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Commentary: Sri Lanka-Pakistan Relations: Visit of Gen. Bajwa

Pakistan has been traditionally working on enhancing mutual cooperation and strengthening of bilateral relationship, especially focusing on defense ties, with Sri Lanka. On more than one occasion, Sri Lanka has expressed gratitude for Pakistan’s he....

Commentary: China and Philippines Rapprochement: Implications for India

With the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and Philippines conducting the second Bilateral Consultation Meeting on the South China Sea, there’s been a range of views on what this could mean for regional stability in the Indo-Pacific. While the USA....

Commentary: Quad Plus - Time for New Stakeholders

China’s rapid march westward through the Indo-Pacific region appears to be running into rough weather. Australia, India, Japan and the United States, the members of the ‘Quad’, an ‘association of like-minded nations’, have established a Qua....

Commentary: Pakistan - Significance of Pashtun Protests

Pakistan’s capital Islamabad has seen many dharnas and protests in the last few years. However, perhaps for the first time it was witness to a 10-day sit-in (01-10 February 2018) by about 5000 Pashtuns largely from the Federally Administered Tribal....

Commentary: Strengthening the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership between India and Vietnam

Within a short period of less than two months there would have been two high level political leaders from Vietnam visiting India. Last month Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc was in New Delhi as part of the India-ASEAN Commemorative Summit as also to w....

Commentary: Mizoram Contends with Refugee Influx from Myanmar

The Mizoram Government has recently raised an alert on migration of refugees to the state from Myanmar. The State Government was quite complacent on inflow of refugees till early October last year, particularly in its belief that the Rohingyas of Rak....

Commentary: Bangladesh - The Khaleda Zia Verdict and its Political Implications

In a judicial verdict of unprecedented political import, on February 8, 2018, a Special Court in Bangladesh sentenced the former Prime Minister and leader of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), Begum Khaleda Zia, to a five-year jail term, in a case o....

Commentary: Some Niche Areas in Unmanned Operations and Technologies and Equipment in Support

Propelled by their enabling combat virtues like all-weather all-terrain operability, comprehensive mission spectrum, long ranges, tremendous endurance, precision strike capability and weapon loads that will give a run for their money to the combat p....

Commentary: China’s Growing Naval Footprint in Pakistan

China’s Jiwani Initiative Recently, media reports have raised the possibility of Jiwani being developed as a naval base in Pakistan by the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN). Pakistan has six ports: Karachi, Muhammad Bin Qa....

Commentary: Taiwan in the Evolving Geopolitics of the Indo-Pacific

The New Southbound Policy In January 2016, Tsai Ing-wen, leader of Taiwan’s Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) secured 56 percent of the total votes and became the first female president of Taiwan. The cross-strait relation was....

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