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  • Renaissance and Reticence in India’s North-South Connectivity Platform

    The distraction of Chabahar’s questionable economic rationale and the embellishment of a centuries-old fascination with Suez alternatives, whilst entirely logical from a Muscovite perspective, must cede priority to New Delhi’s immediate interests in its own strategic backyard

    November 30, 2018

    Lan-shu Tseng asked: Why United States could de-hyphenate its relations with India and Pakistan but China couldn’t?

    Ashok Kumar Behuria replies: De-hyphenation is a policy adopted by countries to maximise their strategic returns from their diplomatic engagements/investments with two adversarial states, both of whom are of consequence to them. It insulates them in some way from the inadvertent turbulence that could result out of their possible hostile interaction and, thus, affect their relationship with both.

    Analysing China’s soft power strategy and comparative Indian initiatives

    Soft power has become a new currency of power in international relations. It assumes more significance with countries that are sovereign equals but vulnerable to dominance and hegemonic actions by powerful states in international system. Especially in countries that are extremely sovereignty-sensitive, actions through soft power becomes more acceptable as a means of intervention whether it is economic or cultural investment Of dominant powers. American soft power is much more about the attractiveness of America as a liberal democracy.

    July 2018

    Indian Diaspora in Reunion Island: A Strategic Asset

    Wherever Indians have migrated, they have carried with them their culture, which has subsequently served to build multi-layered bridges with their country of origin. The article studies the Indian migration to the French territory of Reunion Islands located in the southwestern Indian Ocean and delves into various factors, including the historical, demographic, socio-economic aspects of the evolution of the Indian diaspora.

    July 2018

    Ashish Meena asked: What is the importance of North Korea for India?

    Prashant Kumar Singh replies: It should be noted that despite all apparent international isolation, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) or North Korea is a member in the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). Also, it has embassies and diplomatic missions in number of countries. Similarly, its capital Pyongyang has embassies and missions from several countries.

    China’s vulnerability, India’s opportunity

    India must jettison the attempt to maintain a balance between China and the US and instead take advantage of China’s internal and external vulnerabilities to gain an upper hand in the asymmetric power equation that has developed.

    August 27, 2018

    Examining the Feasibility and Affordability of Raising the Share of Defence Expenditure to Three Percent of GDP

    The Brief argues that MoD’s total allocations should be considered for any discussion on defence expenditure since the official defence expenditure does not capture all the expenses that the government incurs on national defence efforts.

    August 20, 2018

    India’s Quest for Recognition

    India’s quest for being recognized even as a regional power, let alone a global power, requires a balanced and simultaneous growth of its economic and military capabilities.

    July 25, 2018

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