India buys into deeper, if restrained, US defence ties

Indian prime minster Narendra Modi speaks as US President Barack Obama looks on during a joint press conference at Hyderabad House in New Delhi, India on 25 January 2015. (Photo: AAP).

Author: Editors, East Asia Forum

The dream of the ‘Indo-Pacific’ idea has been peddled around New Delhi over the past few years by military enthusiasts from Canberra to Washington. But the concept of extended US naval and military power stretching across the Pacific to the Indian Ocean, with a land-stop in Australia, augmented by quadrilateral partners and allies in the region was never an easy sell. Read more…

A swell in US–India defence cooperation

Then US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel inspects a Guard of Honour before a meeting with his Indian counterpart in New Delhi, India on 8 August 2014. (Photo: AAP).

Author: Sourabh Gupta, Institute for China–America Studies

On 10–13 April, US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter paid his third visit in just 30 months to India — the seventh by a US Defense Secretary since 2008. The frequency of high-level visits reflects the prominence accorded to New Delhi within the Pentagon’s emerging strategy towards the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. Read more…

Is India holding the line against another TPP?

Demonstrators hold a banner against the signing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) during a protest in Lima, Peru. (Photo: AAP)

Authors: Kyla Tienhaara, ANU and Belinda Townsend, Deakin University

On 2 May 2016, US President Barack Obama published an op-ed in the Washington Post in an attempt to bolster support for the highly controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The TPP has become a political football in the US election primaries, with all of the leading candidates for President expressing their opposition to it.

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Indian jobseekers still waiting for Modi’s ‘good days’

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi talks to media upon his arrival at the parliament house as Indian Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu stands alongside him in New Delhi, India, 25 April 2016. (Photo: AAP).

Author: Rajiv Kumar, Centre for Policy Research

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s promise of ‘good days’ that underpinned his 2013 election campaign is premised on moving India away from its dole-and-entitlement development model to one that empowers youth by generating large-scale employment. In that context, recently released employment figures from the country’s Labour Bureau are alarming. Read more…

Reforming India’s university sector

Author: Mukti Mishra, Centurion University of Technology Management

The Jat reservation agitation has caused considerable social and economic trauma in India, especially in the national capital region around New Delhi. The agitation began as a series of protests in Haryana in February 2016 by the Jat people who were seeking to be included in the list of so-called Backward Classes, which would entitle them to certain affirmative action policies. Read more…

Can India negotiate a new trade strategy?

A villager stands outside her house in Rozajalalpur, near the Noida Extension in the outskirts of New Delhi, India. (Photo: AAP).

Author: Amitendu Palit, NUS

India’s approach in negotiating regional and bilateral free trade agreements (FTAs) is again in sharp focus. Concern is rising over long delays in concluding a number of major agreements India is a part of. Read more…

How Modi changed the India–US relationship

US Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Indian Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar greet each other during a joint news conference in New Delhi, India, 12 April 2016. (Photo: AAP).

Author: Sumit Kumar, Pondicherry University

In the first two years of the Modi government, India and the United States have taken calibrated efforts at the highest political level to transform bilateral relations. It was in this context that the visit of United States Defense Secretary Ash Carter to India on 10–13 April assumed huge significance. Read more…