Commentaries & Articles
China Studies’ Coming of Age Story in Taiwan and A few Pointers for India
In her 2006 Report on China Studies in India, Madhavi Thampi pointed out that there is a lack of depth and rigour in China centric research within India1. Much does not seem to have changed as she noted the similar observation in her January 2021 China Studies assessment report for Institute of Chinese Studies, New Delhi2. In these 15 years, not only China has become an inevitable economic force to reckon with, its influence has snowballed in the world politics.
Japan’s Economic and Geo-Strategic Interests in Myanmar
Japan and Myanmar established diplomatic relations in 1954. The Japan-Burma Peace Treaty and Agreement on Reparations and Economic Cooperation, 1954 laid the foundations for economic cooperation. The two countries refer to the historical friendly relations, where both have supported each other during crises. In the current political crises, Japan is walking a tight rope on whether to continue with its economic relationship or support the pro-democracy protests in the country and thus take a stand against the military.
An Uncertain Outlook for Pakistan’s Economy
Pakistan is a country in which the economy has remained in a perpetual state of crisis. If we look at the track record of Pakistan, we see a problematic situation. Quite categorically we see from human development indicators like health and education to economic parameters like tax-to-GDP ratio, currency performance and forex reserves, Pakistan’s record has been deeply bleak and asymmetrical.
अफगानिस्तान से अमेरिका एवं नाटो की वापसी और अफगानिस्तान वायु सेना तथा युद्ध पर इसका प्रभाव
अमेरिका और गठबंधन सेना 20 साल बाद अफगानिस्तान से वापस लौट रही है। अमेरिकी राष्ट्रपति द्वारा इस निर्णय की घोषणा की गई थी और यह तय किया गया कि 11 सितंबर 2021 तक वापसी प्रक्रिया पूरी कर ली जाएगी। अमेरिका और इसके सहयोगियों द्वारा किए गए इस दखल में कई कारकों ने अपनी भूमिका निभाई और इनमें सेना सबसे महत्वपूर्ण कारक थी।
A New Kashmir in the Making
The abrogation of Article 370, nearly two years back, effectively marked the end of Kashmir’s special status. Indeed, this was nothing short of a revolution. It unleashed a series of sweeping changes, ushering in an era of tectonic transformation and a decisive strategic shift in India’s approach towards security matters, democratic emancipation of millions of citizens living as stateless orphans without voting rights. It gave a major jolt to the deeply entrenched ecosystem of terrorism, separatism, and radicalisation thriving on drug money, killings and threats.
Blinken’s India Visit: Taking Strategic Partnership to the “Next Level”
The just concluded visit of the US Secretary of State Blinken to India merits keen scrutiny coming as it has on the cusps of regional developments in Afghanistan, global pandemic management, forthcoming meetings on the Indo Pacific and a host of ongoing global issues such as climate change amongst others. While the visit did cover a lot of ground, what was keenly awaited was the signal on how it would frame forthcoming counters to the China challenge.
Regional Cooperation in BIMSTEC in Post-COVID-19 World
The Bay of Bengal region is home to roughly 1.6 billion people, around 23% of the world population. The COVID-19 crisis has hit each individual and economy in the world. Join Dr. Prabir De and Cchavi Vasisht in this podcast to discuss the prospects for regional integration in the post-COVID-19 world.
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