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Wary of US-China relations, Japan strengthening its defence capabilities
Dr. Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
06 July 2013
The growing partnership between the US and China has cast doubts in Tokyo about the credibility of the US-Japan alliance. Given such apprehensions, Japan has been developing new partnerships and strengthening old ones. The newer and enhanced role of the Self Defence Forces appears to have domestic support.
 
India-ASEAN naval cooperation: An important strategy
Darshana M. Baruah
06 July 2013
India holds a primary interest in the Freedom of Navigation through the South China Sea. It also has an economic interest in exploring hydrocarbon resources in the area. But how effective are India's role as the balancing actor that the ASEAN nations seek?
 
IRNSS: India's Own Satellite Navigation System
Dr. Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
29 June 2013
India's own satellite-based navigation system, similar to the well-known American Global Positioning System (GPS), is being readied. The first satellite of the seven satellite constellation is scheduled to be launched on July 1 from Sriharikota.
 
Two nations take lead in securing Indo-Pacific century
C. Raja Mohan and Rory Medcalf
25 June 2013
The changing distribution of power and the Chinese challenge to US primacy demands that countries like India and Australia bear larger responsibility for security. The future of the Indo-Pacific can't be tied solely to the twists and turns of the dynamic between Washington and Beijing.
 
Antony's term as defence minister has been mired in scandals, missed opportunities
Manoj Joshi
24 June 2013
It is an unfortunate fact that India usually commits itself to reform after it is hit by a crisis. That is why the two periods of reform and restructuring followed the 1962 defeat at the hands of the Chinese and the Kargil war.
 
Can the State avoid monitoring Internet?
Manoj Joshi
12 June 2013
The compulsion of states to trawl ever increasing volumes of data must also be understood. Besides criminal activities like child pornography, money laundering and online fraud, the Internet is also an important vehicle for the jihadist terrorist. A great deal of recruitment and motivation takes place online.
 
No need to fear even if Taliban comes back to power
Brig Deepak Sinha (Retd)
11 June 2013
India's apprehensions about Taliban are far from reality. The US experience will ensure that Afghanistan can never again become a training area or launch pad for fundamentalist forces. Drones and the vast array of other options available to the US preclude this. Taliban also would have learnt some lessons from the past events.
 
International Space Code: EU needs to be patient
Dr. Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
07 June 2013
The EU, having taken the lead in initiating the international space code, must be patient in taking it to a meaningful conclusion. It must engage in wider consultations at bilateral, regional and multilateral levels as a means to bridge the political divide between states.
 
North Korean imbroglio: Who can do what?
Dr. Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
16 April 2013
While on the surface, both the US (and South Korea and Japan) and China appear to have the goal of seeing a stable Korean Peninsula, there appear to be serious differences about what regional stability means.
 
ATT implementation remains questionable
Rahul Prakash
06 April 2013
The ATT has finally been adopted. But it remains to be seen if the treaty could really be implemented as major players like China, India, Russia have not favoured it. Even the US could find it difficult to ratify ATT back home despite voting in its favour.
 
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