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Rajaram Panda

Rajaram Panda was Senior Fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi. <a href="/profile/rpanda">Click here for profile</a>

Challenges Before Japan in 2012

January 16, 2012

This Issue Brief assesses the pitfalls and opportunities as well as the likely course of action that the Japanese political leadership is going to define in the coming months.

The Implications of Noda’s Visit to India

January 13, 2012

Noda’s visit to India is a demonstration of Japan’s long-term commitment to scale up India–Japan bilateral ties to a higher trajectory.

North Korea after Kim Jong-Il: Implications for East Asian Security

January 02, 2012

The demise of the North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il on December 17, 2011 has introduced a new dimension to the security situation in Northeast Asia. The future of East Asian security would largely be shaped by developments that unfold in the Korean peninsula.

"Comfort Women" issue: A constant irritant in Japan-South Korea Relations

December 22, 2011

The issue of “comfort women” continues to haunt Japan’s relations with its neighbour, South Korea. Koreans are unable to forget the atrocities committed by the Japanese military during the long colonial rule from 1910-1945 over the entire Korean peninsula.

India’s lukewarm response to Australia’s quest for a trilateral dialogue

December 21, 2011

Though India would be keen to expand defence cooperation on a one-to-one basis with Australia, especially on counter-terrorism and maritime security issues, it is likely to remain averse to joining any regional security grouping directed against China.

South Korea relives the Yeonpyeong attack by North Korea

November 29, 2011

The people of Yeonpyeong Island remember with trepidation the devastating attack of November 2010. Since the Cheonan incident in March 2010 and chastened by the attack last year, South Korea has beefed up its military arsenal and strengthened its defence preparedness.

India-Japan-US Trilateral Dialogue: A Promising Initiative

November 22, 2011

There certainly exists some logic behind India, Japan and the US working together, and that too in a region that lacks solid security architecture.

Kim's Russia Visit: Evaluating Diplomatic Currency

November 09, 2011

It is apparent that both Russia and North Korea are seeking diplomatic currency. But so long as North Korea’s nuclear weapons programme remains an unresolved issue, Russia’s plan for a trans-Korean gas pipeline, however mutually beneficial that may be, is likely to remain unachievable.

Ozawa Ichiro on Trial

October 14, 2011

With 120 members belonging to his faction, Ozawa still wields decisive influence to make or unmake the government led by the DPJ.