ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

Articles By Itty Abraham

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.

India's Unsinkable Aircraft Carrier

An exploration of what the Andaman and Nicobar Islands mean to India--as a nation and as a state. This article suggests that the manner in which it has been visualised as a peg in the country's geopolitical strategy reduces the possibilities its location and history provide to India. It further argues that it would be self-defeating to view these islands merely from a geopolitical angle and not factor in the many histories of the people who inhabit it at present.

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?