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  • Ukraine's Flirtation with China and Russia's Quest for a Eurasian Union

    Ukraine has resisted Russian attempts to draw it into a closer political and economic embrace and has instead explored a closer association with the EU, NATO and even China. Recent developments indicate a turnaround in the Ukrainian attitude and may portend a closer relationship with Russia and the CIS states.

    November 04, 2011

    The Strategic Implications of the Franco-Russian Mistral Deal

    Russia has signed a landmark weapons deal with France for the purchase of two Mistral class amphibious assault ships, which will strengthen the Russian Navy’s capabilities for power projection.

    September 19, 2011

    Russia’s Growing Engagement with Pakistan

    The Summit was part of Russia’s ongoing initiatives to play a greater role in stabilising the region before the expected withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan.

    May 23, 2011

    BRICS: Opportunities and Challenges

    This Brief outlines the practical and ideational role that BRICS can play as a grouping, in reforming the global financial system and in the norm-setting processes in world politics. The Brief also discusses some challenges BRICS countries are facing to realise their goals in the short to medium term.

    May 03, 2011

    Rajesh Singh asked: In your view is Kazakhstan closer to China or Russia?

    Meena Singh Roy replies: Kazakhstan follows a "multivector" foreign policy and in recent years its relations with China have been growing. The China-Kazakh partnership is termed "strategic". Kazakhstan remains China's major political and economic partner in the post Soviet era. It is important to China not only because of its energy resources but also with regard to the Uighur question which is an important domestic concern for China. However, in my view despite these growing links with China, Russia remains closer for Kazakhstan.

    Dynamics of Expanding the SCO

    Given the uncertainties and lack of consensus among SCO members, India must proceed cautiously on the issue seeking full membership.

    April 04, 2011

    Russia-USA Stalemate on Tactical Nuclear Weapons

    The impasse over missile defence, CFE and NATO expansion has led to a stalemate in talks to reduce tactical nuclear weapons.

    March 17, 2011

    Disarmament’s ‘Lost Decade’

    The paralysis at the Conference on Disarmament (CD) captures the state of affairs that has bedevilled the field of arms control/disarmament during the last 10 years.

    February 02, 2011

    NATO and Russia: Move towards Cooperation or Deployments

    After Lisbon, the next step for NATO and Russia should be addressing issues relating to deployments of arsenals and arms control.

    January 13, 2011

    The New START, its positives, and the imponderables

    The durability of the New START will depend largely on how both sides value it as a means towards disarmament rather than for strategic competition.

    January 07, 2011