Ep. 717: Breathing New Life into India-Russia Relations

The first-ever Russia-India 2+2 summit took place on the 6th of December, 2021. With 28 agreements signed between the two strategic partners during the meeting, the outlook for the relationship is largely positive. In recent years, Russia’s relationship with China and India’s relationship with the US has complicated the dynamics between India and Russia. Aditya Pareek and Aditya Ramanathan discuss the various points of divergences and rapprochement between New Delhi and Moscow.

Read Aditya Pareek’s Kommersant article on the India-Russia 2+2 summit here.

Ep. 695: The EU’s Arctic Strategy and India

Last month, the European Union (EU) came out with a publication detailing its strategy for the Arctic. The focal points of the strategy are the implications of melting permafrost on geopolitical developments, biosecurity, digital connectivity, and a push for sustainable energy for the region. Ruturaj Gowaikar and Aditya Pareek discuss the strategy, its background and the opportunities it may contain for the EU to cooperate with India and Russia in the Arctic region.

Link to sources mentioned in the episode:

  1. Full text of the EU Arctic strategy document
  2. Aditya Pareek and Ruturaj Gowaikar’s Opinion piece in HT
  3. CSIS report on the impact of climate change on Russia’s Arctic ambitions
  4. CGTN/Xinhua article on losses to Russian infrastructure because of permafrost melting

Ep. 686: A Practical Agenda for the Quad

The Quad grouping has launched several new initiatives over last few months. While this is an encouraging development, there are concerns that the grouping has way too many items on its plate. Which of these areas should the Quad prioritise and why? Listen in to Hayley Channer, Senior Policy Fellow at the Perth USAsia Centre in conversation with Pranay Kotasthane to find out.

Hayley is the author of a new report titled Roadmap to Quad Success: Practical Recommendations for Action and Sustainability which provides a novel framework for Quad engagement.

For further reading:

  1. Hayley Channer’s report Roadmap to Quad Success: Practical Recommendations for Action and Sustainability
  2. Pranay’s paper on the Quad semiconductor partnership
  3. Fact Sheet of the Quad Leaders’ Summit in September 2021

Ep. 629: The Far Side of the Indo-Pacific

Japan is a major pillar of the Indo-Pacific strategic vision and has a seat at the table when security in the region is discussed. However, Japan’s interests and anxieties vis a vis the Sea of Japan and Pacific Russia are rarely part of the discussion despite their implications on the Indo-Pacific. Aditya Pareek joins Yoshihiro Inaba to discuss Japan’s Self Defence Forces and the international law dimension to all parts of the Indo-Pacific.

Yoshihiro Inaba is a freelance writer living in Japan. He is particularly familiar with Japan’s Ground, Maritime, and Air Self-Defence Forces. He currently writes for multiple Japanese military magazines as well as for Naval News, a France-based web media outlet. He is one of the few young military writers in Japan and is currently a student studying international law (especially self-defence and use of force) at a Japanese graduate school.

#70: भारतीय विदेश नीति: आधारस्तम्भ और प्रभावस्त्रोत

[iframe src=’https://webplayer.adorilabs.com/e/ISYf5V9mhOwEeSSP’ width=’100%’ height=’304′ frameborder=’0′ scrolling=’no’ allow=’autoplay’] Why is India’s foreign policy the way it is? What are the principles and interests underlying India’s relationship with the world? What influence has the colonial rule had over India’s foreign policy conduct? Listen in to this puliyabaazi on foreign policy with Dr Aparna Pande (@Aparna_Pande) to find …

Foreign Policy is a Big Deal

So much of the lives of common people depends on the relationships between nations. But is foreign policy an arcane subject, meant only for wonks and elites? No! Pranay Kotasthane and Manoj Kewalramani join Amit Varma in episode 170 of The Seen and the Unseen to demystify international relations.

Understanding the India-Pakistan Conflict

What are the hidden dynamics of the India-Pakistan conflict? What are the possible ways of resolving it? Historian and foreign policy analyst Srinath Raghavan joins Amit Varma in episode 111 of The Seen and the Unseen to discuss the game theory and geopolitics of this messy situation.

Swords Into Ploughshares

Two recent developments in the international arena are connected by a pair of cufflinks: the US withdrawal from the INF treaty and India’s first deterrence patrol with a nuclear submarine.

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India in the Nuclear Age

India as a nuclear power is a different force from what it was before we went nuclear. Lt Gen Prakash Menon joins Amit Varma in episode 80 of The Seen and the Unseen to describe how War and Statecraft have been redefined by nuclear weapons.