Rishi Gupta

ICSSR Doctoral Fellow, Center for South Asian Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

Mr Rishi Gupta is an Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) Doctoral Fellow at the Center for South Asian Studies, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Kathmandu based Asian Institute of Diplomacy and International Affairs. He has completed his MPhil in Foreign Policy Studies and Masters in South Asian Studies from the UNESCO Madanjeet Singh Institute for South Asia Regional Cooperation where he was awarded the prestigious South Asia Foundation Fellowship. He was a visiting fellow at the Institute of South Asian Studies, Sichuan University, Chengdu, China. His extensive research works have appeared in edited books and journals. He writes for leading Indian dailies The Pioneer, Deccan Herald, and Dainik Jagran, and international forums like International Public Policy Review, East Asia Policy, South Asia Democratic Forum, The Diplomatist, South Asian Voices and Manorama Yearbook.  His areas of research interest include China, China and its neighbours, South Asian Politics, Eurasian Politics, India-Nepal and Nepal-China Relations, Nepal’s National Security and Global Strategic Studies. 


A picture of Chinese President Xi Jinping overlook a street ahead of the National People's Congress (NPC), in Shanghai, China, 1 March 2021. (Aly Song/Reuters)

The US gets it wrong again

Rishi Gupta gives a critique of the strategy paper “The Longer Telegram: Toward a New American China Strategy”, by “Anonymous”, which was recently published by the Atlantic Council. He says that judging from the paper and several other important geostrategic content released by the US recently, the US has not read the situation in China and its leadership correctly, and hence has a skewed understanding of how it can draw strength globally to compete with its "most serious competitor".
Small cargo boats docked by Male harbour, Maldives. (iStock)

Maldives: Even a tiny state in the Indo Pacific has a big role in China-US competition

The Maldives is well aware that it is of a geostrategic importance to powers seeking to dominate the Indian Ocean and what some term the Indo-Pacific. It has responded well to China’s overtures in the past, but with political pushback against China, and other suitors, not least India and the US, calling on its door, how best should it play its cards?
Residents wait to watch the processions of the 'Ropain' or rice plantation festival and the 'Gai Jatra' Hindu festival at Khokana village on the outskirts of Kathmandu on 5 August 2020. (Prakash Mathema/AFP)

India losing Nepal as China-Nepal relations strengthen

Nepal, an erstwhile land-locked country wedged between India and China, was famously called “a yam between two boulders” by the founder of modern Nepal, King Prithvi Narayan Shah. It has always had limited options in terms of foreign policy, but refusing to let geography dictate its fate, it is placing a larger bet on China with the hope that it will gain more leverage and avoid being squashed.
This photo taken on 11 July 2020 shows competitors during an archery competition at the annual Naadam sports festival near Ulaanbaatar, in Mongolia. (Byambasuren Byamba-ochir/AFP)

Wary of Sino-Russian influence, Mongolia seeks better ties with the US

The ruling Mongolian People’s Party (MPP) won a strong mandate in recent elections where it secured 62 seats out of 76. While it has done well to manage the Covid-19 crisis in Mongolia, its foreign policy room for manoeuvre remains limited due to the need to juggle demands from its closest neighbours, China and Russia. How will it keep the balls in the air with the US thrown into the mix?