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Brahma Chellaney

Brahma Chellaney

Political commentatorb@chellany.com
The writer is strategic thinker, author, commentator.

By Brahma Chellaney

The Uncongenial Zone: Donald Trump shows India the limits of friendship with the US

Henry Kissinger once quipped “it may be dangerous to be America’s enemy, but to be America’s friend is fatal.” India is learning how true that statement rings.

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India’s internal jihadist threat is rapidly growing

New Delhi’s counterterrorism focus on J&K has allowed jihadists to gain influence in states like Kerala, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal. ISIS has even named a 'Bengal emir'. The situation is fraught and must be controlled.

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India’s confused and contradictory signals are only emboldening Pakistan

Pakistan even uses the Indus Waters Treaty, the world's most generous water-sharing pact, as a stick to beat us with. Why does India put up with this stinging rogue behaviour?

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China's dam-building rage is threatening the whole of Asia, and India has the most to lose

China clearly doesn't believe in equitable water sharing arrangements. But these are a must for Asia, which needs to avoid both Chinese domination and water wars.

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The Great Asian Game-Changer: Why PM Modi's Tokyo visit could cement a Japan-India strategic alliance

Both India and Japan now view China without any blinkers. And both are natural democratic allies in a crucial region.

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Better late than never. But why was India fumbling against Pakistan?

The Modi government has finally realised what was well known — that 'Pakistan will not mend its ways'.

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Why the Nepali communist challenge to India is deadly

Nepal impinges directly on India’s security. As its ruling communist party leans to China, and skips the first BIMSTEC drill, India must stop treating it with kid gloves.

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How Donald Trump is compounding India’s foreign-policy challenges

By making New Delhi a key target of the extraterritorial effects of its sanctions on Iran and Russia, Washington is injecting new irritants in India-US ties.

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Why China is worried about Donald Trump’s North Korea gambit

By talking directly with Kim Jong Un, the US President is causing Beijing to fear a loss of influence in Pyongyang, its only formal military ally.

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Why North Korea may become another Pakistan on nuke map

Pyongyang might seek to retain its short and medium range nuclear arsenal while dismantling its long-range nuclear capability.

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How Donald Trump is emerging as a big threat to the dollar

Today, the US is acting counterproductively to its own interest to safeguard the currency's centrality.

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Trump seems to be doing his best to ruin the deal with North Korea

Following US' unilateral withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, Kim Jong-un appears to have got cold feet.

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Everything you didn't know about Rohingya Islamist violence

Contrary to popular perception, the violence began even before Myanmar gained independence in 1948.

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Doklam standoff may not be over, China could come to attack India

There is a risk that the Chinese backing down could only be a temporary respite from border tensions.

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China wants war with India, make no mistake

New Delhi must prepare. It cannot afford to be complacent.

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Doklam standoff: Has India proved it can't stand up to China's psywar?

New Delhi needs a strategy to counter Beijing.

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Why the India-US nuclear deal is turning out to be a dud

Two successive Indian governments went out of their way to accommodate US commercial interests in order to operationalise the deal.

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Correcting Indus Waters Treaty can help India solve its water crisis

Our negligence on water scarcity has been so deep that it can be remedied only through hands-on political direction.

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Trump as US President will not have it easy dealing with China

He could also invite Beijing's wrath by getting Japan to join US air and sea patrols in the South China Sea.

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Dealing with US, China or Japan: Aung Suu Kyi is following Modi

It has taken the Myanmar state counselor just a few months to put her stamp on her country's international relations.

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Why China seizing the flow of Brahmaputra tributary is important

The only thing that could temper Beijing's dam frenzy is a prolonged economic slowdown at home.

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