Concise pieces analysing the relevance, scope and impact of pertinent issues affecting Asia.


Title: Security Architectures for middle powers: India-Japan-South Korea and the Maritime Domain.

Author: Jay Maniyar

Brief: Security architectures constitute an important framework for multilateralism in the modern era of broad-based and ever-increasing, while also improving, cooperation between nation-states. The article provides an overview of the emergence of security architectures as a core technical concept in international relations and maritime affairs.

Published on: 04 May 2022


Title: Analysing China’s nuclear capabilities and implications for India.

Author: Nichole Ballawar

Brief: Beijing’s nuclear ambitions are gaining traction. The rising tensions between India and China may have an impact on nuclear dynamics between the two Asian giants in the near future. In such a connection, there are characteristics of stability and instability that must be considered. This issue brief will attempt to answer questions about China’s growing nuclear capabilities and the consequences for India.

Published on: 14 April 2022


Title: Belt and Road Inititative: Relevance beyond the Xi Jinping regime?

Author: Abhishek Verma and Team ORCA

Brief: The Belt and Road (BRI) initiative, erstwhile referred to as the ‘One Belt, One Road’ (OBOR), has been one of the most debated infrastructure development ventures of the 21st century. Xi Jinping’s mammoth and ambitious venture has multiple dimensions and a complex array of implications. The initiative has been the lynchpin of the Chinese foreign policy under Xi and is closely connected to his ‘strongman’ international image As Xi prepares for a third term in office amidst the highly uncertain post pandemic economic order, the BRI project could yet face its biggest hurdles. This issue brief will seek to answer this question, connecting it to the broader implications of what the BRI post-Xi would look like.

Published on: 24 March 2022


Title: Political Will Versus Requisite Policy: Analysing Pakistan’s National Security Policy

Author: Shreyas Deshmukh

Brief: Similar to “Vision 2030” launched by General Musharraf in 2007 and “Pakistan 2025” by Nawaz Sharif in 2014, probability is that the recently launched National Security Policy by Imran Khan will be forgotten in days to come. Sheer guiding principles and objectives in the document cannot change the policies unless there is a political will. There remains a sharp contrast in present government’s policies and the objectives it wants to achieve.

Published on: 8 March 2022


Title: The Intelligentisation of Social Governance: The rise of Chinese Surveillance State

Author: Sruthi Kalyani

Brief: Amidst more informatised and intelligent forms of surveillance and control, especially when these technologies are widely exported, the geopolitical implications are worrisome. With these concerns, this issue brief attempts to study and analyse the consequences of China’s ‘intelligentised social governance’. The brief is divided into two sections – the first section outlines the development of China’s surveillance mechanisms over the years, and the second section identifies certain geopolitical implications of China’s digital authoritarianism and surveillance practices.

Published on: 02 March 2022

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