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Pakistan’s Switch from ‘United States Frontline State’ to ‘China’s Front Line State’

Paper No. 5965                          Dated 06-Jul-2015

By Dr. Subhash Kapila

Pakistan has made a notable strategic switch from ‘United States Frontline State’ to ‘China’s Frontline State’ in 2015 and this carries serious implications for United States embedment in the Indian Subcontinent and for India’s national security in the context of the China-Pakistan Dual Military Threat to India.

South China Sea Headed towards US-China Military Showdown

Paper No 5955                                   Dated 16-June-2015

By Dr Subhash Kapila

South China Sea seems inevitably headed towards witnessing a military showdown with a revisionist and strategically arrogant China rigidly insistent on altering the status quo in the South China Sea in defiance of United States advisories to halt construction of artificial islands to enforce its sovereignty claims in disputed waters.

Sino-US Rivalry in South China Sea: A New Norm?

Paper No. 5949                                     Dated 8-June-2015

Guest Column:  By Dr. B.R. Deepak

South China Sea (SCS) which encompasses an area from the Singapore and Malacca Straits to the Strait of Taiwan, consisting of Dongsha, Xisha (known as Paracel), Zhongsha (also Huangyan in Chinese) and Nansha (Spratly) islands, has long been a bone of contention between China and Southeast Asian countries.

US Defence Secretary’s Visit to India June 2015

Paper No. 5946                                 Dated 03-Jun-2015

By Dr Subhash Kapila

US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter commenced his three day visit to India on June 02 2015, significantly, with a visit to Indian Navy’s Headquarters Eastern Naval Command at Vishakhapatnam which has operational responsibilities with South East Asia and the South China Sea.

South China Sea: United States Must Pre-Empt Gathering Storm

Paper No. 5937                                Dated 25-May-2015

By Dr Subhash Kapila

South China Sea is witnessing a gathering strategic storm unleashed by China’s brazen brinkmanship to gain full-spectrum dominance over this maritime expanse with a new strategy of creating man-made ‘Artificial Islands ‘besides its illegal military occupation of Paracel and Spratly Islands groups.

US-Japan New Defence Cooperation Guidelines Contributes to Asian Security

Paper No. 5923                                 Dated 4-May-2015

By Dr Subhash Kapila

US-Japan New Guidelines for Defence Cooperation released on April 27 2015 marks the momentous advent of Japan asserting the right of collective self-defence as part of its National Security Strategy and Japan’s readiness in conjunction with the United States to play a proactive role in Asian security.

Next phase of the U.S. Pivot to Asia: Responses from China

Paper No. 5917                               Dated 19-Apr-2015

Guest Column by Prof. B. R. Deepak

Just before setting off to his visit to Japan, South Korea and the US Pacific Command in Honolulu between April 8 and 11, the US Secretary of Defence, Ashton Carter while delivering a speech at Arizona State University’s McCain Institute on April 6, 2015 said that he was ‘personally committed to overseeing the next phase of the rebalance, which will deepen and diversify the US engagement in the region.’


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