Security and Foreign Policy

Long Read: Modi’s foreign policy performance

As Indians vote through the rest of April and the first half of May, former-Financial Times journalist and author of Implosion: India’s Tryst with Reality John Elliott, assesses India’s foreign policy over the last five years. Looking at role of the country’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi (who is currently seeking re-election) Elliott argues why Modi’s achievements have failed to […]

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    Is it possible to understand the other: Building peace and ending conflicts in Afghanistan

Is it possible to understand the other: Building peace and ending conflicts in Afghanistan

Since the Taliban Regime was ousted by the US-led coalition forces, international initiatives have been trying to rebuild Afghanistan as a democratic and liberal state for a long-lasting peace. However, despite all efforts, Afghanistan is still far from being stable. As a significant reason, Emrah Ozdemir (Karatekin University, Turkey) investigates to what extent the interveners could understand the situation […]

April 16th, 2019|Development, Featured, Security and Foreign Policy|Comments Off on Is it possible to understand the other: Building peace and ending conflicts in Afghanistan|

China to Afghanistan’s rescue with pressure on Pakistan?

China has become an increasingly active player in attempts to stabilise Afghanistan and curb militancy in Pakistan. But to what extent has China offered tangible and effective contributions to stability? Saira Basit (Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies), Neil Macfarlane (University of Oxford) and Stina Torjesen (University of Agder) argue that the evidence so far is mixed: Chinese diplomacy has […]

April 8th, 2019|Featured, Security and Foreign Policy|Comments Off on China to Afghanistan’s rescue with pressure on Pakistan?|

Afghanistan: How US Military Aid Can Backfire

Can military forces mitigate insurgent activity—“win hearts and minds”—by implementing small, localised aid projects? Evidence from the recent wars in Afghanistan and Iraq has provided contradictory answers to the question of aid’s ability to mitigate violence. Taking the two countries as case studies Daniel Karell (New York University, Abu Dhabi) and Sebastian Schutte (Peace Research Institute, Oslo) explore the role of […]

April 1st, 2019|Featured, Security and Foreign Policy|Comments Off on Afghanistan: How US Military Aid Can Backfire|

Pakistan: Suicide bombing’s deadliest victim?

Suicide bombing has sadly become a key feature of political violence in Pakistan since 2001. Luqman Saeed (Royal Holloway) looks at the historic data on suicide bombings, the victims of the attacks and the type of attacks to determine whether Pakistan is afflicted by this form of political violence more than any other country around the world – even […]

March 27th, 2019|Featured, Security and Foreign Policy|Comments Off on Pakistan: Suicide bombing’s deadliest victim?|

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.

In February 2019 […]

March 20th, 2019|Featured, Security and Foreign Policy|Comments Off on Security challenges along the India-Myanmar border|

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 […]

March 18th, 2019|Featured, Security and Foreign Policy|Comments Off on Bangladesh and Bhutan: A strategic development partnership|

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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    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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