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  • Between Hope and Despair: Trump and the Future of the United Nations

    Guterres has to forcefully convey to the new US administration that the US-UN relationship is a two-way street, where both parties need each other to safeguard their respective interests.

    February 10, 2017

    President Trump and the Mexican Border Wall

    The reaction to President Trump’s utterances and avowed policies on the Mexican border wall and tariff has attracted strong criticism. It is surprising that Trump, who is known to view developments and decide on policies in transactional terms, appears short-sighted and unwilling to view the implications of his policies in a long-term perspective.

    February 03, 2017

    Japan’s Trump Dilemma

    In the wake of Donald Trump’s election as U.S. president, Japan is weighing the geopolitical and geo-economic implications of the new economic and security policies that his administration may adopt.

    December 20, 2016

    Trump’s Energy Plan – More Volatility for Oil Geopolitics

    Although President-elect Trump has declared his intention to deregulate the fossil fuel sector in order to make America less energy import dependent, but over time, this will lead to an increase in supplies in an already over-supplied oil (and gas) market and send prices into a further downward spiral.

    December 05, 2016

    Triumphant Trump and American Foreign Policy

    President-elect Donald Trump’s foreign policy pronouncements during the campaign have led to alarm and concerns among America’s strongest allies.

    November 22, 2016

    An Assessment of President Obama’s Foreign Policy

    If the history of the world is the world’s court of justice, history will rate Obama, the 44th President of the United States, among the top ten of the holders of that high office.

    September 08, 2016

    Obama in Hiroshima: Betwixt spoken and the unspoken

    Obama in Hiroshima: Betwixt spoken and the unspoken

    His words might fall short of assuaging all but his visit to Hiroshima is a testimony of Obama being a leader of substance.

    May 30, 2016

    US Power and Influence in the Asia-Pacific Region: The Decline of ‘Alliance Mutuality’

    Recently, the nature of the presence of the US in the Asia-Pacific has undergone significant changes. At least three developments—the rise of an economically and militarily resurgent China, a renewed counter-strategic approach by the US to rebalance its engagements with its close regional allies like Japan, the Philippines, South Korea and Australia, and the US’ efforts to expand and extend strategic cooperation with India and Vietnam—show that there are new emerging differences between the US and its four major non-NATO allies in the Asia-Pacific.

    May 2016

    Shivmitra Mishra asked: What does it mean to be a ‘resident power’ in a region, for e.g., US is a resident power in the Asia-Pacific?

    S. Kalyanaraman replies: A resident power is one that does not own territory or have a territorial presence in a particular region of the world, but is nevertheless a force to be reckoned with in the international politics of that region. This 'presence' in a region of an extra-regional power is not simply a function of its geopolitical interests in the region but more importantly its forward deployment of military forces in the territories of its allies in the region and/or in the high seas abutting that region on a regular basis.

    US-Cuba Relations: From Breakdown to Breakthrough

    The Obama administration has acknowledged that their policy on Cuba has been the most outdated one, considering it has been more than two decades since the Cold War got over. The biggest knot in their relationship has been untied, but that doesn’t spare the leaders from confronting some age-old pinpricks.

    August 07, 2015

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