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The Politics of Water Security between Afghanistan and Iran

  Paula Hanasz, Associate, Global Food and Water Crises Research Programme Future Directions International. 21 March 2012.  An analysis of the politics of water security between Afghanistan and Iran.  To read the article, please click here  

Iranian Sanctions Predicament

13 February 2012 | FDI in the News: International

In a press conference on Jan. 29, India’s Finance Minister, Pranab Mukherjee, clarified India’s position on sanctions targeting the sale of Iranian oil: “It is not possible for India to take any decision to reduce the import from Iran drastically [emphasis added by author] because, after all, the countries which can provide the requirement of...

Sri Lankan stability critical to New Delhi’s Indian Ocean ambitions

27 October 2011 | FDI in the News: International

    Although Sri Lanka’s relations with the US and the EU have remained strained since the end of the civil war, Sri Lanka’s relations with India, a key Western strategic partner, are stronger today than they have been since the 1970s. A recent meeting in May this year between Sri Lanka’s Minister of External...

Beijing and Xinjiang: long-term problems

14 September 2011 | FDI in the News: International

As China’s largest province, Xinjiang spans over 1.6 million square kilometres and amounts to one-sixth of China’s total land area. Indeed, the sheer size of the province makes it highly strategic, especially given that it shares a 5,600 km border with eight countries: Russia to the north, Mongolia to the northeast, Kazakhstan to the northwest,...

China-India rivalry in the Maldives

China and the Maldives first established diplomatic relations in 1972. Since then, relations have gradually developed. More recently, Indian policy analysts referred to China’s soft power rise throughout South Asia as a “creeping expansionism”. They went so far as to accuse China of harboring ambitions to set up a submarine base facility in the Maldives....

China refutes Gwadar naval base conjecture

Predictably, the remarks attracted international attention. They reinforced existing views among foreign commentators, who believe that China has intentions to build a series of naval bases in the Indian Ocean, which have been referred to as the “string of pearls”. Nonetheless, it should be equally emphasized that any analysis of Gwadar should be seen as...

Why the Indian Ocean Matters

However, the relative decline of US power in the region has left a void that is increasingly being filled by China and India, both eager to secure their position as major powerbrokers in global affairs. It’s this confluence of events and interests that’s starting to make strategic developments in the region particularly interesting right now....

Indian Ocean’s ‘Great Game’

31 January 2011 | FDI in the News: International

Due to the confluence of common strategic interests shared by the world's major powers, a new great game is emerging in the Indian Ocean region. Both China and India have fostered initiatives and forums to attract and project their power and influence. For instance, China has two main multilateral forums, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and...

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