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Mohamed Zeeshan

Mohamed Zeeshan

Mohamed Zeeshan is Editor-in-Chief of Freedom Gazette and author of “Flying Blind: India’s Quest for Global Leadership.”

Mohamed Zeeshan is a policy analyst and Editor-in-Chief of the Freedom Gazette, a policy advocacy site based in India. He is a regular writer on international affairs and his key areas of interest are Indian foreign policy, international political economy and economic development. 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 economic reform and state-building. Zeeshan has previously written for The Diplomat, The National Interest, India Today and others, and currently writes regular columns on Indian and international politics for the Deccan Herald. He holds a Master’s degree in International Affairs from Columbia University where he also edited the Columbia Journal of International Affairs. Follow him on Twitter.
Posts by Mohamed Zeeshan
May 18, 2022

Sri Lanka’s Meltdown Puts China’s Strategic Influence in Jeopardy

By Mohamed Zeeshan
The decline of the Rajapaksas has adversely hit Chinese fortunes in the Indian Ocean island and sullied its image among other Belt and Road partners.

May 03, 2022

EU Hedges Its Bets by Turning to a Difficult India

By Mohamed Zeeshan
To be a viable economic alternative to China in the long run, India needs to achieve sustained growth, build an export base, and ensure social harmony and political stability.
April 19, 2022

Biden’s Problem With India

By Mohamed Zeeshan
On an array of issues and norms of importance to the Biden administration, India’s position is more akin to that of China than the US.

April 05, 2022

India Rolls out Red Carpet for Russian Foreign Minister

By Mohamed Zeeshan
The West has warned India of consequences if it helps Moscow circumvent sanctions but this has not gone down well in Delhi

March 21, 2022

China Has a Huge Strategic Opening With India

By Mohamed Zeeshan
While differences between the U.S. and India have widened, Beijing and New Delhi have made similar statements on the Ukraine conflict.

March 01, 2022

Can Modi’s India be an Ally of the West?

By Mohamed Zeeshan
In recent years, Washington and New Delhi have unprecedentedly been at odds with each other over democratic values.
February 14, 2022

India Keeps Floating Away From Its Quad Partners

By Mohamed Zeeshan
On several critical geopolitical issues, including Myanmar, Ukraine, and North Korea, New Delhi’s position is different from that of the other Quad countries.

February 02, 2022

Modi’s Latest Budget Sets Out His Long-Term Vision for India

By Mohamed Zeeshan
Investment on infrastructure has been hiked by 35 percent over last year, indicating that this sector is the government’s first-choice job creator.

January 21, 2022

India Needs to Get Real About the Instability in Myanmar

By Mohamed Zeeshan
India's biggest diplomatic asset is its potential role as a mediator between the West and the Tatmadaw.

January 10, 2022

It’s Advantage China in the Indian Ocean

By Mohamed Zeeshan
Wang Yi’s visits to the Maldives and Sri Lanka signal Beijing’s priorities fairly clearly: it's focusing on South Asia and the Indian Ocean.

December 15, 2021

How Bangladesh’s Liberation Shook Up South Asia

By Mohamed Zeeshan
After 1971, there were expectations that South Asia would move on from religious nationalism – but the region has gone in the opposite direction.
December 13, 2021

Biden’s Exclusive Democracy Summit Disappoints

By Mohamed Zeeshan
By embracing some countries and excluding others, the US has squandered an opportunity to unite South Asia – at least ideologically – against Beijing.

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