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  • The US Pivot and Indian Foreign Policy: Asia’s Evolving Balance of Power, by Harsh V. Pant and Yogesh Joshi

    The US Pivot and Indian Foreign Policy is based on the premise of the ascendance of Chinese power and relative decline of the United States (US) on the world stage causing transition of power in international politics. Considering China’s assertive behaviour, this power transition is unlikely to be peaceful inducing uncertainty in the system. By using the term ‘balance of power’ in the title itself, the authors seem to have suggested an emerging bipolar world order with the US and China being the two poles in the near future.

    July 2016

    Rebalancing with India

    Rebalancing with India

    New Delhi is aware of Washington’s keenness to marshal India as the power that can tilt the strategic balance in Asia.

    May 31, 2016

    South Pacific: Gaining Prominence in Indian Foreign Policy Calculations

    This backgrounder explores three issues: the strategic significance of the South Pacific for India, the advantages that India enjoys over China in the region, and the status of India’s relationship with Papua New Guinea in the light of the recent visit by President Mukherjee.

    May 10, 2016

    Rethinking India’s approach towards Pakistan-occupied Kashmir

    Rethinking India’s approach towards Pakistan-occupied Kashmir

    Ceding PoK as part of a settlement does not comport with India’s national and strategic interests, especially in terms of dealing with the challenge posed by China-Pakistan collaboration.

    May 03, 2016

    International North-South Transport Corridor: Re-energising India’s Gateway to Eurasia

    International North-South Transport Corridor: Re-energising India’s Gateway to Eurasia

    There is a conscious effort on the part of India to re-energise the INSTC. However, sustaining the momentum achieved remains a major challenge before the member countries of the North-South connectivity project.

    August 18, 2015

    Ayan Chakravarty asked: Why is it that after every top-level meet with neighbours, India presses for more people-to-people contact and more bus/ferry/rail services? More connectivity would entail more problems of regulation and also pose security challeng

    Pushpita Das replies: Growing contact between people of any two countries is a sign of friendly bilateral relations. When India suggests more people-to-people contact with its neighbours, it underlines the country’s desire to have friendly relations with its neighbours. This gesture should not be interpreted as an encouragement to people from the neighbouring countries to settle permanently or enter into India without valid documents.

    Shangri La Dialogue: Is Indian Participation a Necessity?

    Shangri La Dialogue: Is Indian Participation a Necessity?

    India’s ministerial presence at the Shangri La Dialogue could have helped India to articulate the new government’s strategic thought and expand from the realm of military diplomacy to defence diplomacy. So, is India’s defence establishment blind to probable benefits of participating in the Dialogue or are they thinking differently?

    May 29, 2015

    China’s Asia Strategy under President Xi Jinping

    China has reoriented its foreign policy strategy since Xi Jinping became president. This could significantly recast China’s relations with Asian countries. The process that began with Xi Jinping’s coming to power in 2012–2013 reached, in a sense, a definitive moment, with the Central Conference on Work Relating to Foreign Affairs held in Beijing in November 2014.

    May 2015

    Two to Tango: The US and China in the Asia-Pacific

    In the last decade, the dynamics of inter-state relations in the Asia Pacific have changed rapidly, largely due to the rise of China. Competition rather than cooperation has become the order of the day. In the East and South China Seas, freedom of navigation, competitive claims over maritime boundaries and air space security are experiencing an evolution of new brinkmanship between the US, an established super power, and the People’s Republic of China (PRC), an emerging super power, unfolding new challenges for the other potential regional players including India.

    July 2014