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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
November 15, 2021

South Asia Is Caught in a Majoritarian Whirlpool

By Mohamed Zeeshan
The pandemic, rising prices and food shortages have thrown up challenges for governments, and majoritarianism is an easy way to divert public attention from domestic woes.

November 04, 2021

There’s a New Quad in Town: India, Israel, US, UAE

By Mohamed Zeeshan
As part of the Middle East quad India will garner support from other member countries for its own interests but it might be forced to get off the fence on crucial and sensitive geopolitical debates.
October 18, 2021

How China Uses Development Finance Strategically in South Asia

By Mohamed Zeeshan
Since the launch of the Belt and Road Initiative in 2013, Beijing has remade the idea of development aid.

October 01, 2021

India Still Has an Opportunity With Vaccine Diplomacy

By Mohamed Zeeshan
Several countries that received Chinese vaccines are questioning its efficacy and pricing.

September 20, 2021

India’s Confused Approach to Afghanistan

By Mohamed Zeeshan
New Delhi will need to institutionalize scenario planning in foreign policy making if it is keen to shape global events.

September 07, 2021

Can India Engage With the Taliban?

By Mohamed Zeeshan
While domestic politics and moral compulsions pull India away from the Taliban, its strategic interests will push it to engage with the new government in Kabul.
August 17, 2021

India Must Champion the Cause of Afghan Refugees More Inclusively

By Mohamed Zeeshan
Even as it leads global action on Afghanistan at the UNSC, India must salvage its own credibility as a hospitable destination for asylum seekers.

August 03, 2021

India Should Articulate a Clearer Commitment to Tibetans

By Mohamed Zeeshan
New Delhi’s frequent flip-flops on political engagement with the Tibetans will not help it cultivate Tibet as a bargaining chip against China.

July 20, 2021

India Should Talk to China About Afghanistan

By Mohamed Zeeshan
Like India, China is concerned that Taliban-ruled Afghanistan could be a safe haven for Islamic militants.

July 06, 2021

External Concerns are Driving Modi’s Kashmir Strategy

By Mohamed Zeeshan
New Delhi’s crackdown on Kashmir since August 2019 has turned the global spotlight on the human rights situation there.

June 02, 2021

India Should Help Smaller Powers Lead Regional Cooperation in South Asia

By Mohamed Zeeshan
If New Delhi wants to keep Beijing out of its backyard, it has to step up regional cooperation in South Asia.
May 19, 2021

India Must Rethink Its Pandemic Vaccination Strategy

By Mohamed Zeeshan
The country must ditch its tech-centric approach and instead draw from its past successes in mass vaccination.

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