Winter Olympics in the Nuclear Shadow
Sheel kant Sharma · 05 Mar, 2018 · #5441 · Commentary · Column
Mixed signals have come from the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics but they are once again wrapped in fierce and heightened rhetoric; from Washington, about the dire consequences of North Korean defiance in word and deed, and Pyongyong calling sanctions...
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 mentione...
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 t...
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 ...
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 Auton...
Fragility of the Process: Myanmarâ€™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. Nayp...
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 associati...
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 governm...
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 a...
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. “Amer...