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 ‘Quad’: A Strategic Liability for India
Kushal Sinha · 08 Feb, 2019 · #5557 · Commentary
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...
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
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
State vs. Students: Why Marxism Troubles Xi Jinping
Palden Sonam · 29 Jan, 2019 · #5549 · Commentary
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