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  • East Asia Compass
    Is Japan Getting Isolated?

    Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra    ·   21 Feb, 2019    ·    #5558    ·    Commentary    ·   Column
    It has been reported that Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Aso wanted to meet US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at the Munich Security Conference (15-17 February 2019), apparently to give him suggestions for the upcoming second US-North Korea sum...
  • The Indo-Pacific
    The ‘Quad’: A Strategic Liability for India

    Kushal Sinha    ·   08 Feb, 2019    ·    #5557    ·    Commentary    
    The January 2019 iteration of the Raisina Dialogue in New Delhi featured a panel discussion on the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (Quad) during which senior defence officials from India, Australia, the US and Japan put forth their perspectives...
  • Armed Conflict
    Balochistan: Contextualising the Recent Spike in Attacks

    Anwar Ali Tsarpa    ·   08 Feb, 2019    ·    #5556    ·    Commentary    
    On 23 November 2018, a Baloch insurgent group, the Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) attacked the Chinese consulate in Karachi, Pakistan. In a statement, the BLA said the “objective of the attack was to highlight Chinese exploitative designs ...
  • What Will the China-India Relationship Look Like in 2019?
    Siwei Liu    ·   08 Feb, 2019    ·    #5555    ·    Commentary    
    Sino-Indian relations in 2018 were generally stable and gradually emerged from the shadow of the Doklam crisis. However, issues that will continue to  affect the ties have not been completely addressed, especially the mutual trust deficit ...
  • HAL and India's Race to the Bottom
    Murli Menon    ·   06 Feb, 2019    ·    #5554    ·    Commentary    
    The Mirage 2000 crash in Bengaluru and the tragic fatalities of the two test pilots must make Indian policy-makers recognise and take steps to urgently address the conditions in which the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is run. HAL's below...
  • The Strategist
    Xi’s Disquieting Dream of National Rejuvenation

    Vice Admiral Vijay Shankar    ·   31 Jan, 2019    ·    #5553    ·    Commentary    ·   Column
    In the run up to the First World War, Germany pursued a combination of overbearing diplomacy and brinkmanship to achieve policy goals, despite the risk of war. Demanding a review of the international order that would confer on it a dominant po...
  • India
    Alternative Development and Manipur's 'War on Drugs': Need for a Broader Framework

    Anjali Gupta    ·   31 Jan, 2019    ·    #5552    ·    Commentary    
    In Manipur, the cultivation of illicit crops such as cannabis and opium has remained a major source of income, especially for low-income agrarian groups. After announcing a ‘War on Drugs’,  incumbent Chief Minister, N Biren Singh, propo...
  • West Asia
    Iraq: Why the ‘Intra-Shia Civil War’ Narrative is Flawed

    Pieter-jan Dockx    ·   31 Jan, 2019    ·    #5551    ·    Commentary    
    Since the parliamentary election in May 2018, deep divisions among Iraq’s various Shia factions have come to the surface. This has led numerous analysts to deduct or predict the beginning of a new intra-Shia civil war in the country. The narr...
  • Strategic Space
    The Abnormal Normal: Time Stands Still at Two Minutes to Midnight

    Manpreet Sethi    ·   30 Jan, 2019    ·    #5550    ·    Commentary    ·   Column
    The Doomsday Clock, maintained by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists since 1947, has come to symbolise a graphic description of the global security situation at any given time. Every year, the Science and Security Board of the Bulletin, comp...
  • China
    State vs. Students: Why Marxism Troubles Xi Jinping

    Palden Sonam    ·   29 Jan, 2019    ·    #5549    ·    Commentary    
    In theory, Marxism has for long been the ideological foundation of the Communist Party of China’s (CPC) regime. In practice, however, while Marxism is employed as an instrument of Party rule, its principles are not. Under China’s President ...
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