CogitAsia Podcast: Countering Chinese Coercion

In this episode we discuss maritime coercion in the Asia Pacific. Chinese actions in maritime Asia have led to a great deal of concern and commentary since disputes in the East and South China Seas have come to the forefront in…

Update on India’s States: July 26, 2017

Andhra Pradesh creates a drinking water supply corporation; Gujarat tops investment potential rankings once again; Tamil Nadu doubles legislator salaries; calm restored in Nagaland and Tripura; and more. Center–State relations The central government will work with Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu,…

Modi Government Loosens its Hold on State Access to ODA

By Sidhanta Mehra — In April 2017, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s administration took what could potentially be a ground-breaking step in its ongoing devolution of power to India’s states: it announced that it would allow state-government entities — such as…

Update on India’s States: July 19, 2017

Uttar Pradesh presents the first Yogi Adityanath budget and starts to cancel expensive power contracts; Tripura blockaded for past week; Tamil Nadu moves for statewide rent control; President Mukherjee approves Maharashtra bill outlawing social boycott; and more. Center–State relations Six…

India & the Doklam Challenge

By Sanjay Pulipaka — Since June 16, Indian and Chinese defense forces have been facing off on the Doklam Plateau, close to the meeting point of the India-Bhutan-China border, known as the tri-junction. India, which argues that China is building…

CogitAsia Podcast: Conflict & Governance in Southeast Asia

In this episode we discuss power and conflict in Southeast Asia with Michael Vatikiotis. While inter-state conflict has been minimal in recent years, countries around Southeast Asia face challenges in the form of unresolved insurgencies, simmering ethnic conflicts, and illiberal…

India-U.S. Relations: Continuing to Move Forward

By Gurmeet Kanwal — The joint statement issued at the end of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s first meeting with President Donald Trump in June 2017 resolved to “expand and deepen the strategic partnership between the countries and advance common objectives……

The Quest for India’s Supercarrier

By Tuneer Mukherjee — The recent decommissioning of the aircraft carrier INS Viraat leaves an enormous gap in the Indian Navy’s power projection capabilities. India’s sole remaining aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya will now serve at the vanguard, as evidenced this…