Each year, the 40 odd officers at the Senior Command Training Course at the Indian Army War College at Mhow fly in speakers to give them a lowdown on facets of United States strategic policy. It’s always disorienting to be in an Indian military establishment. It’s almost like a reverse desi universe. Everyone is Indian to the hilt, but they are not merely on time to all appointments, they arrive early. Read more

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I ran into Don Brash in Sydney airport several days ago. Brash is a free marketeer of renown, former central banker of New Zealand and missed becoming the country’s ruler by one seat.

But what we spoke about was a less-known feather in his cap – how he spearheaded New Zealand’s rise as the kiwifruit superpower. Read more

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Last week I was in Australia to share some thoughts about the growing rivalry between great powers in Asia. The Down Under denizens I met were fearful – though largely about losing the Ashes to the Pommies. But there is a reason why Oz Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has been speechifying about “Asian regional architecture” – because countries like Australia and Singapore worry that the big boys are getting too belligerent. Read more

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