China is Marching West for Food

China's "Marching West" strategy has gained international attention. By Zhang Hongzhou As the United States pivots toward the east, China has launched the so-called "Marching West" strategy to avoid a direct confrontation with the Americans — a strategy first...

The US Rebalance Toward Asia

February 12, 2014

Washington's shift toward Asia has provoked feelings of insecurity within the region. Background Following promises of increased economic integration, US President Barack Obama canceled his Asia tour last October, due to the government shutdown, missing two summits: the Asia-Pacific Economic...

Democracy and Intelligence: An Uneasy Working Partnership

March 12, 2013

Despite the controversies over the past decade, the US has a good track record of maintaining its democratic traditions while still using secret intelligence services to preserve national security. In 1777, George Washington wrote that the “necessity of procuring good intelligence is...

Inner Strength for Outer Stability

February 12, 2013

Our collective narrative is more and more dominated by fear and instability. Amy Edelstein explores how we need structural changes to reduce the influence of such elements in our collective psyche. A combination of advanced technology, a 24 hour media cycle, and troubled, alienated youth has...

Siachen Withdrawal: A Manifestation of Prithviraj Chauhan Syndrome

November 12, 2012

Demilitarization of Siachen will not a suitable answer to the ongoing tensions between India and Pakistan. Siachen is in the news again. Having served at the glacier, one is aware of the ground realities. It is being suggested that ‘demilitarization’ of the glacier will act as a catalyst to...

Political Crisis in Mali

August 09, 2012

Since January 2012 Mali has been embroiled in political conflict, which has resulted in a humanitarian crisis in the region and poses a threat to international security. Background The West African country of Mali was for a long time considered one of the most stable states in the continent. This...

Mexico is a Friend, Not an Enemy

August 02, 2012

James Clapper's testimony on  the assumed threat of Mexican drug wars to the US brings the discussion to a more rational level.  No Threat On Jan. 31, 2012, the nation’s chief of national intelligence, James R. Clapper, provided testimony before the Senate detailing the...