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  • Strategic Space
    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 ...
  • Maritime Matters
    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 ...
  • East Asia Compass
    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 ...
  • IPCS Discussion
    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 ...
  • Nuke Street
    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 ...
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