Jan 18, 2015

Reshaping India's diplomacy

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has shaken up the foreign policy establishment with his readiness to break with conventional methods and shibboleths, yet he appears to have no intent of encunciating a Modi doctrine in foreign policy.

Dec 1, 2014

Tibet core to Sino-Indian ties

Tibet historically was the buffer that separated the Chinese and Indian civilizations. Ever since Communist China, in one of its first acts, gobbled up that buffer with India, Tibet has remained the core matter with India.

Friendly backer of jihadists

Nov 3, 2014

Friendly backer of jihadists

Tiny Qatar, the world's richest country in per capita terms, has leveraged its natural gas wealth to emerge as a leading backer of Islamist causes.

Oct 3, 2014

A serial intervener, after all

In launching his presidency's seventh bombing campaign, Barack Obama has shown himself to be one of the most militarily aggressive U.S. presidents since World War II.

Sep 28, 2014

China's border belligerence

It appears that the central objective of Chinese leaders' visits to India over the years has been to reinforce China's territorial claims. Beijing is at it again.

Sep 12, 2014

Co-opt the water hegemon

The vast majority of the 57 transnational river basins in continental Asia have no water-sharing arrangement or any other cooperative mechanism — a troubling reality amid the already strained political relations in several Asian sub-regions.

Sep 2, 2014

Asia's best friends shape an axis

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's watershed visit to Japan, and the bear-hug welcome from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, have added concrete content to a relationship embodying Asia's emerging democratic axis.

The spawning of Islamic State

Aug 26, 2014

The spawning of Islamic State

It took just two years for Syria to descend into a Somalia-style failed state under the weight of the international jihad against Bashar Assad. This helped the Islamic State not only to flourish but also to use its control over northeastern Syria to stage ...