Security and Foreign Policy

Security challenges along the India-Myanmar border

The India-Myanmar border has recently made the headlines after the Tatmadaw (Myanmar Army) reportedly conducted counter insurgency operations against Indian insurgents groups. But cross border movement of insurgents is only one of several security challenges facing the policing of the border. Pushpita Das (Research Fellow, IDSA) examines the other security challenges currently emanating across the India-Myanmar border.

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Bangladesh and Bhutan: A strategic development partnership

Neighbours by geography, the foundations of their friendship were laid down by visionary leaders of both Bangladesh and Bhutan, based on their common aspirations for peace, mutual respect, collective prosperity and deeper integration, writes Mohammad Tarikul Islam (Jahangirnagar University).

Bangladesh and Bhutan are currently leveraging their opportunities and elaborating methods to handle their competitive advantages. These are primarily factor-advantages, among which […]

What’s new about “new militancy” in Kashmir?

It’s becoming increasingly common to hear the militancy in Kashmir described as “new”. Taking the long-view of the conflict, Umair Gul (Nelson Mandela Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution) looks at the history of the militancy movement and what similarities the militants fighting today might have with those who fought in the past. 

Many security analysts, academics and journalists have in recent […]

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    Between Giants: China, India, and Security Sector Reform in Nepal

Between Giants: China, India, and Security Sector Reform in Nepal

Little is known about the drivers and effects of post-war Security Sector Reform in countries that receive help from non-Western governments. Taking Nepal as an example, Subindra Bogati (Nepal Peacebuilding Initiative)and Julia Strasheim (Federal Chancellor Helmut Schmidt Foundation) look at what the possible consequences of Indian and Chinese SSR engagement in Nepal could be for the country’s peace and […]

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    The dilemmas of open regionalism: What is Sri Lanka’s place in the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation?

The dilemmas of open regionalism: What is Sri Lanka’s place in the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation?

Sri Lanka’s ports are at the heart of China’s Belt Road Initiative. With the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation following China’s foreign policy direction, Natasha Fernando (INSSSL) asks if Sri Lanka’s ‘dialogue partner’ status is enough to allow the country to benefit from the intergovernmental organisation’s focus on security and economic development while maintaining its position of non-alignment.
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    Examining the roles of Bangladesh, Myanmar and Maldives in the rivalry for Indian Ocean supremacy

Examining the roles of Bangladesh, Myanmar and Maldives in the rivalry for Indian Ocean supremacy

As India and China continue to vie for supremacy of the highly geopolitically prized Indian Ocean, Shantanu Roy-Chaudhury focuses on the roles of Bangladesh, Myanmar and Maldives and their strategic importance for both states.   

The world is increasingly understanding the strategic aspect of maritime power in the present day. The Indian Ocean is a growing region of competition and […]

August 27th, 2018|Featured, Security and Foreign Policy|Comments Off on Examining the roles of Bangladesh, Myanmar and Maldives in the rivalry for Indian Ocean supremacy|
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    Can Sri Lanka capitalise out of its strategic location in the Indian Ocean region?

Can Sri Lanka capitalise out of its strategic location in the Indian Ocean region?

Today there is growing importance of oceans for trade and commerce. While acknowledging the strategic position of the island in the Indian Ocean Region, small states such as Sri Lanka have to be aware of the geopolitical implications resulting in complications that require foreign policy adjustments, writes Natasha Fernando. 

Today there is growing importance of oceans for trade and commerce. […]

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    “It is easy to be xenophobic, it is harder to be humanitarian” – Dr Meghna Guhathakurta

“It is easy to be xenophobic, it is harder to be humanitarian” – Dr Meghna Guhathakurta

 Following her panel presentation on minorities during the LSE-UC Berkeley Bangladesh Summit, Dr Meghna Guhathakurta spoke with Laraib Niaz on the Rohingya crisis, radicalisation and the challenges facing minority women. 

LN: You have been working with Research Initiatives Bangladesh (RIB),to assist the Rohingya refugees, since 2011. Could you elaborate on how the work is helping refugees in their integration in the […]

August 1st, 2018|Featured, Human Rights, Interviews, LSE, Religion, Security and Foreign Policy|Comments Off on “It is easy to be xenophobic, it is harder to be humanitarian” – Dr Meghna Guhathakurta|

India’s global outreach from the regional level

While national discourse often restricts regional leaders to their respective states or regions,  Tridivesh Singh Maini argues that their global vision must be invited onto the world stage by Prime Minister Modi. 

There are a number of developments over the past few days which yet again send a strong message that states are bound to play a substantial role in India’s ties […]

July 19th, 2018|Economy, Politics, Security and Foreign Policy|Comments Off on India’s global outreach from the regional level|

What has kept BIMSTEC from taking off?

The Bay of Bengal Muti-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation, formed in 1997,  garnered significant attention as an alternative platform for South Asian integration. Saheli Bose assesses where BIMSTEC stands now.
South Asia is one of the least integrated regions in the world, with low intra-regional trade share. It barely stands at 5.38 percent in comparison to other sub-regions of Asia. Intra-regional trade […]

July 18th, 2018|Agriculture, Economy, Featured, Security and Foreign Policy|Comments Off on What has kept BIMSTEC from taking off?|

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