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Blame Nawaz

Nobody but nobody doubted where Nawaz stood on India. The only difference opinion-wise lay in whether he was viewed sympathetically or somewhat derisively for still, in a third stint, being unable to wrest any space from the boys. So Nawaz had two options: either split the difference between Modi and the boys in Ufa or wait a few months more and let the outside pressure build on Modi. He chose to be greedy. Or hasty. Or, sadly, just plain stupid.

You can see what he was going for — a commitment to get Modi in Islamabad next year for Saarc. You can see how a Modi visit would be a triumph for Nawaz. You can also see why Nawaz is such a bad foreign minister.

Read Here – Dawn

India’s Strained Romance Revolution

In India, notions of dating and love are transforming. More young people than ever expect to chose their own partners, but joblessness and other economic woes prevent them from taking control of their own lives. And that makes India’s sexual revolution a rather tense affair.

Read Here – Foreign Affairs

Who’s Sergei Lavrov?

Lavrov, at age 63, is already the longest-serving of Russia’s post-Cold War foreign ministers. Hard-drinking, hard-charging, a relentless and smart negotiator who has by turns infuriated and impressed his many diplomatic interlocutors over the years, he has come, more than anyone perhaps aside from Putin himself, to personify Russia’s return to the world stage.

Read Here – Foreign Policy

Burma Has Far To Go

An iron law of effective diplomacy is that if you make public demands, your credibility depends on sticking to them. European Union foreign ministers saw fit to ignore that lesson yesterday when they formally lifted all sanctions on Burma except an arms embargo. Last year, the same ministers said this step would only be taken if President Thein Sein’s regime met four conditions. He would have to release all political prisoners, allow the delivery of aid throughout Burma, resolve the country’s remaining ethnic insurgencies, and improve the “status” and “welfare” of the Muslim minority, known as the Rohingyas.

Read Here – The Telegraph, London

China Stresses Peaceful Development After US Report

China stressed its adherence to peaceful development in response to a U.S. intelligence report predicting that China will surpass the United States to become the world’s largest economy before 2030.

“China will unswervingly pursue a way of peaceful development. China’s development aims at making greater contributions toward peace and development of mankind, as well as a happy life for its people, instead of overwhelming others or scrambling for world dominance,” said Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei.

Hong made the remarks at a regular press briefing while commenting on the report “Global Trends 2030: Alternative Worlds” issued on Monday by the U.S. National Intelligence Council, an analytical arm of the government’s Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

The report said China’s economy is likely to surpass that of the United States a few years before 2030; however, it added that China may not replace the United States on a global level. “Despite the remarkable achievements made since reform and opening-up, China is still the world’s biggest developing country and has a long way to go in realizing socialist modernization. We have a clear understanding of that,” the spokesman said.

Read Here – China Daily

India’s Foreign Minister resigns; Cabinet Reshuffle Likely To Include Young Leaders

The cabinet reshuffle likely this Sunday will include a restructuring of the Congress party as well to prepare for upcoming crucial assembly elections, according to party leaders aware of the developments.

The cabinet reshuffle may see a group of young leaders entering government, two Congress leaders said, declining to be named.
External affairs minister S.M. Krishna stepped down from his post on Friday ahead of the reshuffle, indicating changes are likely in key departments. Information and broadcasting minister Ambika Soni is likely to take up a role in the Congress party chief Sonia Gandhi’s inner circle, one of the Congress leaders said.

The Currency of Power

Earlier this year, Bob Carr, Australia’s foreign minister and a longtime friend of the United States, observed with Aussie clarity: “The United States is one budget deal away from restoring its global preeminence.” He added a caution: “There are powers in the Asia-Pacific that are whispering that this time the United States will not get its act together, so others had best attend to them.”

Carr’s insight — that the connection between economics and security will determine America’s future — is sound and persuasive. Yet ever since the rise of “national security” as a concept at the start of the Cold War, economics has become the unappreciated subordinate of U.S. foreign policy. Today, the power of deficits, debt, and economic trend lines to shape security is staring the United States in the face. Others see it, even if America does not.

Read Here – Foreign Policy

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