“India’s bullying of its neighbours boosted China. Now it needs to build a strong backyard.” DKI APCSS Professor Shyam Tekwani writes for the South China Morning Post. The opinion piece states that: “after facilitating China’s expansionist goals by treating nearby countries badly, India needs to demonstrate good neighbourliness to realise its global potential. According to Tekwani, India needs to “to build the strong and prosperous backyard it needs to realise its own potential to become an influential voice in global decision-making.” Read the full article The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do [...]
DKI APCSS Professor Shyam Tekwani has a new article published by the East Asia Forum entitled “Sri Lanka’s return to ethnic majoritarianism.” In the article, Tekwani states that “Before Sri Lanka’s economy can be rebuilt or democratic institutions revitalised, the country will need to come to terms with its legacies of violence.” Read the full article online at: https://www.eastasiaforum.org/2020/06/19/sri-lankas-return-to-ethnic-majoritarianism/ Shyam Tekwani is Professor at the Daniel K Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies. The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily represent the views of APCSS, the US Department of Defense or the US government.
A new article was published on The Diplomat by Dr. Jeffrey Hornung & Prof. Shyam Tekwani May 27 entitled "Modi is NOT India’s Shinzo Abe." Despite obvious similarities, Modi and Abe differ substantially. Still, Indo-Japanese ties will flourish under them. Excerpt: "Building on this past decade of growth, and undergirded by their mutual admiration, personal friendship, and a desire for closer bilateral ties, Indo-Japan ties will flourish under Modi and Abe. Both recognize the importance of strengthening their domestic economies while simultaneously expanding their bilateral ties from the existing economic foundation toward stronger strategic ties. From Japan’s perspective, it has spent most of [...]
The September issue of Pacific Affairs includes an article co-authored by APCSS professor Shyam Tekwani. “Shutting Down the Mobile Phone and the Downfall of Nepalese Society, Economy and Politics” explores how an 88-day shutdown in mobile phone service in Nepal as part of an effort to curb violence contributed to increased public discontent. Authors Tekwani; Peng Hwa Ang, Nanyang Technological University; and Guozhen Wang, Zhanjiang Normal University, Guangdong (China) review the importance of communications in today’s environment. According to Pacific Affairs editors, the authors conclude that “the mobile phone is so interwoven into modern life that without it, we feel isolated, [...]
APCSS Professor Shyam Tekwani reviews a new book and a British Channel 4 documentary about the civil war in Sri Lanka in "The long afterlife of war in teardrop isle" written for Tehelka Magazine (India). "Atrocities are believed in or disbelieved in solely on which side of the river you are," says Tekwani. Both the book and the documentary are critical of the government's efforts to put an end to the civil war and tend to put weight on what he believes are exaggerated claims by the Tamil Tigers. According to Tekwani, "The truth about atrocities is that they happen and [...]
-+ “Issues for Engagement: Asian Perspectives on Transnational Security Challenges,” edited by David Fouse, is the latest book published by the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies. According to Fouse, “The chapters in this volume analyze security priorities at the individual country level and gauge each country’s attempts at bilateral and multilateral security cooperation on transnational security challenges. Our intention is to provide policymakers and other government officials with a useful and convenient reference tool to draw upon to engage specific countries in the Asia-Pacific region.” […]