Aditi Malhotra & Usama Nizamani Global division following Russia’s war in Ukraine has rekindled the public debate on ‘strategic autonomy’ in South Asia. According to S. Kalyanaraman, “strategic autonomy denotes the ability of a state to pursue its national interests and adopt its preferred foreign policy without being constrained in any manner by other states.” This… Continue reading Strategic Autonomy: Comparing India and Pakistan
“Many of us fall into the trap of traditional theories that have a predominant preference for systemic or structural factors” – Interview with Aditi Malhotra Dear Aditi Malhotra, in your book you examine India’s reorienting strategic posture and describe how New Delhi’s security policy in the Indo-Pacific region has evolved. Which questions do you exactly… Continue reading Interview on India in the Indo-Pacific [Book]
In this episode of Interlinked, we discuss the trajectory of India’s role in the Indo-Pacific region. Dr Malhotra sheds light on the evolving perceptions of India’s own role in the region and the multiple factors affecting it. In the conversation, Ishani and Dr Malhotra discuss the impact of China, the United States and other countries… Continue reading Podcast Interview: India’s Role in the Indo-Pacific | In Conversation with Dr Aditi Malhotra
In this month’s ‘In Dialogue’, we invite Sankaran Krishna and Aditi Malhotra to examine India’s position within the current geopolitics of the Indo-Pacific. For many, India fails to receive the kind of attention generated by China, Russia or Japan when it comes to the region, which may, in part, be due to New Delhi’s careful… Continue reading In Dialogue: India’s Presence in the Indo-Pacific
In view of the fast-changing world order, emerging countries are increasingly influencing the dynamics of regional securities. This timely and in-depth book examines India’s reorienting strategic posture and describes how New Delhi’s security policy in the Indo-Pacific region has evolved and expanded over the past two decades. The author argues that India’s quest to leverage its geostrategic location to emerge as an Indo-Pacific actor faces multiple challenges, which create a clear divide between the country’s political rhetoric and action on the ground. The author critically examines these contradictions to better situate India’s security role in an increasingly fluid Indo-Pacific region.
It has been over two months since the Russia-Ukraine War began, and the conflict shows little signs of slowing. Beyond the immediate devastation of the war, the fighting in Europe has once again highlighted the strategic dilemma of foreign dependence for military preparedness. The ongoing strategic and diplomatic conundrum faced by Indian decision-makers perhaps best… Continue reading Russia-Ukraine War: Military Modernization and Operational Challenges for India
Fateful Triangle: How China shaped US-India relations during the Cold War by Tanvi Madan In the current world order and geopolitics, some developments are considered axiomatic: the changing balance of global power talks on India’s potential as a counter to China, and India-US convergences on the issue of managing China. In the extant literature, these… Continue reading Book Review: Fateful Triangle: How China shaped US-India relations during the Cold War
At a time when the center of global power is shifting towards Asia, the world is witnessing the rise of two Asian powers, India and China, simultaneously. While China has attracted immense scholarly attention, India has received relatively limited consideration. The emergence of India has been one of the most crucial developments in Asia and… Continue reading India’s security outlook: An explanation through concentric circles approach
Interview for the online portal Guftagoo The global health emergency resulting from the rapidly spreading COVID-19 and the failing global markets have reignited the debates on multilateralism. Although the rise of populism in recent times had reduced the significance of multilateral institutions, the brand new challenges resulting due to an unforeseen pandemic have made many… Continue reading Interview: Multilateralism at the Time of COVID-19: What’s Working and What’s Not?
Last February, a suicide bombing on an Indian security force convoy on the Jammu-Srinagar highway—considered the deadliest attack ever carried out in Jammu & Kashmir (J&K)—killed 44 Central Reserve Police Force personnel and triggered a crisis between India and Pakistan. As the crisis unfolded, the mainstream media of both countries worked overtime to cover the events and shape the… Continue reading Toeing the line: Media behavior and public messaging during the Pulwama/Balakot Crisis