Chhattisgarh’s Maoist Challenge: Is Over-reliance on ‘Local’ Forces a Mistake?
Bibhu Prasad Routray · 09 May, 2023 · #5848 · Commentary · Column
of an improvised explosive device (IED), possibly weighing 50 kg—which killed
10 District Reserve Guard (DRG) personnel and a civilian driver—in
Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada district on 28 April brings back national attention to...
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South Korea-Japan Rapprochement: A Net Positive for Bilateral Relations and Regional Stability
Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra · 05 May, 2023 · #5847 · Commentary · Column
South Korea, Japan,
and the US appear to be strengthening their trilateral ties, and the main
catalyst of this possibility is South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol, who initiated
a diplomatic move in this direction by visiting
Japan on 16 March...
The Nord Stream Affair: A Coup de Grâce to Perpetuate Proxy War?
Vice Admiral Vijay Shankar · 27 Apr, 2023 · #5846 · Commentary · Column
On 26 September 2022, a Norwegian
Navy Long Range Maritime Patrol (LRMP) aircraft, on routine surveillance
mission, laid a sonar buoy field south of the Danish Island of Bornholm. This
was seemingly to surveil the underwater space in the region...
Nuclear Power Plants in War Zones: Risks and Remedies
Manpreet Sethi · 30 Mar, 2023 · #5845 · Commentary · Column
In January 2023, an
American non-governmental organisation, the Arms Control Association, announced
the winner of its annual Arms Control Person(s) of the Year. Based on an online
poll of 3,500 participants from 80 countries, the award recognis...
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The Importance of Japanese Prime Minister Kishida’s Visit to India
Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra · 27 Mar, 2023 · #5844 · Commentary · Column
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio
Kishida’s sudden trip to India on 20, 21 March 2023 was an out-of-turn visit as Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was supposed to go
to Japan first. Kishida’s visit is being seen as compensating for the absenc...
Saudi Arabia’s Quest for the Ultimate Political Play-Off
Vice Admiral Vijay Shankar · 28 Feb, 2023 · #5843 · Commentary · Column
The Saudi strategic gambit
continues to face challenges. There are obstacles in the withdrawal of American
interests from the region and ramifications from the USS Quincy Memorandum, the resultant power vacuum, and
power play between states lik...
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South Korea’s Nuclear Turn: Propellers and Prospects
Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra · 10 Feb, 2023 · #5842 · Commentary · Column
President Yoon Suk-yeol said on 11 January 2023 that if North Korea’s nuclear
threats became out of control, his country could acquire
its own nuclear weapons. He even said that given South Korea’s technological
A Cautious and Conservative US Nuclear Posture Review
Manpreet Sethi · 10 Jan, 2023 · #5841 · Commentary · Column
The much-awaited fifth
US Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) was announced on 27 October
2022. It was published along with two
other documents: the National Defence Strategy and Missile
Defence Review. These three strategic reviews were released tog...
Human Rights and Geopolitics: World Opinion on the Azerbaijan-Armenia Conflict
Ani Yeremyan · 27 Dec, 2022 · #5840 · Commentary
international attention is occupied by Russian violations in and of Ukraine, there
is a conflict taking place between Armenia and Azerbaijan, less than 1,500 km
away. This article explores international responses to Azerbaijan’s human
Pushing the Doomsday Clock
Vice Admiral Vijay Shankar · 07 Dec, 2022 · #5839 · Commentary · Column
Clock is symbolic of the vulnerability of human existence.
Set every year by the Bulletin
of the Atomic Scientists, it is intended to warn of the
imminence of humanity’s annihilation due to nuclear war or climate change. The