Q&As: Political Leadership
India's Accession to the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation
In this Q&A, NBR speaks with former Indian ambassador Phunchok Stobdan, a senior fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses in New Delhi, to better understand what SCO enlargement means for India.
How to Watch Myanmar's 2015 Elections
Myanmar’s upcoming election in November 2015 will be a bellwether for the government’s willingness to incorporate its entire population into a more meaningful political system. In this NBR commentary, Rachel Wagley analyzes the electoral process, constitutional barriers to democratic governance, and ethnic disenfranchisement.
One Year On: Modi's Regional Foreign Relations
Former Indian foreign secretary Shyam Saran discusses the key issues surrounding Modi’s most important regional diplomatic visits, including to the United States.
China and Indo-U.S. Relations: An Emerging Triangle?
Shivshankar Menon (Brookings Institution) argues that despite increasing convergence between the United States and India on China, a strategic triangle has not yet emerged. He discusses options for strengthening bilateral Indo-U.S. cooperation and initiating new trilateral dialogues.
North Korea's New Diplomacy
Following the recent announcement that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will visit Moscow for the May 9 Victory Day celebrations, Nadège Rolland (NBR) reflects on North Korea's growing relationship with Russia even as the country's relations with China have deteriorated in the wake of Pyongyang's February 2013 nuclear test.
The 7th Trilateral Ministers' Meeting
Julia Oh, Atlas Corps Fellow for Political and Security Affairs at NBR, analyzes the outcomes and the implications of the 7th Trilateral Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, held on March 21 in Seoul.
China’s New Silk Road
Launched by President Xi Jinping in 2013, China’s initiative to build a Silk Road economic belt signals a new era of integration between China and its Central Asian neighbors in support of Beijing’s growing regional influence. In this NBR Commentary, Nadège Rolland, Senior Project Director for Political and Security Affairs at NBR, examines the economic and strategic prospects for the initiative.
President Obama’s Visit to India: Beyond Symbolism
Alyssa Ayres (Council on Foreign Relations) offers insights on the major issues under discussion during President Obama's visit to India, explains what the introduction of new key personnel in the Obama administration means for the relationship, and considers how the two partners may proceed as the security environment rapidly evolves in South Asia.
Indonesian Foreign Policy under Jokowi
Indonesia’s new president Joko Widodo (“Jokowi”) has outlined key foreign policy priorities, including expanding the country’s maritime presence, developing its role within ASEAN, and increasing defense spending. These decisions will affect Indonesia’s relations with its neighbors and the United States in 2015 and beyond.
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Can Shinzo Abe Make Good on His Promises in Japan?
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s easy re-election may belie increasing public dissatisfaction with his administration’s policies. Abe will need to exert extra effort in his new term to implement successful economic reforms, gain approval for his proposal to reopen nuclear power plants, and advance controversial defense policies.