Erik Khzmalyan

Erik Khzmalyan is a geopolitical analyst based in Washington, DC. He holds an MA in Statecraft and National Security Affairs from the Institute of World Politics.

The End of India’s Panipat Syndrome?

Prime Minister Modi in Texas, USA. CC Flickr White House, public domain, modified, Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India addresses his remarks on stage Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019, at a rally in honor of Prime Minister Modi at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

Prime Minister Modi is presiding over a newly assertive Indian foreign policy, with potentially far-reaching geopolitical consequences.

US-Philippines Relations at the Root of China’s SCS Power Play

170623-N-ZW825-577 SUBIC BAY, Republic of Philippines (June 23, 2017) Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Sterett (DDG 104) departs Subic Bay, Republic of Philippines at the conclusion of a scheduled port visit. Sterett is part of the Sterett-Dewey Surface Action Group and is the third deploying group operating under the command and control construct called 3rd Fleet Forward. U.S. 3rd Fleet operating forward offers additional options to the Pacific Fleet commander by leveraging the capabilities of 3rd and 7th Fleets. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Byron C. Linder/Released) - cc Flickr Naval Surface Warriors, modified - https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Without the deterrence provided by US forces, China has had an easy time eroding the Philippines’ position in the South China Sea.

The Quad: Destination Unknown

Joint Malabar Exercises in 2012, modified, - The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG 52), and the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey (DDG 97) transit in formation with Indian navy ships during Exercise Malabar 2012. Carl Vinson, Bunker Hill, and Halsey are part of Carrier Strike Group 1, and are participating in the annual bilateral naval field training exercise with the Indian navy to advance multinational maritime relationships and mutual security issues. Unit: Navy Media Content Services DVIDS Tags: exercise; U.S. Navy; Bay of Bengal; Exercise Malabar 2012

Though much is unknown about the Quad’s future, one thing seems sure: it’s not transforming into a full-fledged military alliance anytime soon.

Abe’s Kuril Gamble: Why Russia Will Never Return the Islands


It appears as though Abe’s gamble on the Kuril Islands will not pay off.

Troubled Waters: The US Navy and the Return of Great Power Politics

ATLANTIC OCEAN (July 28, 2017) An F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23 approaches the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78). The aircraft carrier is underway conducting test and evaluation operations.(U.S. Navy photo by Erik Hildebrandt/Released) 170728-N-UZ648-093 Join the conversation: http://www.navy.mil/viewGallery.asp http://www.facebook.com/USNavy http://www.twitter.com/USNavy http://navylive.dodlive.mil http://pinterest.com https://plus.google.com

Naval power has been a key element of great power conflict in the past, and growing hostility between the United States and China won’t prove an exception.

US-India Relations in 2019: A Closer Partnership?

G20op, cc Flickr The White House, modified, (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead), public domain

A variety of shared geopolitical interests will bring New Delhi and Washington closer together in the year to come.

Water Conflict: Will a Drying Iran Face Syria’s Fate?

Iran's disappearing Lake Urmia from space in 2016. Photo credit: This image or video was catalogued by Johnson Space Center of the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) under Photo ID: ISS049-E-3471.

Iran is showing the same water strains that helped to destabilize Syria ahead of the civil war.

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