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Myanmar: Army Announces Cease-fire for four months:

Paper No. 6477 .      Dated 7-Jan-2018

By S.Chandrasekharan

On 21st December, in a surprise move ,the Army Chief Gen. Hliang announced a four-month ceasefire of operations in the northern and eastern regions bordering China and to end by April 30th  2019.

Bangladesh: Post Election Developments:

Paper No. 6476          Dated 6-Jan-2018

S.Chandrasekharan

As expected, in the highly charged political atmosphere, the overwhelming victory of the Awami League in the National Elections held on 30th December, has raised allegations that the election had been marred by violence and that it had not been fair.  In fact, one of the editorials in the Daily Star described the victory of the Awami League as an “overkill”. 

Russia-India Relationship Perspectives Beyond 2018

Paper No. 6475 .   Dated 5- Jan-2019

By Dr Subhash Kapila

Russia-India relationship beyond 2018 in terms of perspectives does not offer the same optimism and generate the same fizz as it did till before the disintegration of the Former Soviet Union. Geopolitically and in terms of strategic embrace, Russia at turn of Millennium swung towards China and India moved strategically closer to the United States. The reverse swing by both Russia and China was both geopolitical and geostrategic.

Bangladesh: Sheikh Hasina Wins a Third Term: BNP Routed

Paper No.6474            Dated 31-Dec-2018

By S.Chandrasekharan

In the elections held on December 30, the Awami League led Alliance won 288 seats with the BNP led Alliance winning only 7 sets.  Three seats went to others. It is a land slide victory for Hasina and her party- the Awami League.

Though it was known that the Awami League had an edge in the elections, no one could have predicted or assessed such an overwhelming victory that had had routed the entire opposition.

Indo-Pacific Security Endangered by United States’ Likely Exit From Afghanistan:

 Paper No. 6473                          Dated 30-Dec-2018

By Dr Subhash Kapila

Afghanistan’s geostrategic location and presence of US Forces embedded in Afghanistan provide a sheet anchor for Indo Pacific security on its Western Periphery. Indo Pacific Security template has comprehensively emerged as crucial for US security in 2018 prompting rechristening of US Pacific Command as US Indo Pacific Command.

Pakistan Army’s Day of Infamy-December 16 1971-Time to Ponder

Paper No. 6472                   Dated 22-Dec-2018

By Dr Subhash Kapila

Pakistan’s annals of history in the decades to come will carry rankling of December 16 1971 as “Pakistan Army’s Day of Infamy” when General Niazi of the Pakistan Army and 93,000 of his soldiers surrendered at Dhaka to the Indian Army which had to intervene to put an end to the genocidal slaughter of millions of East Pakistani Bengali Muslims and flow of millions of Muslim Bengalis to India for refuge.

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Japan’s Security Challenges and its Deterrent Military Posture:

Paper No. 6471 .             Dated 16-Dec-2018

By Dr Subhash Kapila

Japan facing comprehensive threats from a militaristic China and its nuclear proxy North Korea has finally woken up from its Peace Constitution Article 9 slumber realising that the ‘China Threat’ to Japan’s National Security is real and embarked on review of reinforcing its deterrent capabilities both in terms of military hardware and operational doctrines.

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