From table-top exercise among Quad countries to setting up a training centre in India to a stinging statement by its Joint Working Group last week, counter-terror has emerged as a bold area of strategic convergence between New Delhi and Washington.
The India-UK defence collaboration has enhanced in recent years to strengthen combined expertise across a range of fields, including counter-terrorism operations. Highlights: The UK and India have taken part in several joint exercises, agreements and dialogues to boost defence and counter-terrorism cooperation – one of them being the UK’s Royal Air Force’s participation in India’s Exercise Indradhanush. Such joint exercises are a crucial aspect of the India-UK defence cooperation, which is set for a spike in a post-Brexit scenario as [...]
A strategic expert emphasises that steady cooperation on counter-terrorism could be the key to a successful bilateral strategic partnership between the UK and India. Highlights: Continued cooperation on counter-terrorism remains a key area of collaboration for stronger UK-India strategic partnership. Both UK and India have reiterated their call for Pakistan to bring the perpetrators of the 2008 Mumbai terror attack to justice. India and the UK also participate in the ‘No Money for Terror’ Ministerial Conference. A regular exchange of [...]
Asoke Mukerji, formerly India’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, makes a note of the various areas that the UK and India can collectively work on in the context of a reformed and dynamic UN. Highlights: Cooperation between India and the UK in the future evolution of UN peacekeeping is a practical way of ensuring the effectiveness of UN peacekeeping operations. An area where they must collaborate more actively to create a more dynamic and responsive UN is in the [...]
In the wake of the recent clashes between India -Pakistan at the United Nations General Assembly, a strategic expert analyses if status quo is the only realistic option available to both sides. The chances of India’s relationship with Pakistan being reset appear low for the foreseeable future. While most commentators on both sides are perfectly aware that their differences will only be resolved through dialogue, short-term political imperatives combined with the absence of any mutually-agreed means by which any dialogue [...]
The first-ever 2+2 dialogue between foreign and defence ministers of India and the US has resulted in a closer strategic relationship but adding an economic component to the talks could add heft to this very important bilateral relationship. The much anticipated and twice-delayed 2+2 dialogue between the Indian External Affairs and Defence Ministers and the US Secretary of State and US Secretary of Defence has answered several questions that had been exercising the global strategic community. All of them are [...]
Indian Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi recently concluded a visit to the UK for the India-UK Home Affairs Dialogue to collaborate on issues such as counter-terrorism. The India-UK Home Affairs Dialogue was set up during British Prime Minister Theresa May's visit to India last November. The first meeting took place in New Delhi in May and the latest meeting was co-chaired in London in July by Mehrishi with UK Permanent Secretary Philip Rutnam. India used the meetings to exchange ideas in the field on [...]
Manpreet Vohra took charge as the Indian Ambassador in Afghanistan last year and has already presided over some high-profile bilateral developments. The former Joint Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has solid credentials behind him to handle the rigours of his latest diplomatic posting, also having served in the Indian High Commission in Pakistan. He took time out for ‘India Global Business’ to address some pressing questions as well as take stock of ties with Afghanistan, where India has invested over $2 billion in aid and reconstruction.