Pratap Heblikar

Pratap Heblikar retired as the special secretary of the Indian government in 2010 after more than 38 years of service. He is currently a managing trustee of the Institute of Contemporary Studies Bangalore, a nonprofit think tank specializing in matters related to national security. He is associated with several think tanks in India and overseas, and he writes regularly on security and current affairs.

Why Joe Biden Must Act on Myanmar

April 14, 2021

Burma, as Myanmar was known then, won its independence from the British in 1948. Since then, bilateral relations between the US and Myanmar can at best be described as lackluster. They have lacked what experts would call “strategic compulsions.” Western allies of the US lack strategic calculus in dealing with...

The West Must Help Myanmar Escape China’s Embrace

July 29, 2020

On July 2, Myanmar became the only country in India’s immediate neighborhood to accuse China of interference in its internal affairs. Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, the commander-in-chief of the Tatmadaw or the combined armed forces of Myanmar, accused China of arming terrorist groups like the Arakan Army (AA) and...