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  • Scaling-up Seoul’s Game in the Indo-Pacific

    As Yoon Suk-yeol takes charge amid global disorder and deep domestic divide, his legacy will be defined by how well he succeeds in effectively walking the talk of positioning Seoul front and centre in shaping a rules-based order in Indo-Pacific.

    March 14, 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

    Two Decades After 9/11: The Liberal Security Community Lies in Tatters

    It may seem premature to discuss the advent of an illiberal global order, however, the numerous catalytic events of recent years and the apparent decline of American heft in shaping global norms and structures might indicate that the international system is on the cusp of a major transformation.

    October 12, 2021

    Framing Japan’s Economic Security Agenda

    The COVID-19 pandemic has situated the policy conversation on economic security at the centre stage of national security calculus not just in US and Europe but also in Japan. For Japan, it would entail attaining “strategic autonomy” in critical supply chains at the national level, and pursuing “strategic indispensability” at the global level.

    August 25, 2021

    Build Back Better World Initiative: A Partnership Against or Beyond China?

    Envisioned as a sustainable alternative to China’s BRI, US-led Build Back Better World (B3W) initiative seeks to narrow down infrastructure deficit in the developing world. However, with their several distinct areas of focus, BRI & B3W can possibly share both complementary & competitive equations.

    August 09, 2021

    Changing Pattern of the China-India-US Triangle

    India and America enjoy amity in their bilateral relationship, but both share adversarial relations with China. What has cemented their global strategic partnership is the threat that both countries perceive from China. This pattern appears set to continue into the medium term.

    February 19, 2021

    The China-India-US Triangle: Changing Balance of Power and a New Cold War

    China is no longer interested in maintaining previous patterns of its relationships with India and US. It seeks to forge new types of relationships that are reflective of the extant balance of power. China expects India to demonstrate awed subservience and refrain from security cooperation with US.

    September 21, 2020

    US-China Trade War and the High Technology Sector

    In this era of complex interdependence, sudden disruptions in supply chains will not only hurt Chinese businesses in the US and elsewhere, but also damage the US economy as well as its reputation as a business destination.

    May 22, 2019

    Great Power Rivalry Reaches Africa

    With John Bolton conceding that the US has limited resources to compete with the tens of billions of dollars that China is pouring into Africa, it is not clear how effective America’s new Africa strategy would prove to be in containing China.

    January 09, 2019

    Suchak Patel asked: How the US-China trade war is a challenge as well as an opportunity for India? What precautionary steps should India take to safeguard its interests?

    Raviprasad Narayanan replies: The US-China trade war is to be seen as an expression of “irrational exuberance” (Alan Greenspan, former US Federal Reserve chief) on the part of US President Donald Trump appealing to a domestic audience. The US President by adopting a ‘strong’ posture towards China and walking out of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) represents a dynamic about turn and unpredictability long the methodology followed by rulers deposed by the US.

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