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  • The March of Folly Jointly Led By Kim Jong-Un And Donald Trump

    The crisis over North Korea’s reckless but successful pursuit of nuclear- weapon capability and the misguided response thereto by the United States is taking the world nearer to an unnecessary and perfectly avoidable catastrophe.

    September 12, 2017

    India’s Membership in Shanghai Cooperation Organisation: An Appraisal

    This Backgrounder evaluates the possible advantages and challenges stemming from India’s membership in SCO.

    August 29, 2017

    A New Equilibrium with China: Near simultaneous rise of neighbours is not unprecedented in Asia

    Will the next meeting between PM Modi and President Xi at the Xiamen BRICS Summit lead to what Foreign Secretary Jaishankar has described as a new equilibrium?

    August 25, 2017

    Panchsheel was noble, but did China embrace it ever?

    Before selectively invoking historical contexts and postulates such as Panchsheel, Chinese officials need to ask themselves “do we have the right to say this.”

    August 18, 2017

    Will North Korea and the United States Go to War?

    Unfortunately, the incoherence in US policy under Trump makes one fear that the probability of a disastrous miscalculation is truly worrisome.

    August 14, 2017

    Doklam, China’s Strategic Calculus and India’s Policy Options

    To effectively cope with the PRC’s hostile attitude, India needs to reduce the power asymmetry, articulate a clear security policy based on a realistic threat assessment, reorganise the military, and revamp the border management mechanism.

    August 11, 2017

    The People’s Liberation Army at Ninety – Poised for a ‘Great Leap’

    The People’s Liberation Army at Ninety

    It will take some time before the PLA can claim to be a modern military, at par with Western armies, capable of undertaking extended global missions. But the PLA is poised for a “Giant Leap”, and that is bound to dramatically change the ‘balance of power’ dynamics.

    August 07, 2017

    The Malabar Exercises: An Appraisal

    India should take the lead in forming an overarching security quad along with Australia, Japan and the US in the Indo-Pacific region.

    July 18, 2017

    Unpacking China’s White Paper on Maritime Cooperation under BRI

    The vision document considers maritime security cooperation as a lynchpin in the MSR and attempts to redesign the existing maritime security architecture in the oceanic arena of MSR.

    June 28, 2017

    The North Korean Nuclear Conundrum

    A rational decision maker in the White House does not have all options on the table and cannot start a war without South Korea’s consent. Diplomacy is the only option and this is as obvious as obvious can be.

    May 03, 2017

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