Introduction:

Before examining the issue of nuclear armed cruise missiles (NACMs) a quick global geopolitical overview is warranted. The short post-Cold War period of cooperation between the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council (the P5 in common parlance) has given way to greater direct interstate contestation between them today. Consider the US-Russia confrontation over Ukraine and Syria, the US-China tensions in the South China Seas, not to mention the latent conflict between China and US allies like Japan.

Oct 19, 2016
WPS Sidhu
China, United States, South Asia, India

Instead of using the Brics summit to push for greater economic growth and a greater global governance role, India sought to use it more for dealing with Pakistan

Oct 24, 2016
WPS Sidhu
China, South Asia, India
South Asia

The 71st UN general assembly (UNGA) session, unlike the somnolent affairs of the past, literally began with a bang. A couple of explosions and the discovery of crude bombs in New York and New Jersey, barely a week after the 15th anniversary of 9/11, revived the spectre of terrorism. The swift arrest of Ahmad Khan Rahami just two days later and his reported trips to Pakistan and Afghanistan focused attention on the region as a base of transnational terrorism.

Sep 26, 2016
WPS Sidhu

On the one hand, there are umbrella states that are addicted to their nuclear protection, and on the other, there are umbrella states that clearly feel trapped by it

Aug 29, 2016
WPS Sidhu
South Asia, India
India

The numbers and skill sets of India’s foreign service are woefully out of sync with the global role that the political leadership envisages for the country

Aug 15, 2016
WPS Sidhu
South Asia, India
India

It has become a cliché that every US presidential election is more significant than the previous one, not only for the future of the US but for the rest of the world, including India. Yet, like most clichés, there is more than an element of truth and ample proof that the 2016 election will be unlike any other that the US has seen since at least 1940.

Aug 01, 2016
WPS Sidhu
United States, South Asia, India
India

The ruling of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in The Hague against China’s claim on the South China Sea in a case brought before the court by the Philippines should prima facie have remained a bilateral matter between the litigants. In reality, however, it has become an exemplar of China’s role in the ongoing contest to determine the world order. China’s shrill and bellicose response during and after the ruling has only served to heighten alarm over Beijing’s intentions and behaviour among all the major powers, including India.

Jul 18, 2016
WPS Sidhu
China, East Asia, South Asia, India

A diminished England, sans nuclear weapons, coupled with a fragmenting Europe, is unlikely to play its traditional role of shaping norms

Jul 04, 2016
WPS Sidhu
China, South Asia, India, Pakistan

Blocking India’s entry into the NSG by endorsing Beijing’s specious criteria will mark a victory for China and a defeat for the cause of non-proliferation

Jun 20, 2016
WPS Sidhu
China, South Asia, India
India

The Nuclear Suppliers Group meeting in Vienna on India’s membership will be a contestation between US and China to determine the future of the nuclear and world order

Jun 06, 2016
WPS Sidhu
South Asia, India

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