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United States President Visits Asia Pacific April 2014: Challenges

Paper No. 5688                                      Dated 25-Apr-2014

By Dr Subhash Kapila

United States President Obama commenced his four-nation visit to the Asia Pacific region by his first State Visit to Japan which commenced on April 23 2014 and will be followed by visits to South Korea, Philippines and Malaysia and these visits becoming strategically significant in that contextually it is taking place against rising tensions generated by China in East Asia more pointedly.

Afghanistan - Can 1996 Repeat itself?

Paper No. 5687                                      Dated 22-Apr-2014

By Dr. S. Chandrasekharan

A paper produced by late B. Raman in 2013 on the consequences of US withdrawal from Afghanistan in end 2014 is reproduced below.  The points made by him including India’s options are still relevant.  The only change if any is that the Haqqani network has emerged stronger thanks to the total support given by ISI of Pakistan.  -- Director

Can 1996 Repeat itself in Afghanistan?

Crimea, and China-Russia Relations

Paper No. 5677                                        Dated 31-Mar-2014

By Bhaskar Roy

The Crimean referendum to join Russia and subsequent action by Kremlin incorporating it into Russian territory has raised several questions on issues of territorial sovereignty and aspirations of people. Consequent to this development Russia was expelled form the G-8 and certain sanctions imposed by the US and the European Union.

Sri Lanka: Indian Abstention at UNHRC: National Interest or Complicity Issue?

Paper No 5676                                 Dated 30-Mar-2014

Guest Column:  By Prof. Ramu Manivannan 

The introduction and passing of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) resolution L.1/Rev.1.,‘Promoting Reconciliation, Accountability and Human Rights in Sri Lanka’ on 27/03/2014 heralds a new page on many fronts in South Asia. 

Russia’s Resurgence: Policy Options for United States

Paper No. 5663                                      Dated 12-Mar-2014

By Dr Subhash Kapila

Russia’s resurgence ever since the turn of the millennium was dismissively ignored by successive United States policy establishments presumably buoyed by delusionary strategic assessments of continued longevity of United States unipolarity.

Russia & United States: Re-Start of A New Cold War?

Paper No. 5657                                       Dated 03-Mar-2014

By Dr. Subhash Kapila

United States by manipulating ongoing domestic political dynamics in Ukraine seems to be intent on re-playing the old Cold War global chess-board with Russia by strategic destabilisation of a resurgent Russia’s peripheries.

United States & India: From Estrangement to Engagement to Estrangement

Paper No. 5649                                        Dated 18-Feb-2014

By Dr. Subhash Kapila

Estrangement seems to be the natural pattern and state of relations between the United States and India with the past decade of engagement, seemingly apparent in 2014 as an aberration, largely so, because the United States reduced it to a mercenary relationship concentrating on defence deals and letting US geopolitical expediency predominate its prism on India.

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