While it's hardly certain that U.S. budget cuts will force Washington out of Asia, it would be wise for India to plan for the most extreme scenario.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has promised to revitalize Japan's geopolitical significance, but that might mean alienating Tokyo's neighbors in the region.
Pakistan is promising to crack down on terrorist groups that target the Shia community in Balochistan, but a healthy skepticism may be in order.
Instead of wringing its hands over the Western withdrawal from Afghanistan, India should do what it can to advance its interests after 2014.
With their shared strategic interests and increasing defense ties, France and India are poised to become close partners in the security of the Indian Ocean region.
This is a good moment for India to actively intervene in the global nuclear debate, articulate its priorities, and seek to promote a nuclear consensus among the major powers.
Washington and London seem desperate for talks with the Taliban and any deal that would let them declare victory and get out of Afghanistan.
China’s rise, and America’s response to it, have laid before India its greatest geopolitical opportunity and the biggest diplomatic challenge since independence.
Domestic changes in Bhutan mean that India can no longer treat its northeastern neighbor as anything but a mature participant in the region's future.
President Obama's second term will likely see America being more selective about where it becomes involved abroad.
President Obama's sweeping vision for his second term might include scaling back America's traditionally active role in the world.
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.