Special Commentary
Various Authors
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  • Pakistan: Whither ‘Hybrid’ Governance?
    Rana Banerji   ·    24 Apr, 2022   ·    5813
    Even by Pakistan’s unpredictable standards, the tumultuous events of the past few weeks, beginning with the tabling of a vote of no confidence against a sitting prime minister on 8 March, bewildered the nation and shocked the sensible ...
  • South Korean Nuclear Insecurities
    Chris Gowe   ·    22 Feb, 2022   ·    5807
    Recent domestic public polling has once again drawn attention to the debate over nuclear armament in South Korea. Survey results released on February 21 by The Chicago Council on Global Affairs (CCGA) show that 71 per cent of South ...
  • COVID-19 and the Rationale for Stronger Indian Links with Southeast Asia
    Angshuman Choudhury and Ashutosh Nagda   ·    13 May, 2020   ·    5687
    On 15 March, Prime Minister Narendra Modi initiated discussions on a potential regional response to the COVID-19 pandemic through a video meeting with leaders from the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC). New Delhi ...
  • Mineral-Rich, Productivity-Poor?: An Overview of India's Mining Sector
    Arun Kumar   ·    09 Mar, 2020   ·    5655
    India occupies a significant position in the production of many minerals across the globe, while for some, there is acute shortage. There continues to be a huge demand for minerals in view of rapid urbanisation and the growth in the coun ...
  • Japan-South Korea: Choking Global Technology Markets through a Bilateral Trade War
    Prakash Panneerselvam and Sourina Bej   ·    22 Oct, 2019   ·    5626
    The economic consequences of the 2019 Japan-South Korea trade dispute are already becoming apparent. S&P Global Ratings has warned that it will disrupt global supply chains, leading to potential global economic damage. However, both ...
  • Sri Lanka's Easter Bombings and the Need for a Regional Counter-Terror Strategy
    AS Lamba   ·    19 Jul, 2019   ·    5603
    On 21 April 2019, Sri Lanka witnessed its largest terrorist attack since the end of its brutal 26-year civil war. These Islamic State (IS) attacks targeted Easter celebrations and luxury hotels in Colombo, killing Sri Lankan and foreign ...
  • Afghanistan: Prospects of a Political Settlement with the Taliban
    Dr Omar Sadr   ·    15 Mar, 2019   ·    5567
    Around mid-March, the fifth round of negotiations between the US and the Taliban—the longest in the ongoing series—concluded in Doha, Qatar. In the US’ view, a negotiation that could be considered successful would be one which resu ...
  • Preventing the Next 26/11: Intelligence and India's Security Apparatus
    Alok Joshi   ·    10 Jan, 2019   ·    5542
    There is a long-standing debate on the role, means, and end goals of intelligence. Is dissemination the purpose? Do ownership issues come into play between intelligence and law enforcement only in the event of success or failure? Such i ...
  • The Legal and Policy Complexities of India's October Rohingya Deportation
    Angshuman Choudhury   ·    05 Nov, 2018   ·    5525
    On 4 October, the Indian government deported seven Rohingya men, who had been in detention in Assam since 2012, to Myanmar. A press release issued by India’s Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) flagged this as “repatriation” of seve ...
  • President Trump's Year in Office: A Foreign Policy Review
    Vivek Mishra   ·    22 Jan, 2018   ·    5424
    The ‘many firsts’ that President Donald Trump's year-old tenure has chalked up offer an overwhelming indication of his administration’s desire to differentiate itself from and efface the previous administration&rsquo ...