Rajaram Panda

The writer is ICCR India Chair Visiting Professor at Reitaku University, Japan

Snap polls in Japan: Securing political stability

Sunday, 01 Oct 2017 | Rajaram Panda | in Backbone

All parties need to jointly address the common security challenge, and frequent power shifts, like in the past, should not be repeated, opines Rajaram Panda In a surprise announcement on September 25, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe stunned the nation and declared to dissolve the House of Representatives (Lower House) on...

Constitutional revision debate in Japan

Sunday, 17 Sep 2017 | Rajaram Panda | in Backbone

Ever since Japan’s Constitution was promulgated 70 years ago, not a single change has been made in it. But PM Abe wants to change this trend and has resolved to complete the process before his term ends, writes Rajaram Panda In an extremely controversial and massive shift for the country’s pacifist...

The Brazilian sojourn

Sunday, 03 Sep 2017 | Rajaram Panda | in GupShup

There are around 1.5 million Brazilians of Japanese descent, and many had migrated during the Meiji period and settled there. That is why Brazil finds special focus in Japan Government’s foreign policy, writes RAJARAM PANDA I had a rare opportunity to visit Sao Paulo, Brazil, in South America, from August 13...

Abe’s Cabinet reshuffle for dynamism in governance

Sunday, 20 Aug 2017 | Rajaram Panda | in Backbone

In the face of serious political, economic, and security challenges, the Japanese Prime Minister is trying to restore balance and stability, says RAJARAM PANDA Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is facing serious political, economic and security challenges. At the political level, his popularity rate plummeted as his administration was hurt by...

North Korean imbroglio continues

Sunday, 06 Aug 2017 | Rajaram Panda | in Backbone

It emerged from the latest missile launch that North Korea’s ICBM capabilities are advancing significantly and faster than expected, writes Rajaram Panda The volatile security situation in Northeast Asia nosedived further when North Korea launched another intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) hours before midnight on July 28, the second such launch in...

Delhi Dialogue 9: Invigorating ties with ASEAN

Sunday, 23 Jul 2017 | Rajaram Panda | in Backbone

The GST will pave the way for new opportunities of trade and investment into India not only from ASEAN states but also from others, says Rajaram Panda Ever since India launched its Look East Policy in the early 1990s, successive Governments have only given a stronger spine to this foreign policy...

Moon on US soil, for a smoother ride

Sunday, 09 Jul 2017 | Rajaram Panda | in Backbone

Moon Jae-in’s visit to Washington is a powerful and symbolic show of his personal commitment to South Korea’s alliance with the United States despite the fact that both he and President Donald Trump are not on the same page on several issues. RAJARAM PANDA decodes the dynamics Just two months into...

Taiwan’s international isolation continues

Sunday, 25 Jun 2017 | Rajaram Panda | in Backbone

The list of its allies continues to shrink and prospects of finding new ones seem to be a non-starter, writes Rajaram Panda China’s juggernaut continues, be it its assertive stance on South China Sea, or the grandiose Belt and Road Project or other areas of its aggressive posture. In its latest...

What did Shangri-La Dialogue 2017 achieve?

Sunday, 11 Jun 2017 | Rajaram Panda | in Backbone

While it acknowledged the seriousness of new security challenges faced by many nations in the region, it failed to find solutions on how to cope with them, says Rajaram Panda The Asian Security Summit, also known as the Shangri-La Dialogue, is a unique meeting of ministers and delegates from over 50...

Hope for Code of Conduct on South China Sea

Sunday, 28 May 2017 | Rajaram Panda | in Backbone

The legally binding document is expected to address reducing the risk of clashes in one of the world’s most strategic maritime territories, writes Rajaram Panda The oceanic space of the South China Sea (SCS) has emerged as a major flashpoint in the Asia Pacific region as there are several claimants to...


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