Rajaram Panda

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  • Rajaram Panda was Senior Fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi. <a href="/profile/rpanda">Click here for profile</a>

    Tumultuous Phase ahead in Japanese Politics as DPJ loses Polls in Upper House

    In a strong rebuke to the Kan government, voters deprived the DPJ and its tiny ally of a majority less than a year after the party swept to power.

    July 16, 2010

    Krishna’s visit to Republic of Korea: Reaping the Dividends

    The sculpting of a strategic partnership and inking of a Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement show that South Korea is keen to engage India on matters where their mutual interests converge.

    June 25, 2010

    A China-North Korea-Myanmar “Axis” in the making?

    Tacit Chinese endorsement of the policies pursued by North Korea and Myanmar has emboldened them to persist with policies that are detrimental for peace and stability in the region.

    June 17, 2010

    Obama's Policy towards East Asia

    President Barack Obama's foreign policy orientation towards East Asia seems to be characterised by continuity rather than change, and is not so very different from that of his predecessors. With Japan and South Korea, Obama is trying to revitalise bilateral alliances. With China, he continues on his predecessor's policy of greater engagement, though he has offered some concessions during his visit to Beijing in November 2009. However, North Korea remains a real and huge challenge for Obama to test his engagement in East Asia.

    May 2010

    Foreign Policy and Domestic Challenges before Kan Naoto

    Getting the economy back on track would be Kan’s top most priority. Kan views ties with the US as the core of Japan’s foreign policy, though he also greatly values the relationship with China.

    June 09, 2010

    Escalation of Tensions in the Korean Peninsula and China’s Role

    The one country that has not condemned North Korea’s role in the sinking of the Cheonan is China, which has its own strategic and economic compulsions to back North Korea.

    June 01, 2010

    Kim Jong-Il’s China Visit, Cheonan, Future of SPT and China’s Role

    The Cheonan incident came at a very inopportune time for North Korea, irrespective of the fact whether Pyongyang had any hand in it or not.

    May 11, 2010

    Testing Times for the Japan-US Alliance: “Secret Pact” Revealed

    Notwithstanding revelations about the secret nuclear pact, the Japan-US alliance is likely to remain strong and the East Asian security order will continue to be determined by the American presence

    March 16, 2010

    Hatoyama Battles to Wrest Control Power from the Bureaucrats

    With Hatoyama’s determination to wrest policymaking power from bureaucrats in full swing, Japan is likely to witness an intense battle between the political masters and the powerful bureaucrats for supremacy.

    March 02, 2010