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Sampa Kundu

How India Can Direct its 'Act East' Policy Toward Myanmar

September 02, 2016

Myanmar will play a key role in India’s Act Easy Policy, if Delhi can counterbalance China’s influence.

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.

Understanding Duterte: The Unpredictable President of The Philippines

July 14, 2016
Understanding Duterte: The Unpredictable President of The Philippines

The Hague Tribunal’s decision and China’s take on it are unlikely to compel Duterte to ignore economic interests that can be furthered through cooperation with China.

China divides ASEAN in the South China Sea

May 21, 2016

Research Assistant, IDSA, Dr Sampa Kundu’s article on China’s policy on South China Sea, titled ‘China divides ASEAN in the South China Sea’ was published in East Asia Forum on May 21, 2016.

Challenges before the New Governments in Southeast Asia

May 06, 2016

Research Assistant, IDSA, Dr Sampa Kundu’s commentary on new governments Southeast Asia, titled ‘Challenges before the New Governments in Southeast Asia’, was published in ‘The Dialogue’ on May 6, 2016.

India and the Indian Ocean: A Briefing

April 11, 2016

Independent India was a typical continental power, mostly due to its difficult land border disputes with China and Pakistan. During the Cold War days, India wanted that the major world powers should withdraw themselves from the Indian Ocean, presence of whom was actually a threat to India’s ideological inclination to the non-aligned movement.

India’s ASEAN Approach: Acting East

April 08, 2016

Research Assistant, IDSA, Dr Sampa Kundu’s article on India’s ASEAN Policy, titled ‘India’s ASEAN Approach: Acting East’ was published in ‘The Diplomat’ on April 8, 2016.

Indonesia’s Terrorism Challenge

February 03, 2016
Indonesia’s Terrorism Challenge

Notwithstanding the relatively lower death toll, the January 14 attack has caused alarm in the region given that it came as proof of the claim made by the IS in 2014 about intensifying its activities across Southeast Asia.

The South China Sea: The Struggle for Power in Asia by Bill Hayton

January 2016

The South China Sea disputes have received considerable attention from international relations scholars, world leaders and policymakers in the recent decades. China’s aspirations in the region are challenged by the relatively smaller East Asian countries, including Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan. The territorial disputes, mixed with the concept of sovereignty and national pride, have led to the development of geopolitical rivalry in the region.

Asia’s Cauldron: The South China Sea and the End of a Stable Pacific by Robert D. Kaplan

September 2015

The South China Sea has been an area of intense focus in post-Cold War international affairs. The primary reason that explains the growing significance of the South China Sea in contemporary world politics is the regional tension and competition involving China and smaller adjacent countries around the sea. The engagement of the extra-regional powers, which has the potential to aggravate the situation, is another factor that compels International Relations (IR) practitioners to keenly watch the developments there. In this context, Robert D.