The authors discuss India's planned military intervention in Mauritius, in 1983, to prevent a feared coup and the consolidation of New Delhi’s special role in the region.
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The 11-member Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which spans three continents, has the potential to usher in a new peak for Pacific trade. However, the insistence by negotiators to achieve goals that are primarily of interest to the U.S. is obscuring the original goal of the TPP.
The year 2012 has been a busy one for foreign policy: from escalating disputes in the South China Sea to alternate financial instruments from the emerging world. India’s foreign policy too has its shown strengths and weaknesses. We present our top foreign policy Hotspots, Sweet spots and Blind spots for 2012.
Settling of disputes in the South China Sea is in the interest of China as well as the smaller ASEAN members. It is therefore imperative that solutions to disputes over trans-boundary energy reservoirs be separated from the historically monopolistic structure of the petroleum industry.
The turbulence in the Middle East has prompted China to look towards the Central Asian States for energy supplies. This engagement can be a win-win situation for both, as Beijing’s investment can boost the economies of the CAS, and the CAS’ oil reserves can satisfy China’s growing energy demand.
The uncertainty surrounding the supply of crude oil from the Middle East has prompted China to diversify its energy supplies .With China looking towards Central Asia for oil and natural gas and Central Asia keen for Chinese investment, the implications of this alliance remain to be seen.
Though India’s approach to space has been pragmatic, it is hindered by a lackadaisical approach by policymakers. India must recognize the stagnancy and myopia of its space program and come up with a long-term vision.
Traditionally, the South Pacific islands have been considered strategically insignificant. However, the need for resources, and the geopolitical shift towards Asia-Pacific have prompted nations to realize that these small island states control large resource-rich ocean areas and are increasingly geostrategic.
If its space assets are used effectively, India could have a formidable fleet of five to 10 satellites dedicated for military use and dozens more for the advancement of its economy.
Different countries diagnose the South China Sea problem in different ways. Some think the situation is dangerous and needs fixing. Others, notably China, are quite comfortable with the status-quo. Given the difference in the outlook towards this issue, how can the tension in the region be reduced significantly?