable geopolitical phenomena. It espouses greater ambitions, and under the leadership of President Xi Jinping, a newly assertive China is pursuing a sophisticated strategy that exploits all elements of state power to strengthen its position in the world. Across much of the Indo-Pacific region, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is using military and economic coercion to bully its neighbours. This predatory conduct increases the risk of conflict. Ev...
Unfolding Canada’s Indo-Pacific Strategy
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Unfolding Canada’s Indo-Pacific Strategy

India and Canada's all-around cooperation in various sectors can mask the niggling issues between the two. As India’s energy needs increase day by day, Canada can serve as a reliable energy source. Recently Candian FM’s visited India for a continued reset in India-Canada ties after a freeze between 2020-2022. Freeze was over a number of issues including attacks on Indian-origin people and establishments by Khalistani groups in Canada, Canadian comments over India’s farmer protests and India’s cancellation of diplomatic talks in response. In 2022, New Delhi objected to Canada permitting a Khalistani secessionist “referendum” and hit back with an advisory against travel in Canada that warned against hate crimes. Apart from encouraging investment from Canadian funds, both ...
Air India-Airbus-Boeing deal: Showcasing the might of India and Indian businesses
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Air India-Airbus-Boeing deal: Showcasing the might of India and Indian businesses

A year after becoming a part of the Tata group, Air India on Tuesday said it had placed an order for 470 planes: 250 with European plane maker Airbus and 220 with American giant Boeing — the world’s largest ever single-tranche aircraft purchase. The order comprises 40 Airbus A350s, 210 Airbus A320/321 Neos; 20 Boeing 787s, 10 Boeing 777-9s widebody aircraft and 190 Boeing 737 MAX single-aisle aircraft. The A350 aircraft will be powered by Rolls-Royce engines and the B777/787s by engines from GE Aerospace. All single-aisle aircraft will be powered by engines from CFM International. The deal is also a welcome boost for Britain’s Rolls-Royce, whose Trent XWB engines power Airbus’s A350 jets. It will also create 450 manufacturing jobs in the UK, where Airbus designs and builds the...
Chinese ‘Spy’ Balloon Spooks US; China Warns Of “Necessary Response” after the US shoots down the Balloon!
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Chinese ‘Spy’ Balloon Spooks US; China Warns Of “Necessary Response” after the US shoots down the Balloon!

An interesting event unfolded between the USA and China on Friday as a suspected Chinese surveillance balloon was spotted drifting over the northern U.S. skies. While the floating object’s current flight path is headed towards "a number of sensitive sites," Pentagon spokesman Brig. Gen. Patrick Ryder said the balloon does not present a significant risk to intelligence and that the military decided against shooting it down. "We are confident that this high-altitude surveillance balloon belongs to the [People’s Republic of China]," a senior defence official said, per the report. This incident has also delayed the scheduled trip of secretory Blinken to Beijing.  The US President Biden has reportedly taken Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley’s advice "not to tak...
Russia-Ukraine War – Zelensky’s visit to the US, Latest Developments and Possibility of Peace
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Russia-Ukraine War – Zelensky’s visit to the US, Latest Developments and Possibility of Peace

With the Russia-Ukraine war reaching the year mark, the article analyses its present status, latest developments, and possible outcomes in 2023. The 24th of February 2022 was the most unstable day for Europe and the world after World War II, as Russia began its 'special operation' in Ukraine. 2022 as a whole saw various developments, from early negotiations in Belarus to a counter-offensive, the grain deal to the Crimean attack, Russia taking 4 provinces, the Kherson retreat to the notable event of President Zelensky's visit to Washington during the last week of December. This was special as it was the first visit by President Zelensky outside Ukraine since the special operation began. Developments on the Russian side As the war crosses 300 days with no sign of negotiations a...
Social Media: How ‘free’ is it?
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Social Media: How ‘free’ is it?

The over-extensive use of social media and technology in global politics today highlights the delicate balance between ethical, just and unbiased reporting. The infamous Twitter Files revealed how the micro-blogging platform concealed the scandal during the 2020 presidential election in the US. India has also gotten into troubled waters with social media giants (especially Meta and Twitter) over their respective definitions of freedom of expression and speech. The impacts that national and international political segments have on this advanced media also pose a threat to the information distributed—or rather concealed. Democracy is renowned as the beacon of independence, providing a glimpse at a just and fair modern society with the freedom to vote, to be voted, and to express ours...
Macron’s visit to Washington – Attempt to stop a Trade War among Euro-Atlantic nations?
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Macron’s visit to Washington – Attempt to stop a Trade War among Euro-Atlantic nations?

This visit by Macron to Washington further signifies his aspirations of becoming the main representative and leader of the EU. This visit can also be seen as an attempt by both countries to resolve the differences after the AUKUS deal, in which France was sidelined by the UK and the USA. Macron's visit provides an insight into the present economic issues surrounding the EU and the USA, along with the geopolitics that dictates the ties between the two regions. France and the United States are important strategic allies of the Euro-Atlantic, and since times they have been shaping the security in the region. In an attempt to further bolster the relations between the countries, French President Macron visited Washington last week and was wholeheartedly welcomed by US President Biden. T...
The USA’s volte-face on Venezuela – Advantage Venezuela or a pawn to tide over the oil crisis? 
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The USA’s volte-face on Venezuela – Advantage Venezuela or a pawn to tide over the oil crisis? 

With the US resuming its oil operations in Venezuela, this article aims to understand the reasons, aftermath, and geopolitics of the US easing sanctions on Venezuelan Oil. Venezuela, a country situated in the northern part of Latin America on the shades of the Andes and which holds the world's largest reserves of oil, is known for its economic and political instability. It shares an unwelcome relationship with Washington with a history of differences with various regimes of Venezuela, including the incumbent one. But the relations took an interesting turn as the United States decided to resume its oil operations in Venezuela recently. The United States has also said that it would look to reduce the sanctions imposed on Venezuela and has also stated that this move won't...
Foreign Workers on US Bases Subjected to Abusive employment practices: ICIJ Investigation
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Foreign Workers on US Bases Subjected to Abusive employment practices: ICIJ Investigation

(Image credit: ICIJ) Foreign workers for defense contractors on at least four U.S. military bases in the Persian Gulf are trapped in their jobs by abusive employment practices that they say prevent them from returning home or even looking for better work in the region, more than 30 current and former workers said in interviews with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ). Many of the thousands of migrants employed on Persian Gulf bases have had their passports confiscated, been saddled with onerous debts after paying illegal recruitment fees or been denied “release papers” required under local laws, according to the interviews as well as court records and government documents showing that such abuses, which appear to violate U.S. regulations, have been repea...