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India’s Opposition to China–Pakistan Economic Corridor Is Flawed

China is opening up its land borders in Xinjiang to interact more freely with Central Asia and Europe. China and Pakistan are jointly building the China–Pakistan Economic Corridor, which passes through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. India views this as a violation of its sovereignty. Geopolitics rather than geoeconomics predominates India’s thinking on possibilities offered by the revival of the old Silk Road by the Chinese.

War and What To Do About It

A case for the peace lobby to continue its engagement with anti-war issues, even in times of relative peace. The military doctrines are geared for a quick war, resulting in shorter crisis windows. Therefore, keeping the public informed and capitalising on such preparations for ensuring moderation in strategic decisions in crises and war can prove useful when push comes to shove. This would be an uphill task, but inescapable for war avoidance and limitation. 

Neo-liberal Agenda

The Indian soldier is in a state of stupor. The civil–military relations in the country are in crisis. The government’s policies are aggravating the situation, alienating the armed forces by lowering their status and salaries in comparison to other arms of the state. Neo-liberal forces are using the crisis as an opportunity to introduce military transformation that would splinter the national military and replace patriotism with profi teering.

Asian Connectivity

The idea of “connectivity” appears to be the flavour of the season in Indian foreign policy. Earlier this month, the Ministry of External Affairs facilitated a high profile conference on the theme of “Asian Connectivity” (Raisina Dialogue, 1–3 March 2016).

Gunga Dins of World War I

The Indian Government is spending large amounts of political and financial capital to whitewash the use of Indian soldiers as cannon-fodder by the colonial British Indian Army in World War I. An exploration of the possible reasons for this about turn in understanding the role of Indian soldiers in the colonial wars.

Hazy Skies

The recent episode of an oppressive smog that blanketed Southeast Asia highlights an entirely new kind of problem in contemporary international relations, namely, the complexity of transnational governance when traditional remedies--from bombs and missiles at one extreme, to diplomatic démarches and summits on the more polite end--are of no use at all. Not only is responsibility and accountability diffuse and spread across a number of actors-- private and public, domestic and foreign--the presence of non-state agents confuses standard diplomatic operating procedures that are designed to respond to the predations of other states.

Cold War 2.0

Despite professing Non-Alignment, India effectively became a pawn in the hands of the Western powers as it walked into the trap of the 1962 Sino-Indian war. As a new Cold War builds up between China and the United States, would India be able to avoid its past mistakes?

Silk Routes versus Sea Lanes

The Chinese strategy is to build rail and road links over the Eurasian landmass to escape the vice-like grip over maritime trade routes exercised by the United States and its allies. An exploration of the possible consequences, drawing on history, for China, the Western powers, India and the global trade and military architecture.

Modi's Opportunity in China

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has the political capital needed to push for a settlement of the boundary dispute with China. This could open up avenues to strengthen economic ties with China and also give India political space on multilateral stages like the World Trade Organization and the climate change negotiations.

Immanent Crisis over Tibet

Even as Chinese opinion insists that there can be no negotiation with the Tibetan diaspora over the region's political union with China, a fl ashpoint is slowly coming closer. India's festering dispute with China over the border will get more complicated once the issue of Dalai Lama's succession comes up. How well prepared is the Indian establishment to deal with such an eventuality?

Mask and Masculinity of Indian Strategy

For two centuries and more the Anglo-Saxon world has convinced India that its interests are best catered to under their protective gaze. Will India be able to break out of this hegemony?

'Modified' Foreign Policy

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has invested much political capital in his foreign policy initiatives. Behind the spectacle of the pomp and show, the real test of foreign policy and strategy lies in coherence of design, finesse in execution, and efficacy of outcomes. The first of our new column on Strategic Affairs takes a preliminary stab at assessing whether New Delhi has been able to translate its desires into tangible outcomes.

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