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Nontraditional Strategy Building: A Mapping of Cultural Movements in the Indo-Pacific

Article Fourteen of the Japanese Constitution enshrines equality before the law regardless of "race, creed, sex, social status or family origin." Article Fifteen of the Indian Constitution guarantees a right to equality no matter an individual’s “religion, race, caste, sex or place of birth.” Even the People’s Republic of China includes a constitutional provision that promises its citizens legal equality.

Event Recap: What to Make of India's Election Results?

At the close of the Indian election last month, Narendra Modi, the incumbent Prime Minister, won re-election with a significant margin. On May 28th, Michael Kugelman, Deputy Director of the Asia Program, hosted a Ground Truth Briefing examining the implication of the Indian election.

Dispatches: June 2019

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Indian Foreign Policy during the Early Cold War: Realist or Idealist?

Historians tend to use the term “nonalignment” to describe India’s place in the world during the Cold War era, and depict idealistic leaders like Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and his main advisor V.K. Krishna Menon as the primary drivers of Indian foreign policy.

India’s Election Results: Impacts on the Economy and Economic Relations with Washington

On May 23, India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) expanded its mandate with a landslide victory. What do these results mean for India’s economy? Rising unemployment and economic reforms pose significant challenges, but trade is also a key flashpoint – especially with Washington. Will the U.S.-India economic relationship expand to match an already fast-growing defense partnership? Or will commercial strains affect this burgeoning strategic relationship? What impact might U.S. trade tensions with China have on its trade relations with India?

Modi’s Victory is a Good Thing for Washington—with Caveats

On May 23, India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won a resounding victory in national elections. While many analysts and observers had expected a repeat victory—given the struggles of the Congress Party to cobble together a formidable opposition coalition and given the sheer popularity of Prime Minister Narendra Modi—few had expected the BJP to win by such a large margin. The BJP will now come to power, just as it did after a similar landslide win in 2014, with a large mandate to pursue a number of key objectives.

Values and U.S. Policy Toward the Indo-Pacific

In recent weeks, the Trump administration has sought to address the role that values and norms should play in its foreign policy generally, and in the U.S. strategy toward the Indo-Pacific specifically. This is a reflection of a long-standing debate in American foreign policy, going back to the founding of the nation itself, but the arguments made by top U.S. officials are worth considering.

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