Iran–Russia Relations under Raisi: The Eurasian Dimension

With the failure of moderates’ Western outreach in the aftermath of US withdrawal from the JCPOA, the conservatives, now in power in Iran, are looking for a long-term partnership with Russia which would bring stability in their shared neighbourhood, geoeconomic opportunities and also weaken the influence of moderates and reformists.

February 24, 2022

Australia’s Strategic Imperatives in Indo-Pacific: Opportunities for India

The Indo-Pacific construct has significantly enhanced the strategic salience of both India and Australia in a multipolar region. While the two nations have considerably deepened their strategic partnership, there is scope for much more improvement in several sectors.

February 23, 2022

Relevance of Normandy Format Talks in the Ukrainian Crisis

The Ukrainian crisis is less about Ukraine, its national politics and foreign policy, and more about redefining the rules not only of the European security but also the international order and the simmering rivalry between great powers in particular.

February 15, 2022

Sri Lanka–China Fiasco over Shipment of Contaminated Fertiliser

Chinese reaction to the Sri Lankan Ministry of Agriculture’s decision to cancel an organic fertiliser deal has demonstrated that China is not hesitant to take punitive action against Sri Lanka, if its interests are not fulfilled.

February 10, 2022

Japan and US–China Strategic Competition: Alliances and Alignments

Prime Minister Kishida Fumio gave a resolute call for pursuing “realism diplomacy for a new era” in his Diet deliberations. How strategically innovative and politically effective will it prove in pursuing Tokyo’s national interests in the US–China–Japan calculus?

February 08, 2022

India–Israel Defence Trade and Defence Indigenisation

The Srijan defence indigenisation portal is a limited but concrete example of the implications of India’s defence indigenisation efforts for key strategic partners like Israel.

February 04, 2022

Understanding China’s Growing Military Outreach in Central Asia

China’s growing military presence in Central Asia through military exercises, trainings, extending arms assistance and building military infrastructure, has an impact not only on the region but also its neighbours, especially Russia and India.

February 03, 2022

How Consequential Will be France’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union?

Emmanuel Macron has been aiming high for the EU to reiterate its global positioning through a series of policy reforms. With him at the helm of the Council of the EU, there exists an opportunity to translate it into reality.

January 24, 2022

Decoding State of Affairs in Mali: Internal Politics, Security Crisis and External Involvement

Recurrent coups have increased the existing political instability in Mali. A major issue has been the unidimensional focus of the international community and regional players in providing only military support without adequately pushing for strengthening of Malian government apparatus.

January 14, 2022

Pentagon Report and the Chinese Nuclear Forces Assessment

The rapid increase in the nuclear forces of China, as revealed in the 2021 Pentagon Report, is a matter of serious concern. Several countries are undertaking exercises to ascertain the strategic and security implications of the feared expansion of the Chinese nuclear stockpile.

December 14, 2021