Nalin Kumar Mohapatra

US, Russia need to focus on common foes

Saturday, 10 Feb 2018 | Nalin Kumar Mohapatra | in Oped

Instead of being fixated on expanding ‘sphere of influence’ into the ‘imaginary geopolitical zones’ of each other, the US and Russia should checkmate the ‘disrupters’ — China, Pakistan, Taliban, and ISIS — to ensure strategic stability in this region. Because of its stature as an emerging Asian power, Indian can...

Rohingya crisis: India’s strategic energy security concerns

Saturday, 18 Nov 2017 | Nalin Kumar Mohapatra | in Oped

Over the last few months, the Rohingya crisis has been generating global concerns. Just a few weeks ago, a boat carrying illegal Rohingya migrants to Bangladesh coast sank. Because of the prolonged conflict, the exodus of Rohingyas is continuing unabated from the crisis-ridden Rakhine province of Myanmar. Gauging the extent...

Breaking BRICS’ impasse on terror

Saturday, 16 Sep 2017 | Nalin Kumar Mohapatra | in Oped

The 9th annual summit of BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) countries, which took place in the Chinese city of Xiamen on September 4-5, 2017, is historic in the sense that it started with an uncertain note but ended positively. This generated a sense of optimism among the...

Astana Summit: Geopolitics of SCO

Saturday, 17 Jun 2017 | Nalin Kumar Mohapatra | in Oped

The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit — which took place in Kazakhstan’s Astana on June 8-9 — is going to have a major impact on geopolitical structure of Eurasia and Asia. The summit took place against the background of extension of full membership to both India and Pakistan. Second, a...

Ways to make post-oil transition smooth

Saturday, 01 Apr 2017 | Nalin Kumar Mohapatra | in Oped

A perplexing question confronting both the energy policymakers as well as academics is whether the world is entering into a “post-oil” phenomenon. This question has been repeatedly raised over the years because of the growing demand for renewable energy (RE) in different parts of the world. Along with this, a...

Cooperative or competitive geopolitics in Arctic

Saturday, 11 Mar 2017 | Nalin Kumar Mohapatra | in Oped

Both the US and Canada are deriving major chunk of energy from Arctic territories. Along with resources, the importance of this region is growing because of the Northern Sea Route. Analysts are arguing this sea route is going to connect ‘Europe and Asia Pacific’ by reducing the distance. However because...

Redrawing puzzling South Asian energy map

Saturday, 11 Feb 2017 | Nalin Kumar Mohapatra | in Oped

Over the years renewable energy is emerging as a major source of alternative energy for South Asia. As this region is blessed with hydrocarbon resources, the most important task is how to tap the potentiality to mitigate energy scarcity No other region of the world offers paradoxical picture over energy security...

Russia joining China-Pak nexus! Asia’s security at stake

Saturday, 14 Jan 2017 | Nalin Kumar Mohapatra | in Oped

If news reports of Moscow’s keenness to join China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and its willingness to bury the hatchet with ‘epicentre of radicalism’ Pakistan are true, it is a bad omen for South Asia and Eurasian regions The year 2016 ended with a sobering note as far as the Asian security situation...

OPEC and geopolitics or geo-economics of oil pricing

Saturday, 24 Dec 2016 | Nalin Kumar Mohapatra | in Oped

Indian energy conglomerates, like ONGC Videsh Limited, are on a buying spree of energy assets abroad more particularly in Russia. This is certainly a major achievement, as far as energy diplomacy is concerned. Recently, at the Petrotech Conference held on December 4, 2016, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also called...

Revitalising Russia-US relations — Trump factor

Saturday, 10 Dec 2016 | Nalin Kumar Mohapatra | in Oped

If Trump implements some of the election speeches into official policies, it could certainly ease tension and will reduce the “New Cold War” syndrome. The Russian President in his State of the Nation Address on December 1, 2016, as reproduced by the kremlin.ru, has also made a pointed reference towards...


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