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CPEC and the Future of Gilgit Baltistan

April 13, 2017

Given an already upset population and the presence of anti-establishment factions, the unequal distribution of the benefits of CPEC is likely to ignite protests and cause a setback to the initiative as well to the Pakistan establishment.

Bangladesh Prime Minister’s Delhi Visit

April 12, 2017
India-Bangladesh relations

On balance, the outcome of the visit weighed more on the side of optimism. More than 20 deals covering a wide range of issues were signed following the official talks.

Sheikh Hasina’s Visit to India: an opportunity to broaden the relationship

April 07, 2017

Sheikh Hasina’s visit should not be seen through the narrow prism of an agreement on defence cooperation or Teesta but through the broader perspective of the unexplored potential in India-Bangladesh relations.

China’s growing military ties with Nepal

March 31, 2017

China has created a constituency within the Nepal Army during the last few years. Some senior officers of the NA favour deeper military cooperation with China to reap more benefits.

Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad: Timely, but Unlikely to Succeed

March 17, 2017

Will the Pakistani civilian leadership cease to placate the Islamist forces for their own electoral gain? Will the Army rein in the jihadis it has been using to retain “strategic depth” in Afghanistan?

Sri Lanka’s Fighter Selection – An Opportunity for India

March 10, 2017

From all angles – political, economic, diplomatic and military – India is in a position to meet the SLAF’s potential combat aircraft requirements.

Bangladesh and the Rohingya: Implications of Refugee Re-location to Thengar Char Island

February 28, 2017

Bangladesh may be able to manage the Rohingya refugee problem only as a short-term expedient, albeit with considerable economic implications.

India’s Participation in CPEC: The Ifs and Buts

February 17, 2017
India’s Participation in CPEC: The Ifs and Buts

Isolated statements from China and Pakistan soliciting India’s participation in CPEC could be part of a strategic mind-game. India must consider engaging astutely in this mind-game.

Is a Border Fence an Absolute Essential along the India-Myanmar Border?

February 06, 2017

Regulated borders with greater emphasis on developing people-to-people contact and cross-border trade initiatives are likely to yield greater security benefits as against a closed border.

A Joint India-Indonesia Intervention on the Rohingya Issue

December 15, 2016

Given that both India and Indonesia have a common interest in preserving their respective democratic, multi-ethnic and multi-religious polities, they need to work together to induce Myanmar to control the violence against the Rohingyas.

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