Notes on Iran, and its relations with the West

January 15, 2015 Washington, D.C. — Nicola Pedde, director of the Institute for Global Studies in Rome, Italy, was at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington to discuss Iran and assess the future of U.S.-Iran relations. To put things into context, the Obama administration — led in its efforts by the U.S. Secretary of State … Continue reading

A German Perspective on ISIS

9th October, 2014 Washington, D.C. — The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS, ISIL or IS) has grown into prominence in the second half of 2014. It has captured large swaths of land in Iraq and Syria (and is enforcing stately powers over its territories), claims to be the representative of the entire world’s Sunni muslim population, and … Continue reading

Previewing Prime Minister Modi’s visit to the U.S.: Trade, Defense, and the Diaspora

18th September, 2014 Washington, D.C. — The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) organized a panel discussion to preview Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the United States next week. The panel consisted of a trade-relations veteran, a defense industry expert, and a member of the Indian-American community who would provide the diaspora’s … Continue reading

Revitalizing U.S.-India Relations

25th July, 2014 WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Carnegie Endowment for Peace engaged a senior panel of CEOs from the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) to understand the sentiment of the Indian private sector towards the recently elected BJP led government in New Delhi. All five CII panelists shared an overwhelmingly bullish outlook on the new … Continue reading

Chess visualized

I undertook two experiments on a sport that I play quite often: Chess. The first was on a long bus ride from College Park, MD, to Ann Arbor, MI. A friend and I went on nerd overdrive and played an entire game of chess using a white board and a dry erase marker. Experiment result: … Continue reading