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  • Myanmar: Contextualising the Violence In Northern Rakhine
    Angshuman Choudhury.    ·   08 Sep, 2017    ·    #5360    ·    Commentary    
    At midnight on 25 August, hundreds of assailants launched coordinated attacks on close to 30 security installations, including police stations, border posts, and a military base, in northern Rakhine, Myanmar. The attacks left 110 dead, including mi ...
  • IPCS Discussion
    Dominant Narratives in Kashmir: Evolving Security Dynamics

    Report.    ·   08 Sep, 2017    ·    #5359    ·    Commentary    
    Report on 'Dominant Narratives in Kashmir: Evolving Security Dynamics', a discussion held on 17 August 2017. Remarks by the Chair KM Singh Member, Governing Council, IPCS; former DGP, Central Industrial Security Force (CISF); former ...
  • Pakistan: Census Complexities
    Rana Banerji.    ·   07 Sep, 2017    ·    #5358    ·    Commentary    
    After a hiatus of 19 years, Pakistan has been able to undertake its sixth census enumeration only with the help of the army, which guaranteed security not only in difficult terrorism-hit areas of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) but als ...
  • East Asia Compass
    North Korea: Testing the Limits of US-South Korea Relations

    Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra.    ·   06 Sep, 2017    ·    #5357    ·    Commentary    ·   Column
    North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un must be the happiest to see the state of South Korea-US relations. One of his fundamental desires is to create a rift between the US and South Korea, and he has been trying to achieve it consistently for years ...
  • China's Indian Ocean Strategy
    Tapan Bharadwaj.    ·   06 Sep, 2017    ·    #5356    ·    Commentary    
    China is a regional maritime power in East Asian waters, and is increasing its presence in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR). This rising presence depicts a pattern that is aimed to achieve its immediate maritime goal of multi-regional power projection ...
  • Maritime Matters
    Marine Mammal Stranding: Myth, Mystery and Facts

    Vijay Sakhuja.    ·   05 Sep, 2017    ·    #5355    ·    Commentary    ·   Column
    The stranding of marine mammals along India’s east coast astride the Bay of Bengal and west coast overlooking the Arabian Sea has been a recurring phenomenon. In 2016, 80 short-finned pilot whales were found stranded on the sand along the eas ...
  • Doklam Dispute: Part-II
    Understanding the Tri-Junction Question

    VP Haran.    ·   05 Sep, 2017    ·    #5354    ·    Commentary    
    Bhutan’s 470 km-long border with China has been mostly agreed upon with the exception of 2 sectors which together measure 764 sq km. In the north, there is disagreement over 495 sq km in the Jakarlung and Pasamlung areas. The remaining 269 sq k ...
  • Doklam Dispute: Part I
    A Brief History

    VP Haran.    ·   05 Sep, 2017    ·    #5353    ·    Commentary    
    It is with a sigh of relief and satisfaction that Bhutan and India received the news on 28 August that following diplomatic efforts, India and China have agreed to disengage at Doklam, where their troops had been at a standoff since 16 June. Unlike t ...
  • New Indian Defence Minister: A List of Priorities
    Murli Menon.    ·   05 Sep, 2017    ·    #5352    ·    Commentary    
    Thus India has its first ever woman defence minister. Having an otherwise uninitiated but statedly beyond reproach integrity-wise, Nirmala Sitharaman as the defence minister could well turn out to be a blessing in disguise for the armed forces, pro ...
  • The Strategist
    "The World is Not Peaceful"

    Vijay Shankar.    ·   31 Aug, 2017    ·    #5351    ·    Commentary    ·   Column
    Addressing senior Communist Party and government officials in Beijing at an event to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), Premier Xi Jinping declared, “We do not allow any individual, any ...
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