• Maritime Matters
    South China Sea: Unmanned Vessels and Future Operations

    Vijay Sakhuja    ·   15 Feb, 2018    ·    #5433    ·    Commentary    ·   Column
    Two recent developments in the domain of disruptive technologies have invited the attention of naval planners and the strategic community. These relate to US and Chinese investments in unmanned vessels that can shape future naval operations as a...
  • Dateline Colombo
    Sri Lanka: The New Regime and the Revolution

    Asanga Abeyagoonasekera    ·   13 Feb, 2018    ·    #5432    ·    Commentary    ·   Column
    At a meeting in Davos in 2017, Chinese President Xi Jinping made a speech supporting the agenda on globalisation. Meanwhile, back in the US, President Trump was highlighting the importance of the US confining its national boundaries. “Amer...
  • Pakistan Senate Elections: New Alliances in the Offing?
    Sarral Sharma    ·   13 Feb, 2018    ·    #5431    ·    Commentary    
    Elections for 52 of 104 seats in Pakistan's Senate (Upper House) will take place on 3 March. There were apprehensions that certain 'powers' would either try to delay or stop the polls. Prevailing political uncertainty following the r...
  • East Asia Compass
    Denuclearising the Korean Peninsula: US Policy and China's Role

    Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra    ·   12 Feb, 2018    ·    #5430    ·    Commentary    ·   Column
    In almost every commentary on North Korea’s nuclear and missile programmes, China's role is acknowledged as crucial. If China - North Korea's main ally - decides to put ‘maximum pressure’ on the country by implementing UN...
  • Sushma Swaraj in Nepal: Reinvigorating Bilateral Relations?
    Pramod Jaiswal    ·   07 Feb, 2018    ·    #5429    ·    Commentary    
    On 2 February 2018, India's Minister of External Affairs, Sushma Swaraj, made a surprise visit to Nepal at a time when the Left Alliance in Nepal is set to form a new government under KP Sharma Oli's leadership. What does the visit mean?...
  • Women, Peace, and Security Series
    Women in Indian Politics

    Report    ·   02 Feb, 2018    ·    #5428    ·    Commentary    
    Opening Remarks by the Chair Lalitha Kumaramangalam Member, Governing Council, IPCS, & former Chairperson, National Commission for Women (NCW) India has a three-step political system: the grassroots, governed by the panchayats; the ...
  • IPCS Discussion
    China-India Rivalry in the Globalisation Era

    Report    ·   25 Jan, 2018    ·    #5427    ·    Commentary    
    Opening Remarks by the Chair Amb (Retd) Salman Haidar Patron, IPCS,& Former Foreign Secretary of India In the past, the China-India relationship has been characterised by partnership rather than rivalry. Today, however, both countries...
  • Swarm Drones: Could they Shape the Future of Naval Warfare?
    Vijay Sakhuja    ·   23 Jan, 2018    ·    #5426    ·    Commentary    
    Drones operating in swarms are the new threat to militaries. In a recent case, Russian radars stationed around Latakia, Syria detected a swarm of 10 fixed-wing drones strapped with small rockets descend over the Hmeimim air base. Concurrently, ...
  • Whither Tunisia?
    KP Fabian    ·   23 Jan, 2018    ·    #5425    ·    Commentary    
    When Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali - who had been Tunisia's president for 23 years - fell from power in January 2011, it appeared that Tunisia would embark on a journey towards democracy for the first time since its independence from France in 195...
  • Special Commentary
    President Trump's Year in Office: A Foreign Policy Review

    Vivek Mishra    ·   22 Jan, 2018    ·    #5424    ·    Commentary    
    The ‘many firsts’ that President Donald Trump's year-old tenure has chalked up offer an overwhelming indication of his administration’s desire to differentiate itself from and efface the previous administration’s poli...