Why China fears the growing US-Nepal relationship?

On June 12, General Flynn, the commanding general of the United States Army Pacific, concluded his 4-day visit to Nepal. During his visit, General Flynn held meetings with President Bidya Devi Bhandari, Prime Minister Deuba and Army Chief General Sharma, among others. However, with the emergence of the controversy surrounding Nepal’s decision to join the State Partnership Programme with the US army, the visit also became controversial. Subsequently, after the SPP was shunned by Nepal, Beijing commended Kathmandu’s opposition to the US’ Indo-Pacific strategy. Why did the SPP become controversial and why does China fear the growing US-Nepal relationship? Priyal Lyncia D’Almeida talks to Shrey Khanna about General Flynn’s Nepal visit and the Chinese fears of growing US-Nepal cooperation.

Ep. 818: The Roe v Wade Debate

The US Supreme Court’s decision to potentially overturn the historic 1973 Roe v. Wade verdict has sparked off discussions on how this might impact abortion rights in the US. Arjun Gargeyas talks to Megha Pardhi and Priyal D’Almeida on the history and context behind the verdict along with future implications of the court’s recent decision.

Ep. 788: Exploring India-US Cooperation in Military AI

As the United States (US) and India gradually deepen cooperation in political, technological, and other areas, the cooperation in military Artificial Intelligence (AI) also holds a lot of potential. In this episode, Megha Pardhi and Husanjot Chahal explore avenues for India-US cooperation in military applications of AI.

Husanjot Chahal is Research Analyst at the Centre for Security and Emerging Technology (CSET) at Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service. Before CSET, she worked in the World Bank’s Corporate Security Division and in New Delhi-based research organizations, including the MP Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA).

Ep. 768: The US Strategy for the Indo-Pacific

The Biden Administration has come up with the US’ first Indo-Pacific Strategy document which aims to secure a free and open, connected, prosperous, secure, and resilient Indo-Pacific. How does the strategy view China? What is the role of India in this US strategy? What are the action plan in the document and the likely challenges towards its implementation? Megha Pardhi talks to Shrey Khanna to discuss the US Strategy for the Indo-Pacific.

Ep. 610: To DARPA, or not to DARPA

US’ Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency(DARPA) is the progenitor of many technologies which are synonymous to modern life today. Several countries including India strive to duplicate DARPA and its success in their own respective defence R&D ecosystem. None have been successful due to various policy, funding and structural reasons. Aditya Pareek joins Pranay Kotasthane to discuss the various issues around the Indian defence R&D space and what we can learn from the DARPA model.

Link to the Resources mentioned in this episode:

  1. The case for nurturing military scientists in the Indian Army by Lt. Col. Vivek Gopal
  2. Study of the US DARPA Model and its Applicability to the Indian Defence Research and Development System by Bikramdeep Singh
  3. A Rare Earths Strategy for India Discussion Document by Takshashila Institution
  4. Weapons of Mass Distortion by Marina Favrov
  5. The Shock of the old by David Edgerton

ಕರೋನ ವ್ಯಾಕ್ಸೀನ್ ಬರುತ್ತಿದೆ! COVID-19 Vaccines are Coming.

Pavan Srinath talks about the latest news on COVID-19 vaccines, how they were developed, the science of how they work, and the road ahead. [iframe src=’https://webplayer.adorilabs.com/IxOTYI89k5EiBMtk’ width=’100%’ height=’600′ frameborder=’0′ scrolling=’no’ allow=’autoplay’] ಪವನ್ ಶ್ರೀನಾಥ್ ಮತ್ತು ಗಣೇಶ್ ಚಕ್ರವರ್ತಿ ಅವರು ಕೋವಿಡ್-19 ಲಸಿಕೆಗಳ ಇತ್ತೀಚಿನ ಸುದ್ದಿಗಳು, ಅವುಗಳನ್ನು ಹೇಗೆ ಅಭಿವೃದ್ಧಿಪಡಿಸಲಾಗಿದೆ, ಅವುಗಳ ವೈಜ್ಞಾನಿಕ ಹಿನ್ನೆಲೆ ಮತ್ತು ಮುಂದಿರುವ ಹಾದಿಯ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಮಾತನಾಡುತ್ತಾರೆ. ತಲೆ-ಹರಟೆ ಕನ್ನಡ ಪಾಡ್‌ಕಾಸ್ಟ್‌ನ …

ಅಮೆರಿಕಾದ ಕನಸು. The American Dream.

Washington D.C. based journalist & author Chidanand Rajghatta talks to host Pavan Srinath about the American dream that fueled the prosperity of several million Indians, and how the American Dream is shadowed by doubt and uncertainty in the coming months and years. Listen to Episode 66 of the Thale-Harate Kannada Podcast. [iframe src=’https://webplayer.adorilabs.com/e/IaeQrnacMc2dkOGi’ width=’100%’ height=’304′ …

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Nuclear War, Deterrence and Peace

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Refugees in the 21st Century

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The Syrian Civil War

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Markets in Space

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