Category Archives: US

Solution Of Afghan Problem Lies In Nailing “Terroristan”; By J.K Verma

CAS article no. 0047/2017 Courtesy: Aviation and Defence Universe US President Donald J Trump threatened Pakistan that it must change its policies. “No partnership can survive” if the country is “harbouring militants and terrorists who target US service members and officials.” Trump also stated that India should give more economic aid and developmental assistance to Afghanistan and can play significant role in the region. On August 21, 2017 US President… Read Article →

Military Modernization and Capacity Building in the Philippines and Vietnam; By Carlyle A. Thayer

CAS article no. 0014/2017 Courtesy: Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Introduction This paper focuses on force modernization and capacity building in the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Vietnam People’s Army (VPA) from the 1990s to the present. This paper is divided into five parts. Part one provides a historical background to force modernization in both countries during the period from the 1990s to around 2010 and… Read Article →

Why is Japan’s PM visiting Pearl Harbor now?; By Shastri Ramachandaran

CAS article no. 0167/2016 Courtesy: CCTVNews Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to Pearl Harbor on December 27 2016 is loaded with significance. First and foremost, it is important because this is the first time a Japanese prime minister will participate in a public ceremony at the US naval base in Hawaii that Japanese forces struck on December 7, 1941. The first prime minister to visit the memorial was reportedly… Read Article →

US To Withdraw From TPP; By Carlyle A. Thayer

CAS article no. 0164/2016 Courtesy: Carlyle A. Thayer, “US To Withdraw From TPP,” Thayer Consultancy Background Brief, November 22,2016 Q1. Could you please share some thoughts when Donald Trump announced that the US will withdraw from TPP? Donald Trump’s release of a video announcing his priorities for his first 100 days in office came as a surprise. His first priority was to announced that the US would withdraw from the TPP. He made that pledge during his campaign…. Read Article →

Xi in LatAm: China Expands Footprints in the Region; By Shastri Ramachandaran

CAS article no. 0163/2016 Courtesy: China.org.cn Chinese President Xi Jinping’s ongoing visit to Latin America – from November 17 to 23 – comes at an opportune juncture, with the U.S. and other powers caught in domestic situations and global uncertainties that preclude their proactive engagement abroad. And President Xi, who is on course for state visits to Ecuador, Peru and Chile, can be expected to make the most of extending… Read Article →

The Public and Nuclear Power in China; By L. V. Krishnan

CAS article no. 0139/2016 Courtesy: Chennai Centre for China Studies (C3S) August 6 is a reminder of the first use of a nuclear weapon in war 71 years ago. The imagery of the instantaneous destruction it caused has come to be used as an argument against all things nuclear. On that same day this year, the Nuclear Fuel Reprocessing Division of China National Nuclear Corporation, CNNC chose to issue a… Read Article →

Managing Security Tensions in the South China Sea: The Role of ASEAN; By Carlyle A. Thayer

CAS article no. 0133/2016 Courtesy: David Brewster ed., Indo-Pacific Maritime Security: Challenges and Cooperation (Canberra: National Security College, Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU College of the Asia & the Pacific, The Australian National University, July 2016), 25-30. This paper reviews current diplomatic and political efforts to manage security tensions in the South China Sea with a focus on interactions between the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), China and the… Read Article →

South China Sea and the MEA’s ambivalence; By Shastri Ramachandaran

CAS article no. 0119/2016 Courtesy: DNA India The South China Sea dispute is now headed to the next level of power play. The award of the Arbitral Tribunal set up under the provisions of the UN Convention on the Law of Sea (UNCLOS) on the dispute between the Philippines and China has gone against China. In awarding the Philippines jurisdiction over most of the waters of the Spratly Islands, the… Read Article →

Modi and Jinping shouldn’t let their egos come in the way of India-China ties; By Col. R. Hariharan

CAS article no. 0113/2016 Courtesy: India Today Daily O Portal Is China becoming uneasy about India’s assertive international posture? It would seem so, if we take a holistic view of how China has been viewing India’s international initiatives since Prime Minister Narendra Modi came to power. Condescending, conceited, contemptuous or confused….these words may well describe China’s web journal Global Times’  editorial choice of words like smug, self-centred and self-righteous to… Read Article →

After the NSG’s Seoul plenary: Time to mend ties; By Shastri Ramachandaran

CAS article no. 0107/2016 Courtesy: China.org.cn India’s failure to break into the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) at its plenary last week in Seoul does not translate into China’s gain. It would be erroneous to see the NSG session as an India-China match which ended with a score of 0-1, for it casts in bilateral terms what was not a bilateral contest at all. However, there is no denying that New… Read Article →