Balochistan: Contextualising the Recent Spike in Attacks
Anwar Ali Tsarpa · 08 Feb, 2019 · #5556 · Commentary
On 23 November 2018, a Baloch insurgent group, the
Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) attacked the Chinese consulate in Karachi, Pakistan. In a statement,
the BLA said the “objective of the attack was to highlight Chinese exploitative
What Will the China-India Relationship Look Like in 2019?
Siwei Liu · 08 Feb, 2019 · #5555 · Commentary
Sino-Indian relations in 2018 were generally stable and gradually
emerged from the shadow of the Doklam crisis. However, issues that will
continue to affect the ties have not
been completely addressed, especially the mutual trust deficit ...
HAL and India's Race to the Bottom
Murli Menon · 06 Feb, 2019 · #5554 · Commentary
The Mirage 2000 crash in Bengaluru and the tragic
fatalities of the two test pilots must make Indian policy-makers recognise and
take steps to urgently address the
conditions in which the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is run. HAL's below...
Xi’s Disquieting Dream of National Rejuvenation
Vice Admiral Vijay Shankar · 31 Jan, 2019 · #5553 · Commentary · Column
In the run up to the First World War, Germany pursued a combination of overbearing diplomacy and brinkmanship to achieve policy goals, despite the risk of war. Demanding a review of the international order that would confer on it a dominant po...
Alternative Development and Manipur's 'War on Drugs': Need for a Broader Framework
Anjali Gupta · 31 Jan, 2019 · #5552 · Commentary
In Manipur, the cultivation of illicit crops such as cannabis and opium
has remained a major source of income, especially for low-income agrarian groups.
After announcing a ‘War on Drugs’, incumbent Chief Minister, N Biren Singh, propo...
Iraq: Why the ‘Intra-Shia Civil War’ Narrative is Flawed
Pieter-jan Dockx · 31 Jan, 2019 · #5551 · Commentary
Since the parliamentary
election in May 2018, deep divisions among Iraq’s various Shia factions have
come to the surface. This has led numerous analysts to deduct or predict the beginning
of a new intra-Shia civil war in the country. The narr...
The Abnormal Normal: Time Stands Still at Two Minutes to Midnight
Manpreet Sethi · 30 Jan, 2019 · #5550 · Commentary · Column
The Doomsday Clock, maintained
by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists since 1947, has come to symbolise a
graphic description of the global security situation at any given time. Every
year, the Science and Security Board of the Bulletin, comp...
State vs. Students: Why Marxism Troubles Xi Jinping
Palden Sonam · 29 Jan, 2019 · #5549 · Commentary
theory, Marxism has for long been the ideological foundation of the Communist
Party of China’s (CPC) regime. In practice, however, while Marxism is employed
as an instrument of Party rule, its principles are not. Under China’s President
Can the EU Secure its Strategic Interests through the JCPOA?
Manuel Herrera · 21 Jan, 2019 · #5548 · Commentary
The EU’s strategic interests with regard to Iran and the Joint
Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) rest on four main pillars: maintaining
stability in the Persian Gulf which is vital for global oil supply and prices;
resolving conflicts in t...
India & Southeast Asia
India-Indonesia: A Natural Partnership for the Indo-Pacific
Ashutosh Nagda · 16 Jan, 2019 · #5547 · Commentary
During his May 2018 visit to India, Indonesia’s Co-ordinating
Minister for Maritime Affairs, Luhut Panjaitan, laid emphasis on a closer
cooperation between India and Indonesia, suggesting it to be “important for
balance of power in the regi...