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  • Dr Swasti Rao is Associate Fellow at Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses. Click here for detailed profile.

    The Nordic-5 is tired of China’s power-games, and Modi’s India has its eyes out

    September 23, 2022

    Associate Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr Swasti Rao’s article ‘The Nordic-5 is tired of China’s power-games, and Modi’s India has its eyes out’ has been published in ‘The Print’ on 23 September 2022.

    When China was a country that preferred to be loved, its most sustainable outreach in Europe was to the Nordics. Needless to say, its not the same anymore, says Dr Rao..

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    India must boost defence ties with Europe. Give up ‘lowest-bidder Russia’ mindset

    September 09, 2022

    Associate Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr Swasti Rao’s opinion piece ‘India must boost defence ties with Europe. Give up ‘lowest-bidder Russia’ mindset’ has been published in ‘The Print’ on 09 September 2022.

    The Europeans have been willing to meet DAP guidelines, but what India has not been able to convince them of is operating Russian-style joint ventures, says Dr Rao.

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    NATO powers, Quad, Five Eyes, ASEAN—China’s rise is forcing nations to unionise

    August 26, 2022

    Associate Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr Swasti Rao’s opinion piece ‘NATO powers, Quad, Five Eyes, ASEAN—China’s rise is forcing nations to unionise’ has been published in ‘The Print’ on 26 August 2022.

    Pitch Black 2022, Australian Air Force’s biennial warfare exercise, stands out for an unusual display of enthusiasm by two EU powers, France and Germany, says Dr Rao.

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    ‘Not just Russian oil and gas, China is dividing Europe—money to metals’

    August 12, 2022

    Associate Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr Swasti Rao’s article ‘Not just Russian oil and gas, China is dividing Europe—money to metals’ has been published in ‘The Print’ on 12 August 2022.

    While the EU realises that China will continue to be a major trade and investment partner, it needs to devise impactful economic strategies to counter Beijing’s economic coercion, says Dr Rao.

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    China -Russia Cyber Cooperation and the Impact of State Surveillance and Digital Authoritarianism on the Global Order

    August 02, 2022

    Associate Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr Swasti Rao’s article ‘China -Russia Cyber Cooperation and the Impact of State Surveillance and Digital Authoritarianism on the Global Order’ has been published in USI’s Strategic Yearbook 2022.

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    Natural gas is Europe’s Achilles heel. Russia to Germany—everyone’s desperate to diversify

    July 29, 2022

    Associate Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr Swasti Rao’s opinion piece ‘Natural gas is Europe’s Achilles heel. Russia to Germany—everyone’s desperate to diversify’ has been published in ‘The Print’ on 29 July 2022.

    Putin has a clear edge because turning off gas taps will send shockwaves across European industries, further deepening the global economic crisis, says Dr Rao.

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    Why ‘Natoisation’ of Sweden and Finland is bad news for Putin

    July 15, 2022

    Associate Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr Swasti Rao’s opinion Piece ‘Why ‘Natoisation’ of Sweden and Finland is bad news for Putin’ has been published in ‘The Print’ on 15 July 2022.

    Sweden and Finland’s accession to NATO is not sudden. Despite official neutrality, they have been close NATO partners for decades, says Dr Rao.

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    India's relations with the US and European Powers in the emerging Indo-Pacific Dynamics: Strategising in time to counter China

    July 12, 2022

    Associate Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr Swasti Rao’s article ‘India's relations with the US and European Powers in the emerging Indo-Pacific Dynamics: Strategising in time to counter China’ has been published in Resource Paper 40 titled ‘India and Japan in Free and Open Indo Pacific’, published by the India and Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

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    Why Turkey’s Rise in Russia-Ukraine War is a Masterclass in Balancing, Hedging Strategy

    July 01, 2022

    Associate Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr Swasti Rao’s opinion piece ‘Why Turkey’s rise in Russia-Ukraine war is a masterclass in balancing, hedging strategy’ has been published in ‘The Print’ on 01 July 2022.

    Maintaining close defence ties with Ukraine while engaging with Russia to achieve foreign policy goals shows Turkey's balancing act has lessons, says Dr Rao.

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    Five Eyes and the Evolving Indo Pacific Paradigm

    June 14, 2022

    Associate Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr Swasti Rao’s chapter ‘Five Eyes and the Evolving Indo Pacific Paradigm’ has been published in the edited volume ‘Multilateralism in the Indo-Pacific: Conceptual and Operational Challenges’, published by Routledge, Oxford and New York .

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