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  • Australia’s Quest for ‘Strategic Equilibrium’ in the Indo-Pacific

    Australia’s pursuit of strategic equilibrium has become the defining feature of its foreign policy in recent times.

    April 26, 2024

    Emerging Security-Related Equations in Southeast Asia

    New mini-laterals are taking shape to address the considerable challenges facing the ASEAN-centered regional security architecture.

    April 19, 2024

    ASEAN’s Indo-Pacific Priorities

    ASEAN’s recent initiatives towards the Indo-Pacific help cement its centrality further while maintaining the grouping’s autonomy.

    November 10, 2023

    European Engagements in the Indo-Pacific

    European countries have upped their engagement in the Indo-Pacific region, in the pursuit of their geo-strategic and economic interests.

    April 28, 2023

    Canada, South Korea and the Indo-Pacific

    Canada and the Republic of Korea’s Indo-Pacific strategies signal a major transformation in their respective foreign policy outlook.

    February 08, 2023

    Vineet Ravindran asked: What is the ‘Asian Century’? Is the American ‘Pivot to Asia’ and the friction in India–China relations a challenge to the concept of the Asian Century?

    Prashant Kumar Singh replies: The idea of the ‘Asian Century’ argues that the 21st century international order is going to be defined by Asia’s pre-eminence, the way the US pre-eminence defined the international order in the 20th century and Europe in the 19th century. It is also seen as Asian countries’ mutual rediscovery in terms of reconnection and reintegration. It seeks to repair artificial divisions in the Asian social, economic and cultural space that colonial interventions created.

    Eastwards Ho? India’s Relations with the Indo-Pacific

    Eastwards Ho? India’s Relations with the Indo-Pacific edited by E. Sridharan comprising 15 essays by renowned experts on Asian geopolitics, seeks to place India on the strategic map of the evolving Indo-Pacific region as an economic and geopolitical power. At the outset, the editor provides a succinct overview of economic integration in Asia, particularly of China with its neighbours reflected in a massive increase in bilateral and multilateral free trade agreements (FTAs).

    September 2022

    Vineet Ravindran asked: What is the ‘Global Security Initiative’, and how does it affect the Indo-Pacific & Quad?

    Prashant Kumar Singh replies: Chinese President Xi Jinping offered a ‘Global Security Initiative’ at the Boao Forum for Asia Annual Conference 2022, held on 21 April 2022. Under this initiative, Xi pledged to stay committed to the following six causes:

    Renu Gaur asked: IR theorists differentiate between 'alliance' and 'strategic partnership'. What is the difference and which one characterises the QUAD?

    Rajeesh Kumar replies: 'Alliance' and 'strategic partnership' are two frequently used phrases in International Relations (IR). An alliance is an arrangement between two or more states to work together on mutual security issues. It can be formal or informal. Nonetheless, in an alliance, states usually are treaty-bound to assist each other in case of a threat or attack against any member.

    A Decade of US ‘Pivot to Asia’

    The Biden administration has further reinforced and strengthened US strategic priorities towards the Indo-Pacific, a decade after the ‘Pivot to Asia’ by the Obama administration.

    October 27, 2022