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#3700
17 August 2012
Can the Empire Strike Back?: US, China and U-Tapao
Narayani Basu speculates on the implications of America’s move on Thailand’s bilateral relations
#3698
9 August 2012
Indian Membership to the NSG: American Interests and Chinese Opposition
Debak Das suggests that although the process is bound to be long-drawn given Chinese stakes, US’ support inspires India’s confidence 
#3691
31 July 2012
Southeast Asian Nuclear Weapons Free Zone Treaty: What is Holding it Up?
Shubhra Chaturvedi writes about the P5’s objections to the Treaty
#3686
31 July 2012
Polarised ASEAN: Highlighting the Factions
Panchali Saikia asks whether the expansion of ASEAN has tainted the cohesive image of the regional organisation
#3667
5 July 2012
Iran: Escalation Guaranteed
Abhijit Iyer-Mitra suggests that both the US and Iran are trapped in a classic escalation scenario where neither can give, and the only room for movement is up
#3656
26 June 2012
An Eye on China: President Aquino Meets Obama
Anil Kumar demonstrates how the meeting may signal a geopolitical loss for China given the zero-sum character of Sino-US relations in the Western Pacific
#3655
26 June 2012
ROK in the Asia-Pacific Century
Ruhee Neog asks whether the ROK would seek to broaden its options in the evolving tensions between the US and China in the Asia-Pacific
#3651
22 June 2012
NATO Chicago Summit: Assessing US-Pakistan Relations
Priyakala Manoharan comments on the impact of the bilateral tensions between the two countries on the reopening of the military supply routes into Afghanistan
#3647
21 June 2012
Tehran’s Influence in Afghanistan: Implications of the Iran-US Stand-Off
Aryaman Bhatnagar warns against Iran’s dwindling popularity in Afghanistan as a result of meddling in the latter’s affairs
#3645
21 June 2012
Joining the US against China?: The Secret Chapter in Australia’s Defence White Paper
Abhijit Iyer-Mitra presents evidence to suggest that the above may be analytical oversimplification
#3644
20 June 2012
US-Myanmar Relations: A Print Media Analysis
Tanika Chadha collates opinions recorded in major newspapers
#3640
15 June 2012
Shangri-La Dialogue: Reflections on Leon Panetta’s Address
Tanvi Kulkarni examines the rhetoric in the US Secretary of Defense’s speech
#3639
15 June 2012
Shangri La Dialogue: Indian Perspectives
Abhijit Iyer-Mitra draws from Defence Minster AK Antony’s speech at the Dialogue in Singapore
#3637
13 June 2012
Global Zero: The Road Ahead
Shubhra Chaturvedi considers the intractability of the process
#3634
12 June 2012
Antony and Panetta: A Shakespearean Drama?
PR Chari assesses India’s role in the American rebalance towards the Asia Pacific
#3627
30 May 2012
IPCS Review: Fixing Pakistan’s Civil-Military Imbalance
Rana Banerji critiques Moeed Yusuf’s paper published on 3 May 2012 by the United States Institute of Peace (USIP)
#3624
28 May 2012
Reading Pakistan: Imprisonment for Helping Nab bin Laden
D Suba Chandran on the 33-year prison sentence handed to Shakil Afridi on charges of treason
#3621
21 May 2012
Reading Pakistan: Reopening the NATO Supply Line
D Suba Chandran on why Pakistan may have lost its only trump card
#3619
14 May 2012
Reading Pakistan: How does Pakistan see the War on Terrorism?
D Suba Chandran argues that violence and extremism in Pakistan is not a post-9/11 phenomenon alone
#3618
14 May 2012
Reading Pakistan: Stand-Off on NATO Supply Line
D Suba Chandran illustrates how demands for an apology and stopping drone attacks in return for the reopening of the supply line have led to a self-dug trap
#3616
8 May 2012
The US-Afghan Strategic Partnership Agreement: Nothing More Than Symbolic
Aryaman Bhatnagar comments on the lack of specific detailing in the SPA
#3612
23 April 2012
Agni V: What is its Strategic Significance?
PR Chari examines the direction of India’s missile programme
#3610
23 April 2012
Silk Road Initiatives: An Alternative Future for Afghanistan
Sreemati Ganguli on the potential of these projects to transform Afghanistan into the centre of trans-regional cooperation
#3605
13 April 2012
Seoul Nuclear Security Summit 2012: An Analysis of Australia’s Position
Tanvi Kulkarni on the evolution of a concept of nuclear security distinct from a purely non-proliferation narrative
#3601
9 April 2012
‘Balochistan’ as a Strategic Issue vs the ‘Baloch’ as a Political Problem
D Suba Chandran investigates the motivations for the increasing global interest in Balochistan
#3591
22 March 2012
The Seoul Nuclear Security Summit: Discovering an Agenda
PR Chari deliberates on the potential items for discussion at the Summit
#3587
19 March 2012
North Korea and Iran: A Study in Contrasts
PR Chari on the differences and similarities in the two’s pursuit of nuclear weapons
#3584
29 February 2012
Iranian Embargo: China’s Options
Teshu Singh on the tussle between China’s appetite for oil and gas imports and its obligations as a responsible international power
#3582
29 February 2012
APT versus EAS: Indonesia’s Perspective
Chongtham Gunnamani asks why Indonesia prefers the EAS framework over the ASEAN Plus Three (APT) 
#3579
27 February 2012
US, Iran and Israel: India in a Diplomatic Bind
Sitakanta Mishra recommends a pragmatic calibration of ties based on India’s national interests
#3573
14 February 2012
Iran’s American 'Problem' in Afghanistan
Aryaman Bhatnagar reflects on Iran's threat perceptions from the US in Afghanistan
#3559
18 January 2012
India’s Iran Dilemma: Nuclear Fuel or Crude Oil?
J Jeganaathan explores three policy options that India can exercise to secure its energy interests vis-a-vis Iran
#3554
15 January 2012
Af-Pak Diary: The Taliban Apologists, Opportunists and Opponents
D Suba Chandran identifies three significant stakeholders with varying objectives and endgames
#3552
10 January 2012
US and Pakistan: Likely American Strategy in 2012
Aryaman Bhatnagar forecasts the unlikelihood of the US reducing pressure on Pakistan despite moves towards reconciliation
#3550
5 January 2012
Reading Pakistan: A New Taliban Shura
D Suba Chandran comments on the likely motivations behind the formation of the shura
#3548
3 January 2012
Analyzing 2011: Prognosticating 2012
P R Chari reflects on the failures and achievements of year gone-by and what they indicate for the future 
#3528
22 December 2011
Bonn II: From Transition to Transformation in Afghanistan
Mariam Safi highlights the expectations from all stakeholders in the period 2014-2024
#3519
13 December 2011
The Afghan Debate: Is India the Solution?
J Jeganaathan argues in favour of India’s stabilizing role post the 2014 withdrawal
#3518
13 December 2011
The Afghan Debate: Is India the Problem?
Janosch Jerman argues that India’s involvement is counter-productive as long as it is viewed as a threat by Pakistan
#3517
13 December 2011
The Afghan Debate: Is India Both the Problem and the Solution?
Abhijit Iyer-Mitra argues that India is the solution, just not the West’s definition of ‘solution’
 
 

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