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 World This Year

The Middle East in 2019: Domestic Protests, Bilateral Conflicts and Regional Tensions

December 2019 | CWA # 199

Lakshmi V Menon

The World This Year

North Africa in 2019: A year of protests, with some positive results

December 2019 | CWA # 198

Abigail Miriam Fernandez

The World This Year

Hong Kong in 2019: China's New Achilles Heel

December 2019 | CWA # 197

Sukanya Bali

The World This Year
December 2019 | CWA # 196

The US-China Trade Dispute in 2019: Towards a thaw in 2020?

Harini Madhusudan
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The World This Year
December 2019 | CWA # 195

The US in 2019: Trump rollsout a template for a global American retreat

Parikshith Pradeep
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The World This Year
December 2019 | CWA # 194

Europe in 2019: Hard Brexit for the UK, Systemic Struggle for the EU

Sourina Bej
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The World This Year
December 2019 | CWA # 193

Climate Change in 2019: Active Civil Society, Hesitant State

Rashmi Ramesh
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The World this Week
December 2019 | CWA # 190

NATO at 70, Protests in Iran, COP 25 in Madrid

GP Team
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The World this Week
November 2019 | CWA # 189

Protests in Iran and Attacks in London

GP Team
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The World this Week
November 2019 | CWA # 188

Elections in Sri Lanka and Protests in Georgia, Chile & Czech

GP Team
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The NIAS Arctic Series
November 2019 | CWA # 185

The Arctic Littorals: Iceland and Greenland

Rashmi Ramesh
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The NIAS Arctic Series
November 2019 | CWA # 184

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

Harini Madhusudan
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The NIAS 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 Madhusudan
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Europe
November 2019 | CWA # 179

Is Catalonia Spain’s Hong Kong?

Rashmi Ramesh
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The NIAS 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 Madhusudan
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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 Madhusudan
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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 Madhusudan
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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 Madhusudan
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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 Madhusudan
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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 Madhusudan
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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 Madhusudan
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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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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