The Siliguri Corridor: The Insecurity Within

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Maitrayee Guha, Senior Research Fellow (UGC) in the Department of International Relations, Jadavpur University, Kolkata.
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A passage or a corridor is that geographical entity which represents a connection between two or more places. In international relations, a corridor becomes significant not merely because of the places it links but also because of the relative location where it is situated. Hence corridors demand and deserve a lot more attention than just those places that it attempts to unite. However, very often instead of focussing on the significance of the corridor, value is given to those two or more regions which are linked with the help of the former.

 

Himalayan Watch

The geopolitics of many Asian countries revolves around the Himalayas. With state policies having clear and definite impact on both traditional and non-traditional security threats, it becomes imperative to understand the politics of the Himalayan region. Himalayan Watch as a part of the website ‘Science, Technology and Security Forum’ intends to serve as a platform for experts from India and around the world to express their views on issues of politics and security in the Himalayan region.

From Swords to Daggers: The Advent of Tactical Nuclear Weapons in Pakistan

No First Use (NFU) and punitive retaliation have been core components of India’s deterrence based Nuclear Doctrine. As much as this is an a priori concept, the fact that New Delhi has never been embroiled in an all out nuclear war with either Pakistan or China, is testimony enough of its credibility. After all, it is argued that the only utility of nuclear weapons is to prevent a nuclear war in the first place.

Space Technologies Witnessing Exponential Growth

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Space has fascinated human’s imagination for long. Since the launch of the first artificial satellite Sputnik,in 1957 by the erstwhile USSR, significant progress towards developing technologies for conducting multiple activities in space has taken place. Presently, human beings are trying to reach new heights up into the outer space and are found attempting to reveal the mysteries of the universe.Various countries in the world are investing in space programmes to explore multiple scientific, technological, industrial and security benefits.

Modi and India's Policy towards Its Immediate Neighbours - Trade and Commerce over Politics

'Tsu-NaMo' has become the new word to describe Narendra Modi's spectacular victory in the recently concluded Lok Sabha elections in which he, as the Prime Ministerial candidate, guided his party, the centre – right Bharatiya Janata Party, to a clear majority.  After winning 282 seats in the 543-seat lower house of the Parliament, Modi-led BJP will certainly have more elbowroom in driving India’s foreign policy.

 

New Methods of Dissent Control in China

Dissent in China is not something new. A long tradition of political dissent is an integral part of Chinese history and owes much to Confucianism and Daoism. Despite the fact that Confucianism and the state has been historically fraught with conflict and tensions, the same Confucian doctrines that provided moral justifications for state control and power were also used against cruel and tyrannical rulers who could not deliver honest, compassionate and conscientious rule.

 

The Geopolitical Subtext of IPCC's New Report: Will it Put Climate Action in Jeopardy?

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the sole recognized 'international' body that studies the scientific, technical and socio-economic effects of climate change, has come out with yet another report in 2014, which has gone one step ahead this time to include a chapter on 'human security'. The Working Group II that collates scientific information regarding Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability, has provided details with regard to the ways in which climate change would affect cultures, values and societies.

SAARC 'with' China: An Opportunity with a Multitude of Possibilities

The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), established in 1985 can be seen as an attempt to foster cooperation that never quite took off, in a region that has been marred by conflicts and animosity in spite of geographical and cultural similarities. The formation was initiated by Bangladesh's Ziaur Rahman and taken forward by India's Rajiv Gandhi and Pakistan's Benazir Bhutto, in an attempt to overturn the hostility that characterizes the region. Political will to necessitate cooperation still evades most of its members.

The Climate Change Conundrum in Pakistan

Climate change is a global challenge that is largely taking place due to increased levels of atmospheric greenhouse gases (GHGs), produced by the use of fossil fuels. The change in the climate is considered to be one of the greatest threats to Planet Earth. Climate variability is not a new phenomenon. In the past, it is known to have varied considerably at times too. However, scientific evidence has revealed that recent changes in climate triggered by both natural and human-made causes are catastrophic.

Stranger in a Strange Land: India's Economic Diplomacy in South Asia

Since the 1990s, as India's influence in world politics has grown, the notion of the "extended neighbourhood" has permeated foreign policy thinking in both political and academic circles.