Articles By Dr Rajasimman Sundaram

Is the QUAD Winding back the Clock of History?

Is the QUAD Winding back the Clock of History?

By: Dr Rajasimman Sundaram | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 17 Oct , 2020

While the stated strategic objective of the Quadrilateral Strategic Dialogue [QUAD – Japan, the US, Australia and India] is to safeguard a free, open, rule based order in the Indo-Pacific region...

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The Five Point Consensus – The Calm before the Storm?

The Five Point Consensus – The Calm before the Storm?

By: Dr Rajasimman Sundaram | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 13 Sep , 2020

The re-establishment of peace and tranquility along the Sino-Indian border based on the joint communiqué agreed between the foreign ministers of India and China on 09 September along the...

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Indian Chess is Not the Chinese Game of Weiqi

Indian Chess is Not the Chinese Game of Weiqi

By: Dr Rajasimman Sundaram | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 10 Sep , 2020

Your deployment was as wild geese in flight – nobody understood it, until the cub was caught in the tiger’s den, and all were shocked. [Pan Zhao]  Introduction: ​The situation along the...

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India is not Bharat: A Note to Chinese Strategic Thinkers!

India is not Bharat: A Note to Chinese Strategic Thinkers!

By: Dr Rajasimman Sundaram | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 03 Aug , 2020

Of all the strategic variables – intention, capability, objective, strategy, tactics, doctrines, domestic and foreign policy, leadership etc – it is geography that remains a constant – hence...

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The Concept of Whole Situation and China’s Strategic Decision Making

The Concept of Whole Situation and China’s Strategic Decision Making

By: Dr Rajasimman Sundaram | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 27 Jun , 2020

To be attacked by the Enemy is not a bad Thing but a good thing! — Mao Zedong 26 May, 1939 Introduction: Is it Land? Despite all the noise made over the Indian media, the fact that – India’s...

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India’s DBO Advanced Landing Ground : A Military Initiative, Not Political!

India’s DBO Advanced Landing Ground : A Military Initiative, Not Political!

By: Dr Rajasimman Sundaram | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 22 Jun , 2020

The recent face-off between Indian and Chinese troops along it’s yet to be demarcated land border in Ladakh was not a political outcome, but rooted in logic derived from military science. This...

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COVID-19 Outbreak in China –An Intent Gone Wrong?

COVID-19 Outbreak in China –An Intent Gone Wrong?

By: Dr Rajasimman Sundaram | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 17 Mar , 2020

“A catastrophe waiting to happen has now happened “said Dr. Francis Boyle[1], drafter of the US Bio-weapons Act [Biological Weapons Anti-Terrorism Act of 1989] and author of Bio warfare and...

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BRICS must define the scope of the Upcoming War

BRICS must define the scope of the Upcoming War

By: Dr Rajasimman Sundaram | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 11 Jan , 2020

Assassination of Qasem Soleimani [the head of Iran’s elite Quds military force] under direct orders from the President of the United States is likely to further escalate into a military conflict...

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The Relevance of Geography and History in the Maritime Domain

The Relevance of Geography and History in the Maritime Domain

By: Dr Rajasimman Sundaram | Issue: Vol. 34.3 Jul-Sep 2019 | Date: 06 Oct , 2019

Command Her! If you can’t command her, control her. If you can’t control her, dominate her. If you can’t dominate her, maintain presence and deny her to others. Oh! The sea is a wild child!...

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From Teaching to Learning a Lesson: China’s Nightmare in Pakistan

From Teaching to Learning a Lesson: China’s Nightmare in Pakistan

By: Dr Rajasimman Sundaram | Issue: Vol. 34.1 Jan-Mar 2019 | Date: 16 Apr , 2019

China’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) project, a sub-set of its China Dream and centered on its flagship project – the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is likely to help...

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Afghanistan: Thinking in Terms of Hindu Kush

Afghanistan: Thinking in Terms of Hindu Kush

By: Dr Rajasimman Sundaram | Issue: Vol. 34.1 Jan-Mar 2019 | Date: 08 Mar , 2019

It would be in strategic error if India considers the myriad of political events occurring within Afghanistan as subject matter of its foreign policy. The security situation in Afghanistan has...

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Disclosing Operation Kabbadi (September, 2001): An Immature Idea

Disclosing Operation Kabbadi (September, 2001): An Immature Idea

By: Dr Rajasimman Sundaram | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 23 Jan , 2019

Disclosing Indian Army’s aborted plan to launch “Operation Kabaddi” in September 2001 with an objective to end cross border infiltration in India’s premier national daily (The Hindu, 22...

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Sino-US Trade War: Politics of Fear and Anxiety

Sino-US Trade War: Politics of Fear and Anxiety

By: Dr Rajasimman Sundaram | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 19 Oct , 2018

United States (US) administration under President Trump is now engaged in non-kinetic war with China not limited to trade alone. A salvo of charges against China was presented in unequivocal...

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The Wounded Lion in Dragon’s ‘Peaceful Rise’

The Wounded Lion in Dragon’s ‘Peaceful Rise’

By: Dr Rajasimman Sundaram | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 18 Oct , 2017

As defense and strategıc analyst ın Indıa and China begın to present theır post-crisis analysıs on the recent near-sımultaneous wıthdrawal of troops along the trı-junctıon between...

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Disambiguation of OBOR in Sino-Indian Relations: Is It a Strategic Checkmate...

Disambiguation of OBOR in Sino-Indian Relations: Is It a Strategic Checkmate...

By: Dr Rajasimman Sundaram | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 16 Jun , 2017

It’s the “Sea”, and not the “Land” OBOR includes a land-sea component (Silk Road Economic Belt (Land) and 21st Century Maritime Silk Road [Sea]). The following sections elaborates why...

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Disambiguation of OBOR in Sino-Indian Relations: Is It a Strategic Checkmate...

Disambiguation of OBOR in Sino-Indian Relations: Is It a Strategic Checkmate...

By: Dr Rajasimman Sundaram | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 31 May , 2017

As for international politics, international trade has nothing personal about it. While India may have earned the entitlement of a rising power in some quarters of projected strategic...

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Disambiguation of OBOR in Sino-Indian Relations: Is It a Strategic Checkmate...

Disambiguation of OBOR in Sino-Indian Relations: Is It a Strategic Checkmate...

By: Dr Rajasimman Sundaram | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 14 May , 2017

While having agreed in principle the idea that expansion of connectivity takes place between countries, India has not yet confirmed or regret its attendance at the China’s Belt and...

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Militarisation of the South China Sea: The Offence-Defense Paradigm

Militarisation of the South China Sea: The Offence-Defense Paradigm

By: Dr Rajasimman Sundaram | Issue: Vol. 31.1 Jan-Mar 2016 | Date: 13 Jul , 2016

While war between US and China is ruled out for multiple reasons, the military balance of power dictated by military strategy chosen has direct bearings on the political choices made by...

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BRICS: A Strategic Self Appraisal

BRICS: A Strategic Self Appraisal

By: Dr Rajasimman Sundaram | Issue: Vol. 30.4 Oct-Dec 2015 | Date: 19 Jan , 2016

BRICS was carved out of a group formally initiated by Russia in 2002 – Russia-India-China (RIC) to address the challenges it faced after the break-up of Soviet Union.1 China and India’s...

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Beginning of End of the American Empire

Beginning of End of the American Empire

By: Dr Rajasimman Sundaram | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 31 Oct , 2015

Having maintained an isolationist foreign policy prior to reluctantly accepting global leadership in the aftermath of World War II from United Kingdom, United States is now unable to react...

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