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Brahma Chellaney

The contributor for Republica.

America’s Interest in Ending the Ukraine Crisis

Published On: March 24, 2023 08:30 AM NPT By: Brahma Chellaney

After more than a year of fighting, it is clear that neither side in the Russia-Ukraine war can win on the battlefield. A negotiated ceasefire is the only way out of the current military deadlock, and it must happen before Russia and China cement a strategic axis that weakens the West and leaves Taiwan more vulnerable than ever.

America’s Middle-East Obsession

Published On: January 28, 2020 09:30 AM NPT By: Brahma Chellaney

NEW DELHI – “Great nations do not fight endless wars,” US President Donald Trump declared in his 2019 State of the Union speech. He had a point: military entanglements in the Middle East have contributed to the relative decline of American power and facilitated China’s muscular rise. And yet, less than a year after that speech, Trump ordered the assassination of Iran’s most powerful military commander, General Qassem Suleimani, bringing the United States to the precipice of yet another war. Such is the power of America’s addiction to interfering in the chronically volatile Middle East.

From moon to space

Published On: July 21, 2019 08:25 AM NPT By: Brahma Chellaney

NEW DELHI – Fifty years after astronauts first walked on the Moon, space wars have gone from Hollywood fantasy to looming threat. Not content with possessing enough nuclear weapons to wipe out all life on Earth many times over, major powers are rapidly militarizing space. Given the world’s increasing reliance on space-based assets, the risks are enormous.

Trump’s gift to Taliban

Published On: February 6, 2019 12:30 AM NPT By: Brahma Chellaney

America is preparing to hand Afghanistan back to the group it removed from power 17 years ago

Isolation of indigenous groups

Published On: January 13, 2019 12:30 AM NPT By: Brahma Chellaney

Indigenous people are an essential element of cultural diversity and ecological harmony. Let them live in peace in the ancestral lands

Concert of Indo-Pacific democracies

Published On: November 15, 2018 12:30 AM NPT By: Brahma Chellaney

Creating a free and open Indo-Pacific is not the job of one country alone.

The end of America’s China fantasy

Published On: October 28, 2018 01:00 AM NPT By: Brahma Chellaney

America’s “China fantasy,” as James Mann calls it, was exemplified by Bill Clinton’s argument in favor of allowing China’s admission to the World Trade Organization

Water-smart energy choices

Published On: April 16, 2018 12:30 AM NPT By: Brahma Chellaney

True energy security is possible only in the context of resource, climate, and environmental sustainability. The global focus obscures these critical linkages

Imperial China

Published On: December 24, 2017 12:30 AM NPT By: Brahma Chellaney

Lanka’s experience illustrates that Chinese financing can shackle its “partner” countries.

China’s land grab

Published On: June 20, 2017 12:15 AM NPT By: Brahma Chellaney

China’s fast-growing trade surplus with India has increased President Xi’s territorial assertiveness

Blowback terror

Published On: June 11, 2017 12:15 AM NPT By: Brahma Chellaney

As the US and its allies continue to face terrorist blowback, one hopes Trump comes to his senses

OBOR overreach

Published On: May 29, 2017 12:15 AM NPT By: Brahma Chellaney

In terms of scale or scope, OBOR has no parallel in modern history. It is more than 12 times the size of the Marshall Plan

Asia’s American menace

Published On: April 27, 2017 12:30 AM NPT By: Brahma Chellaney

Trump’s actions have already strengthened Xi’s position though Trump probably didn’t realize it.

Trump’s China challenge

Published On: February 22, 2017 12:15 AM NPT By: Brahma Chellaney

By failing to provide strategic heft to his Asia pivot Obama left it unhinged

China’s debt-trap

Published On: January 25, 2017 12:15 AM NPT By: Brahma Chellaney

The heavier the debt burden on smaller countries, the greater China’s own leverage becomes

China’s dam problem

Published On: October 4, 2016 12:15 AM NPT By: Brahma Chellaney

With Suu Kyi committed to a neutral foreign policy, China’s days of sucking resources from Myanmar are over

Asia’s troubled water

Published On: April 25, 2016 12:00 AM NPT By: Brahma Chellaney

Asia must grow enough food to meet rising demand, but while reducing the amount of water that goes toward irrigation