India’s New Initiative in Africa: The Asia–Africa Growth Corridor

By: Ruchita Beri is Senior Research Associate at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analysis, New Delhi. June 13, 2017 During the recent annual meeting of the Africa Development Bank at Gandhinagar, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the launch of India’s latest initiative in Africa, the Asia-Africa Growth Corridor (AAGC), in partnership with Japan. This initiative …

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Qatar – Special Operational Forces

New Delhi Times, 19 June 2017 Summary The Qatari Special Operations Command (Q-SOC) comprises a battalion in strength and is based in Doha. The Q-SOC is responsible for operations on land and at sea, with particular emphasis paid to CT duties in the maritime environment to protect offshore oil platforms. The command continually runs maritime …

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Iran’s re-elected president faces multiple challenges

New Delhi Times, 19 June 2017 Key Points Although Rouhani’s victory in the presidential election strengthened the legitimacy of the Iranian state, the increasing polarisation within Iranian society suggests that he will struggle to implement his domestic programme and will lack influence over foreign policy. US president Donald Trump’s administration appears unwilling to completely cancel the …

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Indonesia Must Lead for Sake of Its Interests in South China Sea

Aaron L. Connelly Research fellow at the Lowy Institute in Sydney Over the past quarter century, Indonesia has sought to play the role of an honest broker in the South China Sea disputes, facilitating negotiations over a proposed Code of Conduct for claimants to the sea, and hosting workshops on technical issues and other barriers …

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Indonesia’s Global Maritime Fulcrum: An Updated Archipelagic Outlook?

IThe previous Archipelagic Outlook strategy was inward focused; the new policy looks beyond Indonesia’s borders.   By I.G.B. Dharma Agastia December 17, 2016 A recently published document titled Buku Putih Poros Maritim Dunia [Global Maritime Fulcrum White Paper] finally brings an authoritative voice to Indonesia’s Global Maritime Fulcrum (GMF) vision. The objective-oriented, 53-page publication constructs a narrative on …

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