S. Nihal Singh

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American roulette

Despite the show of Arab nations’ support in expanding the military strikes on Islamic State targets in Syria, there is a sense of international foreboding over President Barack Obama’s gamble. Many shrewd observers believe that the United States is re-entering dangerous territory and is involving itself in another unwinnable war in a region that has proved its graveyard.

A Sino-India high five

The loud signal coming from Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to India is that his country will work on two parallel trajectories, economic and political, and the two will diverge and sometimes converge.

war clouds hover over Ukraine

While Russia and Europe are on collision course over Ukraine, there is playacting on all sides. This is a prelude to the most serious East-West crisis since the end of the Cold War. But beyond the tough postures being adopted by both sides lies the future of Russia as a power of substance in Europe and the world.

Israel: A confirmed apartheid state

Peace is at the best of times a tenuous proposition in relation to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Even as the world hopes the new indefinite ceasefire that has brought 50 days of bloodshed to an end will last, the real causes of the conflict have been put to the side, rather than resolved.

Cold warriors in the corridors of power

It is widely acknowledged that relations between the West and Russia have never been as bad as they are since the end of the Cold War. The reason, of course, is Ukraine, but beyond it lie the implied conflicting interests of the two sides.

Erdogan, the new Ataturk?

The election — the first-ever direct election — of Recep Tayyip Erdogan as President of Turkey is an event of seminal importance because it portends a future that teeters on greatness as it does on a disturbing trend towards authoritarianism.

Uncle Sam blind to Palestine

The enormity of Palestinian civilian deaths and suffering is making even jaded statesmen and countries sit up. The United States administration, the main supporter and arms and money supplier of Israel, is stiffening its statements, criticising its ally.

Contours of a new Cold War

While the tug of war over the downing of the Malaysian plane over troubled Ukraine continues against the background of the carnage in Gaza, the contours of a new Cold War are emerging.

Contours of a new Cold War

While the tug of war over the downing of the Malaysian plane over troubled Ukraine continues against the background of the carnage in Gaza, the contours of a new Cold War are emerging.

A growling asian tiger

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has passed his first test in participating in a multilateral summit.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted the Indian diaspora in New York with a grand promise: “India will touch new heights.” The crowd of 20,000 Americans of Indian origin erupted in re

Egos or simple ambition? Expediency or strategy? Betrayal or good, old-fashioned politics? What lies behind the big splits in Maharashtra, virtually at the 11th hour before the elections?