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Japan’s Defence White Paper 2016: An Overview

August 22, 2016
Japan’s Defence White Paper 2016: An Overview

Furthering the premise of an increasingly severe security environment, Japan’s latest defence white paper has accorded relatively more space to its ‘strong concerns’ over China’s ‘active maritime expansion’ as well as progress in North Korea’s missile development programme.

South Korean Arms Exports to Latin America

August 19, 2016
South Korean Arms Exports to Latin America

ROK is employing an effective combination of gifting equipment combined with joint ventures with local industry, which has the dual effect of increasing exports and forging partnerships with domestic industries in a region where it has hitherto had a very minimal defence relationship.

Why India’s South China Sea Stand Matters

August 19, 2016
Why India’s South China Sea Stand Matters

Regardless of the concessions Beijing is willing to offer on the NSG and bilateral issues, New Delhi has reason to continue viewing China’s maritime manoeuvres in the Indian Ocean Region with suspicion.

Whither Turkey?

August 17, 2016

Turkey is going where President Erdogan wants to take it to, as those who do not agree with him are too intimidated to stand in his way.

Erdoğan’s Visit to St. Petersburg: A Measured Russia-Turkey Rapprochement

August 16, 2016

While a Russia-Turkey rapprochement is driven by their particular national interests, its trajectory and outcome are likely to be shaped by the interplay of several geo-economic and geo-political factors.

The Spectre of ISIS: Trinidad’s Unfolding Jihadi Nightmare

August 08, 2016
The Spectre of ISIS: Trinidad’s Unfolding Jihadi Nightmare

While there have been no studies on the motivation of Trinidadian Muslims to travel to join ISIS fighters, it is possible that the idea of the Caliphate has fired the imagination of disaffected youth.

Are Russia and NATO inching towards a conflict?

August 08, 2016

The Joint Communique issued by the recent NATO summit, held on July 8-9 in Warsaw, appears to have sown the seeds of a renewed confrontation with Russia.

China’s Growing Influence in the Caribbean

August 03, 2016
China’s Growing Influence in the Caribbean

China’s push for influence among the Caribbean political elite has been replicated with an equally determined effort to court the military and the bureaucratic elite in the region, often deftly stepping in to take advantage of senseless overreactions on the part of the United States.

The Failed Coup in Turkey - The Road Ahead

August 02, 2016
The Failed Coup in Turkey - The Road Ahead

The coup has seriously dented Turkey’s image as a stable, secular, progressive and prosperous country. And Erdogan's witch-hunt has tarnished the country's reputation and credibility. Turkey’s polity and economy will take a long time to recover from the crippling attrition of recent days.

Message from the Indo-Bangladesh Border: `Banijya Basati Lakkhi’

August 02, 2016
Message from the Indo-Bangladesh Border: `Banijya Basati Lakkhi’

While a higher volume of trade through Petrapole should benefit both countries, this new ICP mechanism needs to be suitably leveraged to ensure that the north-east also derives benefits.

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