AIIB: An Opportunity for India to Assert Itself

  It is not a coincidence that the beginning of Narendra Modi’s term as Prime Minister corresponded with one of the most active periods in economic diplomacy for India. If the rest of India’s notoriously languid bureaucracy has been pushed into an overdrive, the effort has certainly been led by the South Block. It is... Continue Reading →

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IISS Regional Security Assessment 2015 – Chapter Five: China’s Regional Grand Strategy Paves the Way for Realising the China Dream

Bonnie Glaser & Deep PalChina’s policy towards its periphery seems paradoxical to many foreign observers. President Xi Jinping has attached top priority to maintaining good relations with China’s neighbours, elevating the importance of China’s periphery above its ties with the United States. At the same time, Xi stubbornly insists that China makes no concessions in... Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

On CNBC Awaaz: Way forward for US-India relations (Hindi)

September 2014: What do India and the United States need to do to rejuvenate their relationship? Analysis during meeting between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi with US President Barack Obama in Washington DC. Available here.

On CNN-IBN: Analysis of US-India relations (English)

September 2014: Analysis of India-US relations during meeting between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi with US President Barack Obama in Washington DC. Available here.

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 →

IISS Regional Security Assessment 2014 – Chapter One: The United States’ rebalance to the Asia-Pacific in 2013

Bonnie Glaser  & Deep PalThe origins of the United States’ ‘pivot’ to Asia – later renamed the ‘rebalance’ – can be traced to the early days of the Obama administration. After he was elected president in late 2008, Barack Obama directed his national-security transition team to conduct a strategic assessment of the international landscape and... Continue Reading →

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