INDIAN OCEAN (April 16, 2012) The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG 52) and the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey (DDG 97) participate in a passing exercise with Indian navy ships during Exercise Malabar 2012. Carl Vinson, Bunker Hill, and Halsey comprise Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 1 and are participating in the annual bi-lateral naval field training exercise with the Indian navy to advance multinational maritime relationships and mutual security issues. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman George M. Bell/Released) Courtesy: Wikimedia
24 April 2017

Military option in North Korea too risky

As the United States considers its policy options towards North Korea it must understand that Pyongyang has been thinking about military conflict for decades. It too will have military plans and they could pose major challenges for the U.S. This is why China and South Korea–and U.S. regional experts too–prefer the diplomatic route

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25 June 2014

Some lessons from Mongolian diplomacy

Mongolia’s natural ties with the Asian countries make economic integration with them a natural extension of its globalist diplomacy. However, with the current geo-political changes Mongolia will have to be adept in negotiating between its big neighbours and be wary of Russia’s new cosiness towards China

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23 July 2013

The Philippines’ Search for Strategic Partners

Growing tensions in East Asia have compelled Philippines to extend its bilateral ties with regional powers like Japan and Australia to strategic levels.This is being widely perceived as an attempt to keep the risk of military confrontation with China to a bare minimum.

Manmohan - Abe MEA Courtesy: Ministry of External Affairs, India
30 May 2013

A new configuration to the East

During his visit to Japan, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh spoke of the need to increase bilateral consultations on strategic issues. This, and other moves, indicate new developments in India’s Look East Policy, with alternative security and economic scenarios for regional actors in the context of the rise of China

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26 February 2013

Six Reasons for India to Look East

Although India’s trade growth with Southeast Asia over the last decade was a healthy 20% per year, it constitutes only 3% of the total Southeast Asian trade. Why is it imperative for New Delhi to work quickly and astutely to ‘Look East,’ a policy it implemented in 1991, but that which has moved at a snail’s pace.

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30 November 2011

Myanmar: A New Peace Initiative

Multi-ethnic, multilingual and multi-religious Myanmar can only achieve genuine national unity and reconciliation by embracing its diversity. The international community must not make resolving domestic grievances a prerequisite for improving bilateral relations or lifting sanctions.