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Why the U.S.-India Relationship Is Far from "Oversold"

April 14, 2014  •  Foreign Policy

With national elections in India taking place this month, the health of the U.S.-India relationship is under the spotlight, and the early prognosis is relatively grim. The sudden resignation of the U.S. Ambassador to India and a rocky start to relations with favored prime minister candidate Narendra Modi are symbolic of a broader malaise that has afflicted Indo-U.S. relations since 2008.

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Andaman and Nicobar Islands: India's Strategic Outpost

March 18, 2014  •  The Diplomat

Missing Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 has acquainted the world with a long-forgotten corner of the Indian Ocean: the Andaman and Nicobar Islands (ANI). Known to few outside India, the island chain constitutes a valuable geopolitical asset for that country and is positioned to play a pivotal role in any maritime competition between India and China in the 21st century. In December 2012, I traveled to the ANI to conduct research for my new book, Cold Peace: China-India Rivalry in the 21st Century. Here's what I found.

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India and China: The End of Cold Peace?

February 10, 2014  •  The National Interest

In recent years China's attempts to alter the status quo in its territorial disputes with Japan, the Philippines and Vietnam have seized global headlines. The games of brinksmanship being played by Chinese naval forces in the Western Pacific have put the region on edge, propelling Asia into becoming "the most militarized region in the world [3]." Yet while the world's attention has been focused on the maritime arena, it is China's neighbor to the south, India, that has quietly become the world's largest importer of arms. [4]

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U.S. Must Draw Red Line for China in the Western Pacific

January 15, 2014  •  U.S. News and World Report

In recent months, the world's attention has been focused on China's provocative behavior in its Senkaku/Diaoyu island dispute with Japan, and for good reason. That dispute demands our utmost attention, and poses a tangible risk of for interstate conflict in the years to come.

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Meet the Tiny Himalayan Town at the Center of Global Politics

January 8, 2014  •  Foreign Policy

The journey to Tawang is harrowing. Travel to the Himalayan border town, located at the western extreme of India's Arunachal Pradesh, involves a jarring, 18-hour road journey from Guwahati, Assam. "Why are there no guardrails?" I ask, as our jeep climbs a narrow gravel zigzag road up 10,000 ft. of Himalayan mountain. "The landslides wash them away so often we stopped using them," the driver replies.

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