Big Picture, GS-2, International Relations, Uncategorized

Indo-US Strategic Ties: Where Is It Heading?

The relationship between India and USA which has been on an upward curve for some time is further seeing an upward trend. The crucial LEMOA (Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement) recently signed by both the countries is a significant step towards strategic and defence ties. What does the Agreement mean? It provides for automatic approvals… Continue reading Indo-US Strategic Ties: Where Is It Heading?

GS-2, International Relations, Uncategorized

India now a ‘major defence partner’

The Hindu Issue India-US relations. Key points US now considers India as its ‘major defence partner.’ This classification will allow India to buy more advanced and sensitive technologies from the U.S. This move will be complemented by India’s entry into the Missile Technology Control Regime, an exclusive club that restricts trade in sensitive defence technologies.… Continue reading India now a ‘major defence partner’

GS-2, International Relations, Uncategorized

India, US and an eastward tilt

Indian Express Issue India-US foreign Policy Context Author has raised a question that, Why does India-US military cooperation not include northern Arabian Sea and Persian Gulf — a region of great importance for India’s security? Background The US is pressing India to sign a number of what it calls “foundational agreements” to operationalise India’s military… Continue reading India, US and an eastward tilt

Editorials, GS-3, Indian Economy, Uncategorized

‘Make in India’ not at cost of IPR: US

The US Trade Representative’s annual Special 301 report, that identifies trade barriers to U.S. companies and products due to a foreign government’s intellectual property regime, has placed India on the Priority Watch List, the same as last year. What is special 301 report? Under Section 301 of US Trade Act, the office of US Trade… Continue reading ‘Make in India’ not at cost of IPR: US

Editorials, GS-2, International Relations, Uncategorized

Raja-Mandala: Aligning with the far to balance the near

Issue How India should calibrate its relationship with US and China Expert Analysis Policymakers in the foreign policy believe that expanding the military partnership with the United States might have huge negative consequences for Delhi’s engagement with Beijing. Thus they form US policy on the basis that, what China would think of it. But the… Continue reading Raja-Mandala: Aligning with the far to balance the near

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India-US Logistics Support Agreement

India and the US have signed an in-principle agreement for sharing military logistics. The agreement will give two nations access to logistic support from each other besides refueling and birthing facilities. The US has also made it clear that if India wants transfer of high end technology, it needs to sign three foundational agreements. These… Continue reading India-US Logistics Support Agreement

GS-3, Indian Economy, Uncategorized

Trading charges

Article Link In February, 2016, U.S. President Barack Obama signed the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015. The focus of the law is to enhance enforcement of IPR over the U.S.’s trading partners. It introduces important measures relating to intellectual property rights (IPR) issues. This law is expected to impact India’s ability to… Continue reading Trading charges

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What are LSA, CISMOA and BECA agreements?

Scope of discussion What do we mean by LSA, CISMOA & BECA – Back2basics terms Why the US wants India to sign them? Mains & Interview Why was India averse to signing these pacts? Mains What is Defense Technology and Trade Initiative (DTTI)? Prelims & Mains What are LSA, CISMOA and BECA agreements? Welcome to the world of 3 foundational… Continue reading What are LSA, CISMOA and BECA agreements?

Big Picture, GS-2, International Relations, Uncategorized

India US defence cooperation and Make in India Initiative

US defence secretary Aston Carter visited India last week  and discussed ways of enhancing previous  defence initiatives,and  signed new agreements like logistical exchange of memorandum of agreement which  entails the militaries of two nations to share facilities for refuelling, supplies and spares. Various agreements which also promote Make in India initiative were also proposed. Make… Continue reading India US defence cooperation and Make in India Initiative

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Four corners of a good deal

Article Link The U.S.-Japan-India trilateral has gained momentum in recent years, with regular meetings and a variety of collective exercises. This proves that India has begun to exert its leadership in the Asia-Pacific region. But, it is not possible for India to be a world leader or an Asian leader without first being a South… Continue reading Four corners of a good deal