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Obama, Vietnam, China and the Theory of Balancing of Power and War
Sumantra Maitra | 01 Jul , 2016 0 comments

China warned Obama, on lifting his arms embargo of Vietnam, a historical move given the recent geopolitical situation in South China Sea. This came a day after the US lifted a decades-old arms embargo on Vietnam. Obama becomes the third American president to visit Vietnam since the end of the war in 1975 and his three-day trip is known as...

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Modi's Neighbourhood First Policy - Is It Working?
Martand Jha | 30 Jun , 2016 4 comments
Modi's Neighbourhood First Policy - Is It Working?

If Pakistan is a reason to worry, India’s other neighbours are no less in giving headaches to the policy makers here. Apart from Pakistan, the one country with which India has a long time problematic relationship is China. To add to India’s problems, Pakistan is a major ally of China and combined together they pose a great security threat...

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Crossing the Rubicon: Brexit will impact Britain, India and the world

June 23, 2016 could well become a defining moment in the history of the European Union as well as a definitive moment in the history of the UK. On this historic day, the British electorate will decide in a deeply divided referendum how European they wish to be.  The tragic murder of Labor Member of Parliament, Jo Cox has further polarized the...

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100% FDI in Defence: Can it Help India Become an Arms Producer?
Bhartendu K Singh | 29 Jun , 2016 1 comment

The recent policy announcement of a 100 percent limit in FDI in the defence sector is another turning point in India’s quest for self-reliance in arms production. For long, the industry and the business sector in India and abroad have been demanding unlimited access to foreign investments in defence sector on the same lines as it exists in...

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Playing it Big or a Proxy?: Bangladesh’s Growing Closeness to China
Amitava Mukherjee | 29 Jun , 2016 0 comments

In the last week of May 2016, Bangladesh had hosted the Chinese Defence Minister, General Chang Wanguan, in a quiet manner. But, the visit must have raised eyebrows in the corridors of power in New Delhi because it has signaled the possibility of China and Bangladesh serving each other’s strategic and military needs in near future which may...

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