As Peter Jennings observed in a recent post, the Quadrennial Defense Review makes for sobering reading for Americans and allies alike. With its troop and cost reductions and emphasis on modernisation yet discussion of heightened risk, this QDR says as much about the fiscal environment as it does about the strategic environment.

Read the full Australian Strategic Policy Institute  article Congress and the US Defense Budget

Mar 18, 2014
South Asia
South Asia

In April 2013, China announced it would host the fourth Foreign Minister’s Meeting of the Istanbul Process on Afghanistan in 2014. That meeting, which will take place this August in Tianjin, will represent China’s most significant regional engagement on Afghanistan to date. China’s decision to host is part of a broader pattern of increased engagement, suggesting a shift in Beijing’s posture toward Afghanistan. China has indicated that it intends to become increasingly involved in discussions on the role of the region and international community after NATO’s combat mission ends in 2014.

On April 9th, CIC Director Barnett Rubin sat down with author Dipali Mukhopadhyay to discuss her new book, Warlords, Strongman Governors, and the State of Afghanistan

Apr 17, 2014
South Asia, Afghanistan

The Taliban isn't attacking the Afghan army anymore -- they're trying to blow up the heart of Afghan politics.

Read the full Foreign Policy article here

Apr 02, 2014
Barnett Rubin
South Asia, Afghanistan

Having taken a central role in the UN’s efforts to save lives in South Sudan, India should encourage an open debate – domestically and internationally.

Read the full Pragati article here

Jan 17, 2014
Richard Gowan
Horn of Africa, South Asia, India

Can Europeans safely ignore rising tensions in the Asia-Pacific? Many in Europe now argue that, in the context of economic crisis and the US “pivot” to Asia, the European Union’s beleaguered member states should narrow their strategic focus to their troubled neighbourhood.

Read the full ECFR article here.

Jan 14, 2014
Richard Gowan
East Asia, Europe, South Asia

While the specifics of the post-2015 development agenda are still being discussed, there is substantial momentum behind a “transformative” and “universal” agenda. But what does that mean?

As India moves toward its seventh decade of independence, it faces a defining period. As the world’s biggest democracy with an economy among the world’s ten largest, India’s status as a re-emerging global power is now not just recognised but increasingly institutionalised: a seat in the G-20, increasing clout in international financial institutions, growing acceptance as a nuclear-armed state, and impressive peacekeeping credentials under the United Nations.

Sep 12, 2013
Bruce Jones, WPS Sidhu
South Asia, India

The five major emerging economies – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) – have gained on the world stage and their presence is being felt in every multilateral institution. Among them India – the world’s largest democracy with a burgeoning economy and a long history of engagement with the multilateral order – is of special significance. For BRICS watchers in general and anyone interested in the future of India in particular, twenty-two scholars of international repute have produced one of the most comprehensive volumes on India’s role in the evolving global order: Shaping the Emerging World.

Jul 31, 2013
WPS Sidhu, Bruce Jones, Pratap Bhanu Mehta
South Asia, India
India, South Asia

Organized crime, public and private sector corruption, and the involvement of political actors in criminal activity are all long-standing features of political societies, regardless of country. But for developing countries, addressing these issues takes on heightened urgency and complexity: organized crime can derail development progress and foster broader insecurity. Delinking organized crime from politics while enhancing legitimate governance and the delivery of services will remain the most important challenge for many developing countries.