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Mohamed Zeeshan

Mohamed Zeeshan

Mohamed Zeeshan is a foreign affairs columnist and author of “Flying Blind: India’s Quest for Global Leadership.”

Mohamed Zeeshan is a foreign affairs columnist, consultant and author based in Washington, DC. He is a regular writer on international affairs and his key areas of interest are Indian foreign policy, Asian geopolitics and global economics. He has previously served as a consultant to the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations in New York and advised governments in the Middle East on issues of foreign policy and economic reform. Zeeshan has previously written for The Washington Post, The Telegraph and others, and currently writes regular columns on Indian and international affairs for the South China Morning Post and Deccan Herald. His first book, titled “Flying Blind: India’s Quest for Global Leadership,” deals with India’s aspirations and interests as an emerging power and was published by Penguin in 2021. Follow him on X.

Posts by Mohamed Zeeshan
June 07, 2024

What Does a Chastized Modi Mean for the World?

By Mohamed Zeeshan
The Western personalized approach of building rapport with Modi to secure India’s strategic cooperation will have to change.

May 28, 2024

Modi’s India is Already on a Collision Course with the West

By Mohamed Zeeshan
India's democracy was once feted by the West as a model for the developing world. Now, it is increasingly treated as a has-been.
May 06, 2024

India’s Spying Upsurge Can Complicate Security Ties With the West

By Mohamed Zeeshan
Espionage is standard fare for almost all global powers, but China and India stand out for their specific interests in their country's mammoth diaspora.

April 23, 2024

Era of Wars Could Complicate Modi’s Moment

By Mohamed Zeeshan
Unlike on Ukraine, in the Israel-Gaza conflict, India has been rendered an outlier in the developing world, where most countries are in solidarity with Palestine.

April 08, 2024

Why India Might Want to Pursue Transnational Killings

By Mohamed Zeeshan
India increasingly evaluates its own power through its ability to flout global norms and get away with it.

March 25, 2024

How Modi Has Changed Indian Foreign Policy

By Mohamed Zeeshan
In a geopolitically fractious world, the Indian PM has managed to elicit extraordinary support from the U.S. while publicly courting its biggest foes.
March 18, 2024

India Suffering a Quiet Decline in Foreign Direct Investment

By Mohamed Zeeshan
Since 2016, net FDI inflows have fallen from about 1.7 percent of GDP to a little over 0.5 percent, according to the RBI.

February 19, 2024

In Gaza and the Middle East, India’s Risk Appetite Has Increased

By Mohamed Zeeshan
It has been reported that the Israeli army is set to induct Indian-made drones into its surveillance and aerial bombing fleet.

February 12, 2024

India Needs More Federalism

By Mohamed Zeeshan
In a country as vast and diverse as India, centralization or homogenization of any kind – fiscal, political, or cultural – is a recipe for economic failure.

January 23, 2024

In Iran, Jaishankar Practices India’s Strategic Silence

By Mohamed Zeeshan
In a fractious world where disputes appear intractable, India hopes to use its ambiguous silence as leverage to play its partners off of each other rather than offering support to any side.

January 19, 2024

Modi’s Leading Role at Ram Temple Marks a New Indian Republic

By Mohamed Zeeshan
He has set a precedent for Indian PMs to perform religious functions, thereby effectively rendering non-Hindus unelectable for that position.
January 03, 2024

India Turns the Page on Ties with Russia After Ukraine War

By Mohamed Zeeshan
Over the past two years, India was wary of being perceived as aligned with an isolated Russia. That changed during Foreign Minister Jaishankar’s visit to Moscow.

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