Analysis

Contemporary World Affairs (CWA)
Young Voices on Global Politics

CWA Commentaries are primarily authored by young scholars who are a part of the course on Global Politics.

The objective is to provide a platform for the young voices on contemporary world affairs, and also equip them with effective communication skills.

The Arctic Series

The Arctic Littorals: Iceland and Greenland

November 2019 | CWA # 185

Rashmi Ramesh

The Arctic Series

The Polar Silk Route: China's ambitious search in the Arctic

November 2019 | CWA # 184

Harini Madhusudhan

The Arctic Series
November 2019 | CWA # 183

The Scientific Imbalance: Is technology rightly being invested in the Arctic?

Parikshith Pradeep
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Middle East
November 2019 | CWA # 181

Syria: Who wants what?

GP Team
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China
November 2019 | CWA # 180

Violence in Hong Kong: Will the protests end?

Harini Madhusudhan
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Europe
November 2019 | CWA # 179

Is Catalonia Spain’s Hong Kong?

Rashmi Ramesh
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The Arctic Series
October 2019 | CWA # 177

Why an Arctic foray is essential for India

D. Suba Chandran
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The Arctic Series
October 2019 | CWA # 176

Russia's Polar Military Edge

Parikshith Pradeep
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Latin America on fire
October 2019 | CWA # 175

Protests rock Chile, Bolivia and Haiti

Nidhi Dalal
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Myanmar
October 2019 | CWA # 171

Will prosecuting Suu Kyi resolve the Rohingya problem?

Aparupa Bhattacherjee
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India and Bangladesh
October 2019 | CWA # 170

Sheikh Hasina in New Delhi: Multiple Deals, No Takeaways

Sourina Bej
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The UN Climate Action Summit 2019
October 2019 | CWA # 169

Climate Change: Four Actors, No Action

Lakshman Chakravarthy N & Rashmi Ramesh
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Review
October 2019 | CWA # 168

Brexit: Preparing for the Worst Case

Sukanya Bali
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Science, Technology and International Relations
September 2019 | CWA # 162

5G: A Primer

Lakshman Chakravarthy N
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Climate Change
September 2019 | CWA # 161

From Okjökull to OK: Death of a Glacier in Iceland

Rashmi Ramesh
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United Kingdom
September 2019 | CWA # 160

Challenges before Boris Johnson

Sukanya Bali
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China
August 2019 | CWA # 157

The Hong Kong Protests: Who wants what

Parikshith Pradeep
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China
August 2019 | CWA # 156

The Hong Kong Protests: Re-defining mass mobilization

Harini Madhusudhan
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Southeast Asia
August 2019 | CWA # 155

ASEAN Outlook on the Indo Pacific: Worth all the Hype?

Aparupa Bhattacherjee
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Nepal and India
July 2019 | CWA # 150

Monsoons first, Floods next and the Blame Games follow

Mahesh Bhatta
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India's Northeast
July 2019 | CWA # 148

Counting Citizens: Manipur charts its own NRC

Titsala Sangtam
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G-20 Summit
July 2019 | CWA # 147

Can Hedging be India’s Strategy?

Vivek Mishra
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Iran, US and the Nuclear Deal
July 2019 | CWA # 145

Amidst the US-Iran standoff, Saudi Arabia should be cautious

Lakshmi V Menon
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G-20 Summit
July 2019 | CWA # 144

For Russia, it was big power projection

Seetha Lakshmi Dinesh Iyer
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G-20 Summit
July 2019 | CWA # 143

For China, it was trade and a temporary truce

Harini Madhusudhan
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G-20 Summit
July 2019 | CWA # 141

For Japan, it was commerce and climate change

Abigail Miriam Fernandez
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G-20 Summit
July 2019 | CWA # 140

For the US, it was trade, tariff and talks

Sourina Bej
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Middle East
June 2019 | CWA # 138

Iran, US and the Nuclear Deal: Will Russia remain neutral?

Mahath Mangal
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Middle East
June 2019 | CWA # 137

Iran, US and the Nuclear deal: Europe in the middle?

Titsala Sangtam
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India & Sri Lanka
June 2019 | CWA # 135

Modi's Colombo Visit: Four issues to watch

Aparupa Bhattacherjee
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The BRI Summit 2019
June 2019 | CWA # 131

Higher than the Himalayas: Pakistan and China

Raakhavee Ramesh
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The BRI Summit 2019
June 2019 | CWA # 130

Across the Himalayas: Nepal and China

Abigail Miriam Fernandez
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Global Politics
June 2019 | CWA # 129

The Russian Resurgence: Is the US supremacy waning?

Mahath Mangal
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Mass Surveillance and Individual Freedom
June 2019 | CWA # 127

San Francisco wants to ban, Kashgar wants to expand

Mahath Mangal
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Julian Assange
June 2019 | CWA # 126

Espionage or Investigative Journalism? 

Jerin George
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Russia-Japan
June 2019 | CWA # 125

Beyond the Kuril Island Dispute: Tensions between Moscow and Tokyo

Titsala Sangtam
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Global Politics
May 2019 | CWA # 123

The Huawei Controversy: Five things you need to know

Abigail Miriam Fernandez
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Middle East
May 2019 | CWA # 122

Why the world needs to look at Yemen

Mahath Mangal
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India External
May 2019 | CWA # 121

Modi's Foreign Policy 2.0: A Response to C Raja Mohan

Sourina Bej
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The BRI Summit 2019
May 2019 | CWA # 120

The Central Asia Connector

Abigail Miriam Fernandez
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The BRI Summit 2019
May 2019 | CWA # 119

An Under-represented East Asia

Harini Madhusudhan
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The BRI Summit 2019
May 2019 | CWA # 118

Africa Embraces the Belt and Road

Seetha Lakshmi Dinesh Iyer
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The BRI Summit 2019
May 2019 | CWA # 117

It’s Europe vs EU on China

Sourina Bej
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Africa
May 2019 | CWA # 116

Sudan: Between Democracy and another military rule

Abigail Miriam Fernandez
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Christchurch Massacre
April 2019 | CWA # 108

Responses and Inspiring Lessons

Seetha Lakshmi Dinesh Iyer
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Southast Asia
March 2019 | CWA # 105

Thailand: Between Elections and Instability

Aparupa Bhattacherjee
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Global Politics
March 2019 | CWA # 104

Malaysia, China and the BRI: The Delicate Hedging

Ryan Mitra
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China
March 2019 | CWA # 103

Two Sessions in 2019: Four Takeaways

Sourina Bej
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Middle East
March 2019 | CWA # 102

The End of ISIS Caliphate?

Lakshmi V Menon
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Trump-Kim Summit & Regional Stakes
March 2019 | CWA # 99

For China, its a sigh of relief

Harini Madhusudhan
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Trump-Kim Summit & Regional Stakes
March 2019 | CWA # 98

For Vietnam, its a big deal

Aparupa Bhattacherjee
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Trump-Kim Summit & Regional Stakes
March 2019 | CWA # 97

For Japan, No Deal is Good Deal

Seetha Lakshmi Dinesh Iyer
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Trump-Kim Summit & Regional Stakes
March 2019 | CWA # 96

For South Korea, a costly disappointment

Sourina Bej
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Trump-Kim Summit
March 2019 | CWA # 94

No deal is better, but isn't it bad?

Harini Madhusudhan
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Myanmar
March 2019 | CWA # 92

The Other Conflict in Rakhine State

Aparupa Bhattacherjee
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The World This Week
March 2019 | CWA # 91

India in OIC, India-Pakistan and Trump-Kim Summit

GP Team
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The World this Week
February 2019 | CWA # 89

US Emergency, Nord Stream-2 and Indo-Pak tensions

GP Team
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West Asia
February 2019 | CWA # 88

Yemen: Will Sa'nna fall?

Seetha Lakshmi Dinesh Iyer
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China and Islam
February 2019 | CWA # 87

Sinicizing the Minorities

Harini Madhusudhan
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The World this Week
February 2019 | CWA # 86

US, South Korea and Thailand

GP Team
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Middle East
February 2019 | CWA # 85

The Qatar Blockade: Eighteen Months Later

Lakshmi V Menon
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The World This Week
February 2019 | CWA # 84

Yemen, Venezuela and US-China

GP Team
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Terrorism
January 2019 | CWA # 82

Maghreb: What makes al Shahab Resilient?

Sourina Bej
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Global Politics
January 2019 | CWA # 81

US-China Trade War: No Clear Winners

Harini Madhusudhan
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United States
January 2019 | CWA # 80

Trump’s Shutdown: Five Things to Know

Abhishrut Singh
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The World this Week
January 2019 | CWA # 79

Between a Terror attack in Nairobi and a Political Disaster in UK

GP Team
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Global Politics
January 2019 | CWA # 76

Myanmar: Will 2019 be better for the Rohingya?

Aparupa Bhattacherjee
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The World this Week
January 2019 | CWA # 75

Kim-Xi Meet, US Shutdown & US-China Trade Talks

GP Team
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South Asia
January 2019 | CWA # 74

Bangladesh: The Burden of Electoral History

D. Suba Chandran
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Global Politics
January 2019 | CWA # 73

US and China: Between Confrontation and Competition

Seetha Lakshmi Dinesh Iyer
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The World this Week
January 2019 | CWA # 72

Trump's Shutdown, Bangladesh Elections and China's Lunar Probe

GP Team
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South Asia Monthly Brief (Nov 2018)
December 2018 | CWA # 71

Nepal

Mahesh Bhatta | Centre for South Asian Studies, Kathmandu


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South Asia Monthly Brief (Nov 2018)
December 2018 | CWA # 70

The Maldives

Nasima Khatoon | Research Associate, ISSSP, NIAS


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South Asia Monthly Brief (Nov 2018)
December 2018 | CWA # 69

India

Harini Madhusudhan | Research Associate, ISSSP, NIAS


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South Asia Monthly Brief (Nov 2018)
December 2018 | CWA # 68

Bangladesh

Sourina Bej | Research Associate, ISSSP, NIAS


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South Asia Monthly Brief (Nov 2018)
December 2018 | CWA # 67

Afghanistan

Seetha Lakshmi Dinesh Iyer | Research Associate, ISSSP, NIAS


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East Asia
November 2018 | CWA # 66

China and Japan: Renewing relations at the right time

Harini Madhusudhan
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United States
November 2018 | CWA # 65

The INF Treaty: Towards a new Security Dilemma

Ryan Mitra
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United States
November 2018 | CWA # 64

The INF Treaty: US withdraws to balance China?

Sourina Bej
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Middle East
October 2018 | CWA # 63

The Khashoggi Killing: Unanswered Questions

Harini Madhusudhan
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The Middle East
October 2018 | CWA # 61

US and Israel: Trump's Deal of the Century

Lakshmi V Menon
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South Asia
October 2018 | CWA # 60

The New Maldives: Advantage India?

Nasima Khatoon
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United States
September 2018 | CWA # 59

To NAFTA or Not: Trump, Mexico and Canada

Harini Madhusudhan
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Southeast Asia
September 2018 | CWA # 58

Malaysia’s China Moment: The Mahathir Gamble

Aparupa Bhattacherjee
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India External
September 2018 | CWA # 57

BIMSTEC: A Bay of Good Hope?

Sourina Bej
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India External
September 2018 | CWA # 56

India between the US and Iran: The Art of Balancing Two States

Ryan Mitra
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United Kingdom
September 2018 | CWA # 55

Two Years of Brexit: The Reverse-Domino Effect

Hely Desai
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GP Debate
September 2018 | CWA # 54

India, Imran Khan and Indo-Pak Relations

Young Scholars Debate
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United Kingdom
August 2018 | CWA # 53

Does Brexit mean Brexit?

Siddhatti Mehta
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China
August 2018 | CWA # 52

Factsheet: China’s Investments in Africa

Oishee Majumdar
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Myanmar
August 2018 | CWA # 50

The 8888 Uprising: Thirty Years Later

Aparupa Bhattacherjee
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US-China
August 2018 | CWA # 49

The Tariff War: 'Stick of Hegemony' vs Vital Interests

Harini Madhusudhan
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Global Politics
July 2018 | CWA # 48

FactSheet: Shangri La Dialogue 2018

Druta Bhatt
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United States
July 2018 | CWA # 46

Is Trump-Putin Summit a setback for the US?

Divyabharathi E
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India External
July 2018 | CWA # 45

India and Bangladesh: The Long Haul

Apoorva Sudhakar
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Global Politics
July 2018 | CWA # 44

Quad as an alternative to the BRI: Three Main Challenges

Divyabharathi E
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South Asia
July 2018 | CWA # 43

FactSheet: India-Bangladesh Relations

Oishee Majumdar
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United States
July 2018 | CWA # 42

Trump meets Putin; will it cost NATO?

D. Suba Chandran
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United States
July 2018 | CWA # 41

Trump and the NATO: One Block, Different Views

Sourina Bej
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United States
June 2018 | CWA # 39

Now, the United States withdraws from the UNHRC

Gayan Gowramma KC
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Global Politics
June 2018 | CWA # 38

Electoral Rise of the Right: From Trump to Brexit

Druta Bhatt
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China
June 2018 | CWA # 37

Will China be able to sustain its Dominance?

Siddhatti Mehta
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South Asia
June 2018 | CWA # 35

Myanmar: Why won't they do anything for the Rohingya?

Aparupa Bhattacherjee
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United States
June 2018 | CWA # 34

The Idea of an US Space Force: Strategic Calculations

Harini Madhusudhan
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South Asia
June 2018 | CWA # 33

Afghan Peace: Reality or Illusion?

Apoorva Sudhakar
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United States
June 2018 | CWA # 32

Looking beyond Trump: Is the US declining?

Hely Desai
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Global Politics
June 2018 | CWA # 31

Is China using its soft power to become superpower?

Manushi Kapadia
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Middle East
June 2018 | CWA # 30

Middle East: Has Russia chosen Israel over Iran?

Lakshmi. V. Menon
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Global Politics
June 2018 | CWA # 28

G7: Why Trump wants Russia in?

Miti Shah
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Global Politics
June 2018 | CWA # 27

FactSheet: G7 Summit

Hely Desai
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East Asia
June 2018 | CWA # 26

The Panmunjom Declaration: “Tip of the Iceberg”

Siddhatti Mehta
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Global Politics
June 2018 | CWA # 25

Iran N-Deal and the Trans-Atlantic Divide

Druta Bhatt
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Global Politics
June 2018 | CWA # 24

US and China: Towards a Trade War

Manushi Kapadia
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West Asia
June 2018 | CWA # 23

Palestine: US triggers new tensions

Miti Shah
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Global Politics
June 2018 | CWA # 22

The "Indo-Pacific Command": What's in the name?

Divyabharathi E
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Global Politics
June 2018 | CWA # 21

Trump’s Tariff Strategy: Targetting Adversaries and Allies

Harini Madhusudhan
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East Asia
June 2018 | CWA # 20

Trump-Kim Summit: Three Likely Outcomes

Hely Desai
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West Asia
June 2018 | CWA # 19

The Lebanon Pawn: Will it change after elections?

Apoorva Sudhakar
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West Asia
June 2018 | CWA # 18

Israel, the Game Changer?

Lakshmi V Menon
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Global Politics
June 2018 | CWA # 17

Deciphering Turkey's External Push

Samreen Wani
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Global Politics
June 2018 | CWA # 16

China and Russia: The New Alignments

Divyabharathi E
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India External
May 2018 | CWA # 15

Can India afford to lose Maldives to China?

Ann Maria Shibu
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Global Politics
May 2018 | CWA # 14

Why Maldives is important to China?

Dhruv Ashok
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Global Politics
May 2018 | CWA # 13

ISIS and the Yazidi victims: Why the World should stand up?

Lakshmi V Menon
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Global Politics
May 2018 | CWA # 12

US- China Tariff Face-off : Five questions

Harini Madhusudhan
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India External
May 2018 | CWA # 11

Why is Free Tibet important for India

Jamyang Dolma
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Global Politics
May 2018 | CWA # 10

Arctic: The Strategic Significance

Divyabharathi E
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Global Politics
May 2018 | CWA # 9

Do we need the Quad?

Lakshmi V Menon
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Global Politics
May 2018 | CWA # 8

Why Trump’s Iran exit is a big mistake?

Samreen Wani
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East Asia
May 2018 | CWA # 7

Inter Korean Summit: Will it work?

Jamyang Dolma
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India-Nepal
May 2018 | CWA # 6

What prevents India and Nepal from moving forward?

Shalini E
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India-Sri Lanka
May 2018 | CWA # 5

The Fishermen Issue between India and Sri Lanka

Dhruv Ashok
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Bangladesh
May 2018 | CWA # 4

Bangladesh's Economy: Decoding a Success Story

Apoorva Sudhakar
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Water Conflicts
May 2018 | CWA # 3

Why India should not pull out of the Indus water treaty?

Ann Maria Shibu
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India External
May 2018 | CWA # 1

Quad and India's Strategic Dilemma

Divyabharathi E
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PR Chari                                   General Dipankar Banerjee

This initiative is a tribute to Mr PR Chari and Gen Dipankar Banerjee, who provided a vital breakthrough for many young scholars, gave them a space to grow and made the budding academics to believe in themselves. "Capacity Building" was their belief; they practised the same in the multiple institutions they served and built. Many leading scholars across the world today, penned their first essay under the mentorship of these two legends.

Mr Chari and Gen Banerjee, we owe you. And we will continue the tradition that you have set.

D. Suba Chandran
Professor and Dean, NIAS