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  • India’s Covid-19 danger is spreading south0

    The Lowy Institute Lesley Branagan Will South India’s health system hold up to its promise in the second wave of Covid? Relatives mourn a loved one who died of Covid-19, outside a mortuary in Chennai, Tamil Nadu state, 5 May 2021 (Arun Sankar/AFP via Getty Images) Published 12 May 2021 Images of the pandemic in

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  • Pakistan’s extremist dilemma0

    Lowy Institute SYED FAZL-E-HAIDER The government banned a right-wing religious group,then gave in to its demands. Which way does it go now? Supporters of Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan protesting the arrest of the group’s leader, 13 April 2021 in Islamabad Published 27 Apr 2021 06:00    Pakistan is at a crossroads, with a choice either to become

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  • Response to Myanmar coup shows need for UN reform0

    REBECCA BARBER Veto power on the Security Council too often obstructs actionin the face of atrocities. Here are some ways around it. Security Council Chambers at UN Headquarters in New York (Rick Bajornas/UN Photo/Flickr) Published 29 Apr 2021   It’s been almost three months since Myanmar’s military junta seized power from the democratically elected government. More

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  • The Quad gives a boost to India’s vaccine diplomacy0

    The Lowy Institute   18 March 2021 TEESTA PRAKASH Countering China’s influence is one thing. But fosteringregional cooperation plays to the strengths of the grouping.   The most notable takeaway from the first-ever “Quad” leaders meeting involving the US, India, Japan and Australia at the weekend was the agreement on expanding the global vaccine supply. The vaccination

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  • Russia wants to be a power to be reckoned with in the Indian Ocean0

    The Lowy Institute    18 March 2021   ALEXEY MURAVIEV No public strategy is defined, but a list of Moscow’smilitary and paramilitary activity in the region is revealing. Joint exercises of the Russian Northern and Black Sea fleets in 2020 (Kremlin.ru) February this year was marked by a heightened Russian naval activity in the Indian Ocean.

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  • The Belt and Road, and the pandemic detour0

    The Lowy Institute    18 March 2021 STEPHEN MINAS An important book illustrates the different hopes anddreams of partners to Beijing’s big infrastructure drive. Ed Robertson/Unsplash Book review: Daniel Drache, A.T. Kingsmith and Duan Qi, One Road, Many Dreams: China’s Bold Plan to Remake the Global Economy (London, Bloomsbury, 2019). The economic fallout of the pandemic has

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  • Aggressive sea control isn’t an option for India’s navy0

    The Interpreter  18 March 2021 ABHIJIT SINGH Be assertive close to home. But India should not shrink from distant waters, either. Once fully implemented, the Project-75(I) submarine program would complement the Indian Navy existing fleets of submarines (Credit: Indian Navy)   An interesting debate has emerged in the pages of The Interpreter involving maritime strategy. Arzan Tarapore

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  • Agalega: A glimpse of India’s remote island military base0

    SAMUEL BASHFIELD Satellite imagery reveals the transformation of an IndianOcean island into a strategic outpost. Many questions remain. Indian Navy ensign (R. Karthik/Flickr) 2 Mar 2021  Lowy Institute   The small, remote Mauritian island of North Agalega, located in the south-western Indian Ocean, 1,122 kilometres north of Mauritius, is currently a hive of construction activity. India

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  • Cracks beginning to appear in the Russia- India relationship0

    HENRY STOREY But Washington’s interests might actually be servedby New Delhi and Moscow muddling through. Vladimir Putin listens as Narendra Modi speaks to the media following Russian-Indian talks in 2019 (Kremlin.ru) 3 Mar 2021     Lowy Institute India’s annual summit with Russia was cancelled last year for the first time since its inception – the official

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  • India, Canada and the new vaccine politics0

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    • February 17, 2021

    by GRANT WYETH 17 February 2021 As a pharmaceutical powerhouse, India finds it now holdsthe cards over Canada and what it sees as its irksome PM.   The threat of wealthy countries hoarding vaccines for themselves and denying access to smaller and poorer countries has become the world’s primary cooperative concern. Yet how vaccine nationalism

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  • Pakistan and Saudi Arabia reconcile amid shifting alliances0

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    • February 17, 2021

    by Syed Fazl-e-Haider    17 February 2021 For Riyadh, the road to Beijing goes through a friendly Islamabad. As it feels the heat of a new administration in Washington, Saudi Arabia has put the brakes on further deterioration of relations with its long-time ally Pakistan. Riyadh had already withdrawn $2 billion out of a $3

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  • The Diego Garcia dispute hits cyberspace0

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    • January 27, 2021

    JAMES MORTENSEN SAMUEL BASHFIELD 27 January 2021 As internet domains go, .io is a money spinner. Would achange to the “British Indian Ocean Territory” cancel an asset? The uncertain status of the .io domain could create yet another impasse in the Chagos Islands dispute (Jordan Harrison/Unsplash) The dispute over the ownership of Diego Garcia and the

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  • The fallout of assassinating Mohsen Fakhrizadeh0

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    • December 3, 2020

    The Lowy Institute BOB BOWKER The killing of the head of the Iranian nuclear programmay make it even harder to revive the nuclear deal. Demonstrators set fire to US and Israel flags outside the Iranian Foreign Ministry in Tehran on 28 November, following the assassination of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh (Morteza Nikoubazl/NurPhoto via Getty Images) 30 Nov

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  • Myanmar’s military- backed opposition party stares into political abyss0

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    • December 2, 2020

    Lowy Institute DAVID HOPKINS An electoral failure might be a repudiation of themilitary’s influence in politics – but not its irrelevance. Tallying votes in Naypyidaw on 8 November (Thet Aung/AFP via Getty Images) 26 Nov 2020    Myanmar’s main opposition party, the military-aligned Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP), faces an uncertain political future after

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