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Will the Japanese PM be able to win 'Abenomics' poll test?
Dec 12, 2014

Will the Japanese PM be able to win 'Abenomics' poll test?

Japanese PM Shinzo Abe has a fairly heavy political agenda before him. The foremost is his firm resolve to introduce constitutional reforms. If he wins the December 14 elections, Abe would have bright chances to win another term as the LDP president in September next year and stay at the helm for three more years.

'Chinese dream' will haunt the new world
Mar 18, 2013

'Chinese dream' will haunt the new world

By ratcheting up tension, China is causing alarm in other countries that use the busy South China Sea as the shortest and most convenient link between the Pacific and Indian Oceans. The Chinese could well end up the losers as the countries affected could band together to offset Chinese aggressiveness. Worse, it could well trigger off Japanese nationalism and rearmament.

10 themes that will dominate headlines in 2018
Jan 02, 2018

10 themes that will dominate headlines in 2018

If 2017 saw the rise of the ‘spin’ — any event or news was butchered and battered until it yielded a pre-determined narrative — 2018 will see

2024 मध्ये पूर्व आशियात अराजकता आणि अशांतता राहील
Feb 13, 2024

2024 मध्ये पूर्व आशियात अराजकता आणि अशांतता राहील

नियम-आधारित व्यवस्था कायम ठेवण्यासाठी अमेरिकेच्या जागत

60 वर्षों में यूरोपीय संघ-भारत संबंध: 2023 में यह किस दिशा में जा रहा है?
Mar 31, 2023

60 वर्षों में यूरोपीय संघ-भारत संबंध: 2023 में यह किस दिशा में जा रहा है?

भारत और यूरोपीय संघ को यह सुनिश्चित करने के लिए मिलकर काम

A Quad 2.0 Agenda for Critical and Emerging Technologies
Sep 24, 2021

A Quad 2.0 Agenda for Critical and Emerging Technologies

With the Quad Critical and Emerging Technology Working Group established, it is affirmed that the “Spirit of Quad” has widened its horizons to inc

A reality check on Modi's Silicon Valley visit
Oct 03, 2015

A reality check on Modi's Silicon Valley visit

India presents more immediate potential for the "top line" obsessed Silicon entrepreneur. But Asian companies from Japan, China, and Korea in sunset industries, are better placed to be responsive to the fragmented Indian market than a Fortune 500 corporate, which survive on scale not agility.

A serious setback to PM Abe’s nuclear energy programme
Oct 25, 2016

A serious setback to PM Abe’s nuclear energy programme

After 2011 Fukushima disaster, popular sentiment against nuclear energy has made it impossible for the government to revive the operations of the reac

A Supply Chain Resilience Agenda for the Quad
Sep 24, 2021

A Supply Chain Resilience Agenda for the Quad

India could spearhead Quad’s Supply chain resilience Agenda by becoming the next economic pivot with the support of other members, by enhancing its

Abe in Delhi
Jan 23, 2014

Abe in Delhi

In inviting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to be the chief guest of this year's Republic Day celebrations, Delhi has underlined the special importance it attaches to East Asia. Abe is the fourth East Asian leader to be part of the annual event in the last five years.

Abe leaves behind a formidable legacy
Jul 11, 2022

Abe leaves behind a formidable legacy

The former PM’s vision was focused on reaffirming Japan’s place in the world. He revitalised the economy, fought hard to reverse the nation’s pacifist stance and gave the world the construct of the Indo-Pacific

Abe Shinzo’s Indo-Pacific Legacy
Jul 16, 2022

Abe Shinzo’s Indo-Pacific Legacy

Abe’s role and legacy in transforming Japan’s role in global affairs, as well as in enhancing India-Japan ties, cannot be emphasized enough.

Abe's African Safari: Will it pay off?
Feb 10, 2014

Abe's African Safari: Will it pay off?

At the beginning of the year, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made a trip to Africa. His renewed engagement in Africa is seen as a part of his broader effort to put an assertive stamp on Japan's foreign policy. Will his African Safari pay off? Can Japan have the same amount of influence in the continent as its arch rival China?

Abe's decision could mark a turning point in security policy
Jul 09, 2014

Abe's decision could mark a turning point in security policy

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's recent decision to reinterpret the Japanese constitution to exercise the right of collective self-defence is truly significant and could mark a turning point in Japan's security policy in the coming years.

Abe's defence
Jul 21, 2015

Abe's defence

It's not often that one sees leaders take risks in the pursuit of a political conviction. Abe, a rare exception, has been steadfast in his determination to remove the extraordinary restraints on Japan's military imposed by its post-war constitution. Abe wants Japan to be a "normal" power, 70 years after World War II.

Abe’s difficult role in the US-Iran tangle
Jun 21, 2019

Abe’s difficult role in the US-Iran tangle

In trying to maintain a strategic alliance with the US and the Middle East, Japan seems to be standing at a crossroad.

Afghanistan: Peace talks with Taliban gain momentum
Jul 06, 2012

Afghanistan: Peace talks with Taliban gain momentum

For the first time, Taliban and Government representatives met publicly on June 27 in Japan, signalling another round of parleys between the belligerents to find a negotiated end to the insurgency.

After Abe: Implications for India
Jul 16, 2022

After Abe: Implications for India

As the leader who gave an impetus to forge closer ties between Japan and New Delhi, Shinzo Abe’s death comes as a blow for India.

All eyes on Trump's America
Nov 22, 2016

All eyes on Trump's America

Trump’s attitude towards foreign commitments of America will have major impact on Japan, South Korea and everyone waits in anticipation for more clarity

Asian Century: Will it be stable and peaceful?
Mar 13, 2012

Asian Century: Will it be stable and peaceful?

While the simultaneous rise of powers need not always result in a clash, the four major powers in Asia - established powers Russia and Japan, and newly rising China and India - have had troubled historical relations.

Avoiding catastrophe of a war
Jun 19, 2019

Avoiding catastrophe of a war

Approximately 73 years after Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the world finds itself in similar straightened circumstances as the US once again puts into motion steps to curb the rise of another Asian power — China.

Bailouts and balances: Sri Lanka’s IMF rescue plan has geopolitical repercussions
Oct 28, 2022

Bailouts and balances: Sri Lanka’s IMF rescue plan has geopolitical repercussions

Sri Lanka's IMF rescue plan has geopolitical repercussions. The Island nation has entered a difficult terrain with China's expansionist interests and India and Japan's security concerns

Behind the sabre rattling: North Korea's motivations and Northeast Asia's concerns
Feb 01, 2024

Behind the sabre rattling: North Korea's motivations and Northeast Asia's concerns

North Korea's decision to abandon its long-term aim of reunification with South Korea presents a complex situation for the Korean Peninsula and also t

Bhutan: From New Delhi to Tokyo
Jul 04, 2014

Bhutan: From New Delhi to Tokyo

Bhutan has announced its support for Japan's bid for a permanent seat in the UN Security Council. This was announced by Bhutan's Prime Minister, Tshering Tobgay, who completed his official visit to Japan on July 2.

Biden’s East Asia challenge
Jan 31, 2021

Biden’s East Asia challenge

Biden will find that America remains a trusted and popular ally in the region.

BIMSTEC and regional security
Jan 15, 2021

BIMSTEC and regional security

Seen against the backdrop of geopolitical rivalries — and the lack of a common strategic vision among BIMSTEC members — it is hardly surprising th

Britain should shed its China obsession to seize the moment in the Indo-Pacific
Aug 05, 2020

Britain should shed its China obsession to seize the moment in the Indo-Pacific

Post-Brexit Britain needs to move away from its China-centric policy and step up trade engagements in the region, which offers potential for win-win economic gains. London should also look to join its allies, including the US, India, Australia in the support of regional security to manage the risks posed by Beijing

Bubbles and Other Troubles: Risks from Ultra Easy Monetary Policy
Aug 12, 2014

Bubbles and Other Troubles: Risks from Ultra Easy Monetary Policy

Spillovers from unconventional monetary policy in the AEs pose a systemic risk for emerging market economies (EMEs). Unconventional monetary policies to ensure cheap liquidity and easy credit conditions have been used not only in the US but in Europe as well as Japan.

Building a bridge to Tokyo
Jun 03, 2013

Building a bridge to Tokyo

New Delhi must take full advantage of the geopolitical opportunity that the Japanese connection offers us. As democracies, both India and Japan are open societies and committed to a liberal world order. Through visits and agreements, the two sides have now laid the infrastructure for their strategic partnership.

Building a multi-faceted Indo-ROK partnership
Jan 20, 2014

Building a multi-faceted Indo-ROK partnership

In terms of the existing institutional mechanisms, South Korea somewhat lags behind Japan, but one should remember that India-South Korea partnership is only about 40 years old and during this rather short period, what the two countries have achieved is quite remarkable.

Can India ignore signs of Chinese assertiveness?
Sep 03, 2011

Can India ignore signs of Chinese assertiveness?

The list of China's signs of displaying its assertiveness in the South China Sea is numerous - like the incident with the Japanese coast guard and the USNS Impeccable. The Pentagon accused the Chinese vessels of "harassment" during the US ship's routine operations in international waters.

Can Tokyo provide Modi his first big bang moment?
Aug 30, 2014

Can Tokyo provide Modi his first big bang moment?

A civil nuclear agreement is one of the key outcomes New Delhi is pushing for in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Japan that starts on August 30. Recently, in Naypidaw, Myanmar, foreign minister Sushma Swaraj called on her Japanese counterpart Fumio Kishida to "bring talks on civil nuclear agreement to their logical conclusion".

China Can No Longer Take Sri Lanka for Granted
Oct 17, 2023

China Can No Longer Take Sri Lanka for Granted

Since the early 2000s, China's debt profile in Sri Lanka has increased rapidly, with estimates indicating that over 20% of the overall debt stock is owed to China. Beijing's lending has been opaque on high-interest loans and has often contributed to several white elephant projects. Much of this lending comes from Chinese policy banks, such as China Exim Bank and China Development Bank that is entrusted to further Beijing's economic and commercial

China extends terrestrial rivalries into orbit with new space race
Aug 23, 2019

China extends terrestrial rivalries into orbit with new space race

India and Japan unite over Beijing's moon landings and antisatellite weapons

China's increasing openness and self-confidence
Jul 22, 2014

China's increasing openness and self-confidence

China sees its primary focus as on neutralising the US- Japan challenge on its eastern seaboard. To that end, maintaining an even keel in its relationship with India makes good sense.

Chinese anxiety over deepening India-Taiwan ties
Nov 14, 2022

Chinese anxiety over deepening India-Taiwan ties

The budding relationship between India and Taiwan seems to be ruffling quite a few feathers in Beijing

Choosing the middle path for ‘middle power’
Jul 31, 2020

Choosing the middle path for ‘middle power’

As Jaishankar has pointed out, global shifts like the changing American role and increasing Chinese assertiveness have created more space for nations like India and Japan

CM, work for AAPnomics
Jan 24, 2014

CM, work for AAPnomics

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal should take a leaf from the Republic Day chief guest, Japanese PM Shinzo Abe, and profer the much-awaited #AAPnomics of job creation, a strategy on wealth distribution, and, a vision on efficiency. His genius will lie in these making sense to the poorest and the weakest - without forgetting global investors and our diaspora.

Continuity and Change in Bangladesh’s Indo-Pacific Outlook: Deliberating Post-Election Scenarios
Jan 04, 2024

Continuity and Change in Bangladesh’s Indo-Pacific Outlook: Deliberating Post-Election Scenarios

Bangladesh’s Indo-Pacific Outlook, released in April 2023, is a projection of its interests in the region, and a testament to its political nonalignment and commitment to economic development. Its focus on upholding the rule of law and maintaining regional stability makes it a conducive partner for neighbouring countries and major powers in the Indo-Pacific. Bangladesh enjoys close ties with China, Japan, and the US, and a special relationship

Cornered by the Quad?
Mar 01, 2018

Cornered by the Quad?

The biggest concern about the BRI is that it is a means of cementing Chinese economic hegemony and, in the process, challenges the foundations of the extant liberal economic order.

Cyber Mercenaries: A Call to Action for the Quad
Sep 20, 2023

Cyber Mercenaries: A Call to Action for the Quad

This paper investigates, in the context of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue or Quad, the burgeoning threats posed by cyber mercenaries acting as proxies for revisionist states bent on destabilising the institutions and societies of adversary nations. The paper offers essential definitions of what comprises cybersecurity threats, including cyber mercenaries, and delineates current trends. Drawing on open-source intelligence and insights from cy

Did Abe-Singh joint statement live up to expectations?
Feb 03, 2014

Did Abe-Singh joint statement live up to expectations?

There is a strong feeling that the signing of a Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement between Japan and India has not led to the full utilisation of the potential that exists for larger trade and investment. Further efforts should therefore be undertaken to realise those ends.

Disruption and disorder will define East Asia in 2024
Feb 01, 2024

Disruption and disorder will define East Asia in 2024

As the US’s global leadership in upholding the rules-based order will be stretched, regional actors will have to rise to the occasion and maintain o