• China-India Relations: What is the Role of Third Parties?
    Siwei Liu.    ·   16 Mar, 2018    ·    #5450    ·    Commentary    
    Despite the intensification of high-level interactions between China and India in recent years, the current situation can at best be described as complex and sensitive. The bilateral relationship is quite complicated by itself, and 'third-party ...
  • Decoding the Elections in Meghalaya, Nagaland and Tripura
    Nasreen Habib.    ·   15 Mar, 2018    ·    #5449    ·    Commentary    
    The recent assembly elections in the three Northeastern states, Meghalaya, Nagaland and Tripura, made one thing crystal clear: the BJP's ability to strike smart alliances has turned things around in its favour. Its wins range from ousting the Left ...
  • Part-II
    Subtle Shifts in Saudi Foreign Policy: Domestic and International Dimensions

    Pieter-jan Dockx.    ·   13 Mar, 2018    ·    #5448    ·    Commentary    
    Part I of this two-part commentary on the shifts in Saudi Arabia’s foreign policy weighed in on the changes in the Kingdom’s foreign policy and explained its regional implications, highlighting two trends. First it posited that Riyadh is incre ...
  • East Asia Compass
    South Korea's 'Moonshine' and a Trump-Kim Summit

    Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra.    ·   12 Mar, 2018    ·    #5447    ·    Commentary    ·   Column
    In a major of turn of events, US President Donald Trump has announced direct talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. The US and North Korea have been loggerheads for a long time on the issue of North Korea's nuclear and missile programmes. The ...
  • The Strategist
    Quad: The Making of a Robust Entente?

    Vice Admiral Vijay Shankar.    ·   12 Mar, 2018    ·    #5446    ·    Commentary    ·   Column
    The force planner’s primary task is to ensure that the military element of national power alongside economic and political elements supports national strategy. India had in 1950 defined national goals in the Preamble and Directive Principles to ...
  • 2018 US Nuclear Posture Review: Intent and Implications
    Shivani Singh.    ·   09 Mar, 2018    ·    #5445    ·    Commentary    
    Earlier this year, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists' Science and Security Board announced their decision to move the Doomsday Clock closer to midnight. Around the same time, the US Department of Defense released the 2018 Nuclear Posture Review ...
  • Can Australian Democracy Dull Chinese Sharp Power?
    Rachael Strogoff.    ·   09 Mar, 2018    ·    #5444    ·    Commentary    
    Australian professor Clive Hamilton’s book, Silent Invasion: China’s influence in Australia recently arrived in bookstores, following the withdrawal of three previous publishers. The challenges preceding its publication corroborate the book’s ...
  • Regulating India's Cattle Industry: A Socio-Economic Assessment
    Ayan Tewari.    ·   08 Mar, 2018    ·    #5443    ·    Commentary    
    On 23 May 2017, a notification issued under the 1960 Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act was passed, placing new regulations on the cattle industry. The livestock sector (consisting of meat, dairy, and eggs) now makes up 28 per cent of the agrari ...
  • Women Cyber Warriors and the Indian Military
    Vijay Sakhuja.    ·   08 Mar, 2018    ·    #5442    ·    Commentary    
    The stage is set for the entry of women as ‘cyber warriors’ in the Indian armed forces. The Indian Army chief noted in 2017 that plans were in place to employ women officers "in new cadres such as cyber" since the country fac ...
  • Nuke Street
    Winter Olympics in the Nuclear Shadow

    Sheel kant Sharma.    ·   05 Mar, 2018    ·    #5441    ·    Commentary    ·   Column
    Mixed signals have come from the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics but they are once again wrapped in fierce and heightened rhetoric; from Washington, about the dire consequences of North Korean defiance in word and deed, and Pyongyong calling sanctions an ...