East Asia Compass
What the Pandemic Looks Like in North Korea
Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra · 27 May, 2020 · #5693 · Commentary · Column
At a time when even the most resourceful
countries have failed to keep themselves safe from the COVID-19 pandemic, North
Korea, despite its resource-scarcity, has reported no infections. Foreign
nationals who work in the country have said that ...
Early Adulthood: 22 Years of Nuclear India and Pakistan
Manpreet Sethi · 26 May, 2020 · #5692 · Commentary · Column
This month saw the 22nd
anniversary of the Indian and Pakistani nuclear tests. In May 1998, India chose
to announce its nuclear weapons capability by conducting five tests on 11 and
13 May. Pakistan followed about two weeks later with six nucle...
The Indian Army’s ‘Tour of Duty’ Proposal: A Review (Part-II)
Lt Gen (Retd) Syed Ata Hasnain · 21 May, 2020 · #5691 · Commentary
Part-I here.At the
outset, a misnomer must be set aside: that the entire Indian Army will be
manned on the proposed ‘Tour of Duty’ (ToD) terms and conditions. Some analysts
have even interpreted it as conscription; but that is not pos...
The Indian Army’s ‘Tour of Duty’ Proposal: A Review (Part-I)
Lt Gen (Retd) Syed Ata Hasnain · 21 May, 2020 · #5690 · Commentary
Indian Army proposed a ‘Tour
of Duty’ (ToD) system, which involves a changed format of recruitment with
amended terms and conditions for a few officers and personnel below officer
rank. A highly manpower intensive organisatio...
BeiDou and BRI: Dependence Masked as Independence?
Saman Ayesha Kidwai · 15 May, 2020 · #5689 · Commentary
One core component of the Belt and road Initiative (BRI) is the BeiDou Navigation
Satellite System (BDS). BDS, while largely a benign satellite navigation system, has a key
component of entrapment for economically weaker countries. What exactly ...
COVID-19 and the Insurgency in Kashmir
Mohammed Sinan Siyech · 13 May, 2020 · #5688 · Commentary
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a
multi-dimensional impact across the world, including in conflict theatres. This
commentary explores strategies that terror outfits might employ vis-à-vis the insurgency
in Kashmir.Infiltration AttemptsThe most i...
COVID-19 and the Rationale for Stronger Indian Links with Southeast Asia
Angshuman Choudhury and Ashutosh Nagda · 13 May, 2020 · #5687 · Commentary
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
Does COVID-19 Enable the Acceleration of Negative Global Trends?
Yash Vardhan Singh · 11 May, 2020 · #5686 · Commentary
The uncertainty around the COVID-19 pandemic mimics the fog that
engulfs any military conflict. As countries, leaders, and citizens work to deal
with the crisis, what pre-existing trends are likely to gain traction? What
characteristics of the ...
Bangladesh’s Response to COVID-19
Alok Kumar Gupta · 08 May, 2020 · #5685 · Commentary
Bangladesh’s healthcare infrastructure
has in large part developed as a result of the country’s continued exposure to
disasters as well as in pursuit of MDG4 goals. As with countries across the
world, the COVID-19 pandemic has had a severe ...
Pakistan’s Afghanistan Policy and a Troubled Peace Process
Dr Shalini Chawla · 05 May, 2020 · #5684 · Commentary
While the world is engrossed in intensifying the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, Afghanistan’s peace
process is finding it difficult to draw the necessary time and attention from
the international community. The Taliban rejected the Afgha...