COMMENTARIES
  • Why a Digital Geneva Convention on Cyberwarfare Won’t Materialise
    Pieter-jan Dockx    ·   25 Jan, 2021    ·    #5751    ·    Commentary    
    In December 2020, it was reported that the digital systems of US government agencies such as the Department of Homeland Security had been infiltrated by alleged Kremlin-backed hackers. While the full extent of the damage is yet to be determine...
  • The Limits to Sino-Russian Cooperation
    Mahima Duggal    ·   06 Jan, 2021    ·    #5750    ·    Commentary    
    Sino-Russian ties initially seem a pragmatic alignment of partners. However, several structural barriers—an asymmetric economic-security calculus, persisting investment challenges, and significant geopolitical deviations—limit bilateral co...
  • Strategic Space
    COVID-19 Mauled 2020—A Nuclear Disaster Would End Time

    Manpreet Sethi    ·   31 Dec, 2020    ·    #5749    ·    Commentary    ·   Column
    2020 started on a grim note, with the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists deciding in January to move the minute hand on its clock to 100 seconds to midnight. This was a reminder of the high level of risk that humanity faced from nuclear issues ...
  • East Asia Compass
    Confronting an “Assertive” China: Nearly All Roads Lead to Taiwan

    Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra    ·   28 Dec, 2020    ·    #5748    ·    Commentary    ·   Column
    China’s disruptive behaviour through 2020 has increasingly led the international community to become more vocal about the difficulty of coexisting with a Beijing that is “assertive,” “irresponsible,’’ and “opaque.” This sentimen...
  • India: The Economic Fallout of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Women
    Akanksha Khullar    ·   18 Dec, 2020    ·    #5747    ·    Commentary    
    The COVID-19 pandemic induced restrictions has plunged the Indian economy into a severe downturn with disruptions to markets and supply chains, closure of businesses, limited travel facilities, and constricted international trade. This has res...
  • In Context: India’s Renewed IOR Outreach
    Dr. Sripathi Narayanan    ·   17 Dec, 2020    ·    #5746    ·    Commentary    
    The simultaneous November 2020 visits by India’s External Affairs Minister (EAM) Dr S Jaishakar and National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval to island-states in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) took place in the backdrop of the recently-conclu...
  • The Strategist
    China and the Geopolitical Impact of COVID-19

    Vice Admiral Vijay Shankar    ·   09 Dec, 2020    ·    #5745    ·    Commentary    ·   Column
    China’s dazzling growth story has been rudely disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic and the consequent chaos it has brought down on global economic systems. Ironically, in the past, its growth trajectory was able to brush aside the fallout of t...
  • Maritime Matters
    Bangladesh Boosts Bay of Bengal Blue Economy

    Vijay Sakhuja    ·   01 Dec, 2020    ·    #5744    ·    Commentary    ·   Column
    The stage is set for the development of the deep sea Matarbari Port Development Project (MPDP) in Bangladesh. The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has agreed to provide US$ 25.4 million in financial assistance for the project and ...
  • East Asia Compass
    RCEP: An Indian Miscalculation?

    Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra    ·   27 Nov, 2020    ·    #5743    ·    Commentary    ·   Column
    The conclusion of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (RCEP) between China, Japan, South Korea, Australia, and New Zealand, and 10 Southeast Asian countries is an important development in the Indo-Pacific’s economic arc...
  • Strategic Space
    Another Date-Change for the NPT RevCon: Fresh Opportunity to Shape its Success

    Manpreet Sethi    ·   25 Nov, 2020    ·    #5742    ·    Commentary    ·   Column
    The Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) that conducts a review conference (RevCon) every five years was due to hold one in April-May 2020. This RevCon had special significance as it was to mark the 50th anniversary of the NPT, as also the 25th anni...