Identity and Violence: Media Coverage of the Recent Conflict in Sri Lanka (Part 1)
Anjana Vencatesan · 02 Aug, 2018 · #5500 · Commentary
In the recent months, Facebook has consistently been in the spotlight for its role in the Cambridge Analytica controversy; ineffective response to fake news in Ireland’s reproductive rights referendum; and the failure to remove hate speech durin...
The Third 21st Century Panglong Conference: A Review
Angshuman Choudhury · 02 Aug, 2018 · #5499 · Commentary
The third iteration of Myanmar’s union-level peace forum—the 21st Century Panglong Conference (21CPC)—concluded on 16 July 2018. The 21CPC, supposed to be held biannually, was hosted in 2018 after a year-long delay, and witnessed six days of...
The Dilemma of a Threshold
Vice Admiral Vijay Shankar · 01 Aug, 2018 · #5498 · Commentary · Column
The nuclear planner is acutely involved in analysis of when and under what political conditions opposing leadership (military or otherwise) may resort to the employment of nuclear weapons. For nations with a policy of no first use (NFU), the answe...
The Challenges of AI-enabled Underwater Platforms
Vijay Sakhuja · 01 Aug, 2018 · #5497 · Commentary · Column
The Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) is likely to acquire a new type of submarine by the early 2020s. According to the South China Morning Post, the Shenyang Institute of Automation under the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) is engage...
China and the Shape of the Indo-Pacific
Manpreet Sethi · 18 Jul, 2018 · #5496 · Commentary · Column
It is hardly surprising that China figures prominently in the idea of the Indo-Pacific. In fact, China’s behaviour and actions have provided the impetus and trigger for the revival of the Indo-Pacific, since the countries spearheading the concep...
Digital Connectivity in the Andaman & Nicobar Islands
Vijay Sakhuja · 17 Jul, 2018 · #5495 · Commentary · Column
The Indian government has awarded a contract for the installation of a 2,300 km-long optical fiber cable (OFC) across the Bay of Bengal between Chennai in the Indian mainland and Port Blair in the Andaman & Nicobar (A&N) islands. Announced...
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Enhancing India-South Korea Relations
Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra · 16 Jul, 2018 · #5494 · Commentary · Column
South Korean President Moon Jae-in visited in India for a four-day trip from 8 to 11 July 2018, and both the countries resolved to add more substance to their partnership. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Moon Jae-in re-emphasised the natur...
'Advantage Assam': Instrumentalising Development through Tourism
Riddhi Mahanta · 09 Jul, 2018 · #5493 · Commentary
‘Advantage Assam’, the Assam Global Investor’s Summit held in February 2018, was the largest ever investment promotion initiative by the government of Assam. It opened with much fanfare and was covered extensively by the media.This commentar...
US Sanctions against Iran: What are India's Options?
Ambassador KP Fabian · 06 Jul, 2018 · #5492 · Commentary
The US first imposed various sanctions on Iran in 1979 when the US embassy was occupied, with the staff taken hostage, following the fall of US-supported Shah. Oil sanctions were imposed in 2012 ‘to stop Iran from making a nuclear bomb’ even t...
Vietnam-India Relations: Past, Present, and Future
Discussion Report · 04 Jul, 2018 · #5491 · Commentary
On 6 June 2018, the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies (IPCS) hosted His Excellency Ton Sinh Thanh, Ambassador of Vietnam to India, who delivered his remarks on 'Vietnam-India Relations: Past, Present, and Future'. The interaction was held un...