The Indo-Pacific, particularly its East Asian segment, stretching from India to Japan and Australia, continued to be marked by change and uncertainty in the past six months, with nations staying alert to the ways of both friends and adversaries. Political and strategic issues may receive greater attention than projects...
Countries have been deploying soft power in the conduct of their foreign policy and diplomacy well before the term was coined by Joseph S. Nye. ‘Soft power’ consists of a whole range of tools: the use of medical facilities, education and language learning, food festivals, cinema and other art...
When the right-wing Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) swept the Legislative Assembly elections in Assam – the largest state in India’s northeast – back in 2016, there was much chatter about how the saffron party had won over an unlikely electorate away from its core northern Hindi belt. Rightly...
There seems to be widespread scepticism among military air power experts in India regarding the future of the Indian Air Force's (IAF) combat worthiness. At the heart of the matter is the process and speed of the induction of combat aircraft in the fleet. The uncertainties lay at the...
On June 11-12, 2018, an International Conference on “Role of Youth in Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism and Radicalization that Lead to Terrorism” was organised by the Government of Uzbekistan along with the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in Tashkent and Samarkand. 164 experts from 22...
On 8 May 2018, lingering tension regarding the future of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) culminated in US President Donald Trump officially withdrawing from the deal. This exposes Iran to heavy US primary and secondary sanctions that can have a debilitating affect on its economy. To prevent the...
U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s summit at Singapore may have been astonishing in the unconventional way it was conducted, but may be more productive in outcome than others. Whether by design or not, immediately after the talks, Trump announced casually that he was calling...
The Countering America’s Adversaries through Sanctions Act (CAATSA), passed by the US Congress in August 2017 has placed India in a bind. The Act, which came into effect in January 2018, provides for the imposition of sanctions on those who engage in any significant transactions with Russian entities identified...
The SCO will play a crucial role in shaping politics in the Asian region The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) has been one of the important organizations that straddles both Central Asia and South Asia. Established in 1996 as the Shanghai Five, it came to be known as SCO in 2001...
2018 has been a violent year in Myanmar. Besides the crisis in the northern Rakhine State concerning the Rohingyas, the country has been engulfed by incessant fighting between the Tatmadaw (the military) and various Ethnic Armed Organisations (EAOs) from almost all sides. The third iteration of Myanmar's flagship biennial Union...