• In Memoriam
    Ambassador Howard B Schaffer

    Rachael Strogoff    ·   22 Nov, 2017    ·    #5396    ·    Commentary    
    The passing of Howard Schaffer will be deeply regretted by his many friends and associates. He was a top-flight diplomat of the US State Department who spent many years serving his country and rose high in the diplomatic service. Quite early in his ...
  • The Pangsangh Alliance and the Future of Myanmar’s Peace Process
    Angshuman Choudhury    ·   21 Nov, 2017    ·    #5394    ·    Commentary    
    Between 11-12 November 2017, senior officials from Myanmar’s union government and the Tatmadaw met with the country’s largest Ethnic Armed Organisation (EAO), United Wa State Army (UWSA), and its less powerful ally, National Democratic ...
  • Why are Nuclear Disarmament Initiatives Bound to Fail?
    Shivani Singh    ·   21 Nov, 2017    ·    #5395    ·    Commentary    
    The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) was recently awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for being a strong and active force in campaigning for disarmament and pushing for the adoption of the nuclear weapons ban treaty, 2017. De ...
  • EU: Prospects of Reform Post the 2017 German Election
    John Schabedoth    ·   15 Nov, 2017    ·    #5392    ·    Commentary    
    The European Union (EU) and its institutions are at a crossroads. The Euro and refugee crises have revealed that its countries have different views on intra-community solidarity and the future of the EU as a whole. With Brexit, for the first time, ...
  • Special Commentary
    Unpacking the Unprecedented Churning in Saudi Arabia

    Ranjit Gupta    ·   15 Nov, 2017    ·    #5393    ·    Commentary    
    Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (King Salman) has presided over unprecedented churning on both the domestic political and foreign policy fronts during his short reign of less than three years. Norms that have been the foundat ...
  • Strategic Space
    ‘Gas Chamber’ Cities and Dangers Nuclear

    Manpreet Sethi    ·   14 Nov, 2017    ·    #5390    ·    Commentary    ·   Column
    Come November and the entire Indo-Gangetic plain running across the northern regions of Pakistan and India comes under a dirty grey haze. Major cities in these areas begin gasping for breath. A mix of a natural phenomenon and mindless human activit ...
  • Dateline Colombo
    The Geopolitics of Floating Bases and the New World Order

    Asanga Abeyagoonasekera    ·   14 Nov, 2017    ·    #5391    ·    Commentary    ·   Column
    US naval officer and strategist Alfred Thayer Mahan’s advice in 1890 for the US to push outwards to rule the oceans is still heeded by US maritime forces in the present day. The USS Nimitz aircraft carrier, standing 23 stories high and 333 me ...
  • East Asia Compass
    Trump's Visit to East Asia

    Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra    ·   07 Nov, 2017    ·    #5389    ·    Commentary    ·   Column
    US President Donald Trump’s 12-day visit to five of the East Asian countries is quite ‘unprecedented’. But so are his style, posturing, statements and policies. Trump will meet not only the leaders of Japan, South Korea, China, Vi ...
  • India-China Border Agreements: Political Negotiation Needed
    Amit Ranjan    ·   06 Nov, 2017    ·    #5387    ·    Commentary    
    The border disputes between India and China have their roots in the colonial history of the geographical area. Whenever there is a stand-off on the border, historical records are (re) interpreted to express or refute claims territorial claims of re ...
  • China's Signaling Under President Xi Jinping
    Prashant Dikshit    ·   06 Nov, 2017    ·    #5388    ·    Commentary    
    China's President Xi Jinping has now emerged supreme. The 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China consolidated his authority not just for five years but in, a certain view, for life. Normally, a reappointment of a head of state o ...