Australian Prime Minister Julia Guillard deserves a small prize for her persistent wooing of India. Despite the fact that it is the turn of an Indian prime minister to visit Australia, she decided to forget the protocol and come to New Delhi anyway. Sensible, given that the last time an Indian prime minister went to Australia was an absurd quarter of a century ago. Read more

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The Maldivian political crisis is a suitable reminder of how difficult it is to run a sphere of influence. This archipelago nation should be a snap for New Delhi. Read more

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Japan is on the nuclear brink, the jasmine revolution is withering and the Indian parliament is in an uproar over a Wikileak document about how money was used to buy votes in favour of the Indo-US nuclear deal. Having immersed myself all day in these issues, I will write about something completely different. Read more

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In the Zone

In the capital of Western Australia for my second stint at the local university’s In the Zone conference, I’m reminded again how much the country’s only Indian Ocean facing state is determined to seek a worldview distinct from that of the more populous bits of Australia that face the Pacific. Read more

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The appointment of the Khanal government in Nepal, accomplished after xx number of failed attempts at installing a prime minister, is broadly seen in New Delhi as a positive. Read more

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Indians take deserving pride in their space programme – the odd failed rocket launch notwithstanding. Read more

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Why Holbrooke is a model for diplomats of an aspiring power.
What, I am occasionally asked, is so great about Richard Holbrooke? Read more

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US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton just gave a speech on US foreign policy and the world at large at the Council for Foreign Relations. Read more

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The next Economist, or at least the Asian one, is going to have “Contest of the Century: India versus China” as its cover. Read more

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Flitting in and out of the recent Advance Australia meeting in New Delhi, I was asked to speak about global citizenship. The audience, mostly Australian diaspora living in India, were interested in down-to-things like India’s impossible visa system for foreign residents and the like. Read more

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