• COP-23 Climate Negotiations: Politics Over Just Commitments
    Garima Maheshwari.    ·   28 Nov, 2017    ·    #5400    ·    Commentary    
    What was expected and proclaimed to be a rather technical working conference to hash out the rules for 2018 is turning out to be a political minefield with the potential to undermine the very basis of ‘climate justice’ that has formed t ...
  • The Strategist
    “Taking Centre Stage in the World”

    Vice Admiral Vijay Shankar.    ·   28 Nov, 2017    ·    #5399    ·    Commentary    ·   Column
    When Chairman Xi declared at the opening of the 19th Congress of the Communist Party of China, “It is time for us to take centre stage in the world,” he may have drawn this deduction from two perceived shifts in the global strategic env ...
  • The R4+S Approach for Afghanistan
    Rajat Ahlawat.    ·   27 Nov, 2017    ·    #5398    ·    Commentary    
    The new US strategy for Afghanistan has switched from a 'time-bound', 'troop numbers-based' approach to a 'conditions-based' approach. A conditions-based approach would give the US administration more flexibility in terms of determining troop numbe ...
  • Maritime Matters
    Microbeads and Microfibre: A Big Challenge for Blue Economy

    Vijay Sakhuja.    ·   27 Nov, 2017    ·    #5397    ·    Commentary    ·   Column
    A recent BBC documentary titled Blue Planet II that has an agonising three-minute clip of a dead pilot whale moving along with her dead calf, apparently poisoned due to chemical pollution, left many audiences in shock. Wildlife expert Sir David At ...
  • In Memoriam
    Ambassador Howard B Schaffer

    Rachael Strogoff.    ·   22 Nov, 2017    ·    #5396    ·    Commentary    
    The passing of Howard Schaffer will be deeply regretted by his many friends and associates. He was a top-flight diplomat of the US State Department who spent many years serving his country and rose high in the diplomatic service. Quite early in his ...
  • Why are Nuclear Disarmament Initiatives Bound to Fail?
    Shivani Singh.    ·   21 Nov, 2017    ·    #5395    ·    Commentary    
    The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) was recently awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for being a strong and active force in campaigning for disarmament and pushing for the adoption of the nuclear weapons ban treaty, 2017. De ...
  • The Pangsangh Alliance and the Future of Myanmar’s Peace Process
    Angshuman Choudhury.    ·   21 Nov, 2017    ·    #5394    ·    Commentary    
    Between 11-12 November 2017, senior officials from Myanmar’s union government and the Tatmadaw met with the country’s largest Ethnic Armed Organisation (EAO), United Wa State Army (UWSA), and its less powerful ally, National Democratic ...
  • Special Commentary
    Unpacking the Unprecedented Churning in Saudi Arabia

    Ranjit Gupta.    ·   15 Nov, 2017    ·    #5393    ·    Commentary    
    Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (King Salman) has presided over unprecedented churning on both the domestic political and foreign policy fronts during his short reign of less than three years. Norms that have been the foundat ...
  • EU: Prospects of Reform Post the 2017 German Election
    John Schabedoth.    ·   15 Nov, 2017    ·    #5392    ·    Commentary    
    The European Union (EU) and its institutions are at a crossroads. The Euro and refugee crises have revealed that its countries have different views on intra-community solidarity and the future of the EU as a whole. With Brexit, for the first time, ...
  • Dateline Colombo
    The Geopolitics of Floating Bases and the New World Order

    Asanga Abeyagoonasekera.    ·   14 Nov, 2017    ·    #5391    ·    Commentary    ·   Column
    US naval officer and strategist Alfred Thayer Mahan’s advice in 1890 for the US to push outwards to rule the oceans is still heeded by US maritime forces in the present day. The USS Nimitz aircraft carrier, standing 23 stories high and 333 me ...