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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
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.

July 17, 2022

Does the US Have Patience for the Middle East Quad’s Geopolitical Differences?

By Mohamed Zeeshan
Lacking a shared perception of who or what constitutes a threat, I2U2 leaders drew up a largely non-militaristic agenda during their virtual summit last week.
June 19, 2022

Can India Help ASEAN Escape Superpower Rivalry?

By Mohamed Zeeshan
The Southeast Asian bloc hopes that India will help maintain the regional balance of power and slowly wean it off its trade dependence on China.

June 08, 2022

Why the Muslim World Is Turning on India

By Mohamed Zeeshan
Derogatory comments by BJP leaders on Islam and Prophet Muhammad have drawn public ire and calls for boycott of Indian goods in several Muslim countries.

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

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