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Balancing Chinese Regional Unipolarity

By Sanat Valecha Published November 9, 2014

India has strengthened economic and military ties with Far Eastern nations to create a balancing force against growing Chinese power in Asia.


When the Enemy of Your Enemy Isn't Your Friend

By Sanat Valecha Published October 24, 2014

With the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the West must fight both the radical extremist group and its enemy, the Syrian government. To coordinate its response and ensure only its allies reap the benefits of its bombing campaigns, the international community should work more closely with its chosen moderate rebel groups in Syria.


Indo-Pak Relations Under Modi's Government

By Sanat Valecha Published April 21, 2014

Narendra Modi and the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) impending election victory could have grave implications for the future of Indo-Pak relations.


Energy Diplomacy in Ukraine

By Sanat Valecha Published March 17, 2014

European dependence on Russia's vast natural gas reserves allows Russian aggression, including the invasion of Ukraine, to go unchecked. However, the recent surge in domestic natural gas production has the potential to allow the United States to employ its energy policy to advance its geopolitical interests and combat those of its rivals.


Syria: The Latest Theater of the New Middle Eastern Cold War

By Sanat Valecha Published November 8, 2013

This piece discusses the idea of the Middle Eastern Cold War, contested largely between Saudi Arabia and Iran, and uses it to explain what is happening in Syria today. In essence, Syria's regression into a warring, domestically weak state has created a conflict that acts as a proxy in which Saudi Arabia and Iran further their rivalry, Sanat argues.


Drone Warfare

By Sanat Valecha Published October 11, 2013

The populations of numerous countries express a strong disapproval of the use of drones for targeted missile strikes, and leaders of countries where the US has employed drone warfare have lashed out against the breach of their sovereignty. Before leading an intervention in Syria based on the regime's violation of international law concerning chemical warfare, the US should consider a world with laws limiting thescope and magnitude of drone warfare.