Year in Review
Left-wing Extremism 2013: The Threat Continues
N Manoharan · 26 Jan, 2014 · 4273
Left-wing Extremism (LWE) continued to remain as one of the major challenges to India’s internal security in 2013. Its intensity persisted especially in three states – Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Orissa – apart from sign ...
Maldives 2013: End of Political Stalemate
N Manoharan · 23 Jan, 2014 · 4271
A small atoll state, Maldives witnessed numerous events in 2013 on the political, socio-economic and diplomatic fronts.
The political issues revolved around the long-delayed presidential polls. The second multi-party presidential elec ...
Northeast 2013: A Year of Peace and Violence
Rani P Das · 20 Jan, 2014 · 4268
India’s Northeast saw new twists and turns in so far as its conflicts and peace processes were concerned. If peace appeared to be knocking at the doors with most of the major rebel groups coming to truce mode, the emergence of many ...
South Asia’s 2013: A Time for Elections
Roomana Hukil · 13 Jan, 2014 · 4251
South Asia underwent a political wave that overpowered the other strategic discourses of the entire region in 2013. As most countries experienced grave political shifts with elections doing the rounds; others witnessed roadblocks in the f ...
Japan 2013: Abenomics
Angana Guha Roy · 13 Jan, 2014 · 4252
2013 turned out to be one of the most eventful years for Japan. Under Abe’s leadership, and with a revised security policy and an engaging foreign policy, Japan remained prominent in international diplomacy. It marked the completion ...
China 2013: New Leadership
Teshu Singh · 13 Jan, 2014 · 4250
The change in Chinese leadership was the major event of the year 2013. With the articulation of new terms such as ‘Chinese dream’, ‘maritime silk road’, ‘new pattern of great-power relations’ the foreig ...
US-Afghanistan Relations 2013: BSA and Taliban Negotiations
Athul Athul · 13 Jan, 2014 · 4249
The bilateral security agreement (BSA) and negotiations with the Taliban were the main issues between the US and Afghanistan in 2013. The future of the US-Afghan relationship is heavily reliant on the bilateral agreement and the evolving ...
Iran 2013: Was Change the Buzzword?
Ruhee Neog · 13 Jan, 2014 · 4248
2013 was a year of change for Iran, most of which started roughly half way through the year. There was a change in leadership and a change in the conduct of diplomacy, both of which are of particular relevance to nuclear matters. If the W ...
Jammu and Kashmir 2013: Missed Opportunities
Ayesha Khanyari · 13 Jan, 2014 · 4247
Missed opportunities, lack of political initiatives in addressing internal problems, rise in separatist tendencies, an increase in infiltration attempts and the debate on empowering the Panchayats were the major trends in J&K during 2 ...
Southeast Asia: Elections, Instability and Reconciliation
Aparupa Bhattacherjee · 12 Jan, 2014 · 4246
Elections, national and political reconciliation within, Myanmar becoming the next ASEAN Chair, growing Chinese influences and the American pivot were the major issues of debate in Southeast Asia during 2013. To understand the changes tha ...