• Belt and Road and US-China Relations in 2018
    Rajeshwari Krishnamurthy    ·   19 Feb, 2018    ·    #5437    ·    Commentary    
    In early February 2018, US forces conducted air operations targeting both the Taliban and the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM) in Afghanistan's north-eastern Badakshan province which shares a border with China's Xinjiang Uyghur Auton...
  • Fragility of the Process: Myanmar’s Long Road to Peace
    Angshuman Choudhury    ·   19 Feb, 2018    ·    #5436    ·    Commentary    
    The third edition of Myanmar's flagship 21st Century Panglong Conference (21CPC) is scheduled to take place in February 2018. Originally slated for the end of January, the peace conference was postponed a week before the scheduled date. Nayp...
  • Goldfein's Visit and IAF-USAF Affiliation
    Murli Menon    ·   19 Feb, 2018    ·    #5435    ·    Commentary    
    US Air Force (USAF) Chief Gen David L Goldfein visit to India in February, along with the Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) Gen Terrence O’ Shaughnessy, was an important development indicating the US' interest in greater operational associati...
  • Budget 2018-19: Beginning the 2019 Election Campaign
    Prerana Priyadarshi    ·   16 Feb, 2018    ·    #5434    ·    Commentary    
    The 2018-19 union budget is a clear indication that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi led-National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government has started its groundwork for the 2019 Lok Sabha (LS) elections. This budget seeks to revive the Modi governm...
  • Maritime Matters
    South China Sea: Unmanned Vessels and Future Operations

    Vijay Sakhuja    ·   15 Feb, 2018    ·    #5433    ·    Commentary    ·   Column
    Two recent developments in the domain of disruptive technologies have invited the attention of naval planners and the strategic community. These relate to US and Chinese investments in unmanned vessels that can shape future naval operations as a...
  • Dateline Colombo
    Sri Lanka: The New Regime and the Revolution

    Asanga Abeyagoonasekera    ·   13 Feb, 2018    ·    #5432    ·    Commentary    ·   Column
    At a meeting in Davos in 2017, Chinese President Xi Jinping made a speech supporting the agenda on globalisation. Meanwhile, back in the US, President Trump was highlighting the importance of the US confining its national boundaries. “Amer...
  • Pakistan Senate Elections: New Alliances in the Offing?
    Sarral Sharma    ·   13 Feb, 2018    ·    #5431    ·    Commentary    
    Elections for 52 of 104 seats in Pakistan's Senate (Upper House) will take place on 3 March. There were apprehensions that certain 'powers' would either try to delay or stop the polls. Prevailing political uncertainty following the r...
  • East Asia Compass
    Denuclearising the Korean Peninsula: US Policy and China's Role

    Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra    ·   12 Feb, 2018    ·    #5430    ·    Commentary    ·   Column
    In almost every commentary on North Korea’s nuclear and missile programmes, China's role is acknowledged as crucial. If China - North Korea's main ally - decides to put ‘maximum pressure’ on the country by implementing UN...
  • Sushma Swaraj in Nepal: Reinvigorating Bilateral Relations?
    Pramod Jaiswal    ·   07 Feb, 2018    ·    #5429    ·    Commentary    
    On 2 February 2018, India's Minister of External Affairs, Sushma Swaraj, made a surprise visit to Nepal at a time when the Left Alliance in Nepal is set to form a new government under KP Sharma Oli's leadership. What does the visit mean?...
  • Women, Peace, and Security Series
    Women in Indian Politics

    Report    ·   02 Feb, 2018    ·    #5428    ·    Commentary    
    Opening Remarks by the Chair Lalitha Kumaramangalam Member, Governing Council, IPCS, & former Chairperson, National Commission for Women (NCW) India has a three-step political system: the grassroots, governed by the panchayats; the ...