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Northern Sea Route: hopes and challenges

The feasibility of a year-around Arctic transshipment route, a longtime dream of Russia, is still unclear Media reports and commentaries are hailing the Russian LNG (liquefied natural gas) carrier Christophe de Margerie’s latest voyage along the Northern Sea Route as a watershed....

All Things Policy: Northern Sea Route – A New Dawn for Russia?

 The Russian LNG carrier Christoph De Margerie’s latest voyage along the NSR is being seen as a watershed. Is Moscow’s dream of year-round access to the NSR closer to reality than previously thought? Aditya Pareek and Suyash Desai discuss...

All Things Policy: How Russia Uses the Geopolitics of Natural Gas

 Russia has been the largest supplier of LNG to Europe. Being the hydrocarbon bridge between Western, Central and Eastern Europe, Ukraine is heavily dependent on transit fees from Russia. With the already-operational Nord Stream 1 and now almost complete...

All Things Policy: Asia’s Cold Frontier: Tracking Japan – Russia Ties

As immediate neighbours, Japan and Russia have an uneasy relationship going back centuries. A long-standing territorial dispute over the Kuril Islands has held back the promise of widening economic cooperation. Could that change in the near future? Aditya Pareek and...

All Things Policy: Alexei Navalny – The Face of the Russian Opposition?

 Following the arrest of well known Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, an unprecedented number of protests have broken out across Russia. Navalny has received widespread media attention across the world, after he was allegedly poisoned with Novichok, a nerve agent...

All Things Policy: Bear’s Den: Why Does Russia Want A Naval Base in the Red Sea?

 Russia is planning to lease a naval base in Sudan for at least 25 years. Aditya Pareek talks to Aditya Ramanathan about Moscow’s underlying ambitions, the geopolitics driving this move, and the state of Russia’s fleet, especially its flagship...

Recent Political Developments in Afghanistan – An Assessment

The Unending Saga of US-Taliban ‘Peace’ Deal On May 23, 2020, the Taliban announced a three-day ceasefire with effect from May 24, the day when Afghanistan celebrates Eid ul Fitr marking the end of Ramzan. President Ashraf Ghani responded positively...

As Chorus of ‘Chinese Virus’ Rings Loudly in India, Is the Stage Set For an Info-Ops Tussle?

This article was originally published on The Wire Users of Indian Twitter, for want of a better term, will not have been able to escape the term ‘Chinese virus’ trending on the platform in the form of different hashtags over...

America’s Arctic Adventure

American officials are making noises about carrying out a freedom of navigation operation in the Russian-controlled Northern Sea Route. Any such action will only serve to provoke Russia and backfire against America. From the dark of orbital space, satellites are...

Eye on China: Xi-Putin’s New Era – India’s Trade – Tiananmen@30 – Trump’s Threat – Indo-Pacific Report

Eye on China is a weekly newsletter offering news and analysis related to the Middle Kingdom. This week we cover Xi’s visit to Russia, the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre, the US’ new Indo-Pacific Strategy, India’s growing trade ties...
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