Southeast Asia

    • Event

    New Balance of Power in the Asia Pacific

    The balance of power in the Asia Pacific is undeniably shifting as a result of the growing power and influence of China, the rise of other middle powers, and the prospect of Western retrenchment.

    • Event

    India-Japan-ASEAN: Promoting Stability in the Indo-Pacific

    While New Delhi and Tokyo have identified regional cooperation across the Indo-Pacific as a major objective of their bilateral partnership, cooperation with ASEAN remains at the heart of their Indo-Pacific approach.

    • Op-Ed

    Raja Mandala: Hope in Hanoi

    The first summit between Trump and Kim enhanced Singapore’s reputation as Asia’s emerging diplomatic centre. For Hanoi, the second summit is a big opportunity to showcase Vietnam’s dramatic economic transformation in recent years.

    • Op-Ed

    New Ripples in Andaman Sea

    China’s rising profile in the Andaman Sea is not limited to building strategic infrastructure like the China-Myanmar Economic Corridor and the Kra Canal that allow Beijing reduce its current dependence on the Malacca Straits and access the Indian Ocean directly. Its military profile too is rising.

    • Article

    Paddling Upstream: Transboundary Water Politics in South Asia

    • Ambika Vishwanath
    • October 10, 2018

    Major waterways in South Asia are at risk of overuse, but India and its neighbors face an uphill battle to broaden multilateral cooperation in response.

    • Op-Ed

    Raja Mandala: Securing the Littoral

    Securing the eastern Indian Ocean in partnership with Southeast Asian littorals like Singapore, Indonesia, and Thailand could be one of the important near-term Indian contributions to peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific.

    • Op-Ed

    Raja Mandala: Call From Southeast Asia

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s trip to Singapore focuses on three increasingly interconnected themes—the strategic, economic, and technological.

    • Op-Ed

    No Longer Sea-blind

    If the idea of Asia drew New Delhi and Jakarta close in the 1950s, it might well be the Indo-Pacific that will provide the framework for long overdue strategic re-engagement.

    • Op-Ed

    Thailand’s Kra Canal: China’s Way Around the Malacca Strait

    • Rhea Menon
    • April 06, 2018
    • Diplomat

    The establishment of a Kra Canal in Thailand may soon become a reality as part of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). The canal would permit ships to bypass the Malacca Strait, a crucial maritime chokepoint, amplifying the strategic significance of the project.

    • Event

    India, Japan, and ASEAN: Cooperation in the Indo-Pacific

    The Indo-Pacific has emerged as a critical region in global politics. The stakes for India and Japan are rapidly rising in this theater, and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) sits at the heart of it.

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