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China’s Response to India’s Emergence as a ‘Swing Power’ in Asia

Paper No. 6102                                  Dated 20-Apr-2016

By Dr Subhash Kapila

China long used to exploit its ‘Swing Power’ status in Asia between United States and Russia seems concerned on being dethroned by India’s evolving emergence as the new ‘Swing Power’ in Asia’s transformed strategic calculus.

United States can Ill-Afford Two Concurrent Cold Wars

Paper No. 6079                                  Dated 25-Feb-2016

By Dr Subhash Kapila

China foisted Cold War II on the United States in the first decade of the 21st Century and which has in 2015 assumed clearer contours and that leads to the crucial question whether the United States can afford a concurrent revival of Cold War I with Russia in support of Saudi Arabia’s and Turkey’s  regional power-play with Iran.

Russia’s Military Intervention in Syria Signals Russian Strategic Resurgence

Paper No. 6024                                   Dated 19-Oct-2015

By Dr Subhash Kapila

Russia’s military intervention in Syria in recent weeks could possibly be read as Russia’s strategic resurgence, more than Crimea and Eastern Ukraine, which in any case were Russia’s Near Abroad and within easy reach of the Russian military.

Russia’s Strategic Pivot to the Middle East 2015

Paper No. 6021                                      Dated 12-Oct-2015

By Dr Subhash Kapila

Russia’s strategic pivot to the Middle East in 2015 manifested by the Russian military intervention in Syria arises not only from Russian imperatives to bolster President Asaad’s regime in Syria but also that Russia’s strategic pivot to Asia Pacific  declared in 2012 failed to take off primarily due to China complicating the Russian initiative primarily focused on Japan.

Russia-China Strategic Nexus: How Strategic?

Paper No. 6016                                  Dated 05-Oct-2015

By Dr. Subhash Kapila

Russia-China strategic nexus and the troubled China-US relations are the most hotly debated topics in global strategic nexus in the 21st Century.

Russia’s Calibrated Strategic Pivot to Pakistan

Paper No. 6011                              Dated 21-Sept-2015

By Dr Subhash Kapila

Russia’s strategic pivot to Pakistan is not an aberration arising from India’s growing proximity to the United States but a well calibrated long-term strategic gamble that Russia has resorted to, hoping that in concert with China’s over-sized strategic investments in Pakistan, strategic and economic dividends could accrue to Russia also.

Russia’s Foreign Policy 2015 Unhitched from Traditional Moorings

Paper No. 6008                                 Dated 14-Sept-2015

By Dr Subhash Kapila

Russia’s foreign policy in 2015 appears unhitched from its traditional moorings of President Putin aspiration to re-emerge as an independent global power centre and has lapsed into playing second-fiddle and ‘band-wagoning’ with China, hardly reflecting Great Power aspirations.

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