International Relations

India’s Rising Trade Imbalance

The Free Trade Agreement (FTA) refer to the cooperation between at least two countries to reduce trade barriers like import quotas and tariffs to increase trade of goods and services with each other. How does FTA’s work? The free-trade agreement aims at reducing barriers to exchange so that trade can grow as a result of specialisation, division of labour, and most importantly […]


2+2 Dialogue and COMCASA

Recently, the first 2+2 dialogue between India and the US was held in New Delhi. India and the United States have agreed to Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement (COMCASA) pact on the sidelines of the 2+2 dialogue. What is 2+2 dialogue? 2+2 dialogue was agreed between India and U.S. during the visit of PM Narenda […]

US Sanctions against Iran

New sanctions were imposed on Iran by the United States over Iran’s Ballistic Missile Test. This has affected ties between the two countries which saw gradual improvement over a couple of years. The sanctions target thirteen people and twelve companies including groups in China, Lebanon and the United Arab Emirates. These sanctions were enforced in […]

India’s Soft Power

Power has always been the central point in all security studies in international relations. Power is the ability to achieve one’s goals or capacity to influence the decision of others to get favourable outcomes. Nations have made use of both hard power i.e. use of force and soft power i.e. using cordial relations with other […]

Tokyo-Beijing Commercial Rivalry and India’s Opportunities

Although there is no military-to-military conflict between Beijing and Tokyo, yet there are signs of emerging rivalry between the two. To what extent this rivalry can work in India’s advantage? Discuss.