Much pious noise is being made in New Delhi about the difficulties India is facing in getting other World Trade Organisation members to give it a permanent exemption from the 10% farm subsidy cap under the WTO’s existing agreement on agriculture. Read more

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The Syrian civil war is now a microcosm of everything that is wrong with West Asia. It’s about Shia versus Sunni, Persian versus Gulf Arab, Israel versus Syria, United States versus Russia and China, al Qaeda and Muslim Brotherhood, and so on. Read more

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Everyone in New Delhi knew that the first strategic dialogue between India and the US under Secretary of State John Kerry was going to be a testy affair. Read more

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The Indian National Security Advisor, Shiv Shankar Menon, made a few brief remarks about India’s nuclear weapons programme at the Indian Council for World Affairs on 21 August. Read more

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India could still win one more medal in wrestling, but its present four medal tally still only puts the country at 47th place in the medal rally. Read more

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The United States and Pakistan are in a death spiral of invective and abuse, a good thing for India one would presume. Largely yes but with a little smidgeon of no. Read more

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I have been a long-standing critic of the Indian penchant for buying and hoarding gold. Read more

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Several days ago I was a guest of the Institute of International Strategic Studies at its 2012 geoeconomics conference. Geoeconomics, as its name implies, is the study of political economy that has strategic consequences. And there could not be a more apt place for this than Bahrain, the home of the IISS’s outpost in the Middle East. Read more

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Global Health Strategies, an NGO that works with the Gates Foundation and other groups, recently released a report on the so-called BRICS countries and global public health. Their main point was that the BRICS countries had an increasingly and largely invisible role in world health, especially among the poorest of the poor. Read more

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Pakistan’s economic situation is deceptively sounder than it actually is. It’s public debt is about 50 per cent of GDP. Its external debt is about a quarter of GDP. And it basically told the IMF that it doesn’t need the last $ 3.7 billion tranche of an emergency loan that it had negotiated with the multilateral financial body. Read more

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