To help defuse the latest round of tensions along the northern border of India and Pakistan, India's government needs to get ahead of inflammatory reactions to the crisis.
As Presidents Obama and Karzai meet to discuss the American withdrawal from Afghanistan, they will face major disagreements both between and within their two countries.
In the face of mounting international skepticism, India must take real steps to pursue strategic partnerships with the United States and other nations.
India and China have pursued contrasting policies in reaching out to their Southeast Asian neighbors, and China appears to be gaining the upper hand.
With Japan's new Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, eager to ensure a stable balance of power in Asia, there could be room for a closer Indo-Japanese partnership in 2013.
The U.S. position on whether India or China has sovereignty over the territory of Arunachal Pradesh will be increasingly important as the rivalry between those two emerging powers grows.
India's relations with Southeast Asia are booming, but Beijing's increased presence in the region looms large in New Delhi's thinking.
As President Obama begins his second term, it's up to New Delhi to take the already strong U.S.-Indian partnership to the next level.
As in the Cold War, so in the current power play between the United States and China; the rest of Asia will simply not submit itself to the discipline of a bipolar framework. Asia will actively shape and be shaped by the emerging strategic dynamic between Washington and Beijing.