• East Asia Compass
    China’s Strategic Silence on the Hanoi Summit

    Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra    ·   22 Mar, 2019    ·    #5570    ·    Commentary    ·   Column
    An abrupt end of the Hanoi summit between the leaders of the US and North Korea on 28 February 2019 was disappointing for many. But for many others, it was unsurprising because the two parties did not have enough exchanges and understanding at ...
  • Red Affairs
    Is ‘Human Rights’ Making a Comeback to Chhattisgarh’s Counter-Naxal Doctrine?

    Bibhu Prasad Routray    ·   22 Mar, 2019    ·    #5569    ·    Commentary    ·   Column
    Regime changes often are harbingers of major policy shifts. The Congress party which ended the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) 15-year rule in Chhattisgarh state in the elections to the legislative assembly held in November 2018 has the abilit...
  • Book Review
    Pakistan and its Army of the Pure

    Rana Banerji    ·   21 Mar, 2019    ·    #5568    ·    Commentary    
    In Their Own Words: Understanding Lashkar-e-Tayyaba C. Christine Fair C. Hurst & Co. London, 2018 This book on the Lashkar-e-Tayyaba (LeT) is the culmination of years of painstaking research by renowned Georgetown University academi...
  • Special Commentary
    Afghanistan: Prospects of a Political Settlement with the Taliban

    Dr Omar Sadr    ·   15 Mar, 2019    ·    #5567    ·    Commentary    
    Around mid-March, the fifth round of negotiations between the US and the Taliban—the longest in the ongoing series—concluded in Doha, Qatar. In the US’ view, a negotiation that could be considered successful would be one which results in ...
  • What Drives the EU Towards India?
    Pieter-jan Dockx & Manuel Herrera    ·   14 Mar, 2019    ·    #5566    ·    Commentary    
    On 20 November 2018, the EU published ‘Elements for an EU strategy on India,’ which set out Brussels’ future approach towards New Delhi. This policy paper was the bloc’s most recent publication on EU-India relations, 14 years after its p...
  • India-Pakistan
    Has the Pulwama Crisis Altered Strategic Dimensions?

    Dr Shalini Chawla    ·   08 Mar, 2019    ·    #5565    ·    Commentary    
    On 26 February, the Indian Air Force (IAF) targeted a Jaish-e-Muhammed (JeM) camp in Balakot in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province, after over 40 Central Reserve Police Force jawans were killed in Pulwama, Jammu & Kashmir (J&...
  • Experiential Learning and India After Pulwama
    Shubhra Chaturvedi    ·   04 Mar, 2019    ·    #5564    ·    Commentary    
    The 2016 Uri attack was followed by heated debates on government-military coordination in India, the possibility of integrated responses, better public diplomacy, and improved operational preparedness during crises. Contextualising these discu...
  • Liberal International Order and its Discontents
    Lydia Walker    ·   26 Feb, 2019    ·    #5563    ·    Commentary    
    In the past two years, in response to the activities and rhetoric of the current US presidential administration, a slew of prominent voices in the study of international relations have bemoaned the demise of an international order, of US power...
  • Trump-Kim Summit in Hanoi: Optimism Despite Impediments
    Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra    ·   26 Feb, 2019    ·    #5562    ·    Commentary    
    The second US-North Korea summit meet, eight months after the Singapore Summit, is scheduled to take place in Hanoi on 27-28 February 2019. There is skepticism regarding the potential outcomes of this meeting, based on three important factors. ...
  • Decoding the Arakan Army: Emergence and Political Framing (Part-1)
    Angshuman Choudhury    ·   25 Feb, 2019    ·    #5561    ·    Commentary    
    On 4 January 2019, as Myanmar celebrated its 71st Independence Day, hundreds of Arakan Army (AA) insurgents launched coordinated attacks on four border police outposts in Northern Rakhine’s Buthidaung Township, killing 13 policemen and injuri...