The empire strikes back: Rajapaksa triumphs in local elections, his shadow looms again over Sri Lankan politics; By Col R Hariharan

CAS article no. 007/2018 Courtesy: Times Of India The shock waves of the landslide victory of the newly formed Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) party, backed by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, in local government (LG) elections held on February 10, has left the fragile coalition of President Maithripala Sirisena’s Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s United National Party (UNP) in total disarray. Many members of both… Read Article →

The impact of Trump’s South Asia policy on India; By Dr. Sumit Kumar

CAS article no. 006/2018 Courtesy: DNA In the first year of his presidency, Donald Trump has taken several initiatives to shake up the traditional direction of US foreign policy, with his focus on protecting and promoting the interests of American people under his grand ‘America First’ strategy. Trump pulled the US out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, refused to certify Iran Nuclear deal to US Congress, took a tough stand on North… Read Article →

Double Speak with Chinese Characteristics – Need for proactive response from India; By Commodore. R Seshadri Vasan IN (Retd.)

CAS article no. 005/2018 Courtesy: Chennai Centre for China Studies It has become a force of habit for both the official machinery and the state-run media in China to continue to object to the visit of any dignitary to Arunachal Pradesh. The most recent outburst was aimed against the Prime Minister of India who is to visit Arunachal Pradesh from 15th February 2018. While such objections have become routine and… Read Article →

Asia-Africa Growth Corridor (AAGC) – An initiative strong enough to balance out the Maritime Silk Road (MSR)?; By Retika V.

CAS article no. 004/2018 Courtesy: Chennai Centre for China Studies Introduction The vision document of the Asia-Africa Growth Corridor (AAGC) was released in the 52nd annual meeting of the African Development Bank (AfDB) in May 2017. Announced in 2016, in a joint statement by Prime Ministers Narendra Modi and Shinzo Abe, of India and Japan respectively, the AAGC is a collaboration between India and Japan, to develop sustainable growth corridors… Read Article →

How Modi can resolve the China problem (Part 2); By B S Raghavan

CAS article no. 003/2018 Courtesy: Rediff Part 1: Don’t judge China with a fossilised mindset There are familiar rule books by which most countries of the world have for centuries worked out their domestic policies and economic frameworks, and played their geopolitical and diplomatic games with the outside world. But China’s rule book is unique and its very own. This is what drives people into read something suspiciously unfamiliar in whatever… Read Article →

Don’t judge China with a fossilised mindset (Part 1); By B.S. Raghavan

CAS article no. 002/2018 Courtesy: Rediff Part 2 : How Modi can resolve the China problem Ever since China rediscovered itself after the first few decades of tottering during the Great Helmsman’s regime and began reaping the abundant benefits of ‘market socialism’, taking its place alongside the world’s most advanced economies, it has rolled out a series of innovative blockbusters in the domain of foreign policy. Some worrisome as its stick-in-the-mud… Read Article →

Operation All-Out Is A Success; By JK Verma

CAS article no. 001/2018 Courtesy: Aviation and Defence Universe The security forces in J&K are all out to eliminate terrorist organisations by targeting their leaders. And Operation All Out is in full swing to reduce the number of hardcore terrorists which was increasing rapidly. In 2017 not only several local youths who joined terrorism were also eliminated but the number of Kashmiris attending the funerals of slain terrorists is considerably reduced. In… Read Article →

US Led World Reprimands Pakistan For Protecting Hafiz Saeed; By JK Verma

CAS article no. 0050/2017 Courtesy: Aviation and Defence Universe Trump cautioned Pakistan against release of the terrorist Pakistan Army defends its blue-eyed boy House No. 116E, Mohalla Johar, Lahore, Tehsil, Lahore City, Lahore District, Pakistan- an address which houses the most wanted not only for India but also for the world of today. Hafiz Saeed who is the Chief of Jammat-ud-Dawa (J-u-D) and founder member of Lashker-e-Toiba (L-e-T) was officially released… Read Article →

Sri Lanka PM’s visit to New Delhi; By Col Hariharan

CAS article no. 0049/2017 Courtesy: Security Risks Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe visited to New Delhi on November 23-24, 2017. During his talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj speeding up decisions related to India-Sri Lanka joint venture projects in Sri Lanka to solve “problems that have emerged” topped the agenda. The projects discussed included India developing the Trincomalee harbor including the Oil Tank farms project as… Read Article →

Modi’s Interlocutor Will Talk With Position Of Strength; By J.K Verma

CAS article no. 0048/2017 Courtesy: Aviation and Defence Universe No prizes for guessing the top news which set a lot of minds pondering in the month gone by. The news that the Central government has appointed former Intelligence Bureau Director Dineshwar Sharma as interlocutor on Kashmir when terrorists are on run and losing ground in the state, indicates that the government wants to settle Kashmir issue once for all. As large numbers of… Read Article →