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South Korea’s Strategic Imperatives to Shed Historical Mind sets on Japan

Paper No. 6322                                 Dated 20-Nov-2017

By Dr Subhash Kapila

Contextual North East Asia security imperatives dictate in 2017 for South Korea to opt for a ‘Nixonian Moment’ of a serious and sustained political and strategic reachout to Japan and shed its historical mindsets on Japan and not follow China’s footsteps of an eternal damnation of Japan.

Myanmar: Sanctions will only slow down democratic Transition

Paper No. 6321                                  Dated 16-Nov-2017

By Dr. S. Chandrasekharan

In his one day stop at the capital of Myanmar on 15 November 2017, US Secretary of State Tillersen ruled out the much expected announcement of general sanctions against Myanmar.  Instead, he called for an independent investigation into credible reports of the army initiated violence against the Rohingyas. He was wise enough to point out that by imposing sanctions alone the crisis cannot be expected to be considered to be over. 

Taj Mahal - An Avoidable Controversy

Paper No. 6320                             Dated 13-Nov-2017

By R. Upadhyay

US President Trump’s Asia Pacific Tour November 2017- An Estimative Analysis

Paper No. 6319                                  Dated 13-Nov-2017

By Dr Subhash Kapila

US  President Trump’s first tour of the Asia Pacific in November 2017, nearly a year after assuming office, raises two questions in terms of estimative analysis--- whether it was a strategic foray to a highly volatile region critical for US security or was it merely a diplomatic necessity, particularly in relation to China?

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.

West Bengal Govt.’s order on Idol Immersion- Vote Bank Politics Again?

Paper No. 6316                               Dated 24-Oct-2017

By R. Upadhyay     

The West Bengal Government’s intervention in the ritual of the immersion of Goddess Durga idol on the day when it coincided with the Moharram procession of Muslims and subsequent orders of the Kolkata High Court countermanding it shows that the minority politics (read vote bank politics) is growing strong even in a progressive State like West Bengal.

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