Voice from America
The Iran Deal: Is it Hard to Resist?
Amit Gupta · 27 Jul, 2015 · 4902
After much pain and negotiation, the P5+1 and Iran have reached a nuclear deal. Inevitably, the Republicans, along with a set of strange bedfellows consisting of Israel, the Arab states of the Persian Gulf, and even some Democrats, are qu ...
The Battle against FIFA: Combating Corruption or Combating Power Transition?
Amit Gupta · 29 May, 2015 · 4880
The current allegations of bribery and corruption against some executive members of the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA) are important because both national and international sporting bodies have to be effectively ...
Why the Rafale Deal Must be Welcomed
Amit Gupta · 20 Apr, 2015 · 4865
While the naysayers and conspiracy theorists in India have already begun their spin, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has taken the correct decision to buy 36 off-the-shelf Rafales from France rather than wait for the interminable nego ...
Obama’s Rapprochement with Cuba
Amit Gupta · 05 Jan, 2015 · 4795
For the first six years of his presidency President Obama played nice with the Republicans in the hope that they would enact significant domestic policy reforms. Instead, he was met with obstruction and efforts to derail his most signific ...
China's Global Ambition: Need to Emulate Germany
Amit Gupta · 01 Dec, 2014 · 4761
In 1972, Richard Nixon and Mao Zedong signed the Shanghai communique that resulted in a simple but brilliant bargain between the US and China. The US agreed to recognise China and give up propping up the regime in Taipei as the legitimate ...
Mid-Term Elections: So What If the US Swings Hard Right?
Amit Gupta · 04 Nov, 2014 · 4729
The Republican party has won the US senate and added to its majority in the House of Representatives. Optimists think this will usher in a new era of cooperation between the White House and Congress much as what happened when Presid ...
Modi’s US Visit: So Much Promise, Such Little Outcome
Amit Gupta · 06 Oct, 2014 · 4681
September was an eventful month for Mr Modi since he met the leaders of the three countries that are most important to India’s current security and economic calculations - China, the US, and Japan. The anticipation and results of al ...
India and Australia: Beyond Curry, Cricket, and Commonwealth
Amit Gupta · 01 Sep, 2014 · 4639
The Australians used to say that the India-Australia relationship was based on Curry, Cricket, and Commonwealth. While the first two are still relevant, India no longer needs Australia as a gateway to Western economic and political forums ...
And Then There is the Middle East: The Lack of an End-Game
Amit Gupta · 04 Aug, 2014 · 4593
US’ policy towards the turmoil in the Middle East, or the lack of it, is shaped by three factors: traditional ties and alliances that continue in the post-Cold War era; the complex regional environment that has emerged after the so- ...
US and the World Cup: Nationalism without Football?
Amit Gupta · 07 Jul, 2014 · 4546
Once every four years Americans discover football - or as they like to call it, soccer. Yet this temporary attraction to the game has little to do with a real understanding of the global sport but more with the ability to project sporting ...