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NE Insurgent Groups and the Strategic Encirclement

One of the most important reasons for the continuance of insurgency in the North East is the region’s proximity to outer lands. The strategic encirclement has not only provided the expanse with a conduit to countries such as China, which welcomed n....

Japan’s National Defense Policy Guidelines for the New Decade

The changes in a nation’s threat perception define the need for new defense policy guidelines. Based on this premise, Japan’s new National Defense Policy Guidelines (NDPG) 2010, shows a marked shift in Japan’s threat perception from non-conve....

India and East Asia in 2010

2010 marks two decades of India’s engagement with East Asia in the current phase under the rubric the Look East policy that was launched in 1990. It came about in the wake of the end of the cold war, on one hand, and one of the severest crises the ....

India-China Relations: A Year-end Review

India-China relations have been going through a rough phase for some time now. In fact, over the past year they have become even more complex than they normally have been over the past five decades as a result of new Chinese diplomatic and military a....

Best Wishes - India should build on the gains from the recent P5 visits

Much has been made of the fact that leaders of all the permanent five member countries of the United Nations security council have visited India in 2010 in quick succession. This degree of bilateral attention to India within a short span of time may ....

On the right track

President Dmitry Medvedev’s recent visit to India has given fresh lustre to a relationship that had begun to lose its sheen. Indian political and economic circles, as well as the media, have been too obsessed with our developing ties with the US. T....

Shaky Hand at Mars External Drive

India’s core foreign policy challenges in 2011 will be no different than in 2010, but we enter the New Year with a somewhat strengthened diplomatic hand. Coincidentally, leaders of all P-5 countries visited India in 2010 in quick succession and all....

India Right in Standing Up to China's Bullying

China has been strikingly inept in its international diplomacy over the award of the Nobel Peace Prize to the Chinese dissident Lui Xiaobo. China’s global stature today is formidable. Its economic growth in the last three decades has been spectacul....

Little for India on Chinese Platter

Chinese PM Wen Jiabao’s visit has hardly done much to allay India’s fears about its hostile, powerful neighbour Of all the visits made by P-5 leaders to India in 2010, that of Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao proved the least productive. At one leve....

2010: India's undeclared year of Africa

An objective evaluation of changing contours of our engagement with Africa, especially in light of significant developments in 2010, might interest Africa watchers and others. Conceptual richness and consistency appear to characterise recent inter....

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