China and the Shape of the Indo-Pacific
Manpreet Sethi · 18 Jul, 2018 · #5496 · Commentary · Column
It is hardly surprising that China figures prominently in the idea of the Indo-Pacific. In fact, China’s behaviour and actions have provided the impetus and trigger for the revival of the Indo-Pacific, since the countries spearheading the concept h ...
Digital Connectivity in the Andaman & Nicobar Islands
Vijay Sakhuja · 17 Jul, 2018 · #5495 · Commentary · Column
The Indian government has awarded a contract for the installation of a 2,300 km-long optical fiber cable (OFC) across the Bay of Bengal between Chennai in the Indian mainland and Port Blair in the Andaman & Nicobar (A&N) islands. Announced in ...
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Enhancing India-South Korea Relations
Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra · 16 Jul, 2018 · #5494 · Commentary · Column
South Korean President Moon Jae-in visited in India for a four-day trip from 8 to 11 July 2018, and both the countries resolved to add more substance to their partnership. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Moon Jae-in re-emphasised the natural ...
'Advantage Assam': Instrumentalising Development through Tourism
Riddhi Mahanta · 09 Jul, 2018 · #5493 · Commentary
‘Advantage Assam’, the Assam Global Investor’s Summit held in February 2018, was the largest ever investment promotion initiative by the government of Assam. It opened with much fanfare and was covered extensively by the media.This commentary a ...
US Sanctions against Iran: What are India's Options?
Ambassador KP Fabian · 06 Jul, 2018 · #5492 · Commentary
The US first imposed various sanctions on Iran in 1979 when the US embassy was occupied, with the staff taken hostage, following the fall of US-supported Shah. Oil sanctions were imposed in 2012 ‘to stop Iran from making a nuclear bomb’ even thou ...
India's NSG Membership and the Human Capital Factor
Abhijit Iyer-Mitra & Tarika Rastogi · 04 Jul, 2018 · #5490 · Commentary
The implications of India’s aspiration to join the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) has been dissected variously from a strategic prism, as well as from the industrial. While industrial dissections of the argument have focused on India's lack of comme ...
Vietnam-India Relations: Past, Present, and Future
Discussion Report · 04 Jul, 2018 · #5491 · Commentary
On 6 June 2018, the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies (IPCS) hosted His Excellency Ton Sinh Thanh, Ambassador of Vietnam to India, who delivered his remarks on 'Vietnam-India Relations: Past, Present, and Future'. The interaction was held under ...
Iran, North Korea, and Disarmament: Some Questions
Sheel kant Sharma · 03 Jul, 2018 · #5489 · Commentary · Column
These recent weeks have shown extraordinary results in the Korean Peninsula. There is an interesting ring in President Trump announcing that DPRK was “no longer a nuclear threat” with what President Reagan had declared at the height of Cold W ...
Islamic State's Tactical Continuity in Iraq: Will it Lead to Territorial Control?
Pieter-jan Dockx · 02 Jul, 2018 · #5488 · Commentary
After the fall of the Islamic State's (IS) so-called Caliphate and Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s victory speech on 9 December 2017, there was widespread speculation regarding the future of the militant organisation. The prevailing narrativ ...
The Shaky Acquisition of Combat Aircraft in the Indian Air Force
Prashant Dikshit · 28 Jun, 2018 · #5487 · Commentary
There seems to be widespread scepticism among military air power experts in India regarding the future of the Indian Air Force's (IAF) combat worthiness. At the heart of the matter is the process and speed of the induction of combat aircraft in the f ...