The UN Internal Review Panel Report and Sri Lanka’s Urgent Need for Accountability

With the release of the United Nations Internal Review Panel Report in November 2012, the deteriorating human rights situation in Sri Lanka has once again captured the attention of the world.

January 09, 2013

Is the Return of Shinzo Abe Good News for India?

With Abe taking a nationalistic stance and confronting China over the Senkakus, India-Japan cooperation could suffer since it does not seem to be in India’s interest to confront China.

January 08, 2013

LDP “Take(s) Back Japan”: The creation of a national military is on Abe’s agenda

Although Shinzo Abe is aggressively pushing for revising the Constitution, the LDP’s ally, New Komeito, remains opposed to the idea arguing that it will change the nature and duties of Japan’s defence force.

December 26, 2012

Chinese Aerial Patrols Over Senkaku Islands

China’s escalation of the Senkaku ownership dispute by commencing air patrols over the islands by OSA aircraft has the potential to trigger a war between China and Japan.

December 24, 2012

Officers’ Promotion Policy in the Army

It is desirable that policies are not tinkered with after every change of command and are allowed to stabilise over a period of 5 to 10 years before they are reviewed for their efficacy.

November 30, 2012

SINAI: The Middle East’s New Hot Spot

Since the revolution that toppled Mubarak, Sinai has become a no man’s land where jihadists from Egypt and Gaza as well as local Bedouins have begun to engage in militant activities.

November 30, 2012

Renewed American Engagement with Nepal’s Maoists

America’s removal of Nepal’s ruling Maoist party from the list of global terrorist groups not only recognises the party’s transformation from a “violent” political outfit to a political party committed to democratic norms, but also signals renewed US interest in Nepal.

November 27, 2012

Political Stalemate and Transitional Justice in Post-conflict Nepal

Failure to provide justice will significantly undermine the capacity of the state to uphold the rule of law and undermine the foundations of the new institutions that are being instituted.

November 21, 2012

Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant and Civil Nuclear Liability

The Right of Recourse embedded in the Indian nuclear liability law has ensured that more than four years after the NSG granted exemption to enable nuclear commerce with India, India has not been able to finalise a single contract with any of the countries with which it has signed nuclear cooperation agreements for any nuclear facility.

November 09, 2012

The Likely Composition of the Central Military Commission of the 18th Party Congress of China

There are major changes in the CMC, with eight out of 12 members likely to bow out of office. The cascading effect on the change of guard in the General Departments and the operational units will keep the PLA unsettled for some time

October 31, 2012