Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) & Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) – India’s Membership

Reading Time: 7 mins Since conducting its second nuclear tests in 1998, India had adhered to a self-imposed commitment to “No First Use” of nuclear weapons on another country. However, on August 16th, 2019, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh had hinted that in future India’s “no first use” policy “depends on circumstances”. Following this episode, the Defence Minister had effectively reduced the already bleak chances of India becoming a member of the Nuclear Suppliers Group. However, in the current situation, it matters very little for India as it already has the necessary benefits it needs to expand and operate its nuclear programme.

Vienna Convention on Consular Relations – ExplainedPREMIUM 

Reading Time: 6 mins On 17th July 2019, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) had delivered its final verdict on the Kulbhushan Jadhav Case between India and Pakistan. With a 15-1 majority decision in India’s favour, the ICJ held that Pakistan had violated its obligations under the 1963 Vienna Convention on Consular Relations. This case is a clear victory for India. Yet, the ICJ can provide only limited remedies for India. This brings into question the uncertainty about Jadhav’s detention and his pending death sentence.

India-ASEAN Relations: Evolution, Challenges & Recent Developments

Reading Time: 8 mins Recently, India had dropped out of the RCEP deal since the outstanding issues like India’s major trade deficit with countries in RCEP, lack of assurances on market access and the other nations’ insistence on keeping 2014 as the base year for tariff reduction was not addressed. These above-mentioned issues can lead to negative effects on the Indian farmers, MSMEs and dairy sector. This incident reflects India’s limitations when it comes to the diplomatic ties with the ASEAN nations despite the recent efforts taken through the Act East Policy. Addressing the existing issues with the ASEAN nations is vital for India’s national interest.

BRICS – Objectives, Significance, Challenges & OutcomesPREMIUM 

Reading Time: 8 mins The 11th BRICS summit was concluded in November 2019 in a subdued manner. There weren’t any remarkable pronouncements and had largely gone unnoticed. Yet, BRICS meeting confirmed that the group thought as the challenger of the G7 group, was still together and taking efforts to build consensus for the future despite the current challenges faced by the member nations.

Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) – Why India Opted Out?

Reading Time: 5 mins First Published: Feb 8, 2019 Updates* India’s participation in the mega-trade agreement, Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) has long been debated and sentiments around the subject are quite divided and divergent. Critics warned that India must exercise caution before signing RCEP which goes far beyond trade liberalisation to impose a common set of rules on …

WTO Dispute Settlement Mechanism Issue: Reasons & Implications

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This year, over 20 developing nations had met in New Delhi to look into ways to prevent the World Trade Organisation’s dispute resolution system from becoming defunct. The WTO dispute settlement mechanism is currently going through a crisis as the body is struggling to appoint new members to its highly understaffed Appellate Body. If this is not addressed soon, the Appellate Body may become redundant in the future.

Group of 7 (G7): Countries, Summits, Significance, CriticismPREMIUM 

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The 45th G7 summit was held for three days at Biarritz, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was a special invitee to this annual summit between the 7 major world economies. This invitation is seen by many as the recognition of India’s growing importance in global politics. Joint communiqué was not issued at the end of this meeting. This shows the growing differences between the member nations and also the growing inefficiency of the G7 in recent times.

The Outer Space Treaty & the Weaponization of Space

Reading Time: 4 mins Presently, we are at an era that sees increased human influence that extends beyond the Earth’s atmosphere. Even our daily actions are under the influence of the technologies that exist in outer space. This includes our daily telecommunications, favourite TV shows, etc. They are under the influence of the satellites that exist in the outer …