The Yuan: Chinaâ€™s New Strategic Tool in Pakistan
Prashant Dikshit · 19 Jan, 2018 · #5421 · Commentary
In 2009, China launched a pilot project to use the Yuan (China's official currency and economic symbol) for cross-border settlements. Since then, there have been purposeful campaigns in this direction. The scheme was then developed into a fu...
Can India Complement and Gain from China's Belt And Road Initiative?
Sreejith S Nair · 12 Jan, 2018 · #5420 · Commentary
China will eventually embark on its vision of building roads, railways and pipelines across Eurasia, irrespective of India's endorsement of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). This attempt to lay foundations of a Sino-centric Asia provides India...
Ushering Normalcy in Kashmir
Ayan Tewari · 11 Jan, 2018 · #5419 · Commentary
In 2017, Indian security forces (SFs) initiated a more focused approach to dealing with militants in Kashmir, resulting in the killing of 218 terrorists so far. Although these operations were hailed as a success, the high civilian deaths (218 mi...
A Human Security Approach to Nuclear Disarmament
Shivani Singh · 09 Jan, 2018 · #5418 · Commentary
Despite the best intentions of nuclear disarmament groups, failure to adopt norms surrounding human security in disarmament has proved to be a major impediment in achieving concrete progress. Why is the human security approach needed in nuclear ...
Maritime Digital Trends in 2018
Vijay Sakhuja · 08 Jan, 2018 · #5417 · Commentary · Column
At the beginning of the year, industries announce trends in their respective domains. Manufacturers publicise major products that will be available in the market; car-makers showcase new models that will be launched during the year; manufacturer...
Indian Foreign Policy and the Hafiz Saeed Problem
Abhijit Iyer Mitra · 05 Jan, 2018 · #5416 · Commentary
On Friday, 29 December 2017, the Government of India faced a major public embarrassment, one that provides some insights into the failure of intelligence. What it shows is one of three things: a failure of gathering, collation and transmission o...
East Asia Compass
'Comfort Women' and the Japan-South Korea Relationship
Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra · 02 Jan, 2018 · #5415 · Commentary · Column
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe might not participate in the inaugural ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics because a South Korean task force has stated that the agreement with Japan on the ‘comfort women’ issue, signed in De...
Doklam and the India-US Strategic Relationship
Pieter-jan Dockx · 02 Jan, 2018 · #5414 · Commentary
A widely debated aspect of the Doklam standoff was the US’ apparent lack of support for India during the impasse. Considering the alleged strengthened ties between both countries and their 2015 Joint Strategic Vision for the region, analysts e...
No Responsible Steward of Nuclear Weapons, This
Vijay Shankar · 01 Jan, 2018 · #5413 · Commentary · Column
Two seemingly disparate incidents in recent days hold the portents for unsettling times. The first was the 'absconder General' and erstwhile Pakistan President Musharraf’s declaration on 5 December 2017, of not only his cosy ties w...
India and Blue Economy in the Bay of Bengal
Vijay Sakhuja · 29 Dec, 2017 · #5412 · Commentary · Column
India’s effort to harness Blue Economy received a boost with the establishment of the International Training Centre for Operational Oceanography (ITCOocean). The Centre will operate under the Indian National Centre for Ocean Informat...