Category Archives: Outreach Publications

Maritime Component of China–Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC): India–China Competition in the Arabian Sea

Maritime Affairs, January 8, 2018

Prakash Panneerselvam is assistant professor with the National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bengaluru.

The China–Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) provides a great platform for China and Pakistan to promote regional trade activity. The massive infrastructure project to improve maritime and road connectivity is viewed as being a “game-changer” for Pakistan’s economy. However, the CPEC project at its core is envisaged as the link between China’s ambitious “One Belt and One Road” project and the “Maritime Silk Route” project. There is plausibility in the argument that connectivity projects, naval cooperation and the deepening bilateral relationship with the littorals of the Indian Ocean, particularly Pakistan, would certainly increase China’s maritime influence in the region. In view of the above, the paper will analyse how the China–Pakistan naval cooperation will upset the regional balance and intensify the naval competition between India and China in the Arabian Sea.

Will Modi’s “Make in India” programme benefit from Japanese defence industry?

WIONews, September 19, 2017

Prakash Panneerselvam is assistant professor with the National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bengaluru.

Prime Minister Abe visit came at the backdrop of two major regional events – the stand-off between India and the Chinese army over Dokhlam as well as continuing North Korea nuclear and missile threat. Both the events have drawn much attention in this year’s annual summit. The Joint Statement captured recent development in the bilateral cooperation.

Green is the Colour of Indo-US Ties

Mainstream Weekly, September 18, 2017

Shreya Upadhyay is a Research Consultant with the National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore.

The Indo-US strategic partnership is broad-based and has found resonance in shared values, democratic principles as well as geopolitical interests.This article explores the long-term response of New Delhi on climate change in the wake of Trexit. What readjustments need to be made from the Indian side to make the situation advantageous to suits it energy needs? What is the future of India’s involvement in shaping the emerging world?


The Rohingya Politics

Rising Kashmir, September 19, 2017

D. Suba Chandran is Professor, National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS), Bengaluru.

From individuals to international institutions, there have been numerous condemnations of Myanmarvis-à-vis the ongoing violence against the Rohingya community. If the numbers are staggering (according to the UN estimates, 2,70,000 have been displaced) photos of Rohingya families walking through a tough terrain with children, and trying to hide from pouring rain under temporary tarpaulin shelters is heart rendering.

But why is Myanmar so reluctant? Who is calling the shots against the Rohingyas in Myanmar?

Jirga and gender violence

Rising Kashmir, August 15, 2017

D. Suba Chandran is Professor, National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS), Bengaluru.

They may be historical and even cultural. But do they create a situation for sections of our society and make them an easy target? The specific question in this context is – do the jirga system perpetuate violence against the women? If so, then should we still consider it as a part of historical evolution of our society, and try to justify through culture? Or is it time, that we look beyond the traditional explanations, and call a spade a spade?

Doklam, Demochok and DBO

Rising Kashmir, August 07, 2017

D. Suba Chandran is Professor, National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS), Bengaluru.

Though there have been warning at the official levels from China, and the Chinese media issuing threats, India has not officially responded. Nor has it backed down at the border. How will China respond to India’s tough military and political posture? Will it stop with just issuing threats? Will it intensify its military posture in Doklam? Or, will it look beyond and explore poking India at other places along the India-China border?

What Trump’s Afghanistan Policy Means for India

The Diplomat, July 15, 2017

Sourina Bej is a research consultant at the Institute of Strategic and Security Studies Program, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bengaluru.

Beyond the friendly diktats and signature hugs, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the Unites States on June 25 and 26 had some overlooked signals on the future of Afghanistan policy. With the United States still mulling over its new direction, India has much to consider when it comes to President Donald Trump’s Af-Pak policy. Is India ready for deep security engagement in Afghanistan? Will this be required as Trump’s Af-Pak policy is unveiled?

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To Use or Not to Use: India and the Military Uses of Space

IAPS Dialogue, University of Nottingham, July 13, 2017

S. Chandrashekhar is Visiting Professor, National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS), Bengaluru.

The Indian Space Programme spearheaded by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has largely focused on civilian uses of space technology. The major thrust areas are satellite communications, remote sensing, weather and navigation services. More recently ISRO has ventured into the realms of inter planetary probes with high profile missions to the Moon and Mars. As a consequence there is growing international recognition of India’s emergence as a space power.

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Doha to Astana: insulate and integrate

Daily Times, June 15, 2017

D. Suba Chandran is Professor, National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS), Bengaluru.

Two diverging developments in South Asian’s western neighbourhoods — Gulf and Central Asia, calls for two different approaches especially by India and Pakistan. While South Asia should try to insulate itself from the ongoing crisis in the Gulf, we should try to integrate further with the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) and pursue it as an Indo-Pak opportunity.

JIT: What next for Nawaz Sharif?

Rising Kashmir, June 20, 2017

D. Suba Chandran is Professor, National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS), Bengaluru.

Last week, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif appeared in front of the Joint Investigation Team (JIT), constituted as a part of the Supreme Court’s verdict on Panama scandal. The Court had asked the JIT to finalise its report in two months, and the latter has been interviewing individuals, including the immediate family members of Sharif. But this process has become a controversy, with the JIT accusing institutions for tampering with information and the Sharif family blaming the JIT of harassment and politicization. With the process becoming politicized now, what will happen when JIT submits its report? What next for Nawaz Sharif?


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