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Political Transition, Tatmadaw and Challenges for Myanmar’s Democracy

July 26, 2016

This backgrounder offers an overview of the two most challenging concerns for Myanmar’s democracy – ethnic unrest and economic hardships – and how the new government is planning to address these issues in particular and also more generally the influence of the Tatmadaw in politics.

Building Frigates for The Philippines Navy

July 06, 2016
Building Frigates for The Philippines Navy

India should ensure that the deal does not slip away because of GRSE’s perceived financial inability, which may not actually be the case.

South Pacific: Gaining Prominence in Indian Foreign Policy Calculations

May 10, 2016

This backgrounder explores three issues: the strategic significance of the South Pacific for India, the advantages that India enjoys over China in the region, and the status of India’s relationship with Papua New Guinea in the light of the recent visit by President Mukherjee.

Myanmar in China’s Push into the Indian Ocean

March 14, 2016

China wants to regain the position it once enjoyed under the military government in Myanmar. However, its efforts at securing a direct access to the Indian Ocean through Myanmar are unlikely to see an early fruition.

Significance of the November 2015 Myanmar Elections

March 2016

Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) won by a landslide majority in the openly contested elections Myanmar held on Sunday, November 8, 2015.The NLD won a convincing majority with 255 seats in the lower house, 135 in the upper house and 496 seats in the state and regional legislatures. This paves the way for election of President of its choice and forming a government. The election had 33.5 million eligible voters (over 18 years) of Myanmar’s 52 million population.

India’s Approach to Asia: Strategy, Geopolitics and Responsibility

2016

Publisher: Pentagon Press
ISBN 978-81-8274-870-5
This book offers wide ranging divergent perspectives on India's role in managing and shaping Asian Security. The book offers important ideas on how Asian security will shape up in the future by utilizing the method of scenarios. It is an important contribution to the field of Asian and regional security and India's role in it.

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Delhi Dialogue VII : ASEAN-India Shaping the Post-2015 Agenda

2015
Delhi Dialogue VII : ASEAN-India Shaping the Post-2015 Agenda

Publisher: Pentagon Press
ISBN: 978-81-8274-845-3
Price: Rs. 995/-

This volume is based on the proceedings of Delhi Dialogue VII held in March 2015. It epitomizes the growing dialogue between India and ASEAN at all levels. Delhi Dialogue brings together practitioners, corporate leaders, opinion makers, academics and journalists, every year, to discuss a wide range of issues of common interest and concern that animate the India - ASEAN relationship. Discussions held at the Delhi Dialogue, subsequent to ASEAN Commemorative Summit issuing the ‘Vision Statement’ in 2012, provide a good insight into the likely scenarios and possible trends in the post-2015 era.
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Why are Southeast Asians lured to fight for the Islamic State?

June 29, 2015
Why are Southeast Asians lured to fight for the Islamic State?

If the experience of the Afghan–trained mujahids is anything to go by, the threat posed by returnees from Syria and Iraq has the potential to be far more lethal especially since the numbers involved are much higher.

Indonesian Military’s Role Enlargement in Counter-Terrorism

June 24, 2015
Indonesian Military’s Role Enlargement in Counter-Terrorism

While the Indonesian military played a crucial role in counter-terrorism since the late 1940s, the fall of Suharto in 1998 and democratisation led to the Police dominating this task, especially after the first Bali bombings in 2002. Lately, however, the Indonesian military has reclaimed part of this role, mainly due to the rising threat from the Islamic State.

From Looks to Action: Thailand-India Strategic Convergence and Defence Cooperation

From Looks to Action: Thailand-India Strategic Convergence and Defence Cooperation

After 67 years of diplomatic relations and two decades of collaboration in connecting India with Southeast Asia in January of 2012, Thailand and India finally signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Defence Cooperation. This effort to deepen defence and military ties between the two countries emerged relatively late when compared with those between India and most other Southeast Asian countries.

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