29 Jul 2015
Modi's More Muscular Foreign Policy?
Sumit Ganguly believes that Narendra Modi’s new approach to dealing with Pakistan has three distinct elements – 1) working with India’s other neighbors to put pressure on its rival; 2) responding vigorously to Pakistani ‘provocations’ along their disputed border, and 3) improving trade and commercial ties. See the analysis here. More on «Modi's More Muscular Foreign Policy?»
29 Jul 2015
Averting Crisis in the Spratlys: Towards a Regional Naval Forum
Why should the multiple claimants of the Spratly Islands establish a Regional Naval Forum? Ba Hamzah believes that this mechanism will not only enhance communications and mutual confidence between naval commanders, it might also complement a code of conduct for this disputed territory. More on «Averting Crisis in the Spratlys: Towards a Regional Naval Forum »
27 Jul 2015
Iran’s Nuclear Deal: Implications of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action
Gawdat Bahgat rightfully reminds us that implementing the Iranian nuclear deal will be difficult. If it’s done, however, Iran will not only be reintegrated into the global system, it will also fray the long-standing partnerships between ‘moderate’ Arab states and the Western powers. More on «Iran’s Nuclear Deal: Implications of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action»
24 Jul 2015
India and the First World War
India is slowly but surely revisiting the role it played in the First World War, writes Vipal Dutta. This can partly be explained by 21st century imperatives, particularly New Delhi’s desire to reinforce its historical self-image as a net security provider and a ‘keeper of international peace’. More on «India and the First World War»
23 Jul 2015
What Makes a Great Power?
Sunil Dasgupta doesn’t believe that being a great power is based on having superior capabilities over others. The rise of China and India – and the UK’s continued relevance – suggest that this particular status is first established through norms and institutions, which then serve as the foundations for acquiring economic and/or military might. More on «What Makes a Great Power?»
23 Jul 2015
In Revised USAID Policy, a New Model for Civil-Military Cooperation
Why does USAID’s new approach to working with the US Department of Defense put a premium on greater cooperation? As Janine Davidson and Zachary Austin remind us, extreme poverty is a defining feature of most areas where military forces now operate, which means that USAID-DOD teamwork must be the ‘new normal’. More on «In Revised USAID Policy, a New Model for Civil-Military Cooperation»
20 Jul 2015
Presidential Doctrines, the Use of Force and International Order
Did the US’ military and legal reactions to the 9/11 attacks fundamentally transform its foreign and security policies? Joseph Siracusa doesn’t think so. He argues that the so-called Bush and Obama Doctrines have had more in common with previous presidential approaches than most people realize.
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3 Jul 2015
Can Cooler Heads Prevail in U.S.-China Military Relations?
According to Spencer Bakich, it’s time for the United States to review its military strategy towards China, particularly when it comes to the Air-Sea Battle Concept. The latter template may not help keep the two countries’ disagreements below the threshold of war. More on «Can Cooler Heads Prevail in U.S.-China Military Relations?»