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Rahul Roy-Chaudhury: India’s Election Frenzy

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.

Having just returned from India, it is clear that the stakes are high for both Narendra Modi and Rahul Gandhi in an extremely charged and frenzied electoral environment.

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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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    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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    Obituary: Francois de Rose, 1910-2014

    26 March 2014.  François de Rose: Diplomat and strategist The International Institute for Strategic Studies has just lost one of its most eminent and long-standing members, Ambassador François de Rose of France, who died in Paris on 23 March at the age of 103 years. His association with the Institute covered a span of more than half a century, since he remained intellectually engaged to the end. He joined as a member shortly after...

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    Antonio Sampaio: Guerrillas, criminals and something in between

    26 March 2014.  By Antonio Sampaio, Research Analyst for Latin America Latin America has become a case study in the fusion of guerrilla warfare and criminality. During the 2000s, leftist guerrilla groups in Colombia suffered increased pressure from government forces, leading them to fragment and their military capabilities to weaken. The remaining fighters and structures have become more connected with the economic drivers of the armed movement than with its long-standing ideology, or any...

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    Devesh Rasgotra: India-China competition in the Indian Ocean

    21 March 2014.  By Devesh Rasgotra, Intern, South Asia Programme With around 50% of the world’s container traffic and 70% of its petroleum products travelling across its waters, the Indian Ocean is a vital area for Asian countries. This has not gone unnoticed by China, who is competing for influence in the region. Naturally, India has vital interests in the Indian Ocean. At the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue in 2009, US defence secretary Robert Gates stated...

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    Mark Fitzpatrick: Pakistan’s nuclear dangers - why I changed my view

    19 March 2014.  By Mark Fitzpatrick, Director, Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Programme I am eagerly awaiting the first runs of my new book, ‘Overcoming Pakistan’s Nuclear Dangers’. Publication comes one year and three-quarters after conception. They’ve been laborious months. The book was inspired by fellow Londoner Gideon Rachman of the Financial Times, who asked in a June 2012 column why the West was so obsessed with stopping Iran getting nuclear weapons when, ‘by any sensible...

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    Dina Esfandiary: Iran nuclear talks - what each side wants

    19 March 2014.  By Dina Esfandiary, Research Associate, Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Programme A further round of talks between world powers and Iran began in Vienna this week, aiming to reach the next step to a permanent agreement on Iran's nuclear programme. ‘Today, both sides want a deal, and fast,’ writes Dina Esfandiary in the Lobe Log. ‘The positive atmosphere that characterised the recent rounds will likely endure. Gone are the days of “procedural nonsense”, according...

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    Sanjaya Baru: Managing China

    18 March 2014.  By Sanjaya Baru, Director, Geo-economics and Strategy ‘Managing the rise of China is the single most important challenge for India,’ writes Sanjaya Baru in an op-ed for the Indian Express on 14 March. Baru explains that China’s rise has divided the world into two camps:  ‘Those who celebrate it – countries that are economically benefiting from its rise and don’t feel militarily threatened, and those who worry about it – countries...

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    Antonio Sampaio: Armed groups and security in Colombia

    14 March 2014.  By Antonio Sampaio, Research Analyst for Latin America Negotiations in Havana, Cuba between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) have gone further than any other dialogue between the two sides in the approximately 50-year conflict. Having reached preliminary agreements on rural reform and political participation, the two sides are now discussing the issue of drug trafficking. But authorities attempting to implement any peace agreement will face...

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