Indonesia- China relations: Challenges and Opportunities

During the course of their sixty year-old bilateral relationship, Indonesia and China have gone through many ups and downs. A great part of the formative years of this relationship was marred by mutual apathy, if not distrust.

November 22, 2010

Myanmar: The November 2010 Election

Myanmar’s elections on November 7 may not promise to be a game-changer. But the path it lays down could be utilized to effect desirable change devoid of unnecessary turbulence.

November 08, 2010

India, US and The Entity List

The US government has had a system to control exports through much of their history. In modern times, this aspect of export controls took a new meaning and role with the onset of the cold war in the late 40s.

October 29, 2010

Should India Sign the Convention on Supplementary Compensation?

This paper argues that the CSC does not confer any benefit to India and that it may in fact prove to be detrimental to Indian interests and why it should, therefore, not be signed.

October 27, 2010

China’s Territorial Claim on Arunachal Pradesh: Crafting an Indian Response

The paper provides three plausible explanations for the increase in China’s aggressive postures in India’s eastern sector and a few policy recommendations are offered for consideration.

October 25, 2010

Afghanistan: A Firewall is Better than Partition

India has been fairly successful in firewalling the radical blowback emanating from Pakistan in the past and need not be overly worried about the impending US withdrawal.

October 07, 2010

New START and the Obama Administration: Hurdles Still Ahead

With the Senate Committee on Foreign Relatons agreeing on September 16 to send the New START to the full Senate for ratification, the prospects of realising the potential of the Obama administration’s signal foreign policy achievement seem to have improved considerably.

September 23, 2010

Can the Rise of ‘New’ Turkey Lead to a ‘New’ Era in India-Turkey Relations?

What will define the future of Turkey-India relations in not Cyprus or Pakistan, but the stress on mutual strengthening of their economies and providing an environment for greater understanding of each other.

September 21, 2010

As Dragon flexes muscle, the Rising Sun goes defensive

China’s rise has become a matter of concern throughout Asia and led to changes in the strategic postures of its neighbours. Japan has begun to rethink its own defence strategy and security policy in response to China’s military modernization.

September 09, 2010

The Sochi Summit: Fresh Moves on The Grand Eurasian Chessboard

At their second Summit in Sochi on August 18, 2010, Russia, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Tajikistan agreed to reinforce their cooperation. The United States has supported the Russian initiative due to its own compulsions and the China factor. India needs to pursue a well considered “Eurasian Heartland” policy in the context of these developments.

August 27, 2010