• The Chabahar Port Project and Afghanistan’s Alternative Approach to Trade
    Jawad Torabi    ·   19 Apr, 2018    ·    #5460    ·    Commentary    
    Historically, and given the tensions in bilateral relations, dependence on the Pakistani market and trade routes has been a point of vulnerability for Afghanistan, a landlocked country. To overcome this vulnerability, Kabul has begun looking fo...
  • The Nuclear Consequences of Brexit
    Arushi Vig    ·   19 Apr, 2018    ·    #5459    ·    Commentary    
    After the 2016 Brexit verdict, one area of several areas of concern is nuclear energy. The British civil nuclear programme was meshed with Euratom since the UK's inclusion in the EU in 1973. One consequence of Brexit is Prime Minister Theresa Mayâ...
  • Trump’s Tariffs and a Looming Trade War: India's Stakes
    Ayan Tewari    ·   17 Apr, 2018    ·    #5458    ·    Commentary    
    As US President Donald Trump imposes steel and aluminium tariffs on most countries, India is in a unique position to capitalise on the situation. Trump’s tariffs could direct foreign steel and aluminium towards India, benefitting consumers, dist...
  • Maritime Matters
    New Technologies Demand New Laws and Ethics

    Vijay Sakhuja    ·   16 Apr, 2018    ·    #5457    ·    Commentary    ·   Column
    The Group of Governmental Experts (GGE) on lethal autonomous weapon systems (LAWS) met in Geneva earlier this month and emphasised the critical necessity to ban "fully autonomous weapon systems." They urged states to move towards negotiating a leg...
  • East Asia Compass
    Regional Stability and Japan's Irresponsible Political Gambit

    Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra    ·   06 Apr, 2018    ·    #5456    ·    Commentary    ·   Column
    It is a critical time for the North Korean nuclear and missile issue, and South Korea, the US and other stakeholder states have accorded it their highest priority. Japan, however, is focusing its primary attention on the abduction of its citizens ...
  • Maritime Matters
    Game-changing Technologies for Future Naval Operations

    Vijay Sakhuja    ·   31 Mar, 2018    ·    #5455    ·    Commentary    ·   Column
    Two new weapon technologies - Solid State Lasers (SSLs) and Electromagnetic Railgun (EMRG) - can augment ship defence against incoming missiles, high speed projectiles and unmanned vehicles/drones. Experts argue that if these are successfully depl...
  • From Bangladesh to Myanmar: Repatriation of Rohingya Refugees
    Angshuman Choudhury    ·   27 Mar, 2018    ·    #5454    ·    Commentary    
    23 March 2018 marks two months since the first wave of repatriation of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh was to begin through a bilateral agreement with Myanmar signed in November 2017.Since then, not a single refugee - of the 6,88,000 new arriv...
  • Has India Changed its Tibet Policy?
    Palden Sonam    ·   23 Mar, 2018    ·    #5453    ·    Commentary    
    Does the recent circular from the Prime Minister Modi government advising high functionaries and leaders to avoid a Tibetan event represent a change in India’s Tibet policy? The simple answer is no. The circular is more a tactic than a shift in ...
  • Bangladesh: Political Polarisation and Resurgence of Terrorism
    Krishna Kumar Saha    ·   22 Mar, 2018    ·    #5452    ·    Commentary    
    On 27 February 2018, the US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) added ‘ISIS-Bangladesh’ to its sanctions list for global terrorism. Following months of denial from Dhaka about the presence of the Islamic State (IS) ...
  • Dateline Colombo
    Racism, Riots, and the Sri Lankan State

    Asanga Abeyagoonasekera    ·   19 Mar, 2018    ·    #5451    ·    Commentary    ·   Column
    Only when fear and hatred is spread by extremists does serious reflection haunt a community. The teardrop-shaped island of Sri Lanka, a seeming paradise hanging off the Indian subcontinent, has been provoked yet again. Within a few hours arose...