Articles in Geopolitics

Is Myanmar-China relation entering a tricky phase?

Is Myanmar-China relation entering a tricky phase?

By: Col R Hariharan | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 11 Mar , 2012

Myanmar’s decision to suspend the construction of the Chinese-aided Irrawaddy Myitsone hydroelectric dam project in Kachin State comes as a pleasant surprise, whatever be the reasons behind the...

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Battling the Dragon

Battling the Dragon

By: MP Anil Kumar | Issue: Vol. 27.1 -Mar 2012 | Date: 06 Mar , 2012

“To win one hundred victories in one hundred battles is not the acme of skill. To subdue the enemy without fighting is the acme of skill.” —Sun Tzu, Art of War The Chinese maintain that the...

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China: Better to counter microblogs than to block them

China: Better to counter microblogs than to block them

By: B Raman | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 25 Feb , 2012

According to Radio Free Asia, funded by the US State Department, Zhu Mingguo,deputy leader of the Guangdong provincial Government in China, which witnessed a people’s revolt in the village of...

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The Tibetan Satyagraha

The Tibetan Satyagraha

By: B Raman | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 18 Feb , 2012

The recent hard-line statements from the Han rulers of Tibet expressing concern over the situation in Tibet and their determination to crush the so-called splittist movement is a reflection of...

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India's Role in Afghanistan - II

India's Role in Afghanistan - II

By: Bhashyam Kasturi | Issue: Courtesy: Aakrosh | Date: 18 Feb , 2012

India’s Role in Afghanistan The U.S.-led invasion after 9/11 marked a turning point in the Indian investment in Afghanistan, and it has been able to steadily re-establish its presence. The...

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Iran-Israel spat: National Interest is Supreme

Iran-Israel spat: National Interest is Supreme

By: Bharat Verma | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 18 Feb , 2012

India appears to be caught in crossfire between Iran and Israel. New Delhi should evaluate the strategic dividends that accrue from Iran and Israel before it responds to the developing...

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Countdown to China's first Aircraft Carrier

Countdown to China's first Aircraft Carrier

By: Maj Gen Sheru Thapliyal, PhD | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 17 Feb , 2012

< !DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> The issue of the Chinese aircraft carrier, the former Russian Varyag, has re-emerged in the last few days. Both the United States and Japan have asked China to “˜explain its perceived need for...

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India-Iran Defence Cooperation

India-Iran Defence Cooperation

By: Dr Monika Chansoria | Issue: Vol 25.1 Jan-Mar 2010 | Date: 17 Feb , 2012

As Asian Nations work towards integrating familiar areas of mutual interests, defence cooperation by and large, serves as a significant tool that complements diplomatic enterprise. Collaboration...

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India's Role in Afghanistann - I

India's Role in Afghanistann - I

By: Bhashyam Kasturi | Issue: Courtesy: Aakrosh | Date: 17 Feb , 2012

  Any study that seeks to understand the dynamics of Indias “presence” in Afghanistan with the application of soft power must realise that it is a carefully crafted piece of...

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India and its neighbours

India and its neighbours

By: Kanwal Sibal | Issue: Vol 25.1 Jan-Mar 2010 | Date: 16 Feb , 2012

< !DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> It is considered almost axiomatic that management of relations with neighbours should be the first priority of any countrys foreign policy. The stakes are always high as conditions in its...

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War and Oil - The Pipeline Politics

War and Oil - The Pipeline Politics

By: Rohit Singh | Issue: Vol 24.2 Apr-Jun 2009 | Date: 16 Feb , 2012

One has heard of the great depression that has struck the world on at least two occasions, once in the early 20th century, and the other one we are going through, currently. While the current...

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Pakistan 2030: Possible Scenarios and Options

Pakistan 2030: Possible Scenarios and Options

By: Col Harinder Singh | Issue: Book Excerpt: Asia 2030 - The Unfolding Future | Date: 15 Feb , 2012

George Friedman once said that the first line of defence against Islamic radicals would be the Muslim states themselves. It could be believed that Pakistan quite accurately represents this fault...

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 The Pakistani Conundrum

The Pakistani Conundrum

By: B Raman | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 14 Feb , 2012

After having fairly successfully defied the Army over the so-called Memogate affair, the elected Pakistani Executive headed by President Asif Ali Zardari has now chosen to defy the judiciary on...

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Facts about Chinese presence in POK

Facts about Chinese presence in POK

By: Bhashyam Kasturi | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 13 Feb , 2012

At the end of last year, statements were made by the Indian Army Chief, General V.K. Singh about the presence of Chinese Peoples Liberation Army [PLA] troops in the Northern Areas of Pakistan....

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 UN Peacekeeping: Thinking 'out of the box'

UN Peacekeeping: Thinking 'out of the box'

By: Ali Ahmed | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 13 Feb , 2012

The story of India’s peacekeeping engagement is too well known to recount. However, less known is the fact that India numbers among the five top UN troop contributing countries. In effect,...

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Fears of Pakistanisation of Maldives

Fears of Pakistanisation of Maldives

By: B Raman | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 12 Feb , 2012

There has been disquiet among the large number of supporters of former Maldivian President Mohammed Nasheed over indications that appeared on February 11, 2012, that India, the US and the...

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The Challenge of China

The Challenge of China

By: Lt Gen Vinay Shankar | Issue: Book Excerpt: Threat from China | Date: 11 Feb , 2012

The recent denial of a visa by China to one of our senior most serving army officers has taken the Indian Security and Diplomatic establishment by considerable surprise, more so when the visa was...

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Washington's Views of Sino-Pakistan Relations - II

Washington's Views of Sino-Pakistan Relations - II

By: Ramtanu Maitra | Issue: Courtesy: Aakrosh | Date: 11 Feb , 2012

Chinese Arming of Pakistan The first area of concern is Beijing’s help in arming Pakistan. According “China-Pakistan Relations,” a July 2010 article by Jamal Afridi and Jayshree Bajoria in...

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Tibet: The International Betrayal

Tibet: The International Betrayal

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Book Excerpt: Tibet - The Lost Frontier | Date: 11 Feb , 2012

“In former times Tibetans were a war-like nation whose influence spread far and wide. With the advent of Budhisim our military prowess declined…” Dalai Lama 23 October 1950: A Telegram from...

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Washington's Views of Sino-Pakistan Relations - I

Washington's Views of Sino-Pakistan Relations - I

By: Ramtanu Maitra | Issue: Courtesy: Aakrosh | Date: 10 Feb , 2012

In the recent period, relations between Washington and Islamabad have developed into a full-blown crisis. According to some analysts, the trust gap between these erstwhile allies has put a damper...

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