• Of Guarantees and Stalemates: An Assessment of Myanmar’s Fourth 21st Century Panglong Peace Conference
    Angshuman Choudhury    ·   14 Sep, 2020    ·    #5723    ·    Commentary    
    On 21 August, Myanmar drew the curtains on the fourth iteration of its flagship union dialogue forum, Union Peace Conference (UPC), also known as 21st Century Panglong Conference. The three-day conference was held in Naypyidaw with COVID-19 pr...
  • What Motivated Chinese Military Drills Near the Taiwan Strait?
    Jack Kai Yui Wong    ·   11 Sep, 2020    ·    #5722    ·    Commentary    
    President Tsai Ing-wen of Taiwan continues to reject Beijing’s sovereignty claims as well as the offer of “one country, two systems.” In response, Chinese President Xi Jinping has called the possibility of Taiwanese independence a "dead-e...
  • Hong Kong: Why New Delhi Must Do More
    Kamal Madishetty    ·   09 Sep, 2020    ·    #5721    ·    Commentary    
    China—amidst widespread international criticism and no letting up of protests on the streets of Hong Kong—implemented the draconian National Security Law (NSL) on June 30. This was done within weeks of the country’s rubber stamp legislatu...
  • COVID-19 in Iran: The Impact of Sanctions
    Sanaa Alvira    ·   04 Sep, 2020    ·    #5720    ·    Commentary    
    The US reinstated sanctions against Iran in November 2018, after withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal. The imposition of new sanctions under the Trump administration’s “maximum pressure” campaign has left the Iranian economy reeling. Th...
  • UAE-Israel Abraham Accord: The Iran Context
    Majid Izadpanahi    ·   03 Sep, 2020    ·    #5719    ·    Commentary    
    On 13 August 2020, US President Donald Trump announced the signing of the United Arab Emirates (UAE)-Israel deal, also known as the Abraham Accord. The UAE is the third Arab state (after Egypt and Jordan), and the first Arab state in the Persi...
  • The Abraham Accord and UAE-Israel Relations: Winners and Losers
    Muneer Ahmed    ·   03 Sep, 2020    ·    #5718    ·    Commentary    
    On 13 August 2020, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Israel signed the watershed Abraham Accord—the peace agreement to formalise bilateral diplomatic relations. It marks a major turn of events in West Asia. Washington announced the deal with...
  • More than a Bargaining Chip: Health Diplomacy and India-Taiwan Relations
    Ashutosh Nagda    ·   31 Aug, 2020    ·    #5717    ·    Commentary    
    With 487 confirmed cases and seven deaths as of 24 August, Taiwan has been a global success in tackling the COVID-19 pandemic. This success has invited praise and attention to the country’s robust healthcare system, and foregrounded health as...
  • East Asia Compass
    To Withdraw or Not to Withdraw: South Korea’s Strategic Calculus and the GSOMIA

    Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra    ·   26 Aug, 2020    ·    #5716    ·    Commentary    ·   Column
    On 24 August, the General Security of Military Information Agreement (GSOMIA), an intelligence-sharing agreement between South Korea and Japan, was automatically extended for another year. Article 21(3) of the agreement states: “This agr...
  • The Strategist
    China's Curious Wars

    Vice Admiral Vijay Shankar    ·   25 Aug, 2020    ·    #5715    ·    Commentary    ·   Column
    Never to be undertaken thoughtlessly or recklessly wars are to be preceded by measures that make it easy to win. —Sun Tzu, Art of War (Griffith, p 39) The Chinese tradition of warfare differs from contemporary understanding. Instead of...
  • Strategic Space
    Never Again: 75 years After Hiroshima and Nagasaki

    Manpreet Sethi    ·   24 Aug, 2020    ·    #5714    ·    Commentary    ·   Column
    This August marks 75 years of the dropping of Little Boy and Fat Man on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. These were the first two nuclear bombs built by the US in the secret Manhattan Project; run at a frenzied pace to beat the possibility of Germany g...