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Pakistan Warned by United States that it can no Longer Bear Weight of Contradictions-Analysis

Paper No. 6338                                     Dated 09-Jan-2018

By Dr Subhash Kapila

For far too long the United States has borne the strategic weight of Pakistan’s strategic contradictions of pretensions to be a staunch US ally and simultaneously resorting to destabilisation US interests in Afghanistan by terrorism and suicide bombings sponsored by Pakistan Army though its Islamic Jihadi affiliates.

Pakistan Loses Utility in United States Strategic Calculus 2018

Paper No. 6336                                  Dated 03-Jan-2018

By Dr Subhash Kapila

Strategic utility of a smaller nation to that of a major power lies in its credibility, usefulness and loyal effectiveness to serve the national security interests of its strategic patron and that in case of Pakistan seems to have faded as far as the United States is concerned with Pakistan having decidedly opting for the China-Pakistan Axis.

United States National Security Strategy Document 2017 Saliences Analysed in the Indian Context

Paper No. 6330                                Dated 21-Dec-2017

By Dr. Subhash Kapila

The US National Security Strategy Document 2017, the first to be issued by President Trump in his first year of office is a significant departure from United States existing accommodative policy formulations on China and Russia; places Indo Pacific as  top foreign policy focus; notably elevating India to the stature of a global leading power; and critical of Pakistan.

Japan’s Imperatives to Break-Free from its Pacifist Constitution

Paper No. 6324                                   Dated 28-Nov-2017

By Dr Subhash Kapila

Japan on the verge of 2018 is geopolitically a ‘Leading Power’ in Asia along with India, and both as important heavy counterweights to a militarily disruptive China need to fast-track their corresponding military build-ups. Japan needs to unshackle itself from its Pacifist Constitution to do so.

Myanmar: Sanctions will only slow down democratic Transition

Paper No. 6321                                  Dated 16-Nov-2017

By Dr. S. Chandrasekharan

In his one day stop at the capital of Myanmar on 15 November 2017, US Secretary of State Tillersen ruled out the much expected announcement of general sanctions against Myanmar.  Instead, he called for an independent investigation into credible reports of the army initiated violence against the Rohingyas. He was wise enough to point out that by imposing sanctions alone the crisis cannot be expected to be considered to be over. 

US President Trump’s Asia Pacific Tour November 2017- An Estimative Analysis

Paper No. 6319                                  Dated 13-Nov-2017

By Dr Subhash Kapila

US  President Trump’s first tour of the Asia Pacific in November 2017, nearly a year after assuming office, raises two questions in terms of estimative analysis--- whether it was a strategic foray to a highly volatile region critical for US security or was it merely a diplomatic necessity, particularly in relation to China?

Afghanistan 2017 Witnesses the Power Tussle of Two New Strategic Trilaterals

Paper No. 6318                                  Dated 06-Nov-2017

By Dr Subhash Kapila

Strange and ironical are geopolitical histories of a region where within two decades geopolitical alignments have spun on their heads. This happens to be the case of Afghanistan’s turbulent last two decades where a new and serious power tussle is underway between two Strategic Trilaterals.

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