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Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2245
Bulletins - August 23, 2018

Another blow to Soviet remembrance;
Moscow, Delhi draw closer on counterterrorism

Trump's foreign policy pattern is all bark and no bite
Articles - January 8, 2018

Recent foreign policy moves by the Trump administration disclose a pattern of thought and action that merits being seen in its totality. Towards the end of 2017 the administration released a vigorous national security strategy that not only labeled China and Russia as adversaries but also “took no prisoners” in asserting that the U.S. would act vigorously against challenges.

Expect 2018 to be a year of living dangerously as global tensions rise
Articles - January 2, 2018

Anyone hoping to leave the turbulence of 2017 in the past will be in for a rude awakening. While we can’t know for certain what will unfold in the year to come, observable trends in several countries, including the U.S., give us a glimpse of what to expect in 2018.

Can Pakistani Technology Fight Pakistani Terror?
Articles - August 3, 2017

Pakistan has a long and troubled history of supporting extremists as a tool of statecraft - a policy that has, among many other things, inflamed tensions with regional rival India and roiled Islamabad's relations with Washington. Of late, however, this strategy of supporting proxies to maintain a zone of influence in the region has turned inward, with grievous consequences for the country's internal security and the cohesion of the Pakistani state itself.

High Noon In The Himalayas
Articles - July 13, 2017

If you're struggling to make sense of the latest standoff between the Chinese and Indian militaries 10,000 feet in the Himalayas, don't fret: You're in good company. The showdown at Doka La is the product of a multi-layered, multi-party dispute steeped in centuries-old treaties and ambiguous territorial claims. Only recently have sufficient details emerged to piece together a coherent picture of the crisis and we're still left with more questions than answers. However, one thing is clear: While stare-downs at the disputed China-India border are a common affair, the episode now underway is an altogether different, potentially far more dangerous, beast.

Why Is India Excluding Australia From Naval Drills?
Articles - June 1, 2017

Over the past quarter-century, the Malabar naval exercises have blossomed from a relatively mundane, low-level Indo-U.S. naval drill into a robust demonstration of geopolitical force joining the Indo-Pacific's three most powerful democracies. The history and significance of Malabar, which Japan joined as a permanent participant in 2015, have received ample attention elsewhere. But let me focus this piece on the geopolitical context and significance of Australia's request to join the 2017 Malabar exercises and India's recent response.

The Real Significance Of The US Carrier Group Fiasco
Articles - May 2, 2017

The USS Carl Vinson, one of ten American 100,000-ton nuclear-powered supercarriers, was a regular feature of international headlines last month - and for all the wrong reasons. It was the source of an embarrassing, if overhyped, mishap when the Donald J. Trump administration announced on April 8 the carrier was being ordered to the Korean peninsula amid a bout of escalating tensions with Pyongyang. You can imagine the uproar when the Carl Vinson was spotted sailing away from the Korean Peninsula more than a week later. 

Blacklist The IRGC
Articles - April 25, 2017

What should President Trump do about Iran? Campaign rhetoric about a rapid dismantlement of the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and the P5+1 powers has given way of late to policy inertia, as the new White House focuses on domestic challenges (like health care) and foreign irritants, such as Syria and North Korea. But there are now fresh signs that the White House could soon seriously rethink its Iran strategy. As it does, it would be wise to revisit one of its earliest foreign policy concepts, and one with the potential to dramatically alter the strategic equation vis-a-vis Iran: a comprehensive blacklisting of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. 

Global Islamism Monitor - No. 37
Bulletins - April 20, 2017

Meet the new Hamas, same as the old Hamas;
The Islamic State's "scorched earth" strategy;
ISIS flounders in Africa...;
...but advances in the Caribbean;
Islamic extremism on the ascent in Central Asia

Where Is India on the One China Policy?
Articles - March 6, 2017

On February 13, India hosted a three-member, all-female delegation of parliamentarians from Taiwan. The visit was free of any major announcements or headlines. Nonetheless, it carried an abundance of geopolitical context at a time Beijing’s “One China Policy” (OCP) has attracted greater scrutiny in both Washington and Delhi.

Resource Security Watch - No. 1
Bulletins - March 1, 2017

China makes plans to lead the renewable energy market;
The decline of Central Asia's "Water Tower";
Changing rainfall patterns and water security in India;
The security impact of overfishing in Africa
Mongolia's urban blight

Trump Should Read Indias Playbook for Taunting China
Articles - December 20, 2016

Donald Trump’s decision to break protocol and become the first president-elect in decades to speak by phone with a Taiwanese president was either a colossal blunder or a shrewd strategic coup, depending on which Beltway insider you ask. At the least, Trump’s divisive exchange with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen has sparked a substantive debate about the nature of U.S.-China-Taiwan relations and the sanctity of Beijing’s version of the “One-China” policy, which codifies China’s inalienable sovereignty over Taiwan and Tibet.

Waking The Beast: India's Defense Reforms Under Modi
Articles - December 16, 2016

“India has done enough to simplify its defense procurement and other norms,” opined Indian Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar at a speech in Washington last December. “It is time for U.S. Government and Industry to reciprocate. It is easy to blame Indian bureaucracy but in some cases, U.S. bureaucracy is much worse.’’

China And Sri Lanka: Between A Dream And A Nightmare
Articles - November 18, 2016
My previous article for The Diplomat examined Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte's trip to Beijing and the security and economic implications of the deals he sealed with China to construct ports and artificial islands in the Philippines. 
In Foreign Affairs this May, I wrote about the implications of China's investments in the Sri Lankan ports of Colombo and Hambantota, which had not only plunged Sri Lanka into debt, but raised questions about the security and defense consequences of Beijing's use of economic statecraft, including in rekindling Sino-Indian rivalry. 
The emergence of new details about China's endeavors in Sri Lanka merit revisiting what is quickly becoming a case study for China's emerging One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative. 
When Modi Met Abe: Asia's Strongest Democracies Are Joining Forces
Articles - November 16, 2016

Like every news event that shared last week with the U.S. presidential elections, Indian prime minister Narendra Modi's visit to Japan was swallowed up by American electoral headlines. What attention his summit with Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe did attract centered on the consummation of a long-pending nuclear cooperation deal. For a host of reasons covered extensively elsewhere, the deal is symbolically and practically significant for both countries. 

Why Dutertes Deals With China May Be Security Concerns
Articles - November 2, 2016

When Roridgo Duterte, the impish and combustible president of the Philippines, paid a state visit to China last month the press contextualized the trip as part of his jarring U-turn away from the U.S. alliance and toward China’s lucrative embrace. That narrative, and Duterte’s apparent determination to restructure the regional order, have received no shortage of coverage and analysis in The Diplomat and beyond.

Assessing US-India Defense Relations: The Technological Handshake
Articles - October 6, 2016

In the words of U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter, two “handshakes” now define the increasingly intimate Indo-U.S. defense partnership. The “strategic handshake” was examined in detail in my last article for The Diplomat. We will now turn our attention to the “technological handshake,” shorthand for the growth in arms sales, technical cooperation, and defense co-production and co-development.

Assessing US-India Relations: The Strategic Handshake
Articles - September 16, 2016

Last month, U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter reflected on the remarkable progress he and his Indian counterpart, Manohar Parrikar, have overseen in bilateral defense ties over the last two years. With his gift for memorable analogies, Carter insisted the budding Indo-U.S. defense partnership was built atop two “important handshakes.” One was a “technological handshake,” a reference to the rapid growth in arms sales, co-development, and technology-sharing. A companion piece to follow this article will explore the technological handshake in greater detail, and the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead.

China Reform Monitor - No. 1241
Bulletins - September 6, 2016

China-DPRK trade gets boost after THAAD announcement;
Indonesia hardens line on South China Sea territories

China Reform Monitor - No. 1241
Bulletins - July 6, 2016


China-DPRK trade gets boost after THAAD announcement;
Indonesia hardens line on South China Sea territories



China Reform Monitor - No. 1241
Bulletins - July 6, 2016


China-DPRK trade gets boost after THAAD announcement;
Indonesia hardens line on South China Sea territories



Don't Be Scared To Squeeze Pakistan
Articles - June 10, 2016

Pakistan returned to the headlines last month, after a U.S. air strike eliminated Afghan Taliban commander Mullah Mansour inside Pakistani territory. It marked the first ever U.S. strike on an Afghan Taliban leader inside the group's Pakistani sanctuary of Baluchistan, which had been off-limits to U.S. drones as part of an informal arrangement with Islamabad. Washington has touted the drone strike as an important victory for the U.S. war effort in Afghanistan. However, it will prove symbolic and short-lived unless it prompts more fundamental reform of America's Pakistan policy. To effect real change, Washington must increase pressure not just on the Taliban residing in Pakistan, but on Pakistan itself. 

Iran's Indian Opening
Articles - June 8, 2016

Nearly a year after its passage, the nuclear deal with Iran - formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action - remains a political football in Washington. In response to pressure from Tehran, the Obama administration continues to seek ever-greater sanctions relief for the Iranian regime. The justification propounded by administration officials, from Secretary of State John Kerry on down, is that Iran has yet to reap real benefits from the deal and, therefore, a further sweetening of the pot is necessary to ensure its continued compliance with the terms of the deal. 

South Asia Security Monitor - 391
Bulletins - May 3, 2016

Indo-Russian defense deal in trouble;
India IS recruiter killed in drone strike;
PAK defense minister to visit Russia;
Ghani threatens UNSC action over Pak-Taliban links;
Air Force drone strikes now outnumber manned strikes

South Asia Security Monitor - 390
Bulletins - April 26, 2016

Indo-US military ties deepen;
France, India finalize aircraft deal;
Pak "certain" China will block India from NSG;
Attack on CIA camp funded by Pak?
Sri Lanka to secure Malacca straits;
Fighting continues in Kunduz

Iran Democracy Monitor - No. 163
Bulletins - April 18, 2016

Green movement leader still languishes;
The JCPOA's energy dividend;
Europe becomes the Islamic Republic's lobbyist;
Iran sets its sights on India;
An Iranian General in Moscow

South Asia Security Monitor - No. 389
Bulletins - April 12, 2016

Saudi Arabia, India team up against terror;
U.S. concerned about PAK nuclear security;
Sri Lanka and India deepen ties;
China blocks ban of JeM chief;
Corruption in Afghanistan real threat

South Asia Security Monitor - No. 388
Bulletins - March 29, 2016

Pak eyes more U.S. F-16S;
Hackers targeting Indian defense establishment;
India signs 28 defense contracts;
Pak seeks stronger ties with Sri Lanka;
Border forces to be withdrawn from LOC?

South Asia Security Monitor - No. 386
Bulletins - February 24, 2016

$3B Indo-Israeli defense deal close;
Pakistan joins Saudi military training;
45 terrorist organizations in Pakistan;
US approves sale of 8 f-16 fighters to Pakistan;
India's internationa fleet review shows new focus

South Asia Security Monitor - No. 385
Bulletins - February 12, 2016

Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Maldives hold trilateral mil exercises;
Bangladesh rejects Chinese deep sea port; Looks to India, Japan;
Japan may build aircraft plan in India;
India receives new shipment of MI-17 helicopters

South Asia Security Monitor - No. 384
Bulletins - February 10, 2016

Pakistan to buy Turkey's new tank;
Pakistan and Maldives to strengthen ties;
ISIS linked to Bangladeshi terrorist attacks;
Modi considering first Indian national security policy;
Indian PM meets Afghan chief exec;
Bangladesh Minister seeks stronger ties with India 

South Asia Security Monitor - No. 383
Bulletins - February 2, 2016

Afghan army restructured in Helmand;
Indian warships visits Sri Lanka;
First-ever Russia-Pakistan military exercises;
14 Bangladeshis detained;
Ethnic protests in Nepal continue

South Asia Security Monitor - No. 382
Bulletins - November 19, 2015

Kabul to buy Helos from Delhi, despite Pak concerns;
China's top brass to tour Pakistan and India;
Islamic State joins Taliban splinter group in Afghanistan;
India calls for South China Sea code of conduct

South Asia Security Monitor - No. 380
Bulletins - November 5, 2015

PAK PM Sharif visits Washington;
India wants to double defense exports;
India eyes S-400 Triumf air defence missile systems;
Sri Lanka attempts to repair relations with China;
UN: Taliban at its strongest in Afghanistan in 2001

South Asia Security Monitor - No. 379
Bulletins - October 28, 2015

Russian troops could be deployed to Afghan border;
Pakistan, Russia sign gas pipeline agreement;
India backs Philippines on South China Sea row;
Sri Lanka will welcome ships from all countries

South Asia Security Monitor - No. 378
Bulletins - October 20, 2015

China sends special envoy to Sri Lanka to mend ties;

Islamic state group training Russian-born fighters in Afghanistan;
Modi pushes 'obsolete' plane on reluctant military;
US Gen. in Afghanistan: Afghan Security Forces 'could potentially collapse';
Pakistan denies China provided armed drones
South Asia Security Monitor - No. 376
Bulletins - September 29, 2015

Iran-Bangladesh Foreign Ministers meet;
Pakistan's first use of armed drone;
'Pakistan has second nuclear strike capability';
Afghan Taliban says leadership dispute is resolved;
Sri Lanka military to get out of business

South Asia Security Monitor - No. 375
Bulletins - September 17, 2015

India-Australia first naval exercise;
Militants get ID cards in Pakistan for $100;
Pakistan allows Taliban to meet, choose leader;
ISIS threatens to kill Maldives president;
Pakistan says "almost all Uighur militants eliminated"

South Asia Security Monitor - No. 374
Bulletins - July 27, 2015

SSB blocks militant supply line at Bhutan border;
China to participate in India's fleet review;
India-Iran undersea gas pipeline eyed;
Modi to Silicon Valley in September;
Drone downed by Pakistan not Indian, but Chinese

South Asia Security Monitor - No. 373
Bulletins - July 20, 2015

India, Pak to join SCO;
U.S. drone strikes kill in IN leaders;
India to supply more power to Bangladesh;
Modi, Sharif meet after a year;
India abstains on UN HRC vote concerning Gaza

South Asia Security Monitor - No. 372
Bulletins - July 7, 2015

India ponders link between Chian and Northeast rebels;
Armed guards may be removed from commercial ships;
Burma's army blocks leader's bid for presidency;
Pak officer assisted Taliban in Kabul attack;
China blocks India bid to sanction Pak terrorist

South Asia Security Monitor - No. 371
Bulletins - June 30, 2015

Pakistan discloses secret Taliban talks;
Vietnam assigns first Ambassador to Bhutan;
Bhutan is Indian Army's next priority;
Taliban attacks Kabul Parliament building
Myanmar returns migrants to Bangladesh


South Asia Security Monitor - No. 370
Bulletins - June 16, 2015

Finally, a constitutional deal in Nepal;
ISIS and Taliban square off in Afghanistan;
India strikes militants across border in Myanmar;
China mining for rare earths in the Indian Ocean;
Carter in Delhi


South Asia Security Monitor - No. 369
Bulletins - May 26, 2015

India eyeing larger presence in Andamans;
Sri Lanka to launch war crimes investigation;
Maldives President visits Pakistan;
Beijing wants cooperation from Delhi on Indian ocean mining;
Taliban launches attacks on Badakhshan


South Asia Security Monitor - No. 368
Bulletins - May 12, 2015

Arihant Sea tirals move forward;
Kerry visits Sri Lanka;
Qatar hosts more Taliban peace talks;
Ghani pushes for access to Wagah border;
India, China vie for influence in Nepal after quake


South Asia Security Monitor - No. 367
Bulletins - April 28, 2015

China invests big in Pakistan;
Pakistan arrests 47 Indian fisherman;
Russia to build $2 billion pipeline in Pakistan;
Militants feel pressure in Pakistan;
$45 billion in Afghanistan aid unaccounted for;
Ghani visits Iran

South Asia Security Monitor - No. 366
Bulletins - April 22, 2015

India, China hold annual defense dialogue;
Rafale deal sees progress;
Lakhvi released, Aqis targeted in drone strikes;
Pakistan, U.S. seal weapons deal;
Bangladesh executes Jamaat-E-Islami leader

South Asia Security Monitor - No. 365
Bulletins - April 14, 2015

FGFA program sputters;
Five Indian shipyards to bid for submarine contract;
Chinese, Indian troops face off along LAC;
Pakistan to purchase eight Chinese subs;
Sirisena tours Pakistan

South Asia Security Monitor - No. 364
Bulletins - April 8, 2015

FGFA program sputters;
Five Indian shipyards to bid for submarine contract;
Chinese, Indian troops face off along LAC;
Pakistan to purchase eight Chinese subs;
Sirisena tours Pakistan


South Asia Security Monitor - No. 363
Bulletins - April 3, 2015

38 countries to send military personnel to India for training;
Indian, Chinese officials discuss border dispute;
U.S. airstrike kills senior Pakistani Taliban commander;
Hazara seek Taliban protection;
Ghani nominates 16 ministers to round out cabinet