Foreign Policy

Foreign Policy

Shifting Alliances in Middle East

While the defeat of ISIS has been lauded in the media as it will bring an end to the misery of the Iraqi’s who suffered at the hands of terrorists and were displaced, however, presence of a myriad of actors in the Iraq, the precarious reconciliation process, intertwining interests will have deeper repercussions for the political landscape of the...

Dhaka’s “Shaky” Foreign Policy

The recent exodus of hundreds of thousands of Rohingyas from neighboring Myanmar to escape UN described “ethnic cleansing” has revealed the sorry weakness of foreign policy of Bangladesh in a rather sordid manner. With an aggressive Hindutva regime in Delhi, who often steps up anti-Muslim hostility whenever an opening is offered, Dhaka is facing one of the most difficult...

Trump’s ‘America First’ Policy

Since President Trump assumes the office, “America First” slogan, has been on road to becoming the basis of his foreign policy too. Already, ultra-nationalism dominates Trump’s personality when it comes to looking at the world affairs. There is a lot of hue and cry inside America on Trump’s nationalist, values-neutral, anti-refugee, anti-immigration, and anti-free-trade ideology. Right from his election campaign,...

Russo-Saudi Rapport and Shifting Power Epicenter

The waning U.S. supremacy and emerging multi-polar structure have imparted strategic and economic ripples in foreign policies of the different states. Multiple states of different regions started to redesign their priorities to place themselves appropriately in emerging power structure. As a result, the possibilities of multiple emerging poles have increased manifold. China’s rise, Russian resurgence, Indian growth and shifting...

The Saudi-Russian Amity

Marking his first state visit to Russia, King Salman landed with a retinue of 200 delegates making it the largest ever foreign delegation to visit Moscow. Welcoming him at the Kremlin, President Putin said, "This is the first visit by a Saudi Arabian monarch in the history of our relations and that in itself is a landmark event. I'm...

Swedish Feminist Foreign Policy

The state of Sweden has set a unique example by adopting a ‘feminist foreign policy’ for the first time in the history of international relations. In the fall of 2014, Swedish foreign minister Margot Wallstrom declared that Sweden would follow a feminist approach in its foreign affairs. Interestingly, she faced a state of certain confusion and misperception at both...

NATO’s Relevance and Europe’s Search for an Alternative

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) came into being to guarantee security to the war-torn Europe after the most devastating war in human history called “World War II.” It was precisely meant for containing “Communist” threat from the former Soviet Union. The “Warsaw Pact” was the response to NATO during the height of cold war by the Soviet Russia....

US-Russia Relations 2017: Wither detente?

Donald Trump’s ascendance to power in Washington renewed hopes of US-Russia détente. Such expectations were inevitable owing to his views about Vladimir Putin and faith in US-Russia cooperation as expressed during the election campaign. However, the probability of thaw in relations seems less likely in the backdrop of renewed US sanctions on Russia and subsequent Russian call for the...

Saudi-Iranian Rapprochement: Prospects and Implications

The Middle East is a region of strategic importance not just in its interactions and politics but in the international realm; the region has always been volatile and is prone to wars and conflicts. These wars and conflicts determine many interests and policies of regional and foreign powers. It can be claimed that the region comes with some circumstances...

Shadows of Doklam Crisis on BRICS Summit

The BRICS Summit 2017 of Xiamen clearly had a historical significance. It pointed out for the first time in nearly three centuries that the West can no longer monopolize global economic and political activities. The South and East are definitely uniting to undermine the remnants of Western power by first seeking to establish a non-Western financial system. As the rapprochement...

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