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M. K. Bhadrakumar has served as a career diplomat in the Indian Foreign Service for over 29 years, with postings as India’s ambassador to Uzbekistan (1995-1998) and to Turkey (1998-2001). He writes extensively in Indian newspapers, Asia Times and the “Indian Punchline”.

Palestine still remains core issue in Middle East

M K Bhadrakumar | The horrific shooting down of 17 unarmed, peaceful Palestinian demonstrators on Friday by the Israeli security forces has once again underscored that Israel’s...

India doesn’t need a working relationship with US Central Command

M K Bhadrakumar | The Indian media reported that following the 2+2 talks in Washington last week at the level of the foreign and defence...

US lights up pathway to Afghan peace

M K Bhadrakumar |  The Principal Assistant Secretary of State in the US state department’s Bureau of South & Central Asian Affairs, Alice Wells gave...

The beginning of the Sino-Indian romance?

M K Bhadrakumar | Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale has hit the road running, as it were. There isn’t going to be a time lag following...

Russia strongly denounces US policy in Syria as Pentagon continues military...

M K Bhadrakumar | A major speech by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Monday at an international conference on the Middle East turned into...

Pakistan’s critical role in the New Cold War

M K Bhadrakumar | Afghanistan, no doubt, was what brought Pakistani Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif to Moscow on a ‘working visit’ on February 20. This...

Pakistan complicates US’ Afghan mission

M K Bhadrakumar | The horrific terrorist attacks in Kabul during the last fortnight provoked some exceptionally strong remarks from US President Donald Trump. At...

Why US created Afghan transit route?

M K Bhadrakumar | The US President Donald Trump made a significant diplomatic breakthrough in the Afghan war by getting Kazakhstan President Nurusultan Nazarbayev to...

US creates rift among Russia, Turkey and Iran

M K Bharakumar | Five days after Turkey summoned the US charge d’affaires in Ankara to convey its concerns over the US’ continuing support for the Kurdish militia...

Is the Chinese Yuan behind Trump’s anger at Pakistan?

M K Bhadrakumar | The Indian media have ignored the momentous announcement by Pakistan’s central bank on January 2 notifying that it has taken “comprehensive...

What foreign policy will the US adopt in the east next...

M K Bhadrakumar | The leitmotif of the US foreign policy in 2018 is going to be a last-ditch attempt to “contain” Russia’s resurgence on...

India could lose key allies in 2018 amid political unrest

M K Bhadrakumar | The South Block and Prime Ministers Office in New Delhi must anxiously count the nineteen days ahead as they spread the...

Russia to meet ISIS threat from Afghanistan

M K Bhadrakumar | Kulbhushan Jadhav and our “surgical strike 2.0” across the LOC kept the adrenaline flowing in recent days, but it is the regional conference on...

India isolated by One Belt One Road Initiative

M K Bhadrakumar | From the Indian perspective, today’s announcement by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi that Beijing and Islamabad are open to extending the...

Why back-channel diplomacy between Pakistan and India has no future

M K Bhadrakumar | Those who were close to late J. N. Dixit, one of India’s most distinguished diplomats, would know that he had a...

Will India lose anything from voting against the US on Jerusalem

M K Bhadrakumar | It is reasonable to surmise that the Indian decision to vote in the UN General Assembly on Thursday against the US president Donald...

Afghan president, Ashraf Ghani, caught in a feud with Balkh governor?

M K Bhadrakumar | The simmering political feud between Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and governor of Balk province in the north of the country Atta...

India defies US by showing solidarity with Russia

M K Bhadrakumar | In a highly significant diplomatic gesture, India showed solidarity with Russia in the UN General Assembly vote on Tuesday, which condemned...

Will India regret its stance on Jerusalem issue?

M K Bhadrakumar | When India took the pusillanimous stance on Jerusalem issue – for whatever reasons – and shied away from taking an open,...

India refuses to condemn Trump’s Jerusalem decision

M K Bhadrakumar | The cat is out of the bag – the Modi government will not condemn the US President Donald Trump’s announcement recognising...

China to deploy inter-continental ballistic missile by early 2018

M K Bhadrakumar | People’s Daily reported today citing a CCTV program on Sunday that China’s latest inter-continental ballistic missile DF-41 will be deployed in “early...

In Washington, Trump’s line on Syria very influential

M K Bhadrakumar | Some of the confusion as to who sets the US policies on Syria may be clearing up. It seems Trump plays...

Is India eyeing to become a new power in Asia Pacific?

M K Bhadrakumar | Static diplomacy, like stale fish, stinks. Therefore, it is gratifying to see the delightful vagueness of the formulation in Prime Minister...

Trump administration & regional strategy for South East Asia!

M K Bhadrakumar | On the eve of the ASEAN summits in the Philippines, diplomats from the United States, Japan, Australia, and India met in...

APEC signals US’ waning influence in Asia

M K Bhadrakumar | If the APEC forum ever provided a testing ground to estimate how far the United States can resuscitate American power in...

Will Saudi Princes accept MBS crackdown on corrupt officials?

M K Bhadrakumar | Within hours of a decree by the Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz on Sunday announcing the constitution of a new committee...

Will US succeed in creating rifts between Iran & Iraq?

M K Bhadrakumar| The US project to create a rift between Iraq and Iran backfired just a couple of days of its launch from Riyadh...

Iran’s snub to US has meaning for India

M K Bhadrakumar | Only Tehran could have punctured US President Donald Trump’s massive ego with just a delicate deflection by the wrist. It all...

Trump’s flattery won’t work with Xi Jinping

M K Bhadrakumar | The US President Donald Trump was the first world statesman to telephone his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping following the latter’s re-election to...

Chabahar – Some Indian myths and the reality

M K Bhadrakumar | The first shipment of wheat on Sunday from Kandla port to Afghanistan via Iran’s Chabahar Port is cause for celebration in India. A...

US strikes at India-Russia defense ties

M K BhadraKumar | In the post-cold war era, the United States and Russia kept a decent distance vis-à-vis each other while plowing their respective relations...

Division within Palestinian resistant movements

M K Bhadrakumar | The Hamas and Fatah, the two mainstream Palestinian movements, are making yet another attempt at political reconciliation. Prime Minister Rami al-Hamdallah...

What should India expect from Tillerson?

M K Bhadrakumar | The visit by the US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on October 24 will be hugely consequential for India’s relations with...

The ‘secrets’ of Cuban Missile Crisis

M K Bhadrakumar |  History lends itself to re-interpretation when more facts become available or when ulterior motives creep in. There is a surfeit of...

Has Trump’s game plan on Iran been successful?

M K Bhadrakumar |  The US President Donald Trump’s statement on Friday regarding Iran turned out to be high on rhetoric but lacking in substance....

Will Trump’s praise for Pakistan improve ties?

M K Bhadrakumar | The Pakistani elites have shown once again that they can beat their Indian counterparts hands down in sucking up to the...

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