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P. Stobdan

Ambassador P. Stobdan is Senior Fellow at Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi. Click here for detail profile.

Power Politics: How China and Russia Reshape the World by Rob de Wijk

November 2016

A lot of literature has appeared in recent years on how Russia and China have come to present a common challenge to the US-led world order. But the author of the book Power Politics: How China and Russia Reshape the World, Rob de Wijk, has propounded a different theory to prove a case rather in an ominous way that the old-style power politics has never gone away from the global scene even after the end of the Cold War.

Genghis Khan and India-Mongolia Relations

July 11, 2016
Genghis Khan and India-Mongolia Relations

It would be befitting to dedicate the 60th Anniversary of Indo-Mongolian Diplomatic Relations this year to the great Asian hero Genghis Khan.

India Has More Hoops to Jump for SCO Membership

June 23, 2016

Senior Fellow, IDSA, Ambassador P Stobdan’s article on India’s SCO membership, titled ‘India Has More Hoops to Jump for SCO Membership’, was published in ‘The Wire’ on June 22, 2016.

India’s Stakes in SCO

June 15, 2016

India cannot be taking other than a cooperative position if it wants to genuinely exploit opportunities that SCO processes may offer. Any policy on connectivity underpinned by a spirit of rivalry will make India an odd one out.

The Dalai Lama and Tibet’s Future

July 2016

In an ominous way the Dalai Lama recently threatened to terminate the over 400-year-old spiritual lineage of his position, saying that Tibetans no longer require the authority of the Dalai Lama and it would be a shame if a ‘weak’ person succeeded him.

In 2011, he also gave up his political authority in favour of an elected leader among Tibetans living in exile. Seemingly, the motive for these measures was to forestall any alternative plan by Beijing to appoint a successor after him and challenge the authority of such an appointment if Beijing does so.

The SCO: India enters Eurasia

June 14, 2016
The SCO: India enters Eurasia

India’s objective lies not in offsetting the interests of either the US or China but to walk towards its own destiny of serving humanity and global peace.

Emerging Flashpoints in the Himalayas

May 18, 2016
Emerging Flashpoints in the Himalayas

It is time to bring together the interests of the Indian and Chinese governments toward seeking the common goal of saving the Himalayas and the people living in the region.

Asia’s Buddhist Connectivity and India’s Role

February 19, 2016
Asia’s Buddhist Connectivity and India’s Role

India needs to start thinking about seeking a greater transformation in China from authoritarianism to embrace the culture of Buddhism and the impact such a change may entail for enduring relations between India and China.

India and Central Asia: Untying the Energy Knot

January 2016

India was always aware of the enormous energy reserves within its geographically proximate Central Asian region that could potentially fulfil its energy demands. The recent visit by Prime Minister Modi to the region has proved critical in paving the way for India to finally acquire a long awaited energy stake in the region. The new developments could not have been possible without the evolving undercurrents of the new geopolitical balance of power in the region. Russia seems to be playing a conspicuous role in nudging both India and Pakistan towards cooperation in the energy pipeline.

What to Expect from Modi’s Moscow Visit

December 23, 2015
What to Expect from Modi’s Moscow Visit

Modi and Putin are all set not only to straighten the loose ends of existing projects but also bring new big items on the table.

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