Dr. Rupakjyoti Borah

Dr. Rupakjyoti Borah is with the Institute of South Asian Studies at the National University of Singapore. His latest book is The Elephant and the Samurai: Why Japan Can Trust India? He has been an assistant professor of International Relations in India and a visiting fellow at the University of Cambridge (UK), the Japan Institute of International Affairs (Tokyo), and the Australian National University (Canberra). The views expressed are personal. He can be contacted via e-mail at [email protected] or via Twitter @rupakj

Malabar 2018: Why Is It Important?

PHILIPPINE SEA (June 14, 2017) Ships from the Indian Navy, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) and the U.S. Navy sail in formation during Malabar 2018. Malabar 2018 is the 22nd rendition of the exercise and the first time it has been hosted off the coast of Guam. Malabar is designed to advance military-to-military coordination in a multinational environment between the U.S., Japan and Indian maritime forces. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Erwin Jacob V. Miciano/Released) 180615-N-VI515-648, modified

Deepening military cooperation was on display in this year’s annual Malabar exercises between India, the United States, and relative newcomer Japan.

Malabar 2017: Does India Have a Friend in the Japanese Navy?

INS Teg visits Simon's Town, South Africa for IBSAMAR, cc Indian Navy - http://indiannavy.nic.in/press-release/ins-teg-joins-seychelles-national-day-celebrations

What do recent Malabar 2017 naval exercises mean for Japan-India maritime ties?

The China-India Standoff over the Doklam Plateau

A mountain highway in Leh. cc Flickr Navaneeth KN, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Exploring the factors that led to the current Doklam plateau stand-off, and how these two Asian behemoths can resolve it.

Russia Enters the Syrian Sweepstakes

Migturn, cc Flickr Airwolfhound, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Russia’s recent airstrikes in Syria have led to a whole new situation on the ground in the protracted Syrian civil war, seemingly bringing further chaos in their wake.

India-Pakistan Relations: Off to a New Start?

Sharif Modi, cc Narendra Modi Flickr, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

In a welcome step, the chiefs of the Indian Border Security Force and its counterpart, the Pakistan Rangers, met in New Delhi over three days and the talks have been productive.

Nuclear Deal Paves Way for Renewed India-Iran Relations

cc Flickr Bundesministerium für Europa, Integration und Äusseres

The recent visit of Iranian foreign minister Javad Zarif to India signals that both countries are keen to engage each other in the aftermath of the signing of the nuclear deal between the P5+1, Iran, and the European Union.

India-South Korea Relations: New Horizons Beckon

India PM Narendra Modi

A recent visit by Prime Minister Modi highlights the boundless potential of India-South Korea relations.

Taiwan-India Relations Need an Extra Push

cc Flickr, Narendra Modi

There are many lessons to learn from the economic success of Taiwan. As India aspires to play a bigger role on the global stage under PM Modi, giving an extra push to its ties with Taiwan, this is something that New Delhi should ponder over.

Don’t Expect Any Surprises from Modi’s China Visit

Modi, CC Flickr Global Panorama

India's prime minister is about to embark on a significant visit to China, but trade and border issues will likely derail any major breakthroughs.

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