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Pakistan’s “deep state” helped Imran Khan claim electoral victory. Can he confront it, for the country’s sake?
Read Foreign Policy staffers’ reviews of recent releases on the political fallout of the global financial meltdown, the notion of nationhood, the history of U.S. trade politics, France’s role in the Rwandan genocide, India’s rise, and social media’s role in modern conflicts.
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NEW YORK: The US has “no role” in the resolution of the Kashmir dispute between India and Pakistan despite Islamabad seeking third party intervention by Washington, a top American South Asia expert has said.
NEW YORK: China’s deep support and investment in Pakistan create challenges for India and increasingly the “Pakistan issue is part of the China issue” in the broader range of topics in the India-US agenda, a top American expert has said.
India’s $2.6 trillion economy last year became the world’s sixth largest, outstripping France, and with a projected GDP growth rate of between 7% and 7.5%, it could become the fifth largest, larger than that of the U.K. And yet, while the country’s economic clout has been growing, it still has been unable to secure permanent membership on the U.N.
Our Time has Come: How India is Making its Place in the World by Alyssa Ayres Oxford University Press, 360 pp., 2018. In a February 2018 article for War On the Rocks, political scientist Paul Staniland warned US policymakers against “excessive optimism about India’s ability”. “India is a hard-pressed power,” Staniland continued, “facing deep domestic…
Visiting Mobutu’s Zaire in 1975, V S Naipaul met “bright and friendly” people who believed “that with the economic collapse of the West … the tide is running Africa’s way”. Many of these people, Naipaul feared, “awakening to ideas of history, a knowledge of injustice and a sense of their own dignity, will find themselves unsupported by their society”.
India is realizing its place on the world stage in ways that it never has before; now it’s up to its peers to clear a more prominent seat at the table for the world’s largest democracy. That was the message of Alyssa Ayres, senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, who stopped at Indian …
NPR’s Robert Siegel talks with Alyssa Ayres of the Council on Foreign Relations about why President Trump urged India to take a greater role in the regional approach to the conflict in Afghanistan. ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: President Trump spoke of a regional approach to the conflict in Afghanistan last night, including a pledge to further develop the U.S.
C. DONALD JOHNSON, OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS, 664 PP., $34.95, APRIL 2018 DURING THE U.S. CIVIL WAR, in the midst of one of the country’s many protectionist benders, a man named Joseph Wharton successfully lobbied for high tariffs on imported nickel. It made sense for him: He owned the nation’s only working nickel mine.
Ayres needs no introduction to those who follow international affairs. Our Time Has Come: How India is Making Its place in The World by Alyssa Ayres OUP, pp 360 Rs 695. India’s sense of destiny and its quest for greater global prominence has spawned a cottage industry of books which can be categorised as good, bad and indifferent.
The Trump administration is taking a different approach to answering India’s economic questions, feels Alyssa Ayres
Council on Foreign Relations Senior Fellow Alyssa Ayres on a stronger alliance and the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue. Photo Credit: Getty Images.
The Buck Stops Here broadcasts from Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York where the historic meeting of G4 – India, Brazil, Germany and Japan – hosted by Prime Minister Modi made a strong push for the reform of UN Security Council and underscored India’s bid for a permanent seat at the UN body.
Over ‘chai pe charcha’, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama have cleared the slips between the cup and the lip on the India-US nuclear deal. The External Affairs Ministry says, “The deal is done”. On this special programme, we debate: has PM Modi made a big political statement by succeeding where Manmohan Singh failed?
Ivanka Trump in Hyderabad: Big boost to India-US dostana?
Alyssa Ayres is the senior fellow for India, Pakistan, and South Asia at the Council on Foreign Relations. We spoke to her about Narendra Modi, the Indian economy, and how the world’s largest democracy can assume its rightful place on the global stage. Read her piece on the geopolitical meaning of cricket here.
India has long desired to be counted among the world’s top powers, an aspiration that is finally at hand. In her latest book – Our Time Has Come: How India is Making Its Place in the World – Alyssa Ayres, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, explains that while on the path to becoming a recognized great power, India has not fully abandoned its past policy positions.
On The Buck Stops Here, we focus on PM Narendra Modi’s visit to the US. We look ahead at his address to the joint sitting of the US Congress and also decode the Indo-US joint statement. Is there some confusion at climate change commitments at India’s end and what progress has been made on India’s pitch for membership of Nuclear Suppliers Group?
Alyssa Ayres is senior fellow for India, Pakistan and South Asia at the New York-based Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). Her latest book, Our Time Has Come: How India Is Making Its Place In The World, is aimed at acquainting American readers with Asia’s third-largest economy.
Despite its crystalline beaches and breezy palm trees, the island nation of the Maldives is not in a state of paradise at the moment. The South Asian archipelago is experiencing turmoil after its president, Abdulla Yameen, declared a state of emergency following a Supreme Court ruling that he felt threatened his leadership.
In 1927, Mahatma Gandhi wrote a rejoinder to a book by American historian Katherine Mayo, known for her racist views on Anglo-Saxon superiority, contempt for all other races, and her belief that ‘negroes’ must not be released from slavery nor Indians from British imperialism.
India-China ties a ‘Cold War-like’ relationship in making, says ex-US diplomat Alyssa Ayres – Firstpost
Washington: India and China have a “Cold war-like” relationship in the making but New Delhi is unlikely to join something framed as a US-led front to contain Beijing, a former American diplomat has said.
ALYSSA AYRES IS a South Asia specialist at the Council on Foreign Relations, an American think-tank. In her previous role as the US deputy assistant secretary for South Asia in the Barack Obama administration, Ayres had a ring-side view of events in one of the most challenging parts of the world from an American foreign …
India has started 2018 with a flurry of activity that showcases its growing strategic importance on the global stage. Earlier this week, Narendra Modi became the first Indian prime minister in more than 20 years to attend the World Economic Forum in Davos, delivering a speech that championed democracy, globalization, and international cooperation to combat terrorism and climate change.
NEW DELHI-Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi prepares this week to address global business and political leaders in Davos, Switzerland, as his country passes France and the U.K. to become the world’s fifth-largest economy, underscoring the South Asian nation’s drive for recognition as a great power.
Once poverty-stricken and reliant on international aid, India opened up its economy in the early 1990s and has since seen steady, sometimes remarkable, economic growth. Today, by most measures, India is one of the world’s largest and fastest growing economies.
Alyssa Ayres landed in India during her junior year in college. Decades later, she’s still going back. She is the senior fellow for India, Pakistan, and South Asia at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). Previously, she’s served at the State Department. From 2010 to 2013 she served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia.
SOMETIME IN 1994, PV Narasimha Rao and Bill Clinton met for lunch during the Prime Minister’s visit to the United States. The Soviet Union had dissolved some years earlier and India was without a powerful friend in the international arena. The pragmatic Rao had quietly begun the process of rebuilding relations with the US.
subscribe to The NPR Politics Podcast podcast The White House has suspended all U.S. security assistance to Pakistan, and is calling on Pakistan to deny safe haven to extremists who are undermining Afghanistan’s government. ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: The Trump administration is sending a clear message to Pakistan – crack down on terrorism or lose hundreds of millions of dollars in U.S.
When India won independence in 1947, there was every hope that it would join the ranks of truly consequential nations within a generation or two. Instead it proved to be an eye-popping economic laggard for 41/2 decades, shutting its markets to the world and passing the years in an autarkic trance, while other emerging nations left it far behind.