Security and Foreign Policy

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    Will Sri Lanka manage to perform the balancing act between China and India?

Will Sri Lanka manage to perform the balancing act between China and India?

Given the strategic competition and growing rivalry between China and India, it is inherently in the island’s national interest to have a balanced approach while dealing with the two powers.  As China exerts more power in South Asia, raising India’s concerns of a ‘Chinese Threat’, Sri Lanka needs continue to be on good terms with both nations writes Shakthi De […]

January 19th, 2018|Development, Economy, Featured, Security and Foreign Policy|Comments Off on Will Sri Lanka manage to perform the balancing act between China and India?|
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    India-Russia relations are evolving and strengthening  

India-Russia relations are evolving and strengthening  

This New Year, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi vowed to strengthen India-Russia relations. From several senior level bilateral meets in 2017 to increasing trade, India-Russia relations have already regained momentum. Apart from shared worldview and strong military-technical partnership, the two countries need to now look at strengthening economic and cultural relations writes Uma Purushothaman.

In 2017, India and Russia started paying more attention to their bilateral relations, reviving a stagnant relationship and recovering some of the momentum that was lost over the past […]

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    How the rise of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman impacts India  

How the rise of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman impacts India  

As the new Saudi Crown Prince gains more control, Pieter-Jan Dockx writes that India has a new balancing act to play between the House of Saud and the Islamic Republic. While counter-terrorism cooperation may increase, other indicators foretell a gloomy future.

In June 2017, King Salman bin Abdulaziz ousted, heir to the throne, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, replacing him with his son, Mohammed bin Salman (MbS). The […]

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    To improve security, the Afghanistan government needs to focus on urbanisation

To improve security, the Afghanistan government needs to focus on urbanisation

Despite improved education, highways, and myriad other rural development projects, Afghanistan continues to face grave security issues. Rustam Ali Seerat argues that a government drive towards urbanisation may be the solution instead of trying to control sparsely populated territories. 

On October 7, 2001, in response to the September 11 attacks, President George W. Bush announced the beginning of airstrikes targeting Al Qaeda and the Taliban. […]

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2017 in review: Top articles on security and foreign policy

The year 2017 has brought new foreign policy and security challenges for the region of South Asia, including the domestic incursion of terrorist groups and the growing role of China in the Indian Ocean and beyond. We take a look at the top security and foreign policy articles of the year. 

Pakistan in the eyes of the world: a new perspective […]

December 27th, 2017|Featured, Security and Foreign Policy|Comments Off on 2017 in review: Top articles on security and foreign policy|
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    In a post-Brexit deal, “India keen on freer movement of professionals – not ‘immigration'” — Y.K. Sinha

In a post-Brexit deal, “India keen on freer movement of professionals – not ‘immigration'” — Y.K. Sinha

In this interview, His Excellency Y.K. Sinha, the Indian High Commissioner to the UK, talks about India-UK Year of Culture, post-Brexit deal between the two countries and India’s diplomatic presence. Mahima A. Jain talks to the diplomat on his visit to LSE for a guided tour of the two exhibitions titled “Law and Nationhood: India at 70” and “Journey’s to Independence: India, Pakistan, Bangladesh”. 

Mahima A. Jain: India and UK recently ended the UK-India Year […]

December 13th, 2017|Featured, Interviews, Security and Foreign Policy|Comments Off on In a post-Brexit deal, “India keen on freer movement of professionals – not ‘immigration'” — Y.K. Sinha|
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    If women are to be meaningfully included in Afghanistan’s security sector, reform is needed

If women are to be meaningfully included in Afghanistan’s security sector, reform is needed

Wazhma Frogh, founder of the Women and Peace Studies Organisation-Afghanistan, discusses women’s many roles throughout Afghanistan’s recent history and the current barriers to their participation in the security sector.

Afghan women have been engaged in ‘women, peace and security’ since long before UN Security Council Resolution 1325 was introduced. The country’s contemporary history over the past 50 years is of […]

December 8th, 2017|Featured, Gender, Politics, Security and Foreign Policy|Comments Off on If women are to be meaningfully included in Afghanistan’s security sector, reform is needed|

The dual foreign policy advantage of Chabahar for India

The Port in Iran serves two of India’s immediate interrelated foreign policy objectives writes Arjun Chawla. It provides India a geo-strategic advantage by giving landlocked Afghanistan an alternative access route to the sea, reducing its traditional dependency on Pakistan, and also acts as a geo-economic enabler for India. 

In the last week of October, a shipment of wheat from Kandla port in Gujarat, India, […]

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    Peace education in schools has the potential for transforming minds and hearts

Peace education in schools has the potential for transforming minds and hearts

Activist in Residence at  the LSE’s Centre for Women, Peace and Security,  and Co-founder of PAIMAN Alumni Trust, Mossarat Qadeem, draws on her experience tackling violent extremism in Pakistan to make a case for inclusive peace education in schools.

Young people do not become extremists overnight. It takes them time to agree to learn how to make explosives, fill suicide jackets […]

December 1st, 2017|Development, Education, Featured, Rural Areas, Security and Foreign Policy, Society and Culture, Urban India|Comments Off on Peace education in schools has the potential for transforming minds and hearts|

India’s Act East Policy: But What About China?

With the changing climate in contemporary international relations as well as domestic politics in India, it is important to take a closer look at new developments in India’s foreign policy. Vaishnavi Mulay explores the transformation of the Look East policy into the Act East policy and its implication for India and China.

With the changing climate in contemporary international relations […]

November 27th, 2017|Featured, Security and Foreign Policy|Comments Off on India’s Act East Policy: But What About China?|

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