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  • Iran's Economic Losses and the Nuclear Deal
    Shivani Singh    ·   27 Jun, 2018    ·    #5486    ·    Commentary    
    On 8 May 2018, lingering tension regarding the future of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) culminated in US President Donald Trump officially withdrawing from the deal. This exposes Iran to heavy US primary and secondary sanctions th...
  • Red Affairs
    Governance Promises and its Antithesis: A Case Study of Junglemahal

    Bibhu Prasad Routray    ·   25 Jun, 2018    ·    #5485    ·    Commentary    ·   Column
    The catchphrase, ‘extremists are anti-development’, is an integral part of the state’s strategic communication strategy in areas affected by Left-wing Extremism (LWE). Alternatively without extremism, the fruits of development would flow int...
  • Asian Militaries and Artificial Intelligence
    Vijay Sakhuja    ·   25 Jun, 2018    ·    #5484    ·    Commentary    
    Artificial Intelligence (AI) has found significant use in military hardware, and AI-enabled weapons and sensors are being developed by the US, Russia and a number of European countries. Likewise, some Asian militaries such as China, Japan, South K...
  • Jammu and Kashmir: Analysing the BJP-PDP Break Up
    Sarral Sharma    ·   21 Jun, 2018    ·    #5483    ·    Commentary    
    On 19 June, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ended its three-year old alliance with the Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K), resulting in the collapse of the coalition government. Indian President Ram Na...
  • India-Indonesia and Sabang Port: A Game Changer?
    Angshuman Choudhury    ·   21 Jun, 2018    ·    #5482    ·    Commentary    
    During Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s May 2018 visit to Indonesia, New Delhi and Jakarta announced that they would set up a Joint Task Force to “undertake projects for port related infrastructure in and around” the Sabang island, loca...
  • The Trump-Kim Summit: Geopolitical and Economic Implications for China
    Ayan Tewari    ·   18 Jun, 2018    ·    #5481    ·    Commentary    
    The 12 June 2018 summit meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korea's Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore has seemingly begun the process easing of relations between North Korea and the US, and by extension, the West. If the effo...
  • Myanmar's Ethnic Armed Conflict: Emerging Trends in Violence
    Angshuman Choudhury    ·   12 Jun, 2018    ·    #5480    ·    Commentary    
    2018 has been a violent year in Myanmar. Besides the crisis in the northern Rakhine State concerning the Rohingyas, the country has been engulfed by incessant fighting between the Tatmadaw (the military) and various Ethnic Armed Organisations ...
  • East Asia Compass
    China and the Trump-Kim Summit: Beijing's Looming Influence

    Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra    ·   11 Jun, 2018    ·    #5479    ·    Commentary    ·   Column
    A flurry of developments in the past few months in and around the Korean peninsula has led to expectations that North Korea might give up its nuclear programme in lieu of some kind of security guarantee and economic benefits. North Korean leader K...
  • Maritime Matters
    Disruptive Technologies and Future Naval Warfare

    Vijay Sakhuja    ·   11 Jun, 2018    ·    #5478    ·    Commentary    ·   Column
    Google’s decision to cancel Project Maven may be a disappointment for the US military who were hoping to use the company’s artificial intelligence (AI) and machine-learning (ML) techniques to analyse huge amounts of video footage captured ...
  • Myanmar's Military and the Rohingya Crisis
    Roshni Kapur    ·   11 Jun, 2018    ·    #5477    ·    Commentary    
    The Rohingya have fled from their homeland in Rakhine, Myanmar, whenever there has been an eruption in violence. Approximately 700,000 Rohingyas are currently living in Bangladesh’s Cox Bazar district ever since fleeing the latest outbreak of vi...
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