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  • OPINION

    Brics needs to be more than a name

    News, Brahma Chellaney, Published on 27/03/2012

    » As it prepares to hold its latest annual summit in New Delhi tomorrow and on Thursday, the Brics grouping _ Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa _ remains a concept in search of a common identity and institutionalised cooperation.

  • OPINION

    China's stealth wars threaten stability

    News, Brahma Chellaney, Published on 12/06/2013

    » China is subverting the status quo in the South and East China Seas, on its border with India, and even concerning international riparian flows _ all without firing a single shot. Just as it grabbed land across the Himalayas in the 1950s by launching furtive encroachments, China is waging stealth wars against its Asian neighbours that threaten to destabilise the entire region. The more economic power China has amassed, the greater its ambition to alter the territorial status quo has become.

  • OPINION

    Friendless China mourns loss of North Korea

    News, Brahma Chellaney, Published on 16/02/2014

    » At a time when China's territorial assertiveness has strained its ties with many countries in the region, and its once-tight hold on Myanmar has weakened, its deteriorating relationship with North Korea, once its vassal, renders it a power with no real allies. The question now is whether the US and other powers can use this development to create a diplomatic opening to North Korea that could help transform northeast Asia's fraught geopolitics.

  • OPINION

    Afghans must be ready post-US

    News, Brahma Chellaney, Published on 31/03/2014

    » As it braces for its upcoming presidential election, Afghanistan finds itself at another critical juncture, with its unity and territorial integrity at stake after 35 years of relentless war. Can Afghanistan finally escape the cycle of militancy and foreign intervention that has plagued it for more than three decades?

  • OPINION

    Qatar's role in exporting jihadists

    News, Brahma Chellaney, Published on 16/10/2014

    » Qatar may be tiny, but it is having a major impact across the Arab world. By propping up violent jihadists in the Middle East, North Africa, and beyond, while supporting the United States in its fight against them, this gas-rich speck of a country— the world's wealthiest in per capita terms — has transformed itself from a regional gadfly into an international rogue elephant.

  • OPINION

    Modi spin can't hide harsh realities of Sino-India ties 

    News, Brahma Chellaney, Published on 20/05/2015

    » China and India have a fraught relationship, characterised by festering disputes, deep mistrust, and a shared ambivalence about political cooperation. Booming bilateral trade, far from helping to turn the page on old rifts, has been accompanied by increasing border incidents, military tensions, and geopolitical rivalry, as well as disagreements on riparian and maritime issues.

  • OPINION

    Sri Lanka heads for 'Chinese election'

    News, Brahma Chellaney, Published on 15/08/2015

    » Sri Lanka’s parliamentary election on Monday promises to shape not only the country’s political future, but also geopolitics in the wider Indian Ocean region, a global centre of trade and energy flows that accounts for half of the world’s container traffic and 70% of its petroleum shipments.

  • OPINION

    Tokyo must rearm but focus on defence

    News, Brahma Chellaney, Published on 22/10/2015

    » Japan's political resurgence is one of this century's most consequential developments in Asia. But it has received relatively little attention, because observers have preferred to focus on the country's prolonged economic woes.

  • OPINION

    Saudi Arabia's phoney war on terror

    News, Brahma Chellaney, Published on 23/12/2015

    » Containing the scourge of Islamist terror will be impossible without containing the ideology that drives it: Wahhabism, a messianic, jihad-extolling form of Sunni fundamentalism whose international expansion has been bankrolled by oil-rich sheikhdoms, especially Saudi Arabia. That is why the newly announced Saudi-led anti-terror coalition, the Islamic Military Alliance to Fight Terrorism, should be viewed with profound scepticism.

  • OPINION

    Order of influence in the balance

    News, Brahma Chellaney, Published on 25/01/2016

    » China's ambition to reshape the Asian order is no secret. From the "one belt, one road" scheme to the Beijing-based Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, major Chinese initiatives are gradually but steadily advancing China's strategic objective of fashioning a Sino-centric Asia. As China's neighbours well know, the country's quest for regional dominance could be damaging -- and even dangerous. Yet other regional powers have done little to develop a coordinated strategy to thwart China's hegemonic plans.

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