Quad to Quad-Plus: A Cost-Benefit Assessment
Siddharth Anil Nair · 27 Feb, 2020 · #5651 · Commentary
A decade since its inception, the India-Japan-US-Australia
Quadrilateral (or 'Quad'), finds itself still beset by a lack of consensus and
formalisation. It has also been criticised for being unable to effectively
engage ASEAN members to reach s...
Mahinda’s India Visit: Reading between the Lines
Dr. Sripathi Narayanan · 17 Feb, 2020 · #5650 · Commentary
Between 7 and 11 February, Sri Lanka’s new Prime
Minister, Mahinda Rajapaksa (MR), travelled to India on his maiden foreign
visit since assuming office. This visit marked the fifth high-profile bilateral
exchange since his brother, Gotabaya R...
Is the Doomsday Clock Still Relevant?
Tanvi Kulkarni. · 11 Feb, 2020 · #5649 · Commentary
23 January 2020, the Doomsday Clock struck 11:58:20 PM – that is, 100 seconds
away from midnight. The clock’s time is meant to symbolically indicate how
close humanity is to a global catastrophe. And, the current time suggests that
India: The Politics and Economics of Soft Power
Muneer Ahmed · 31 Jan, 2020 · #5648 · Commentary
Indian External Affairs Minister (EAM) Dr S Jaishankar, at
Ramnath Goenka lecture on 14 November 2019, gave a rundown of
India's foreign relations, and highlighted critical milestones. His key thrust
was on the need for an Indian forei...
The Chanciness of Squirming Back from the Brink of Nuclear War
Vice Admiral Vijay Shankar · 31 Jan, 2020 · #5647 · Commentary · Column
Yefgrafovich Petrov, Colonel Second Rank of the Soviet Strategic Air Defence
Forces, stood as watch-in-charge at the Oko nuclear early warning surveillance
system at the top secret Serpukhov-15 complex in a South Moscow suburb. His
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A New Phase in US-North Korean Denuclearisation Talks?
Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra · 27 Jan, 2020 · #5646 · Commentary · Column
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, by recently replacing his foreign and defence ministers, has indicated his
intent to take a tough stand on the issue of denuclearisation. On 18 and 22
January 2020, Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho was replaced by Ri ...
Kashmiri Pandits and J&K Reorganisation
Shivangi Seth · 22 Jan, 2020 · #5645 · Commentary
early 2019, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi remarked about the injustice of
the 1990 Kashmiri Pandit (KP) exodus and reiterated his commitment towards
facilitating their dignified return to Kashmir. After Article 370 was abrogated in ...
Nuclear Energy: Is it In or Out?
Manpreet Sethi · 20 Jan, 2020 · #5644 · Commentary · Column
Two contrasting news on
nuclear energy from two different parts of the world greeted the dawn of the new
year. Germany announced the decommissioning of another of its nuclear power
plants in keeping with its plan to phase out nuclear energy by ...
The Killing of Gen Soleimani and the Islamic Republic’s Options
Majid Izadpanahi · 15 Jan, 2020 · #5643 · Commentary
After a rocket attack on a US
military base which led to the killing of an American contractor, the US blamed
the Kata'ib Hezbollah (an Iran-backed proxy militia) and later plotted the bombing
of a base belongs to that militia. Few days later, ...
The Assassination of Iran’s Soleimani: Victory for Trump, Failure for the US?
Pieter-jan Dockx · 06 Jan, 2020 · #5642 · Commentary
On 3 January, a
US drone strike near Baghdad airport killed Major General Qasem Soleimani of
Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as well as his main Iraqi ally,
militia leader Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis. The assassinations are the late...