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Japan’s “Asian Security Diamond” Strategic Concept Reviewed

Paper No. 5770                                        Dated 19-Aug-2014

By Dr Subhash Kapila

Japan’s “Asian Security Diamond” strategic concept is the brainchild of Japan’s present Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as a strategic response to China casting menacing maritime shadows over the Western Pacific and Indian Ocean.

The New Cold War and India

China's new map

Paper No. 5764                                     Dated 13-Aug-2014

By Bhaskar Roy

The old cold war between the US and the Soviet Union, or the NATO and the Warsaw Pact countries, had some clear lines of division. China gradually moved from the anti-US camp to the anti-Soviet comp and in the course maximised its benefits, proving self-interest and not ideology was the essence.

Japan-India Alliance Affirmative, Japan-India-United States Alliance Negative

Paper No. 5762                                      Dated 11-Aug-2014

By Dr. Subhash Kapila

India witnessed two back-to-back visits by the US Secretary of State and US Defense Secretary Hagel to India recently.US Defense Secretary advocated a Japan-India-United States military alliance which is questionable.

Prime Minister Modi’s Postponement of Japan Summit Visit Generates Wrong Perceptions

Paper No. 5741                                          Dated 08-Jul-2014

By Dr Subhash Kapila

Perceptions count heavily in foreign policy acts of commission and omission. Abrupt deferment of PM Modi’s announced visit to Japan on July03 2014 has avoidably created negative perceptions on India’s sincerity in Japan-India relations.

Japan Embraces Wider Strategic Horizons in New Security Postures

Paper No. 5739                                        Dated 04-Jul-2014

By Dr Subhash Kapila

Introductory Observations

Japan has finally unshackled itself from its six decades old ‘Peace Constitution’ this week in response to the ever enlarging ‘China Threat’ and intensified Chinese military aggressiveness and coercive brinkmanship threatening Japan and East Asia.

Japan Prime Minister Signals Assertive Asian Security Role at Shangri-La Dialogue 2014: Analysis

Paper No. 5715                                         Dated 02-Jun-2014

By Dr Subhash Kapila

Introductory Observations

 Japanese Prime Minister Abe in his keynote Address on May 31 2014 at the Shangri-La Dialogue signalled Japan’s intentions to play an assertive role Asian security role. Implicitly, the target was China though not so named.

Western Pacific Seas: Sounds of Distant War Drums?

Paper No. 5694                                        Dated 1-May-2014

By Dr. Subhash Kapila

The South China Sea and the East China Sea in the Western Pacific no longer stand confined to China’s maritime territorial sovereignty disputes between China and its neighbours but have emerged as the arena of a major power struggle between China and the United States for the mastery of the Western Pacific and in mid-2014 the sounds of distant war drums are discernible.


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