Michael Brecher: Pioneering scholar of Indian foreign policy


Brecher, who retired as a distinguished professor at McGill University’s political science department last year after a nearly seven-decade-long stellar career, passed away at the age of 96 on January 16. He had made enormous scholarly contributions on topics such as Indian and Israeli foreign policies, Asia’s new states and, later, large-scale studies on crises in world politics. In his long career, he wrote more than 30 books, scores of articles, and book chapters.

Source: https://indianexpress.com/article/opinion/columns/michael-brecher-scholar-indian-foreign-policy-7748842/

Article in the Duck of Minerva

February 9th, 2022

(De-)Globalization and International Order

by Markus Kornprobst & T.V. Paul


What will become of liberal order as “deglobalizing” pressures continue to mount? And what happens to globalization as liberal order comes under increasing pressure?  Indicators of economic interdependence show signs of plateauing. Even as NATO and Russia square off against one another, the alliance faces significant internal challenges. From decreasing global direct investment to Brexit, it looks like the trends of the 1990s are reversing.

Source: https://www.duckofminerva.com/2022/01/de-globalisation-and-international-order.html

The Corona Virus Crisis: The Latest of Many Challenges to the Liberal International Order


The current corona virus crisis is the latest of a series of challenges that the liberal international order has faced during the past several decades. A number of illiberal, populist leaders have emerged in the US, Brazil, India, Turkey, and Hungary in particular who represent the ideological challenge from within. As globalization’s appeal wanes, liberalism is likely to confront new challenges all across the world in the coming years. (PDF)

Source: https://www.da-vienna.ac.at/en/The-Academy/Research/Peaceful-Change/Discussion-Papers

China-US Rivalry: Sleepwalking Into War?

If confidence building measures and the adoption of an arms control regime in the South China Sea, China and the US risk stumbling into a catastrophic war.

Source: https://madrascourier.com/policy/china-us-rivalry-sleepwalking-into-war/

Future of International Institutions and Soft Balancing

Institutions have long been used as a means for soft balancing, including by the US. However, the US and its allies cannot ignore the norms of the rules based international order, for to do so risks undermining the shared norms soft balancing depends on.

Source: http://blog.yalebooks.com/2018/10/18/the-future-of-international-institutions-and-soft-balancing/

The Power of Non-Alignment

Finding themselves caught between the giants of the United States and China, small states of the Asia-Pacific are not destined to become pawns in the midst of great power competition; instead they can resurrect the ‘Bandung spirit’ and adopt a policy of non’alignment through the use of soft-balancing.

Source: https://www.thehindu.com/opinion/op-ed/the-power-of-non-alignment/article25185002.ece

Soft Balancing vs. Hard Clashes: The Risks of War Over the South China Sea

To minimize the risk of conflict in the South China Sea, all parties should consider measures to alleviate the dangers that arise from time pressures.

Source: https://www.globalasia.org/v13no3/feature/soft-balancing-vs-hard-clashes-the-risks-of-war-over-the-south-china-sea_tv-paul

How India will React to the Rise of China: the Soft-Balancing Strategy Reconsidered

To restrain China India is likely to form both a soft-balancing coalition and limited hard balancing coalition, but the formation of a traditional hard-balancing coalition with the United States is very unlikely.

Source: https://warontherocks.com/2018/09/india-and-the-rise-of-china-soft-balancing-strategy-reconsidered/

India’s Strategic Roadmap

India’s Strategic Roadmap

Today or tomorrow, China will likely turn against India. New Delhi must be ready for when the time comes.

Source: nationalinterest.org/feature/indias-strategic-roadmap-28322

How “soft balancing” can restrain Trump’s America