When disaster strikes, politics is not far away

In an inter-dependent world, one country’s tragedy is just as much a tragedy for the world at large and an opportunity to come together to cooperate and move beyond the past. Yet, in the Asian context at least, competitive politics both between countries and within polities appear never to be far from the surface.

China’s ‘Forward Policy’ on Kashmir

Given Indian sensitivities over Kashmir, China’s Kashmir policy forms a useful leverage with India. But there is a fine balance that China needs to achieve which will be increasingly difficult as India grows more powerful on the world stage and if Pakistan continues to remain unstable.

Chinese National Security and International Relations

How do China’s national security imperatives influence its international relations? And how do the various actors and dynamics in the Chinese decision-making process affect China’s international relations?

Disaster Relief Politics

In Asia, as important as the aid itself is, is who provides it and how. There is clearly politics – foreign policy interests and domestic factors of both donor and recipient nations – involved in humanitarian relief and assistance.