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  • Musical Chairs in China's Parliament
    Srikanth Kondapalli.    ·   28 Feb, 2018    ·    #5440    ·    Commentary    
    On 26 February, the Central Committee of the ruling Communist Party of China (CCP) proposed a series of constitutional amendments including changing the two-term norm for the president and vice-president posts. No specific term period was mentioned i ...
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    Reorienting Saudi Foreign Policy: From Islam to the Arab Identity

    Pieter-jan Dockx.    ·   27 Feb, 2018    ·    #5439    ·    Commentary    
    Since the rise of Saudi Arabia’s new de-facto ruler, Mohammed bin Salman (MbS), there have been subtle yet important changes in the Kingdom’s foreign policy. The traditional Salafist discourse has partly made space for increased references to ' ...
  • Maritime Matters
    The Debut of Counter-Drone Technologies

    Vijay Sakhuja.    ·   27 Feb, 2018    ·    #5438    ·    Commentary    ·   Column
    During his speech at the Munich Security Conference in February 2018, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu "brandished" a piece of debris from an Iranian unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) brought down by the Israeli military after it ent ...
  • Belt and Road and US-China Relations in 2018
    Rajeshwari Krishnamurthy.    ·   19 Feb, 2018    ·    #5437    ·    Commentary    
    In early February 2018, US forces conducted air operations targeting both the Taliban and the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM) in Afghanistan's north-eastern Badakshan province which shares a border with China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomo ...
  • Fragility of the Process: Myanmar’s Long Road to Peace
    Angshuman Choudhury.    ·   19 Feb, 2018    ·    #5436    ·    Commentary    
    The third edition of Myanmar's flagship 21st Century Panglong Conference (21CPC) is scheduled to take place in February 2018. Originally slated for the end of January, the peace conference was postponed a week before the scheduled date. Naypyit ...
  • Goldfein's Visit and IAF-USAF Affiliation
    Murli Menon.    ·   19 Feb, 2018    ·    #5435    ·    Commentary    
    US Air Force (USAF) Chief Gen David L Goldfein visit to India in February, along with the Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) Gen Terrence O’ Shaughnessy, was an important development indicating the US' interest in greater operational association ...
  • Budget 2018-19: Beginning the 2019 Election Campaign
    Prerana Priyadarshi.    ·   16 Feb, 2018    ·    #5434    ·    Commentary    
    The 2018-19 union budget is a clear indication that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi led-National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government has started its groundwork for the 2019 Lok Sabha (LS) elections. This budget seeks to revive the Modi government ...
  • 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 also ...
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    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. “America ...
  • 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 rece ...
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