Preeti Nalwa

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  • Preeti Nalwa was Research Intern at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi.

    Resolution 1325: Evolution of Gender Perspective in UN Peacekeeping Operations

    The year 2010 commemorated ten years of the adoption of Resolution 1325 by the UNSC but the commemoration is without celebration. The apparent dissonance between the policy and the practice of the Resolution 1325 renders it inappropriate. This paper reviews the evolution of gender perspective in UN peacekeeping operations and assesses the gains and failures of the Resolution 1325 in gender balancing, recruitment and retention of women in the security sector.

    January 2011

    ‘Cheonan’ Epilogue: Prelude to the Sino-US Incompatibility on the South China Sea Dispute

    The 'Cheonan' incident has prodded and expedited the strategic comeback of the US in East Asia. The US offer to mediate the territorial disputes over islands and seabed minerals in the South China Sea at the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) meeting in July 2010 has provoked harsh criticism from the Chinese. This US diplomatic move appears to be a premeditated one to substantially diminish the influence of China in the region, to re-secure its own strategic forward military presence and to signal that it is not yet time for China to acquire absolute control over this critical waterway.

    July 2011

    The Gates Mission: Re-contextualising US alliances in East Asia

    Gates has steered Japan and South Korea towards aligning their shared threat perceptions about North Korea and China.

    January 18, 2011

    South Korea’s show of force and designation of the North as ‘Enemy’

    Soon after naming the North Korean regime as its “enemy”, South Korea has, quite abruptly, invoked the desirability of reverting to the Six-Party Talks.

    January 04, 2011

    Japan’s Revised Defence Guidelines: Proactive Dynamism Pervades “Reluctant Realism”

    Would China’s strategic error in inviting Japanese hostility place more blocks to its rise as an unchallenged regional power or would it be able to override the Japanese threat in ample measure by altering its strategic game and finding a meeting ground with the United States?

    December 27, 2010

    Korean Crisis: A case of repeated belligerence, limited options and antediluvian rules of engagement

    Because of America’s refusal to engage North Korea, by default the reclusive nation dictates the rules of engagement in its favour.

    November 29, 2010

    The Nuclear Posture Review: Not a Credible Game-Changer for Nuclear North Korea

    The Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) emphasis two realities, first the challenge of nuclear terrorism and proliferation; and second, it affirms the end of the Cold War rivalries. But the “resetting” of relationship with Moscow had created an enemy vacuum for the U.S. To fill this gap, North Korea has been constructed as an enemy which justifies the continuity of the “nuclear umbrella” in the Northeast Asian region. But as an asymmetrical, surrogate enemy it is actually the pretext to maintain ‘critical bases’ in Northeast Asia which functions as hubs for U.S. global military power projection.

    July 2010

    UNSC statement on “Cheonan”: Sino-US compromise or limits of diplomacy

    The UNSC statement is more a testimony to Sino-US compromise arrived at after nearly a month and half of negotiations rather than being a “diplomatic victory” as has been hailed by North Korea.

    July 23, 2010

    Stridency to Flippancy: Diplomatic wrangle over North Korea at G-8 and G-20

    The issue at stake is the US upholding and expanding its role as the key shaper of geopolitics in Northeast Asia, and China unwilling to be sidelined by the United States.

    July 07, 2010

    The “Cheonan” Fallout: Erosion of Confidence

    The Cheonan assault has revealed to South Korea that the threat from North Korea is still ominous and capable of delivering unexpected damage.

    June 07, 2010