International Relations : News and Updates

  • India- West Asia
    Context: Recently, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar’s visited Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates. What is the significance of West Asia to India? Socio economic significance: Gulf is a source of oil and a destination for labour exports. The UAE alone hosts nearly three million Indian expatriates and the Gulf as a ...
  • Time for an Asian Century
    Context: In a phase, where the west is adapting to Asian rules, RCEP will have immediate geopolitical and economic implications. India’s challenge will be in securing an ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ in this phase. What is Asian centrality? ‘ASEAN centrality’ rejects the current frame of the West setting the agenda while allowing the West to ...
  • Strategic autonomy in a multipolar world order | 23rd November
    In News: India has adopted Self Reliance as an objective in the post covid world. While it is seen primarily in economic terms (reducing imports, shifting value chains), self-reliance also means strategic autonomy in foreign policy. Strategic autonomy: Strategic autonomy is the ability of a state to pursue its own national ...
  • Global governance
    Context: Analysing the need for common global governance What are the impediments to international cooperation in the 21st century? USA & China: The rivalry between the world’s two largest economies has intensified spreading the fears of a new cold war breaking between them. India – China: The militaries of the two most populous ...
  • India and East Asia Relations | 20th November
    The ASEAN region along with India together comprises a combined population of 1.85 billion people, which is one-fourth of the global population and their combined GDP has been estimated at over USD 3.8 trillion. So the East Asia Region is most important for India and vice versa. About 15th East Asia ...
  • 15th East Asia Summit
    News: India’s External Affairs Minister has represented India at the 15th East Asia Summit(EAS). Facts: The summit was chaired by the Prime Minister of Vietnam. During the summit, countries adopted the Ha Noi Declaration and discussed ways to strengthen the EAS platform and make it more responsive to emerging challenges. Additional Facts: East Asia Summit: ...
  • India’s foreign policy concerns
    Context: Analysing the possible outcomes of the US foreign policy under new president Biden that will concern India Background- India-US relation during Trump years Defence cooperation: India signed all the ‘foundational’ agreements with America and bought billions of dollars’ worth of military hardware from them. Strategic Autonomy: India resisted converting the Quad into a military ...
  • Significance of Biden’s wins
    Context- Impact of Joe Biden’s wins on ties with India. How US-India relations under different administration? Clinton administration- The Clinton years witnessed dip in India and the US bilateral relations. India was pressurized to “freeze, rollback and eliminate” its nuclear programme and to settle Kashmir dispute with Pakistan. Bush administration- George W Bush ensured the ...
  • India-Maldives bilateral relations
    Context- The upcoming visit of Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla to the Maldives and significance of Maldives ‘India out’ campaign. What are the significances of India-Maldives bilateral relationships? India’s Neighborhood First Policy: India announced a financial assistance package of $1.4 billion for the Maldives in the form of budgetary support, currency swap agreements and ...
  • How the US economy and its policy choices likely to affect India
    Context: How a Biden presidency likely to benefit India’s economy More in News “In a democracy, someone who fails to get elected to office can always console himself with the thought that there was something not quite fair about it”-Thucydides 431 BC. What is the Significance of U.S to India’s Economy? Trade: India enjoys a trade ...
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