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Managing Indo-Pacific crises
Koh Swee Lean Collin and Darshana M. Baruah
21 November 2014
Tensions in Asia are rising over unresolved territorial disputes and sovereignty issues. In contrast to the immediate post-Cold War period, recent tensions are characterised by the evident proclivity of some, if not all, parties towards the threat or use of limited force.
Redefining multi-stakeholderism for internet
R. Swaminathan
15 November 2014
Democratic multi-stakeholderism has the potential to mitigate the genuine concerns of sovereign nations in terms of protection of their cyber resources and infrastructure - not only from anonymous hackers and non-state actors, but also from the overarching surveillance mounted by the US and its allies.
Chinese perceptions of Modi's foreign policy
Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
14 November 2014
Tibet and the Dalai Lama's status continue to worry the Chinese. India's stated policy that Tibet is part of China notwithstanding, Chinese feel that India has a hidden agenda. The fact that Lobsang Sangay was invited to Modi's swearing-in has made the Chinese nervous.
Like a Lady Macbeth
Vikram Sood
13 November 2014
Throughout the 1990s, the Anglo-US duo remained obsessed with India's nuclear plans and virtually refused any discussions on Pakistani assistance to terrorism in India. The US also did succeed in delaying our missile programme even as they equipped Pakistan with nuclear capable F-16s.
India's strategic Vietnam defence relations
P.K. Ghosh
13 November 2014
Vietnam has its own difficult history with China. It is not surprising, then, that this emerging country is often seen as a linchpin in India's counter-encirclement and "Look East" policies.
Reigning in a 'rogue' Army
P.K. Ghosh
03 November 2014
Chinese President Xi Ginping, who came calling in India recently, has been considered to be the strongest leader of rising China since Deng Xiaoping. But a spate of events has raised questions as to how powerful is he and if he is really in control of the vast PLA.
International Code of Conduct for Outer Space: Major Asian perspectives
Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
27 October 2014
While the EU has been engaged in bilateral, regional and global efforts to enlist greater support for its Code on ICoC, one cannot say with certainty that the result has been totally satisfactory. There are still many countries that see the EU-proposed measure as problematic owing to a number of issues.
Ageing and insufficient submarines plague Indian Navy
P K Ghosh
15 October 2014
Indian Navy requires at least 30 submarines to fulfil its commitments. But the Navy currently has only 13 subs - that too fairly old diesel electric conventional submarines . Shockingly, only half of them are operational at any given time.
Forward together we go in space?
Jennifer McArdle and Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
13 October 2014
With much fanfare, Indian Prime Minister Modi's trip to the United States came to a close September 30. However, beyond catchy slogans, are current Indo-US space cooperative initiatives living up to their full potential? Will space help India and the U.S. move forward together for a better world?
Deconstructing Pakistan's Command and Control ? Tactical Nuclear Weapons
Arka Biswas
13 October 2014
Development and production of tactical nuclear weapons (TNWs) by Pakistan has increased the level of tensions in South Asia, though it has, in an attempt to ease global concerns over its development of TNWs, has assured that its top leadership will continue to have complete control over its TNWs if deployed.
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