India, U.S. monitoring defence trade projects

What is the News? India and the United States held the 11th Defence Technology and Trade Initiative (DTTI) group meeting. What is the Defence Technology and Trade Initiative (DTTI)? The DTTI mechanism was launched in 2012. Purpose: To bring sustained leadership focus to the bilateral defence trade relationship and create opportunities for co-production and co-development… Continue reading India, U.S. monitoring defence trade projects

Geo-Economics Of Two Quads

Synopsis: Both Quads offer tremendous opportunities to India. But India has to be cautious and maintain its relations with non Quad countries in the region. Introduction Recently, the US, India, Israel, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) decided to launch a new Quadrilateral Economic Forum to have shared interests in West Asia. India is already a… Continue reading Geo-Economics Of Two Quads

India, Israel, UAE and U.S. launch quad forum

What is the news? Recently, the first meeting of the foreign ministers of the US, India, Israel, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) took place virtually. After the meeting, India, Israel, the United Arab Emirates and the United States have decided to launch a new quadrilateral economic forum. Note: Indian foreign minister has been on… Continue reading India, Israel, UAE and U.S. launch quad forum

India and the new Quad in West Asia

Synopsis: With the new opportunities, India should also prepare for the risks the new Quad (West Asia) will offer. Introduction Trump administration and the Abrahamic accord eased the relations between Israel and UAE. With the proposed Quadrilateral Alliance of India-USA-UAE-Israel and Indian foreign ministries visiting Israel, India would now enter into the high stakes game of… Continue reading India and the new Quad in West Asia

A new global economic consensus

Synopsis: Cornwall Consensus should replace the Washington Consensus. Introduction The world is now facing a future of unprecedented risk, uncertainty, turmoil, and climate breakdown. In this context, a report released recently by the G7 Economic Resilience Panel demands a radically different relationship between the public and private sectors to create a sustainable, equitable, and resilient… Continue reading A new global economic consensus

Aiding Afghans: On G20 meeting on Afghanistan

Synopsis: Owing to the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan the shortage with regard to fund and food availability has multiplied the crisis.  Introduction  At a meeting of G-20 countries, PM of India highlighted about the looming humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan. He also called for the international community to provide Afghanistan with immediate and unhindered access to… Continue reading Aiding Afghans: On G20 meeting on Afghanistan

The sanctions clouds over India US Ties

Synopsis: The debate in the US hovers around the efficacy of CAATSA related sanctions against India. Introduction India is all ready to welcome the delivery of S400 Triumf Air Defence system  from Russia as per the schedule. But this can bring drift between the India-USA relations. There is a possibility of imposing sanctions by the… Continue reading The sanctions clouds over India US Ties

Indian Space Association (ISpA) – Explained, pointwise

For 7PM Editorial Archives click HERE → Introduction Indian Space Association was recently launched by the Prime Minister of India. The industry association will act as an independent and “single-window” agency for enabling the opening up of the space sector to start-ups and the private sector. The tagline of the association is “Bhumandal Se Brahmaand Tak”, meaning from… Continue reading Indian Space Association (ISpA) – Explained, pointwise

How Delhi came to see Europe as a valuable strategic partner

Synopsis: The smaller European states and EU as a block has much to offer to India and vice versa, especially in the context of the EU’s Indo-Pacific strategy.  Introduction  EU is considered as one of the most trusted partners, and therefore it would contribute to a sound and stable partnership.  The recent bilateral meetings with Denmark… Continue reading How Delhi came to see Europe as a valuable strategic partner

U.K. asks India to update climate goals

What is the news?  Recently, the British Prime Minister and Indian Prime Minister had a meeting. The meeting occurred a few weeks ahead of a United Nations climate change summit in the U.K. During the meeting, the British PM urged India to update India’s NDC (Nationally Determined Contribution) targets, besides they also talked about vaccine… Continue reading U.K. asks India to update climate goals

India Joins High Ambition Coalition (HAC) for Nature and People

What is the news? At a ceremony held between the French and Indian governments in New Delhi, India officially joined the High Ambition Coalition for Nature and People. What is the High Ambition Coalition (HAC) for Nature and People? The High Ambition Coalition for Nature and People was initiated at the “One Planet Summit” in… Continue reading India Joins High Ambition Coalition (HAC) for Nature and People

Two day meeting of 30 range countries of Central Asian Flyway begins

What is the news?  Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change has started two days Online Meeting of Central Asian Flyway (CAF) Range countries to strengthen the conservation actions for migratory birds and their habitats in the Central Asian Flyway. Flyways  A flyway is a geographical region within which a single or a group of migratory species completes its annual cycle –… Continue reading Two day meeting of 30 range countries of Central Asian Flyway begins

India and the geopolitics of the moon

Synopsis: Delhi should take a hard look at the emerging challenges to the current space order and its interests on the moon, and develop strategies to pursue them through a national lunar mission. Introduction Space-faring powers are seeking routine access to the moon. Moreover, their attention has now turned to what is called the cis-lunar… Continue reading India and the geopolitics of the moon

An alphabet soup New Delhi need to sift through

Synopsis: India needs to reconsider the plethora of alliances it is in and rationalize them after a reality check. Introduction There are a lot of international, bilateral, multilateral groupings which either became dormant or lose their relevance in today’s scenario. Why these multiple organizations are a cause of concern? At present, there are more than… Continue reading An alphabet soup New Delhi need to sift through

Modi visit to US has helped expand economic cooperation

What is the news? Indian PM has visited the USA last month. The meeting was significant because of the Quad leader summit, 1st bilateral engagement with the present US President and speech at the 76th United Nations General Assembly. Read more: Quad Leaders’ Summit – Explained, pointwise What are the outcomes of the India-USA meet?… Continue reading Modi visit to US has helped expand economic cooperation

A Quad alliance for emerging technology

Synopsis: To counter China’s influence, Quad announced their collaboration in the technology sector. Introduction Recently Quad Summit was held. Under this summit, a separate statement on “Quad Principles on Technology, Design, Development, Governance and Use” has been issued which is independent of the main statement. This signifies the focus of Quad countries on technology. What were… Continue reading A Quad alliance for emerging technology

Eye on China, India looks to step up engagement with Indian Ocean

What is the news? Recently, India held a special training course for 6 Indian Ocean countries Madagascar, Comoros, Seychelles, Mauritius, Sri Lanka and the Maldives. What was the course about? The course includes modules on India’s polity, foreign policy, contemporary maritime issues, humanitarian assistance, disaster relief, international framework under UNCLOS, multilateral and economic diplomacy, diplomatic… Continue reading Eye on China, India looks to step up engagement with Indian Ocean

India quest for a road to Central Asia

Synopsis: India can unlock a lot of economic and geostrategic potential if it can connect with Central Asian nations. Introduction Indian PM in a recently held SCO summit highlighted the importance of Central Asia. He also raised his concern over the connectivity issue with Central Asian countries because of the geographical disadvantage. What are the… Continue reading India quest for a road to Central Asia

India, Australia aim to finalise trade pact by end of next year

What is the news? India and Australia are looking to finalise a Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA) by the end of 2022, which will help expand trade between the two nations. About the CECA between India and Australia Both nations aim to sign an early harvest trade deal that will cover areas of immediate interest.… Continue reading India, Australia aim to finalise trade pact by end of next year

Quad v AUKUS: Anglos & Allies

Synopsis: This article explains the Anglosphere and India’s approach in international relations. Introduction The term Anglosphere includes a grouping of English-speaking countries. There is an aspect to the distinction between AUKUS and Quad that has not received adequate attention. AUKUS centres around the concept of an Anglosphere, but the Quad did not. Must read: AUKUS Security… Continue reading Quad v AUKUS: Anglos & Allies

4th Indo-US Health Dialogue 2021 concludes

What is the News? The Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare has addressed the closing session of the 4th Indo-US Health Dialogue. What is the Indo-US Health Dialogue? Indo-US Health Dialogue is being hosted by India. The dialogue aims to deliberate upon multiple ongoing collaborations in the health sector between the two countries. The… Continue reading 4th Indo-US Health Dialogue 2021 concludes

Germany as a development actor in a post-Merkel area

. Synopsis: The new Chancellor must enable global cooperation policies for a sustainable future with India and the world. Introduction The article highlights what role Germany should play as an important international agent in the fight against global challenges like climate change, fostering global sustainable development in line with the 2030 Agenda of the United… Continue reading Germany as a development actor in a post-Merkel area

Quad Leaders’ Summit – Explained, pointwise

For 7PM Editorial Archives click HERE → Introduction On September 24, at the White House, the first-ever in-person (Quadrilateral Security Dialogue) Quad Leaders’ Summit took place. Following the developments of the first virtual Quad summit of the four leaders in March 2021, this meeting builds upon the intention of the Quad member nations to ensure rules-based order in… Continue reading Quad Leaders’ Summit – Explained, pointwise

India dithered over projecting naval power. Now it’s been pushed to the sidelines of the Indo-Pacific

Relevance: To know about India’s missed opportunities to improve international cooperation. Synopsis This article explains the opportunities that India missed, which ultimately led to the formation of the AUKUS alliance. Introduction Recently, the US, UK, and Australia announced a new trilateral security partnership for the Indo-Pacific named the AUKUS. Recently, the US has clarified that… Continue reading India dithered over projecting naval power. Now it’s been pushed to the sidelines of the Indo-Pacific

The importance of Quad meeting amidst current geopolitical flux

Synopsis: This article explains the previous Quad summit and the performance of Working groups and suggestions to improve Quad further. Introduction The leaders of Australia, India, Japan, and the United States will meet for the first-ever in-person Quadrilateral (“Quad”) summit. It is especially significant as it is set against the backdrop of few important recent… Continue reading The importance of Quad meeting amidst current geopolitical flux

India, UAE launch CEPA negotiations, look to conclude them by year-end

What is the News? India and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have launched negotiations for a Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) aiming to conclude them by the year-end. Both countries expected to reach a mutually beneficial economic deal by building on the progress made under the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership signed in 2017. About India-UAE Bilateral… Continue reading India, UAE launch CEPA negotiations, look to conclude them by year-end

Submarine strategy: Undersea naval prowess is shaping strategic battles, India mustn’t lag behind  

What is the news?  Recently, Australia, US and UK held trilateral security pact named as AUKUS. Under this pact, they are delivering nuclear-powered submarines to Canberra. The aim of the security pact is to counter China’s maritime power in the Indo-Pacific region.  With China as the focus, the strategic-military power plays of the coming decades will be based on naval power,… Continue reading Submarine strategy: Undersea naval prowess is shaping strategic battles, India mustn’t lag behind  

Businesses should give useful inputs for FTA negotiations

What is the news?  Recently, the Commerce Ministry said that the negotiations for India-UK Free Trade Agreement (FTA) will commence from November this year. The governments in both the countries are eager to conclude an interim agreement quickly, but the businesses are yet to warm up to the idea. What are the findings of the study published by… Continue reading Businesses should give useful inputs for FTA negotiations

Explained: The AUKUS agreement to equip Australia with n-subs – About Nuclear Submarines

Synopsis: This article explains the difference between conventional and nuclear-powered submarines. Further also explains India’s nuclear-powered submarines. Introduction Recently a new Trilateral Security Partnership grouping has been formed between the US, UK and Australia (AUKUS) for the Indo-Pacific. As part of this, Australia will acquire nuclear-powered submarines with help from the U.K. and the US within 18… Continue reading Explained: The AUKUS agreement to equip Australia with n-subs – About Nuclear Submarines

AUKUS Security Alliance – Explained, pointwise

For 7PM Editorial Archives click HERE → Introduction A week before the meeting of Quad leaders in Washington DC, the US administration announced a new trilateral security partnership for the Indo-Pacific, between Australia, the U.K. and the U.S. (AUKUS). As part of this, Australia will acquire nuclear-powered submarines with help from the U.K. and the US within 18 months. There is… Continue reading AUKUS Security Alliance – Explained, pointwise

EU unveils Indo-Pacific strategy

What is the News? The European Union has released a new Indo-Pacific strategy for boosting economic, political and defence ties in the Indo-Pacific. Why an EU Strategy for the Indo-Pacific? The Indo-Pacific region is increasingly becoming strategically important for the EU. The EU is already the top investor, the leading development cooperation partner and one… Continue reading EU unveils Indo-Pacific strategy

India’s revamped FTA strategy

Synopsis: Early Harvest Schemes (EHS) as an FTA strategy is misaligned with India’s immediate requirement of an employment-promoting trade policy. Introduction Recent statements from the commerce ministry have indicated that India is going to revamp its Free Trade Agreement (FTA) strategy and that FTA negotiations would be expedited towards early conclusion. The revamped FTA strategy… Continue reading India’s revamped FTA strategy

India’s ‘early harvest’ trade deals could run into trouble

Synopsis: India should be mindful of legal requirements of arriving at an “early harvest” trade deal before signing a full FTA. Introduction India wishes to fast-track its free trade agreement (FTA) negotiations with several countries like the UK, Australia, the European Union, and Canada. It is keen to conclude an “early harvest” trade deal with… Continue reading India’s ‘early harvest’ trade deals could run into trouble

Partners in the Indo Pacific

Synopsis: The ‘2+2’ dialogue between India and Australia will provide substance to an already meaningful partnership. Introduction Recently, India and Australia held the inaugural 2+2 talks. The main focus of the dialogue is to implement the vision of a peaceful and prosperous Indo-Pacific Region. What are the recent developments in India-Australia Relations? Common and shared… Continue reading Partners in the Indo Pacific

India, UK aim to launch FTA negotiations by November 1

What is the News? India and the UK are planning to begin the negotiations on a Free Trade Agreement(FTA) by November 2021. About India-UK FTA India and the UK are planning to sign an interim trade deal by March 2022 which will be followed by a comprehensive Free Trade Agreement(FTA). The interim trade pact would… Continue reading India, UK aim to launch FTA negotiations by November 1

India–Africa Defence Dialogue to be held alongside every DefExpo

What is the News? India has announced that it will hold the India-Africa Defence Dialogue alongside DefExpos once every two years. First India-Africa Defence Dialogue The first-ever India Africa Defence Ministers Conclave (IADMC) was held in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh in conjunction with DefExpo in 2020. It was co-organised by the Ministry of Defence and Ministry… Continue reading India–Africa Defence Dialogue to be held alongside every DefExpo

The Quad must be flexible to counter China’s many strategies across a wide range of issues

Synopsis: The Quad needs to be flexible to counterbalance China across a range of issues, be it Afghanistan or the South China Sea.  Introduction  Quad is now shaping up as a security-plus platform. Recently, India and Australia held their first 2+2 ministerial dialogue. Militaries of the four countries participated in the Malabar joint naval exercise last year. Also, work is underway… Continue reading The Quad must be flexible to counter China’s many strategies across a wide range of issues

‘2+2’ Ministerial Dialogue between India & Australia

What is the News? The ‘2+2’ Ministerial Dialogue between India & Australia was held. What is ‘2+2 Dialogue’? ‘2+2 Dialogue’ is a term adopted in foreign diplomacy that implies a dialogue between two countries’ defence and external affairs ministries.  The goal of the 2+2 dialogue is to facilitate the highest-level dialogue on the bilateral, regional,… Continue reading ‘2+2’ Ministerial Dialogue between India & Australia

Govt-industry talks on proposed FTAs with EU-Australia at premature stage

Synopsis: FTAs are important for boosting exports and India should try to take a step in the right direction by signing mini trade deals. Introduction According to sources from Industries, discussions with the government regarding proposed trade deals with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the United Kingdom (UK) have already kicked off. India hopes… Continue reading Govt-industry talks on proposed FTAs with EU-Australia at premature stage

Free Trade Agreements (FTAs): Challenges & opportunities – Explained, pointwise

For 7PM Editorial archives, click HERE → Introduction The government seems to be resetting its position on trade policy. The Union commerce secretary recently said India would fast-track free trade agreements (FTAs) as the country needs to engage with the rest of the world. Since the world is moving towards bilateral and regional trade arrangements, such deals… Continue reading Free Trade Agreements (FTAs): Challenges & opportunities – Explained, pointwise

Welcome rethink on FTAs

Source: Business Standard Relevance: Significance of International trade to Indian Economy Synopsis: Increasing exports is important criteria for India’s sustained economic growth in the future. Context The government seems to be resetting its position on trade policy. The Union commerce secretary recently said that India would fast-track free trade agreements (FTAs) as the country needed… Continue reading Welcome rethink on FTAs

Nod for Indo-Swiss medical research agreements

Source: The Hindu What is the News? The Union Cabinet has approved agreements between the Indian Council of Medical Research(ICMR) and Swiss research agencies to promote collaboration on diagnostics and antimicrobial resistance. What are the agreements signed? MoU between ICMR and Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND), Switzerland: The MoU aims to strengthen the relations… Continue reading Nod for Indo-Swiss medical research agreements

India conducts first-ever naval combat exercise with Saudi Arabia

Source: PIB What is the News? India and Saudi Arabia conducted their first-ever naval exercise named “Al-Mohed Al-Hindi 2021” exercise. Exercise Al-Mohed Al-Hindi 2021: Exercise Al-Mohed Al-Hindi is a bilateral naval exercise between India and Saudi Arabia.  Purpose: The exercise will showcase the reflection of growing defence and military cooperation between India and Saudi Arabia.… Continue reading India conducts first-ever naval combat exercise with Saudi Arabia

Years after Indo-US nuclear deal, very little progress on n-deal projects

Source: Indian Express Relevance – Nuclear energy Development in India. Synopsis: A picture of the slow progress of greenfield projects under the Indo-US nuclear deal. Current scenario of some projects. Background Signed in 2005, the 123 agreement signed between the United States of America and the Republic of India is known as the Indo-US nuclear… Continue reading Years after Indo-US nuclear deal, very little progress on n-deal projects

India, Sri Lanka and Maldives to collaborate on security

Source: The Hindu What is the news? India, Sri Lanka and the Maldives have agreed to work on “four pillars” of security cooperation, in a recent virtual meeting of top security officials of the three countries. Background The discussion comes nine months after India’s National Security Adviser visited Colombo for deliberations with the Secretary to Sri… Continue reading India, Sri Lanka and Maldives to collaborate on security