India’s decision to boycott China’s Belt and Road Forum has reinvigorated the much-needed debate on the strategic relationship between the two Asian giants. This debate comes on the heels of the February 23, 2017 India-China Strategic Dialogue in Beijing, where the two states found, among their divergences, a convergence on Afghanistan that contradicts some of Delhi’s received wisdom.

May 26, 2017
Barnett Rubin

CNN's Fareed Zakaria in a recent report on the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan highlights Barnett Rubin's War on the Rocks article "It's much bigger than Afghanistan: U.S. strategy for a transformed Region".

May 02, 2017
Barnett Rubin

Whether launching a few missiles at a Syrian air base, sailing an aircraft carrier toward North Korea (or not), dropping MOAB, or sending more troops to Afghanistan, tactical demonstrations of U.S. strength not tied to strategic objectives sooner rather than later deteriorate into bloody demonstrations of futility.

Apr 25, 2017
Barnett Rubin

 

Mar 12, 2017
WPS Sidhu
East Asia, South Asia, India
South Asia

If there was any doubt that North-East Asia has become the most dangerous place on earth, recent events give ample evidence it has attained this dubious distinction

Mar 13, 2017
WPS Sidhu
East Asia, South Asia, India
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Considerable policy analysis has been devoted to bilateral strategic relationships between Pakistan and India, India and China, and China and the United States. But the strategic dynamics among these four nuclear powers cannot be understood or effectively addressed on a strictly bilateral basis. While Pakistan responds strategically to India, India responds both to Pakistan and China, which in turn responds both to India and the United States.

Mar 02, 2017
Robert Einhorn, WPS Sidhu

The US and Indian navies could carry out ‘benign naval and maritime activity’ during periods of diplomatic strain.

Feb 26, 2017
WPS Sidhu
China, United States, South Asia, India
India, South Asia

The latest Union budget unveiled on 1 February by finance minister Arun Jaitley has been widely commended as a “defining” and “watershed” moment, as providing “stability and predictability”, and as being “pragmatic”. However, this euphoria is distinctly lacking among Indian and foreign experts who have keenly tracked the budget as it pertains to defence salaries, pensions, expenditure and military modernization programmes. Indeed, the tone among strategic experts on the defence budget is distinctly sombre.

Feb 13, 2017
WPS Sidhu
South Asia, India
India, South Asia

Conflict, Security, and Development Series - Spring 2017

Each Tuesday, the Conflict, Security, and Development Series will examine new research, discuss creative policy approaches, and highlight recent innovations in responding to the challenges of security and development in conflict and post-conflict situations.

Feb 21, 2017
WPS Sidhu
South Asia, India

Waheguru Pal Sidhu & Shivshankar Menon speak on the Security Challenges of 2017

Jan 05, 2017
WPS Sidhu
South Asia, India

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