• Trump-Kim Summit in Hanoi: Optimism Despite Impediments
    Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra    ·   26 Feb, 2019    ·    #5562    ·    Commentary    
    The second US-North Korea summit meet, eight months after the Singapore Summit, is scheduled to take place in Hanoi on 27-28 February 2019. There is skepticism regarding the potential outcomes of this meeting, based on three important factors. ...
  • Decoding the Arakan Army: Emergence and Political Framing (Part-1)
    Angshuman Choudhury    ·   25 Feb, 2019    ·    #5561    ·    Commentary    
    On 4 January 2019, as Myanmar celebrated its 71st Independence Day, hundreds of Arakan Army (AA) insurgents launched coordinated attacks on four border police outposts in Northern Rakhine’s Buthidaung Township, killing 13 policemen and injuri...
  • A Post-INF Nuclear World
    Summaiya Khan    ·   25 Feb, 2019    ·    #5560    ·    Commentary    
    President Donald Trump's withdrawal of the US from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty raising complex security concerns with ramifications that could upset an already fractious global nuclear weapons environment. Background ...
  • Strategic Space
    In the Wake of the Pulwama Massacre: What India Should Not Do

    Manpreet Sethi    ·   22 Feb, 2019    ·    #5559    ·    Commentary    ·   Column
    For India, 14 February, a day that should have ended with rosy pictures of a romantic sunset ended with bloody images of death and gore. Even before New Delhi could point a finger towards Pakistan, a neighbour that has long sustained a policy ...
  • East Asia Compass
    Is Japan Getting Isolated?

    Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra    ·   21 Feb, 2019    ·    #5558    ·    Commentary    ·   Column
    It has been reported that Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Aso wanted to meet US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at the Munich Security Conference (15-17 February 2019), apparently to give him suggestions for the upcoming second US-North Korea sum...
  • The Indo-Pacific
    The ‘Quad’: A Strategic Liability for India

    Kushal Sinha    ·   08 Feb, 2019    ·    #5557    ·    Commentary    
    The January 2019 iteration of the Raisina Dialogue in New Delhi featured a panel discussion on the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (Quad) during which senior defence officials from India, Australia, the US and Japan put forth their perspectives...
  • Armed Conflict
    Balochistan: Contextualising the Recent Spike in Attacks

    Anwar Ali Tsarpa    ·   08 Feb, 2019    ·    #5556    ·    Commentary    
    On 23 November 2018, a Baloch insurgent group, the Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) attacked the Chinese consulate in Karachi, Pakistan. In a statement, the BLA said the “objective of the attack was to highlight Chinese exploitative designs ...
  • What Will the China-India Relationship Look Like in 2019?
    Siwei Liu    ·   08 Feb, 2019    ·    #5555    ·    Commentary    
    Sino-Indian relations in 2018 were generally stable and gradually emerged from the shadow of the Doklam crisis. However, issues that will continue to  affect the ties have not been completely addressed, especially the mutual trust deficit ...
  • HAL and India's Race to the Bottom
    Murli Menon    ·   06 Feb, 2019    ·    #5554    ·    Commentary    
    The Mirage 2000 crash in Bengaluru and the tragic fatalities of the two test pilots must make Indian policy-makers recognise and take steps to urgently address the conditions in which the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is run. HAL's below...
  • The Strategist
    Xi’s Disquieting Dream of National Rejuvenation

    Vice Admiral Vijay Shankar    ·   31 Jan, 2019    ·    #5553    ·    Commentary    ·   Column
    In the run up to the First World War, Germany pursued a combination of overbearing diplomacy and brinkmanship to achieve policy goals, despite the risk of war. Demanding a review of the international order that would confer on it a dominant po...