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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”.

US-Iran ties: Has the US kicked the hornet’s nest?

M. K. Bhadrakumar | I have in my personal collection a riveting document relating to the great plunder of the state resources of post-Soviet Russia...

Rouhani’s re-election: No hope for better US-Iran ties, yet!

M. K. Bhadrakumar | Hassan Rouhani’s magnificent victory in Iran’s presidential election, polling as much as 57% of the votes, has once again proved the...

Will Pakistan execute Jadhav before the final verdict?

M. K. Bhadrakumar | The initial reports from Pakistan regarding the International Court of Justice’s interim order on the Kulbhushan Jadhav case give a sinking feeling. If...

Indian media tantalizes Russia over NSG membership: A wave of poor...

M. K. Bhadrakumar | An exclusive story in today’s Times of India claims that India has made Russian projects to construct more nuclear power plants in India...

Has the US created another excuse to strike Syria?

M. K. Bhadrakumar | The US state department held a special media briefing on Monday to highlight that Syrian government is carrying out the mass killing...

How Putin intends to jump on the OBOR bandwagon

M. K. Bhadrakumar | Russia has not been a significant beneficiary so far of the Chinese honeypot known as Belt and Road Initiative – although...

OBOR: Has India lost its ticket to development?

M. K. Bhadrakumar | According to Pakistani press, one highlight of the participation by PM Nawaz Sharif at the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing (May...

Will Trump be left standing alone against North Korea?

M. K. Bhadrakumar | On Tuesday, even as Moon Jae-in got elected as South Korea’s next president, in faraway Oslo, North Korean and American representatives sat...

Rising tensions between the neighbors; Pakistan offers diplomacy to Iran

M. K. Bhadrakumar | Pakistan has scored a hat-trick. On top of the tensions with India that threaten to cascade any moment, and the bloody...

The Butcher of Kabul: Life in times of Gulbuddin “Rocketyar”

M. K. Bhadrakumar | Personally speaking, my ‘encounters’ with Gulbuddin Hekmatyar have not been pleasant experiences. Their setting was Kabul, and the description of him...

Trump’s ‘America First’ reappears centre stage

M. K. Bhadrakumar | The US President Donald Trump’s foreign policy team bears an appearance of being dominated by the military brass. This, in turn,...

How India botched up with Erdogan’s visit?

M. K. Bhadrakumar | The Indian Ministry of External Affairs schedules high-level visits by foreign dignitaries on the basis of clear-cut diplomatic objectives. A visit...

A Restrictive foreign policy: Is India inviting trouble?

M. K. Bhadrakumar | When diplomacy becomes brittle, foreign policies become sub-optimal. India’s diplomacy toward China and Pakistan testifies to it. Dialogue with Pakistan is...

Mother of All Bombs: nothing more than a mere theatrical act...

M. K. Bhadrakumar | The BBC’s first-hand report from the remote site in the southern Afghanistan province of Nangarhar where the US dropped the Mother...

U.S will confront Russia about its role in Afghanistan

M. K. Bhadrakumar | The seething US-Russia rivalry in Afghanistan took a sharp turn with the explosive threat held out by the visiting US Defense...

Why has Ahmedinejad been disqualified from upcoming Iranian elections?

M. K. Bhadrakumar | The ‘known unknown’ in the fateful decision handed down on Thursday by Iran’s Guardian Council on the approved list of candidates...

Back room deal between Trump & China over North Korea?

M. K. Bhadrakumar | A quarter of the way through TV programmes in the weekend on two leading Malayalam channels, it dawned on me that...

After last week’s visit to the USA: China now going to...

M. K. Bhadrakumar | The Chinese Foreign Ministry announced yesterday that the Director of the General Office of the Communist Party of China Li Zhanshu...

Regional dynamics ensure that Erdogan’s ‘rigged’ referendum will be overlooked

M. K. Bhadrakumar | The mystique of democratic elections will never wither away. My late father used to reminisce how agonizing the waiting was in...

China & U.S Alliance to restrain North Korea’s Nuclear ambition?

M. K. Bhadrakumar | The suspense over the possibility of North Korea conducting another nuclear test has dissipated. Almost exactly as Chinese commentators had advised...

So who was the real target of “Mother of All Bombs”?

M. K. Bhadrakumar | The decision by the US commander in Afghanistan, General John Nicholson, to drop the ‘mother of all bombs’ on an alleged...

US Defense Secretary’s clarification over their Syrian actions

M. K. Bhadrakumar | Amidst the contradictory voices from within the US administration regarding Syria over the weekend – American priority in the war (ISIS...

US Secretary of State’s visit to Moscow: new friendship or false...

M. K. Bhadrakumar | The early reports on the US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s talks in Moscow on Wednesday have a positive ring but...

G7 sides with Russia: Unexpected setback to the US?

M. K. Bhadrakumar | The G7 was meant to be an insipid forum that unfailingly followed the US diktat, but the worm is apparently turning....

Real reason why Turkey is not calling for an Investigation into...

M. K. Bhadrakumar | In principle, one country, Turkey, is uniquely placed to ask for an independent investigation into the chemical attack in the northwestern...

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