• Identity and Violence: Media Coverage of the Recent Conflict in Sri Lanka (Part 2)
    Anjana Vencatesan    ·   16 Aug, 2018    ·    #5506    ·    Commentary    
    Part 1 of the two-part series on media and conflict in Sri Lanka examined the coverage by Sri Lanka-based English and Tamil language media of the February-March 2018 conflict that took place in Kandy and Digana areas. Part 2 examines the approach ...
  • Challenges to Securing India's Borders
    Tim Walpot    ·   13 Aug, 2018    ·    #5505    ·    Commentary    
    The pace of border security projects in India has accelerated over the past two years. A prime example of this has been the implementation of a Comprehensive Integrated Border Management System (CIBMS) pilot project along two 5.5 km and 5.3 km str...
  • East Asia Compass
    Trump, Kim, and Denuclearisation

    Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra    ·   09 Aug, 2018    ·    #5504    ·    Commentary    ·   Column
    Almost two months since the Singapore Summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, a sense of disappointment seems to have been gradually building with respect to the possibility of North Korean denuclearisation. E...
  • 2018 Protests in Southern Iraq: Lessons for Iran’s Post-Conflict Strategy in Syria
    Pieter-jan Dockx    ·   06 Aug, 2018    ·    #5503    ·    Commentary    
    In July 2018, mass protests swept provincial capitals in Shia-majority southern Iraq, demanding improvements in the provision of public services like potable water and electricity. While protests for better services are common in southern Iraq, th...
  • Special Commentary
    Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf: Performance in the Provinces & Potential Challenges Ahead

    Sarral Sharma    ·   02 Aug, 2018    ·    #5502    ·    Commentary    
    Amid reports and allegations of election rigging and other irregularities by the opposition political parties, Pakistan's cricketer-turned-politician and Chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party, Imran Khan, emerged victorious in the h...
  • Chinese Sharp Power and Taiwan-India Relations
    Tai-Wei Chen    ·   02 Aug, 2018    ·    #5501    ·    Commentary    
    Beijing has extended its 'sharp power' strategy to the Taiwan-India relationship. It is important to understand how Chinese sharp power is deployed against the Taiwan-India relationship, and for both countries to proactively initiate counter-measu...
  • Identity and Violence: Media Coverage of the Recent Conflict in Sri Lanka (Part 1)
    Anjana Vencatesan    ·   02 Aug, 2018    ·    #5500    ·    Commentary    
    In the recent months, Facebook has consistently been in the spotlight for its role in the Cambridge Analytica controversy; ineffective response to fake news in Ireland’s reproductive rights referendum; and the failure to remove hate speech durin...
  • The Third 21st Century Panglong Conference: A Review
    Angshuman Choudhury    ·   02 Aug, 2018    ·    #5499    ·    Commentary    
    The third iteration of Myanmar’s union-level peace forum—the 21st Century Panglong Conference (21CPC)—concluded on 16 July 2018. The 21CPC, supposed to be held biannually, was hosted in 2018 after a year-long delay, and witnessed six days of...
  • The Strategist
    The Dilemma of a Threshold

    Vice Admiral Vijay Shankar    ·   01 Aug, 2018    ·    #5498    ·    Commentary    ·   Column
    The nuclear planner is acutely involved in analysis of when and under what political conditions opposing leadership (military or otherwise) may resort to the employment of nuclear weapons. For nations with a policy of no first use (NFU), the answe...
  • Maritime Matters
    The Challenges of AI-enabled Underwater Platforms

    Vijay Sakhuja    ·   01 Aug, 2018    ·    #5497    ·    Commentary    ·   Column
    The Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) is likely to acquire a new type of submarine by the early 2020s. According to the South China Morning Post, the Shenyang Institute of Automation under the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) is engage...