Mohamed Zeeshan

Mohamed Zeeshan

Mohamed Zeeshan is editor-in-chief of Freedom Gazette and a writer for The Diplomat. He has previously served as an adviser to the Indian delegation to the United Nations in New York.

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The View | China’s growing control of global minerals supply leaves the US in the dust

With Washington distracted by political crisis at home, Beijing has steadily invested in the inevitable shift away from fossil fuels towards green energy. China’s control today of key minerals such as lithium and cobalt leaves the world with little option but to depend on it for at least the medium term.

With Washington distracted by political crisis at home, Beijing has steadily invested in the inevitable shift away from fossil fuels towards green energy. China’s control today of key minerals such as lithium and cobalt leaves the world with little option but to depend on it for at least the medium term.

1 Dec 2021 - 6:45AM
Opinion | Is the Aukus alliance a sign of a US pivot away from India?

India’s difficulties at home and strategic hedging abroad threaten to engender a trust deficit with Washington. If Delhi wants to increase its relevance in the region and guard against being overshadowed within the US-led security sphere, it must first fix its domestic failings.

India’s difficulties at home and strategic hedging abroad threaten to engender a trust deficit with Washington. If Delhi wants to increase its relevance in the region and guard against being overshadowed within the US-led security sphere, it must first fix its domestic failings.

2 Oct 2021 - 8:45AM
Opinion | How coronavirus and the China threat have Modi seeking peace on India’s western front

Overtures to Pakistan, Kashmir and the Taliban are a significant shift in Modi’s foreign and security policy. If he is to sustain peace for any length of time, he will have to overcome significant trust deficits with groups Hindu nationalists have vilified.

Overtures to Pakistan, Kashmir and the Taliban are a significant shift in Modi’s foreign and security policy. If he is to sustain peace for any length of time, he will have to overcome significant trust deficits with groups Hindu nationalists have vilified.

27 Jun 2021 - 8:45AM
Opinion | Why India’s coronavirus vaccine failure should humble its foreign policy

At a time when India needs all the help it can get, its insecure, aggressive posturing is bizarre and counterproductive. India should focus on building its state capacity, and its foreign policy should make the world a partner in that effort.

At a time when India needs all the help it can get, its insecure, aggressive posturing is bizarre and counterproductive. India should focus on building its state capacity, and its foreign policy should make the world a partner in that effort.

19 May 2021 - 9:15AM
Opinion | China or the US-led Quad? Why India must pick a side

The Quad’s investment in India’s vaccine manufacturing capacity shows the grouping could be a long-term partner in solving India’s developmental challenges. But New Delhi’s multi-alignment strategy might undermine the Quad’s willingness to invest in India.

The Quad’s investment in India’s vaccine manufacturing capacity shows the grouping could be a long-term partner in solving India’s developmental challenges. But New Delhi’s multi-alignment strategy might undermine the Quad’s willingness to invest in India.

30 Mar 2021 - 8:30AM
Opinion | Myanmar coup a chance for India to champion a new global agenda

India’s inconsistent foreign policy has alienated neighbours, with China becoming the default option for counterbalancing its primacy in South Asia. The lack of advocates for state-building gives India a chance to lead efforts in Myanmar and solidify its global standing.

India’s inconsistent foreign policy has alienated neighbours, with China becoming the default option for counterbalancing its primacy in South Asia. The lack of advocates for state-building gives India a chance to lead efforts in Myanmar and solidify its global standing.

15 Feb 2021 - 10:15AM
Opinion | US pivot away from Indo-Pacific strategy a worrying sign for India’s future

India’s challenge will be to keep Biden committed to the Indo-Pacific, which means it must make itself more relevant to the US and its allies. Delhi should consider a more proactive policy in the South China Sea and vocally oppose Chinese militarisation.

India’s challenge will be to keep Biden committed to the Indo-Pacific, which means it must make itself more relevant to the US and its allies. Delhi should consider a more proactive policy in the South China Sea and vocally oppose Chinese militarisation.

1 Jan 2021 - 10:28AM
Opinion | India’s rejection of RCEP and free trade will make it poorer and less relevant

The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership was an opportunity to recapture India’s success through economic liberalisation. Instead, it now finds itself isolated and has compromised its influence in the region.

The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership was an opportunity to recapture India’s success through economic liberalisation. Instead, it now finds itself isolated and has compromised its influence in the region.

23 Nov 2020 - 8:47AM
Opinion | India is caught between the need for good China relations and rising public anger

India is using cautious rhetoric in the hope of easing tensions with China and maintaining the East-West balancing act. However, public outrage over a number of issues, including Indian soldiers dying in Ladakh, is complicating diplomacy.

India is using cautious rhetoric in the hope of easing tensions with China and maintaining the East-West balancing act. However, public outrage over a number of issues, including Indian soldiers dying in Ladakh, is complicating diplomacy.

26 Oct 2020 - 10:15AM
Opinion | What US allies in Asia need from the next American president

Asian nations, for whom the Chinese threat is closer to home, would welcome a return to the US’ long-standing foreign policy traditions and global leadership instead of the transactional approach favoured by Trump.

Asian nations, for whom the Chinese threat is closer to home, would welcome a return to the US’ long-standing foreign policy traditions and global leadership instead of the transactional approach favoured by Trump.

6 Oct 2020 - 6:48AM
Opinion | Why India’s bid to bring Russia into the Indo-Pacific initiative is unwise

Russian involvement in the Indo-Pacific will help India avoid making tough choices in the US-China face-off and could induce a split between Moscow and Beijing. However, given close Russia-China military and economic ties, this is unlikely to happen.

Russian involvement in the Indo-Pacific will help India avoid making tough choices in the US-China face-off and could induce a split between Moscow and Beijing. However, given close Russia-China military and economic ties, this is unlikely to happen.

25 Aug 2020 - 4:16AM
Opinion | India could lead a middle-power response to China in the Asia-Pacific

The recent border stand-off has prompted India to rethink its policy on China. As the US proves to be an unpredictable ally, India must speak up for other Asia-Pacific nations while eschewing the trade protectionism that has curtailed its influence.

The recent border stand-off has prompted India to rethink its policy on China. As the US proves to be an unpredictable ally, India must speak up for other Asia-Pacific nations while eschewing the trade protectionism that has curtailed its influence.

21 Jul 2020 - 6:10AM