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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
January 19, 2023

Japan’s Military Resurgence Takes the Heat off India

By Mohamed Zeeshan
The rise of alternative military partners means that the U.S. doesn’t need to press New Delhi to align with it on sensitive geopolitical issues or against China or Russia.

January 03, 2023

Forget the Taliban and Help the Afghan People Instead

By Mohamed Zeeshan
The international community must prioritize evacuating and settling Afghanistan's embattled female population at the earliest possible opportunity.
December 13, 2022

India Is Squandering Its Two Big Advantages Over China

By Mohamed Zeeshan
The BJP government’s communal politics at home has divided the Indian diaspora and undermined Bollywood’s soft power appeal.

November 17, 2022

Can India Make the G20 Relevant Again?

By Mohamed Zeeshan
In a world that is now defined by geopolitical fissures, New Delhi will need to get the grouping to focus on its economic agenda.

November 11, 2022

Can India Rein In Putin’s Worst Impulses in Ukraine?

By Mohamed Zeeshan
It is hard to see how India can influence the Russian president, given its military and economic dependence on his country.

October 19, 2022

With Pakistan, America is Back Between a Rock and a Hard Place

By Mohamed Zeeshan
Given India's inability and unwillingness to counter China on matters of strategic importance to the US, Biden is now reaching out to Pakistan on at least a limited scale.
October 03, 2022

A Combative India is Hitting Back Abroad

By Mohamed Zeeshan
Irked over Canada allowing a referendum on Khalistan to take place, India hit back with a travel advisory cautioning against increasing hate crimes in Canada.

September 19, 2022

Despite Difficulties, SCO Underscores Growing Indian, Chinese and Russian Convergence

By Mohamed Zeeshan
Among other things, India shares with Beijing and Moscow concern over the U.S. increasingly weaponizing the dollar.

September 01, 2022

Indian FM Speaks Hard Truths on India’s Foreign Policy Goals

By Mohamed Zeeshan
Despite the use of language that would please the US, Jaishankar’s speech reflected a worldview that sounded similar to China's.

August 16, 2022

China’s Taiwan Strategy Could Impact India’s Economy

By Mohamed Zeeshan
Last year, India-Taiwan bilateral trade was worth an estimated $7 billion, with the two countries considering a free trade deal and working towards creating a semiconductor manufacturing hub in India.

August 01, 2022

Reform is No Longer the Biggest Drag on India’s Economic Ambitions

By Mohamed Zeeshan
Frequent communal clashes will deter global businesses from committing long-term investments in India.
July 25, 2022

Russia is Gaining an Indo-Pacific Foothold Through Myanmar

By Mohamed Zeeshan
While the West continues to try to isolate and punish Russia for the war in Ukraine, elsewhere Moscow is widening its reach and influence.

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