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6 March 2017
East Asia Compass
US Tactical Nukes in the Korean Peninsula?

Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra argues that the recent deliberations over redeployment of the US tactical nuclear weapons on the Korean peninsula seem to be an act of over-doing
13 February 2017
The Future of US-Taiwan Relations Under China's Shadow
Namrata Hasija argues that the US-Taiwan relationship under Trump remains uncertain in terms of upgradation but certain in terms of continuation.
9 February 2017
US Exit from the TPP: Opportunities and Alternatives for Japan
Chandrali Sarkar argues that the US' exit from the TPP does not necessarily mean trouble for Japan and that Tokyo has other alternatives it can tap to its benefit
6 February 2017
East Asia Compass
Forecast 2017: East Asia

Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra identifies phenomena that will become more pronounced in East Asia in 2017
31 January 2017
India: Acting East after the End of the TPP
Roshan Iyer analyses the status of the RCEP and argues that India's attractive market can be an asset only if it strategically leverages it to its benefit
10 January 2017
East Asia Compass
Japan-China Contestation in 2017

Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra reviews the Tokyo-Beijing bilateral and identifies the potential trajectory the relationship in 2017
5 December 2016
US Policy Orientation
Donald Trump and East Asia

Dr Sandip Mishra examines the details of Trump’s contradictory campaign promises vis-à-vis the East Asian region
14 November 2016
Managing Differences is the Key to Sino-India Relations
Liu Siwei looks at the merits of a comprehensive approach towards maintaining friendly and positive Sino-Indian relations
8 November 2016
East Asia Compass
PM Modi’s Visit to Japan: Prospects and Prudence

Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra examines India’s growing proximity to Japan in light of Modi’s upcoming visit to Japan, while recommending a simultaneous need to exercise caution
1 November 2016
Russia-Japan: Determinants of the Territorial Settlement
Dr Shamshad A Khan analyses the possibility of a resolution of the long-standing Russo-Japanese territorial disputes 
21 October 2016
The Strategist
The Misshapen Pivot

Vice Adm (Retd) Vijay Shankar comments on the absence of a direct challenge to China’s provocative moves on the East and South China Seas 
6 October 2016
Fragile States Index 2016
FSI’s Broader Conclusions: Methodology, Empirical Trends and Current Realities

Dr TCA Raghavan gives an Indian perspective on FSI 2016’s representation of broad trends between 2007-2016
4 October 2016
East Asia Compass
Future of the TPP and the US' Pivot to Asia

Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra assesses how the Trans-Pacific Partnership will play out in Asia-Pacific given the current domestic political atmosphere in the US

10 September 2016
Fragile States Index 2016
China and the FSI: Decennary Trends, 2007-2016

Chao Xie gives a Chinese perspective on whether the FSI can and does give an adequate representation of broad trends between 2007-2016 related to China and India

5 September 2016
East Asia Compass
Russia’s Overtures in East Asia

Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra examines the thawing of relations with Russia and Japan, South Korea and Australia at the Eastern Economic Forum, just prior to the G20 Summit 
29 August 2016
China-India: Beijing's Intransigence over the South China Sea
Air Commodore (Retd) Prashant Dikshit reflects on China's posturing towards India following the ruling on the Manila-Beijing conflict regarding the South China Sea
12 August 2016
Wang Yi in India: Context and Significance

Dr Manish Dabhade contextualises Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi's visit to India
2 August 2016
THAAD and South Korea-China-US Dynamics
Professor Rahul Raj assesses South Korea's dilemma over the deployment of THAAD and its relationship with China and the US

2 August 2016
East Asia Compass
China’s Game on North Korea

Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra comments on China's calibration of its relationship with North Korea and its implications for the region
27 July 2016
Super Majority in Japan: Implications for the Constitution
Dr Shamshad A Khan asks whether Japan’s ruling coalition ‘super majority’ could change the anti-war clause of its Constitution
4 July 2016
East Asia Compass
Six-Party Talks 2.0: Not for Denuclearisation but for Peace

Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra recommends a new strategy to bring North Korea to the negotiating table

13 June 2016
Regional Economy
Changing Regional Contours and Imperatives for India

Prof Amita Batra on why it is imperative for India to shed its defensive stance in preferential trade agreements and prepare for changes in the global trade regime
9 June 2016
NSS in Retrospect: Why not Iran and North Korea?
Kimberley Anne Nazareth considers the absence of Iran and North Korea from the NSS 2016
6 June 2016
East Asia Compass
Deadlock at Shangri-La: Is There a Way Forward?

Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra analyses the proceedings of the recently concluded 15th Shangri-La Dialogue and its potential implications for the Asian security architecture 
31 May 2016
7th Congress of the Workers Party of Korea: Outcomes and Implications
Shreya Singh identifies those aspects of the WPK Congress that merit a closer reading
30 May 2016
India-Taiwan Relations: What is the Way Forward?
Sumit Kumar Jha provides an overview of India-Taiwan relations and assesses the possible avenues of collaboration between the two.
18 May 2016
Russia-Japan: Onset of a Thaw?
Monish Gulati analyses the motivations and potential outcomes of the recent developments in the Moscow-Tokyo bilateral
10 May 2016
East Asia Compass
North Koreas 7th Party Congress: Context and Content

Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra considers Kim Jong-un’s reasons for holding the Party Congress now, after 36 years
4 April 2016
East Asia Compass
Japans New Security Laws: Context and Implications

Prof Sandip Kumar Mishra contextualises the domestic, regional and larger global aspects of Japan's recently implemented security laws
15 March 2016
East Asia Compass
What is the Efficacy of Sanctions on North Korea?

Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra considers the impact of the instrument in bringing about changes in the regime's provocative behaviour
9 February 2016
Forecast 2016: Monumental Challenges for Taiwans New President
Dr You-te Howard Liao identifies the 1992 Consensus as the basis for the obstacles that the leader is likely to face in the new year
1 February 2016
East Asia Compass
Brilliant Comrade: The Design in North Korean Madness

Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra argues that North Korea's actions are not as arbitrary or plain reckless as it may appear to be, and explains why
22 January 2016
East Asia Compass
Forecast 2016: East Asia on the Cusp

Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra considers the foreign policy decisions East Asian countries will have to contend with in the new year

22 January 2016
East Asia
German Model: Unsuitable for Korean Unification

Dr Rahul Raj argues that any effort to reunify North and South Koreas will require a strategy tailor-made for their case, in order to suceed
21 January 2016
AIIB: Regional and Global Responses
Madhura Balasubramaniam provides an overview of the key concerns of the US, EU and countries in Asia vis-à-vis  the AIIB
18 January 2016
Taiwanese Presidential Elections
A 'New Era' of Democracy in Taiwan: Implications for Regional Security & Economy

Teshu Singh explains the recently concluded Taiwanese presidential election, and makes projections for the country, the region, and India
18 January 2016
Strategic Space
Forecast 2016: Nuclear Issues That Will Dominate the Year

Dr Manpreet Sethi takes stock of key nuclear issues in 2016
4 January 2016
Japan-South Korea: Resolving the Comfort Women Issue
Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra considers the bilateral agreement and the value of its contents for the victims
10 December 2015
East Asia
Japan and South Korea: Ominous Politicisation of History Textbooks

Prof Rahul Raj explains the row over the revision of history textbooks in Japan and South Korea and why it may be an attempt to cover up these countries' troubled pasts
7 December 2015
East Asia Compass
Chinas Maritime Assertiveness and Repercussions

Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra looks at why China's coming moves in the Asia Pacific will be fundamental in shaping the future geopolitics of the region
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