Sino-Indian relations 2011: A Mixed Bag of Highs and Lows

The year gone by witnessed India’s firm responses to bilateral issues and China’s appreciation of the Indian position, thus providing a positive momentum to India-China relations.

December 30, 2011

The Year That Was in Cyberspace

Where the next headline grabbing cyber event would take place or in what form is difficult to predict, though it could well be perpetrated by a class that is yet to open its account, the cyber terrorist.

December 29, 2011

The Arab Spring: A Year Later

The Arab countries where people have successfully overthrown the dictatorial regimes now face the daunting task of moving forward with democratic processes, economic development and institution building.

December 23, 2011

The Difa-e Pakistan Rally in Lahore and its Implications for Pakistan

By staging such a massive gathering in Lahore, it appears that the military is trying to bring JuD into mainstream politics, which is clearly an ominous sign of the times to come.

December 23, 2011

Threats to Space Assets and India's Options

Threats to Space Assets and India's Options

Space assets are vulnerable to a variety of threats that include jamming of communications, command and control systems/links, physical attacks on satellites and ground stations, dazzling or blinding of satellite sensors; high-altitude nuclear detonations (HAND).

"Comfort Women" issue: A constant irritant in Japan-South Korea Relations

The issue of “comfort women” continues to haunt Japan’s relations with its neighbour, South Korea. Koreans are unable to forget the atrocities committed by the Japanese military during the long colonial rule from 1910-1945 over the entire Korean peninsula.

December 22, 2011

India’s lukewarm response to Australia’s quest for a trilateral dialogue

Though India would be keen to expand defence cooperation on a one-to-one basis with Australia, especially on counter-terrorism and maritime security issues, it is likely to remain averse to joining any regional security grouping directed against China.

December 21, 2011

Durban Platform for a New Climate Change Agreement: An Assessment

Climate change discussions may not have collapsed but difficult and bruising negotiations lie ahead and there will be immense pressure on developing countries to accept legally binding cuts.

December 21, 2011

Kim Jong-Il’s Death - A prospect for change or instability?

Kim Jong-Il’s death on December 17, 2011 has not only provoked concerns regarding security and stability on the Korean peninsula, but has also raised hopes of improved engagement with North Korea’s new leadership.

December 21, 2011

Stability or Democracy?

SD Muni, India’s Foreign Policy: the Democracy Dimension (With Special Reference to Neighbours), Foundation Books, Delhi, 2009, pp. 174. ISBN 978 81 7596 713-7. Price not stated.

December 20, 2011