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India’s Foreign Policy 2017-The Pitfalls Ahead

Paper No. 6232                                  Dated 14-Mar-2017

By Dr Subhash Kapila

India’s foreign policy while focussing on India’s national interests cannot at the same time in 2017 be oblivious to China’s and Pakistan’s concerted efforts for a geopolitical and strategic diminution of India to arrest its upward rise.

Afghanistan: US President Trump’s Biggest Challenge

Paper No. 6228                                Dated 07-Mar-2017

By Dr Subhash Kapila

Afghanistan is likely to present the most significant and biggest challenge to US President Trump as China, Russia and Pakistan have new found congruence to muscle into a nation in which the United States has so heavily invested strategically.

India-China Strategic Dialogue – both have core interests

Paper No. 6225                                 Dated 20-Feb-2017

By Bhaskar Roy

India and China will hold a new round of strategic dialogue in Beijing on February 22.  The meeting will be co-chaired by Indian Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar and Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Yesui.  The format was put in place when Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi visited India in August last year.

NATO Alliance Regains Relevance in New Global Geopolitics

Paper No. 6224                                              Dated 20-Feb-2017

By Dr. Subhash Kapila

Global Geopolitics in 2017 are fast acquiring the contours of the initial years of the cold war when both the former Soviet Union (now Russia) and China were geopolitically aligned to challenge the ‘New World Order’ that emerged in post-World War II era.

Global Balance of Power 2017 weighted heavily against China-Russia Nexus

Paper No. 6223                                 Dated 14-Feb-2017

By Dr Subhash Kapila

Global balance of power 2017 is weighted heavily against perceived combined strategic weight of the China-Russia nexus as the history of 20th Century World Wars would indicate that Hitlerian impulses do not triumph against democracies coalescing against them.

Afghanistan: Sanctions on Hekmatyar Lifted; Eyes on Russia

Paper No. 6220                                  Dated 08-Feb-2017

Guest Column by Alexander Murray

On 4 February, the UN Security Council (UNSC) agreed to remove Hezb-e-Islami-e-Gulbuddin (HIG) power-broker and former Afghan Prime Minister, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, from its international sanctions list. Having negotiated a truce with HIG and settled on the peaceful terms of Hekmatyar’s reintegration into Afghan civil society, the government of President Ashraf Ghani is sure to welcome the news.

United States Forward Defence Perimeter in Western Pacific 2017 Reviewed

Paper No. 6219                                 Dated 06-Feb-2017

By Dr Subhash Kapila

The United States Forward Defence Perimeter in the Western Pacific ever since 1945 has been an effective shield and a first line of defence for Mainland USA, first against the Soviet Union and now against an increasingly belligerent China’s geopolitical designs.

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