COMMENTARIES
  • South Korea’s Nuclear Paradox
    Shivani Singh.    ·   27 Feb, 2024    ·    #5870    ·    Commentary    
    South Korea faces a paradox of choice. On one hand, it must address growing domestic public pressure  in favour of acquiring nuclear weapons to combat the North Korean threat. On the other, this decision must be weighed against Seoul’s rapi...
  • Pakistan Elections: An Explainer
    Muneer Ahmed    ·   15 Feb, 2024    ·    #5869    ·    Commentary    
    None of the three main political parties in Pakistan were able to secure a majority in parliament following the 8 February election. Of the 266 contestable National Assembly (NA) seats, independent candidates backed by Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehree...
  • Tiers of Motivation: Bilateral and Regional Drivers of the Iran-Pakistan Missile Strikes
    Muneer Ahmed    ·   30 Jan, 2024    ·    #5868    ·    Commentary    
    On 16 January, Iran launched highly coordinated precision strikes in Pakistan’s Balochistan, while Pakistan retaliated on 18 January, after protesting diplomatically. These strikes were conducted across Goldsmid line, which demarcates Pakista...
  • Red Affairs
    Militancy in J&K: An Annual Review

    Bibhu Prasad Routray    ·   26 Jan, 2024    ·    #5867    ·    Commentary    ·   Column
    On 15 January 2024, the Indian army chief said that militancy in Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) was under control. Before that, the home minister indicated that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led government at the Centre had been successful in...
  • Why the Conflict in West Asia is Complicating India’s Maritime Security
    Siddharth Anil Nair    ·   25 Jan, 2024    ·    #5866    ·    Commentary    
    India’s fundamental maritime security objective is to deter conflict and coercion from the sea. Recent developments in its regional security environment have created new complications in this pursuit. The conflict in West Asia has extended i...
  • East Asia Compass
    The Meaning of a Third DPP Presidency in Taiwan

    Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra    ·   24 Jan, 2024    ·    #5865    ·    Commentary    ·   Column
    Taiwan’s Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) candidate Lai Ching-te’s win in the recently held presidential elections in Taiwan is indeed historic. This is the third consecutive victory of a DPP candidate in a presidential election. The ...
  • How Global Conflict Shapes the Green Transition
    Siddharth Anil Nair    ·   27 Dec, 2023    ·    #5864    ·    Commentary    
    A global green transition—our best bet to counter climate change—has been underway for about 10 years. Countries around the world have begun to leverage the power of technology with the objective of moving to more sustainable sources...
  • Lost Bets: Rethinking India’s Myanmar Strategy
    Fiona Raval    ·   27 Dec, 2023    ·    #5863    ·    Commentary    
    The Tatmadaw usurped power in Myanmar through a coup in February 2021. In the two and a half years since, India has been tolerant of the junta and hasn’t yet interacted with the pro-democracy National Unity Government (NUG). Further, in tak...
  • East Asia Compass
    Kishida-Xi Meeting: A Move to Reduce Frictions?

    Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra    ·   12 Dec, 2023    ·    #5862    ·    Commentary    ·   Column
    At the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting in San Francisco in November, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida of Japan and President Xi Jinping of China held a sixty-five minute long meeting. Although the meeting didn’t sug...
  • East Asia Compass
    Why was Kim Jong-un in Russia?

    Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra    ·   09 Oct, 2023    ·    #5861    ·    Commentary    ·   Column
    It was a bit surprising that the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s first foreign visit after the pandemic was to Russia, on 10 September 2023. His visit may be considered symbolic of his prioritisation, with Russia appearing to be more important...