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The way forward with Trump

The Trump Presidency in the United States could be good or bad for us depending upon the policies we adopt. Trump signals a retreat from globalization. He intends to impose higher import duties on goods entering the US so that companies manufacture these in America leading to the creation of jobs. Specifically he has warned automakers to shift...

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Pakistan: More on the Indus Water Treaty

Media reports indicate that India has agreed to attend the next session of Indus Water Commission on March 20-21 2017 to be held at Lahore.  This will be the 113th session of the Commission and the meeting is being held in Pakistan this time as mandated in the Treaty. The Indian media has started reading too much into the meeting and the...

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Implications of Japan's First Military Communication Satellite Kirameki-2
Anushree Dutta | 12 Mar , 2017 0 comments

East Asia is marked by numerous volatile security issues: struggle over unresolved territories; disputed sea and sea lanes; North Korea’s missile and nuclear programmes; piracy and insurgencies; and growing militarization of most of the countries in the region. Japan’s leaders have decided on a more proactive security stance.[i] North...

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Gullible Innocents, or willing Propagandists?
Claude Arpi | 11 Mar , 2017 0 comments

The publication of pro-China articles by the India media raises two questions: First, why are Indian journalists propagating stories planted by Beijing? Second, can the Chinese be trusted even after they have signed a deal? In 2003, the Central Military Commission (CMC) of the Communist Party of China approved a ‘guiding conceptual...

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Hybrid Warfare and the New Normal: Criteria and Retaliatory Threshold
Sumantra Maitra | 10 Mar , 2017 0 comments

As Russian involvement and covert interference arguably increases in US and European democratic processes, and with the ever-increasing chances of open conflict in Eastern Europe, the focus on the concept of “Hybrid War” is back in discussion. But as technology blurs the line it is easy to conflate what constitutes hybrid war, and what is just...

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