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: Myanmarâ€™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...
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...
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
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 ...