Melkulangara Bhadrakumar

Former career diplomat in the Indian Foreign Service. Devoted much of his 3-decade long career to the Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran desks in the Ministry of External Affairs and in assignments on the territory of the former Soviet Union.  After leaving the diplomatic service, took to writing and contribute to The Asia Times, The Hindu and Deccan Herald. Lives in New Delhi.

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August 2, 2019
A Second ‘Arab Revolt’ Is Overdue in Middle East

It must have come as a shocking reality-check for Saudi Arabi and the UAE that Trump who had a marvellous “war dance” with King Salman hardly two years ago in Riyadh and has locked in the two counties to the standoff with Iran, has lately switched attention to their bête noire, Qatar.

July 26, 2019
Modi’s Ship Hits the Kashmir Iceberg

India’s strategic ambivalence in the contemporary world order, characterised by growing multipolarity, is becoming increasingly untenable. Modi’s forthcoming visit to Russia in September and the visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping to India in October will provide significant pointers to the Indian policies in the changing regional and international milieu.

January 12, 2019
Is Trump Starting His Own War, Finally?

Chancelleries as far apart as Paris, Berlin and Moscow – and, most certainly, Ankara, Tel Aviv and Tehran – are sensing that a paradigm shift is under way.

December 4, 2018
Putin Initiates Trilateral Summit with India and China

The RIC dialogue mechanism is supposed to be an indispensable element of multilateral net diplomacy that can provide gravitas to the processes leading toward establishment of a fair world order.

November 29, 2018
Turkey’s Hour of Reckoning in Syria

The overall US strategy is to encircle Turkey and Iran and to control Baghdad and Damascus – and eventually to make Russian presence in Syria untenable.

November 22, 2018
Trump Goes Easy on Saudi Arabia but Crown Prince Should Be Worried

America’s moral authority has suffered grievously as a result of the Khashoggi affair. And this will have negative repercussions for the US’ standing globally and in particular for Trump’s campaign against Iran.

November 15, 2018
US Can Avoid Afghan Quagmire with Russia’s Help

The Moscow conference should be seen as a lifeline that helps the US to avoid an Afghan quagmire. The regional states welcome it.

November 6, 2018
Saudi Regime Survives but Enters the Time of Troubles

Former Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer’s disclosure completely transforms the narrative about Khashoggi’s death and it is bound to be hugely consequential.

October 29, 2018
Istanbul Summit on Syria Was a Success but Caveats Remain

Generally speaking, Russia and Turkey are in command as of now. Their own equations are good but there are grey areas, too. The importance of close coordination between Russia and Turkey cannot but be stressed.

October 27, 2018
Trump and the Khashoggi Conundrum

Iran is already bracing for a grim winter ahead and on Wednesday, it broke its silence on the Khashoggi affair by lambasting both Riyadh and Washington. Tehran appears to have given up any hope of a moderation in Saudi policies.