Neocon regime change in Gaza will complicate ‘two-state solution’

President of Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas with UK prime minister Rishi Sunak (L)  at Cairo, October 20, 2023 The world-wide condemnation of Israel’s horrific violation of international humanitarian law is not deterring its military operations in Gaza. In remarks on Monday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu dismissed the calls for ceasefire, saying these “are calls for …

India’s solidarity with Israel is untenable

The UN General Assembly held an extraordinary session to discuss the situation around Gaza Strip, New York, October 28, 2023 India’s muscular diplomacy, an attribute of the present government, has run into heavy weather. Body blows from multiple sources — spat with Canada; Maldives’ triumphalism about evicting Indian servicemen;  China-Bhutan normalisation, etc. — testify to …

US diplomacy lost traction in Middle East. Isolating Iran no longer possible.

Russia’s Dy Foreign Minister & Special Envoy Mikhail Bogdanov (C) held talks with Iran’s Dy Foreign Minister Ali Bagheri Kani and Hamas’ head of International Relations Mousa Marzouk, Moscow, Oct. 26, 2023  The US President Joe Biden is convinced that one of the reasons why Hamas launched the attack on Israel was because of the …

No takers for a West Asian war but war seems inevitable

For the first time since Gaza crisis began, Chief of Staff of Iranian Armed Forces Gen. Mohammad Baqeri engaged with Russia’s Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu on October 19, 2023. There is no question that smart power enhances foreign policy. Since the notion of “smart power” entered international diplomacy some two decades ago, a major regional power, …

Ouster of the populist-nationalist government in Poland is highly consequential

Massive Polish opposition rally ahead of Sunday’s election, Warsaw, October 1, 2023 There is no question that Sunday’s surprising vote in Poland is going to be the most consequential election in Europe this year. It is a game changer for Poland’s democracy and a tipping point geopolitically for the European Union, the Ukraine war and …

Netanyahu is an albatross around India’s neck

Palestinian children and a rare white dove with an uncertain future amidst the ruins of Gaza City following horrific Israeli air strikes.  One week has passed since an explosive situation erupted in West Asia around Israel. India’s famously loquacious External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar is maintaining deafening silence. That is not befitting the Vishwaguru (world …