President Obama’s Visit to India: Beyond Symbolism

Barely four months after Indian prime minister Narendra Modi held a summit meeting with U.S. president Barack Obama during a five-day visit to the United States, the two leaders will meet again, this time in New Delhi. The September 2014 meeting was largely interpreted as a success, with collaborations announced in economic growth, energy and... Continue Reading →

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Afghanistan-Pakistan: Building Peace, Ensuring Stability

Weeks before 2014 came to a close, a savage attack by the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), also called the Pakistan Taliban, at a school in Peshawar, Pakistan, killed almost 150 people—over 130 of them children. The cold-bloodedness of the attack sickened the collective consciousness of the world. It demonstrated again how important 2015 is for the... Continue Reading →

Is China’s Charm Offensive Dead?

Bonnie Glaser & Deep PalThe following article appeared on China brief on July 31, 2014A series of seemingly unprovoked actions in the South and East China Sea has been described as an abandonment of the “second charm offensive” launched last year by Chinese President Xi Jinping. However, China has continued to pursue economic and diplomatic... Continue Reading →

How China May Still Win Despite Pulling Out its Rig

Deep Pal The following article appeared on cogitASIA on July 23, 2014 China’s decision to pull out deep water rig HYSY 981 from Vietnam’s Exclusive Economic Zone last week was as sudden as the decision to deploy it near the Paracel Islands in the first place. The owner of the rig, China National Offshore Oil Corporation... Continue Reading →

How India’s Politicians are Talking Louder but Saying Less

Long before the campaigning for India's national elections ensued, Narendra Modi, the prime ministerial hopeful for the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party, used 3D holographic projection to simultaneously address voters in 53 locations in Gujarat, the northwestern state where he was seeking reelection as chief minister in 2012. The stunt, which earned Modi a spot in the Guinness... Continue Reading →

Decoding Narendra Modi’s foreign policy

For someone who has carefully avoided articulating concrete foreign policy stands, it was an unusual statement. Speaking in a public meeting in Arunachal Pradesh, the Indian state that China calls "southern Tibet" and claims as part of its territory, Narendra Modi, prime ministerial candidate of India’s principal opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), warned China against... Continue Reading →

China’s Periphery Diplomacy Initiative: Implications for China Neighbors and the United States

Bonnie Glaser  & Deep PalAll eyes are on the Central Committee’s Third Plenum scheduled to open in Beijing on November 9 for details about China’s economic reforms.  As attention focuses on domestic economic development, however, Chinese foreign policy also deserves notice.  China’s president and premier have recently returned from a whirlwind tour of the neighborhood... Continue Reading →

A Code of Conduct for the South China Sea?

Deep Pal The following article appeared on The Diplomat on September 25, 2013 A series of high-level ASEAN meetings culminated in Suzhou, China on September 15, when senior officials from the forum for the first time met to formally discuss the possibility of a code of conduct (COC) in the South China Sea. According to the... Continue Reading →

How Will China React to a Military Strike on Syria?

Bonnie S. Glaser & Deep PalThe following article appeared on the CSIS website on September 05, 2013.On September 4, the Obama administration’s efforts to build consensus on military action against Syria received a boost as the Senate Foreign Relations Committee cleared an attack on the Syrian government, provided it was limited to 60 days and did not... Continue Reading →

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