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    William Choong: ASEAN grapples with rise of China

    25 April 2014.  By William Choong, Shangri-La Dialogue Senior Fellow for Asia-Pacific Security After their first meeting in Slovenia in 2001, then United States president George W. Bush said he had looked Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in the eye and was ‘able to get a sense of his soul’. Fast-forward 13 years, and Mr Barack Obama has seen Mr Putin's soul - and much more. In the past weeks, military forces loyal to Russia have overtaken...

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    Rahul Roy-Chaudhury: India’s youth vote

    17 April 2014.  By Rahul Roy-Chaudhury, Senior Fellow for South Asia Today is the biggest day at the polls in the Indian general election, with nearly 200 million people casting their ballots in an election that overall includes 100 million new voters. Rahul Gandhi (43) has tremendous potential to appeal to those new voters, the Indian youth, but thus far he has not capitalised on it. Instead, it is Narendra Modi (63) who has most persuasively...

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    Rahul Roy-Chaudhury: India’s election frenzy

    10 April 2014.  By Rahul Roy-Chaudhury, Senior Fellow for South Asia It seems like a presidential-style election for the world's largest parliamentary democracy, with the focus on the two leading candidates, rather than their political parties. The leading contender for the office of prime minister is Narendra Modi (63), the dynamic but controversial three-time chief minister of the western province of Gujarat, who belongs to the Hindu nationalist centre-right opposition party – the Bharatiya Janata Party...

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    Rahul Roy-Chaudhury: What would a BJP election victory mean for Pakistan?

    09 April 2014.  By Rahul Roy-Chaudhury, Senior Fellow for South Asia There are two dominant views of what a Narendra Modi-led BJP government’s policy towards Pakistan would be. I think both are wrong. The first view is that this will be a government somewhat like that led by Vajpayee when he was Prime Minister for a BJP government over a decade ago, which had an outreach towards Pakistan and was able to move forward on the...

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    Jenny Nielsen: The UK's Trident debate continues

    02 April 2014.    By Jenny Nielsen, Research Analyst, Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Programme The debate on the future of the UK’s submarine-based Trident nuclear-missile system continues, with a broad spectrum of views on the role, postures and relevance of this system in the twenty-first century. The Trident system and the notion of the UK’s deterrent are arguably overdue for some semantic ‘conscious uncoupling’.  Last week, the House of Commons Defence Committee published its eleventh report entitled Deterrence...

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