Saurav Jha

Saurav Jha studied economics at Presidency College, Calcutta, and Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He writes and researches on global energy issues and clean energy development in Asia. His first book for Harper Collins India, "The Upside Down Book of Nuclear Power," was published in January 2010. He also works as an independent consultant in the energy sector in India. He can be reached at sjha1618@gmail.com, and can be followed on Twitter at @SJha1618.

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For India, Russia, Diversifying Energy Ties a Natural Fit

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Russia and India are reportedly considering a $30 billion oil pipeline that would transit through China’s Xinjiang province. The discussions, when seen in the context of other bilateral hydrocarbon initiatives between India and Russia, show that Russia is cultivating India in addition to China as part of its accelerated move away from dependence on European markets amid the ongoing Ukraine crisis. more

With Eye on China, India Moves to Expand Indian Ocean Maritime Influence

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In March, India announced that Mauritius and Seychelles had expressed an interest in joining the trilateral maritime security cooperation arrangement between India, Sri Lanka and the Maldives. Should they join, it would help consolidate a maritime domain awareness network in the island states of the Indian Ocean Region where India has historically had influence and seeks to monitor Chinese movements. more

India Expands Strategic Trade in East Asia to Balance China

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India’s recent expansion of civil nuclear cooperation in Asia, alongside its interest in marketing surface-to-surface missiles in the region, clearly signals a shift in India’s policy. China’s latest wave of nuclear exceptionalism toward Pakistan seems to be pushing India to abandon its traditional self-imposed limits on trade in strategic technology in order to secure its own geoeconomic interests. more

Market Access at Issue as India, South Korea Move to Expand Ties

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South Korean President Park Geun-hye’s recent visit to India marked the elevation of her country to the top tier of India’s priorities. India and South Korea are drawing closer due to their complementary technological and industrial strengths, which can improve each one’s competitive standing. But India will want greater access to South Korean markets as a condition for further improvements in the relationship. more

India-Israel Ties Complicated by Iran Opening, Shifting Defense Priorities

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In recent years India and Israel agreed to compartmentalize their divergences over Iran’s nuclear program, as U.S. pressure on Iran left India’s ties with the latter stunted. Now, with Western pressure on Tehran beginning to ease, the level of India’s dealings with Iran could become a matter of concern for Israel. It remains to be seen if increased India-Iran ties impact Israeli-Indian defense cooperation. more

With Reactor Deal, China and Pakistan Seek to Reshape Global Nuclear Governance

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A recent agreement for China to supply two new nuclear reactors to Pakistan heralds an expansion of Chinese nuclear exceptionalism, underpinned by China’s growing confidence in its domestic industrial and international financial strength. The deal clearly violates China’s commitments as a member of the Nuclear Suppliers Group, but it remains to be seen if other NSG members will censure Beijing for it. more

Mutual Economic Interests Drive Warming India-Turkey Ties

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Relations between India and Turkey have been characterized by steadily expanding common ground on the economic front. India is now Turkey’s second-largest Asian trading partner. For India, closer ties with Turkey provide it with a strong partner to advance its interests in central Eurasia. The overall picture of the India-Turkey relationship is thus one of two G-20 economies that have much to offer each other. more

India Seeks Multilateral Partnerships to Counter China in Indian Ocean Rim

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India’s trade relations in the Indian Ocean region have progressed chiefly along bilateral lines. But with China’s economic overtures increasingly frequent and backed by commercial heft, India finds that it can no longer take its geo-economic position in the region for granted. To counter China, India seems to be trying to establish a multilateral mechanism for trade and investment that China may have to join. more

Flush With Gas, Israel Now Must Find Ways to Export It

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Last month, the government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced plans to export up to 40 percent of the gas from Israel’s Eastern Mediterranean fields, with expected earnings of up to $60 billion over 20 years. This is only the first step toward realizing export revenues from Israel’s gas reserves, a process fraught with complicated choices over the route and destination of those exports. more

Japan Spots Opportunity as Saudi Arabia Diversifies Energy Sector

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In February, Japan reportedly offered civil nuclear cooperation to Saudi Arabia to help the kingdom boost oil exports by freeing up supplies used in domestic electricity generation. Given its plans for a massive nuclear buildout, Saudi Arabia seems a logical destination for the Japanese nuclear sector. But Motegi's offer also reflects a desire not to concede strategic space to the Chinese in the Persian Gulf. more

U.K. Plays Catch-Up as EU Powers Vie for Indian Market Share

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The U.K., France and Germany are engaging with New Delhi by vying for a share of the Indian market for higher-end goods and services. Although their respective technical and industrial strengths help determine their relationships with India, their efforts to forge deeper ties will ultimately depend on India’s political comfort levels with each, as well as on what each has to offer India’s development strategy.

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Energy Interests Make India a Player in South China Sea Disputes

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The South China Sea has emerged as a vital sea corridor for India, and security there will grow even more important in the years to come as India looks to link itself to East Asian supply chains and Indian energy imports grow. These trends explain why Indian defense officials have reiterated their commitment to maintaining freedom of navigation on the seas in general and the South China Sea in particular. more

India's Expanded Choices Dilute Once-Privileged Ties With Russia

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Russian President Vladimir Putin’s recent deferral of a planned visit to India encapsulates a bilateral relationship buffeted by shifting global geo-economics but still lucrative for both parties. The postponement reflects the fact that euphemisms such as “strategic partnership” do not automatically translate into preferential treatment in commercial matters in a world driven by interests. more

India-Canada Trade Ties Set to Deepen

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With India increasingly turning to developed countries for energy and food security, Canada’s profile seems to have grown considerably. Significant hydrocarbon resources, uranium deposits and a lack of geopolitical risk all make Canada a natural partner to feed India’s rise. However, there are still some issues that need to be resolved before an even deeper relationship can take root. more

Islamist Violence Highlights Potential for Radicalization in India

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Home to a large Muslim minority consisting of both major sects of Islam, India has recently found itself forced to deal with increasing fallout from the Middle East's ongoing Shiite-Sunni cold war. Given India’s dependence on Middle East energy exports and its history of Hindu-Muslim violence, the coming decade will be a test of India’s diplomacy and its ability to promote intercommunity dialogue. more

Russia Looks to Build Strategic Leverage in Pakistan

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Recent high-level visits by Russian officials and an upcoming trip by Russian President Vladimir Putin are highlighting Russia’s efforts to bolster strategic ties with Pakistan. While looking to secure its near abroad in advance of the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, Russia is also moving to deepen its geo-economic ties with South Asia, with Pakistan serving as a gateway for energy trade to the region. more

U.S., India Inch Toward Naval Partnership

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The steadily increasing complexity of Indo-U.S. naval force coordination has been a standout feature of an otherwise interest-driven relationship, suggesting the U.S. sees India as the western hinge of its pivot to Asia, with the U.S. Navy backstopping the shift from the Pacific. However, before the Indo-U.S. naval entente becomes a full-blown condominium, more dialogue between the two navies will be necessary. more

India Tests the Waters of Regional Integration With TAPI

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The Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) pipeline project is seen by the United States as a way to isolate Iran from regional integration efforts and showcase the potential of its New Silk Road Initiative. But New Delhi sees TAPI more as a test-bed for energy projects involving Pakistan, as well as a way to contract cheaper gas supplies from Central Asia before they end up being locked in by China. more

To Fix Bleak Energy Outlook, Pakistan Must Look to India

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The Asian Development Bank recently confirmed that Pakistan’s lackluster economic performance in recent years is essentially a reflection of its ongoing energy crisis. An improvement in Pakistan’s energy situation requires both increasing the share of coal in its power-generating portfolio and enhancing the availability of natural gas. Neither course is likely without a rapprochement with India. more

India, Qatar Broaden Ties Beyond Energy Trade

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With the Iran-Pakistan-India natural gas pipeline project a casualty of U.S. opposition and persistent mistrust between New Delhi and Islamabad, India has increasingly turned to Qatar to meet its growing natural gas needs over the past decade. But after the recent visit of Qatari Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani to India, the two states are looking to broaden their ties beyond trade in energy.
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