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How Abe And Modi Can Save The Indo-Pacific

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe arrive at the India-Japan Business Summit in Gandhinagar, Gujarat on September 14, 2017.

 

The relationship between the two countries—historically strategically distant—has grown increasingly robust under the stewardship of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Abe, with regular high-level summitry (Abe traveled to Delhi to visit Modi last month) combined with increasingly frequent and deepening exchanges at the diplomatic, defense, and business levels.

Read Here – Foreign Affairs

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Modi, Trump vow India & US To Have World’s Greatest Armies: 10 Developments

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi meeting Donald Trump, the President of United States of America in Manila, Philippines on November 13, 2017. Photo/PIB

India and the US have resolved that “two of the world’s great democracies should also have the world’s greatest militaries” following the bilateral meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump in Manila, the Phillipines.

Read Here – Business Standard

Why the US Is No Threat To China, But A Remilitarised Japan, Led By Shinzo Abe, May Well Be

The election success means Abe is stronger than ever. Post-election polls showed parties in favour of amending the US-drafted charter carried nearly 80 per cent of the seats in the lower house election. Never before have Japanese politicians been so vocally in favour of military reform.

Read Here – South China Morning Post

Despite Tillerson, US Won’t Abandon Pakistan For India

There is no new US policy towards Pakistan and there won’t be one soon. As long as the US has troops in neighbouring Afghanistan, it will be reliant on Pakistan for logistical support, transit, and—perhaps most importantly—Islamabad’s influence with both the Taliban and its affiliated Haqqani Network.

Read Here – The Indian Express

Also Read: Pakistan Stuck Between Afghan Rocks And Indian Hard Places

Saudi Arabia’s Security Alliances

The role of a dominant actor in an informal security alliance is to offer leadership and security aid to junior parties. To fulfill its role, Saudi Arabia needs financial resources and a committed group of leaders at home who are willing to build the alliance’s security architecture and provide additional benefits—including aid and military hardware—to those who volunteer to join. And on those terms, Saudi Arabia has yet to demonstrate to its partners that it is up to the task.

Read Here – Foreign Affairs

‘Ghost Soldiers’: Too Many U.S.-Trained Afghans Are Going AWOL

When Afghan pilots begin training on Black Hawk helicopters at Fort Rucker, Alabama, this year, the U.S. military will have two concerns: that they can fly and that they don’t fly the coop. More than 1 in 10 Afghan military personnel training in the United States last year went absent without leave, according to a report from the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR).

Read Here – Foreign Policy

Xi Jinping Clears Decks For Top-Level Changes To China’s Military

China’s ongoing military leadership reshuffle, which has seen two heavyweights in the powerful Central Military Commission (CMC) lose their commands in the past month, will help President Xi Jinping shake up the body, which controls the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), and increase his dominance of it, analysts said.

Read Here – South China Morning Post

What Did India’s Surgical Strike Against Pakistan Achieve?

The surgical strikes were the first time the political leadership owned trans-LoC operations and marked a huge shift in the sanctity of the LoC as a de-facto international boundary…This could play a significant role in future Indo-Pak negotiations over Kashmir, where India starts asserting its sovereign claim over the whole of J&K, instead of accepting LoC as a reasonable solution. That is still far in the future but having achieved its political aim, the official Indian establishment has been cautious in its claims about the surgical strikes because it realises the dangers of raising the public expectations about its response to any future Pakistani provocation.

Read Here – The Indian Express

U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis’s India visit: 5 Key Issues To Watch Out For

U.S. Secretary of Defense Jame Mattis. Photo courtesy: U.S. Department of Defense

The Mattis visit to India comes almost exactly a month after President Trump unveiled a new South Asia and Afghan policy on 22 August, giving India a publicly key role in stabilizing Afghanistan while censuring Pakistan for perpetuating terror camps and sustaining terrorists on its soil—also in public. Coincidentally, Mattis is to travel to Afghanistan after India and Afghan chief executive Abdullah Abdullah is expected in New Delhi later this week.

Read Here – Mint

What Can India Do To Shore Up Kabul’s Military Capabilities

The question of a larger Indian role in securing Afghanistan is expected to figure prominently in the talks between the visiting US Defense Secretary James Mattis and the Indian leadership. That Washington and Delhi are talking about collaboration in Afghanistan marks an important shift in the international relations of South Asia.

Read Here – The Indian Express

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