Between BRI and the Indo-Pacific: The Geopolitics of the South Pacific
Prarthana Basu · 10 Oct, 2018 · #5520 · Commentary
At the Pacific
Islands Forum in September this year, Nauru, a 'small' island country, accused
China of heavy-handed behaviour in its attempts to 'buy' its way through the
region. This brings into sharp focus the increasing centrality of the Sou...
US-North Korea Nuclear Diplomacy: Contexualising the Third Inter-Korean Meet
Shivani Singh · 30 Sep, 2018 · #5519 · Commentary
The third inter-Korean
summit took place between North Korean leader Kim-Jong Un and South Korean
President Moon Jae-in on 18 September. Topping the agenda was the complete
denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula as promised during the US-Nort...
The Geopolitics of Ports and the Silk Road of the Sea
Asanga Abeyagoonasekera · 26 Sep, 2018 · #5518 · Commentary · Column
expertise of a country’s diplomats and the effectiveness of its armed forces
are not the only variables determining its rise. Geographical factors must also
be considered. Influencing the overall prosperity of a nation are its access to
Politics & Security in J&K (Part-I)
J&K: Political Stability and the 2019 Lok Sabha Elections
Sarral Sharma · 25 Sep, 2018 · #5517 · Commentary
This commentary is the first of the three-part series on the evolving nature of political and security challenges in Jammu & Kashmir post-July 2016, and is based on the findings of the author's recent field visit to Kashmir.
Two years since...
Vice Admiral Vijay Shankar · 24 Sep, 2018 · #5516 · Commentary · Column
impact of organised religion on nations has historically been a sense of
contrived significance, but in essence has neither refined society nor elevated
power status. The case of civilizational encounters is curious. The vanquished wontedly...
Managing the India-Bangladesh Border
Joyeeta Bhattacharjee · 24 Sep, 2018 · #5515 · Commentary
India and Bangladesh border management cooperation got a major boost
following the meeting between the directors general (DGs) of India’s Border
Security Force (BSF) and Border Guards Bangladesh (BGB). The meeting, 47th in
the series of dialo...
East Asia Compass
US-China Contestation and North Korean De-Nuclearisation
Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra · 20 Sep, 2018 · #5514 · Commentary · Column
It is conventional wisdom that China’s role would be
the most crucial in the process of de-nuclearising North Korea. North Korea and
China share strong historical connections along with political and strategic
mutual needs. Given how nearly 9...
Regional Nuclear Behaviour and Third Party Mediation
Manpreet Sethi · 05 Sep, 2018 · #5513 · Commentary · Column
Mooed Yusuf, Brokering Peace in Nuclear Environments: US Crisis Management in South Asia, (Stanford, California: Stanford University Press, 2018), Pp: 320, Price: INR 3,431.Concern regarding crises between two regional nuclear powers has ...
Sinicisation under Xi Jinping: Key Features of the Implementation Strategy
Palden Sonam · 31 Aug, 2018 · #5512 · Commentary
In July 2018, China issued an order banning underage Tibetan students from engaging in religious activities during their summer holidays. Although Beijing’s consistent effort to assimilate minority regions through demographic change and language...
Human Rights Violations Vs AFSPA: A Contradiction That Must End
AS Lamba · 31 Aug, 2018 · #5511 · Commentary
In an unprecedented move, 356 officers of India’s security forces across the country filed a writ petition on 14 August with the Supreme Court against handling, processing and disposing of cases alleging human rights violations against security ...