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  • East Asia Compass
    Three Observations on a Declaration to End the Korean War

    Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra    ·   29 Nov, 2021    ·    #5796    ·    Commentary    ·   Column
    South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s efforts towards an end-of-war declaration on the Korean War appears to be moving ahead despite apprehensions. Moon has appealed for such a declaration several times during his tenure, with the most recent...
  • Biden’s Democracy Summit
    Ashutosh Nagda    ·   28 Nov, 2021    ·    #5795    ·    Commentary    
    US President Joe Biden is scheduled to host the first (virtual) edition of ‘The Summit for Democracy’ on 9-10 December 2021. This will be followed by year-long initiatives leading to an in-person summit in 2022. According to the State Depar...
  • Red Affairs
    Left-Wing Extremism in India: Lessons from Gadchiroli

    Bibhu Prasad Routray    ·   26 Nov, 2021    ·    #5794    ·    Commentary    ·   Column
    Counter-insurgency literature puts the limit on the effective functionality of an insurgent group to about a decade. Globally, the optimum possibility of an insurgency achieving its desired result has been within the first decade of its origin....
  • East Asia Compass
    North Korea’s Missile Tests: Addressing vs Normalising

    Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra    ·   27 Oct, 2021    ·    #5793    ·    Commentary    ·   Column
    On 19 October 2021, North Korea tested another ballistic missile. It was reportedly a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM). Sinpo is a port city in North Korea’s South Hamgyong Province, on the coast of the East Sea. The city is known ...
  • What does the Taliban Takeover in Afghanistan Mean for China?
    Cherry Hitkari    ·   13 Oct, 2021    ·    #5792    ·    Commentary    
    The return of the Taliban in Afghanistan marks the commencement of a new chapter in Asian geopolitics. China, as an aspiring superpower and Kabul's largest neighbour, sees both opportunities to be seized and risks to be staved off on the Afghan...
  • Afghanistan’s Education Sector: Prospects Under Taliban Rule
    Fazlullah Akhtar and Amit Ranjan    ·   11 Oct, 2021    ·    #5791    ·    Commentary    
    Two decades of war conducted by the US and its allied forces against the Taliban ended in August 2021 with the Taliban’s return to power in Afghanistan. If precedents are any indication, the Afghan education sector is one of the key sectors se...
  • Why is China Interested in Africa’s Ports?
    Rahul Karan Reddy    ·   08 Oct, 2021    ·    #5790    ·    Commentary    
    Ports are critical to the success of China’s Maritime Silk Road (MSR) initiative, linking the mainland to large and untapped markets across the Indian Ocean. Beijing’s extensive investments in Africa’s seaports are driven by a blend of lu...
  • Red Affairs
    Left-wing Extremism: A Tentative Pathway to a Solution

    Bibhu Prasad Routray    ·   06 Oct, 2021    ·    #5789    ·    Commentary    ·   Column
    “I request all Hon'ble Chief Ministers to focus on what we term as good governance. The Hon'ble Home Minister has also laid emphasis on this aspect of the management and containment strategy. This would include effective implementation of dev...
  • Strategic Space
    North Korea’s Missile Missives: Is President Biden Listening?

    Manpreet Sethi    ·   29 Sep, 2021    ·    #5788    ·    Commentary    ·   Column
    President Biden’s administration concluded its North Korea policy review in May 2021. It recommended a calibrated, practical approach towards Pyongyang—somewhere between a grand bargain and strategic patience. However, since then, many other ...
  • COVID-19: Impact on Women in the Philippines
    Akanksha Khullar    ·   25 Sep, 2021    ·    #5787    ·    Commentary    
    This article aims to map the repercussions of COVID-19 on women and girls in the Philippines, based on qualitative and quantitative data collected—over the period of 2019 and 2020—by IPCS’ South East Asia Research Programme (SEARP). The ...
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