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Afghanistan 2017 Witnesses the Power Tussle of Two New Strategic Trilaterals

Paper No. 6318                                  Dated 06-Nov-2017

By Dr Subhash Kapila

Strange and ironical are geopolitical histories of a region where within two decades geopolitical alignments have spun on their heads. This happens to be the case of Afghanistan’s turbulent last two decades where a new and serious power tussle is underway between two Strategic Trilaterals.

China’s 19th National Peoples Congress October 2017 Heralds Return of Personality Cult: A Strategic Analysis

Paper No. 6317                                     Dated 30-Oct-2017

By Dr Subhash Kapila;

The major outcome of China’s 19th National People’s Congress (NPC) just concluded heralds a return of the “Personality Cult” with President Xi Jinping’s ruthless abolition of a ‘Collective Leadership’ and manoeuvring his elevation to China’s pantheon of Mao Tse Tung and Deng Xiao Peng.

US-India Dynamic Strategic Partnership 2017: Geopolitical Imperatives Analysed

Paper No. 6315                                 Dated 23-Oct-2017

By Dr Subhash Kapila

Geopolitical imperatives generated by China’s aggressive bid for global dominance in 2017 has prodded the United States to make the game changing offer of transforming the US-India Strategic Partnership into a dynamic predominantly security-centric relationship catering for Indo Pacific security.

China: Towards the 19th Party Congress

Paper No. 6313                                         Dated 17-Oct-2017

By Bhaskar Roy

The 19th Congress of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is scheduled to start on October 18.  The date was announced well in advance, indicating everything has been set, including personnel changes in the Politburo (PB) of the Central Committee, as well as its Standing Committee (PBSC).  This suggests that power broking by heavy weighs, especially former senior leaders, have been reduced or eliminated by Xi Jinping.  There are no contemporaries of Xi who can  question him.

Pakistan September 2017: State of the Nation & its Regional Implications

Paper No. 6310                                    Dated 07-Oct-2017

By Dr Subhash Kapila

Pakistan in September 2017 perceptionaly appears in an existential crisis wherein all major pillars of state stand engulfed in a systemic failure likely to endanger regional security and a crisis from which Pakistan cannot retrieve itself without a change of existing mindsets by Pakistan’s policy establishment.

China & India: Inconceivable for Elephant and Dragon to Dance together

Paper No. 6309                                 Dated 04-Oct-2017

By Dr Subhash Kapila

Post-Dokalam Standoff in which China defused the confrontation as a political expedient to save the BRICS Summit in Beijing in September 2017, the new Chinese flavour of the season advocated by the Chinese  Ambassador to India  is that China believes that the “Elephant and the Dragon Can Dance Together”—totally inconceivable.

Who in China Instigated Doklam Stand – off? And Why?

Paper No. 6306                                 Dated 21-Sept-2017

By Bhaskar Roy

After over two month long military stand-off, the soldiers of India and China on the Doklam Plateau (claimed by Bhutan and also by China), disengaged almost simultaneously, both capitals would have heaved a huge sigh of relief.

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