Srijan Sharma writes, Chinese Foreign Minister’s recent visit to India might have layers of genuine and deceptive interests; India, however after engaging with China extensively both at diplomatic and military levels has now realised China’s deceptiveness and dictums that subsequently follows. India maintained its strong stance towards China and cleared its priorities for normalisation of relations.
USI the oldest think tank of India has signed an MOU with Assam Rifles, the oldest Para Military Force in India. Under this MOU an ‘Assam Rifles Chair of Excellence’ has been created to conduct research in the field of conflict studies, national security, socio-economic and cultural fields, with the focus being on North Eastern region and its neighbourhood including South East Asia.
The annual Think Tank and Civil Society Programme (TTCSP) conference on, ‘Why Think Tanks Matter: Roles and Challenges to Policy Making in India’ was organised at the USI on 30 January 2020. The meeting was convened by Chanakya Chakra and supported by Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung. Seven leading think tanks of India, United Service Institution of India (USI), Forum for Strategic Initiative (FSI), Centre for Joint Warfare Studies (CENJOWS), Centre for Land Warfare Studies (CLAWS), National Maritime Foundation (NMF), Centre for Air Power Studies (CAPS) and Kalinga International Foundation participated in the event. .
Major General BK Sharma (Retd) writes, the evolving geopolitical scenario in Afghanistan is pointing to what noted Spanish philosopher George Santayana had said: ‘‘those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it”. History is repeating itself in Afghanistan that has emerged as the epicentre of the ‘New Zero Sum Cold War’ in Eurasia.