Gateway House Weekly Briefing

Gateway House Weekly Briefing

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Weekly Briefing

Volume VI, Issue 39:

Thursday, 28 September 2017


Gateway House Features

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China has expanded its presence in the Indian Ocean Region. President Xi Jinping has abandoned Deng Xiaoping’s conciliatory posture for an aggressive, money-fuelled search for super power status
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By Neelam Deo, Director, Gateway House

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Prime Minister Modi’s visit to Myanmar gave the bilateral a substantive boost, but the exodus of over half a million Rohingya refugees dominated the discourse. India’s response has shown a balancing of compulsions, both humanitarian and strategic
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By Rajiv Bhatia, Distinguished Fellow, Foreign Policy Studies, Gateway House


The Kurdish issue is far more complex and sophisticated than the simplistic nationalist rhetoric, made fashionable by Europeans – and which all actors in the game feel compelled to employ and have us believe
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By Huri Islamoglu, Professor, Economic History, Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey & Senior Fellow, Institut d’Etudes Avancees de Nantes, Nantes, France


A number of democratic processes have and are set to take place in this week. A referendum in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, the surprising AfD’s result in the German Parliamentary election and an upcoming referendum in Catalonia, Spain. Ambassador Neelam Deo, Director at Gateway House, discusses the geopolitical implications of these highly-controversial domestic democratic processes.
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Gateway House Events


On 26-28 September 2017, Sameer Patil, Director, Center for International Studies will be moderating a discussion on hybrid warfare as part of Debating Security Plus. The event, a global online brainstorm, aims to yield concrete recommendations on various matters of security.
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On 25-26 September, K. N. Vaidynathan, Advisor and Adjunct Senior Fellow, Geoeconomics Studies, Gateway House, spoke at the at Defence Services Staff College, Wellington. He discussed the strengths and weaknesses of the Chinese Economy in the session called ‘Demystifying the Dragon’.
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Kohima visit 2

On 22-23 September, Rajiv Bhatia, Distinguished Fellow, Foreign Policy Studies, Gateway House, visited Kohima, Nagaland for the annual North East Summit. The theme of the conference was ‘Connect North East’, wherein they focused on generating ideas and proposals for expanding and accelerating development of this region
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