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Indo Pacific Treaty Organisation Emerges Asia Security Imperative in end-2017

Paper No. 6325                                 Dated 05-Dec-2017

By Dr Subhash Kapila

Indo Pacific Asia as a geopolitical conception replacing the earlier concept of Asia Pacific has evolved markedly since 2008-2009 synchronous with China’s switch from exercise of ‘Soft Power’ to ‘Hard Power’ in Chinese strategic formulations in its Asian strategies which since then singularly are characterised by aggressive military brinkmanship.

Japan’s Imperatives to Break-Free from its Pacifist Constitution

Paper No. 6324                                   Dated 28-Nov-2017

By Dr Subhash Kapila

Japan on the verge of 2018 is geopolitically a ‘Leading Power’ in Asia along with India, and both as important heavy counterweights to a militarily disruptive China need to fast-track their corresponding military build-ups. Japan needs to unshackle itself from its Pacifist Constitution to do so.

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.

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.

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.

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