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The big questions in public policy today are too often viewed from just one national perspective. Yet, many of the challenges facing the United States today are not unique to this country. The Pell Center project on global challenges examines difficult public issues from an international perspective. Through studies and events, we explore issues in health care, education, aging, criminal justice and more in order to understand how other modern, industrial societies deal with the same critical challenges. In understanding the global response to these issues, we may find lessons for American policy makers. At minimum, we’ll deepen the understanding of our shared human experience.

International Relations Reports

The Subsurface Dimension of Sino-Indian Maritime Rivalry

India & China at Sea - Iskander Rehman chapterAuthor: Iskander Rehman

Senior Fellow Iskander Rehman  has a chapter in a new book on Sino-Indian naval rivalry published by Oxford University Press titled, “The Subsurface Dimension of Sino-Indian Maritime Rivalry.”

Download the full chapter here.

New Horizons, New Risks: A Scenario-based Approach to Thinking about the Future of Crisis Stability in South Asia

New Horizons, New RisksAuthor: Iskander Rehman

In his contribution to a new edited volume produced by The Stimson Center, Senior Fellow Iskander Rehman explores various potential crisis scenarios in South Asia. His chapter is titled, New Horizons, New Risks: A Scenario-based Approach to Thinking about the Future of Crisis Stability in South Asia.

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The Corruption of American Conservatism

Corruption of American ConservatismAuthor: Iskander Rehman

In this Pell Center publication, Dr. Rehman chronicles the corruption of American conservatism in the Trump era. Many of America’s leading postwar conservative intellectuals, he argues, would have trouble recognizing the current ideological trajectory of the GOP.

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India, China, and differing conceptions of the maritime order

India China and differing conceptions of the maritime order

Author: Iskander Rehman

The law of the sea is one of the structural pillars of the international order. The complex rules and norms that govern freedom of navigation and maritime economic activity have played a crucial role in maintaining the global commons free from policies of enclosure, coercion and expropriation. Drawing on the relevant strategic and legal literature, this report engages in a comparative analysis of India and China’s attitudes towards the law of the sea. It charts the growing divergences—both normative and behavioral—between Asia’s two great rising powers with regard to freedom of navigation and maritime territorial disputes. It concludes by analyzing the ramifications of these developments for the future of global stability.

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India’s Fitful Quest for Seapower

Author: Iskander Rehman

Building on several years of research, field trips, and many interviews of Indian military officers and government officials, both serving and retired, this article aims to provide a deeper understanding of the role of the Indian Navy in India’s grand strategy. In particular, it seeks to explain a troubling paradox: the relative neglect of the navy vis-à-vis the other services, and the seeming misalignment of New Delhi’s military strategy with its maritime geography.

 

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A Himalayan Challenge: India’s Conventional Deterrent and the Role of Special Operations Forces Along the Sino-Indian Border

A Himalayan Challenge by Iskander Rehman

Author: Iskander Rehman

Dr. Rehman’s article aims to give a clearer picture of the security dynamic along the Sino-Indian border. It draws on field trips to the Himalayan border states of Sikkim, Himachal Pradesh, and Jammu and Kashmir as well as close to thirty interviews with intelligence officials and Indian Army (IA) and special forces officers, both serving and retired.

The article lays out the operational benefits to be accrued from the tailored employment of Indian special operations forces in a number of potential conflict contingencies along the Sino-Indian border. While warning against an overreliance on special operators,  it argues strongly in favor of a better integration in-between Indian special and general purpose forces.

Download the article here.

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2020 Fall Event Series Announced

The Pell Center is pleased to announce its 2020 fall event series.  Tickets to these events are free and will be available about two weeks prior to the event date.  Please RSVP for each event on the Pell Center’s Eventbrite page and call 401-341-2927 or email [email protected] with questions.  Scroll to the bottom of this page to sign up for our email list and be notified when tickets become available.  All events will … Read More

Brent Scowcroft and the U.S.-UK Special Relationship – A Legacy Lost?

Retired Air Force Lieutenant General Brent Scowcroft died August 6th at the age of 95.  Since his death, there have been numerous tributes to him by those who knew him and served with him.  Those remembrances have highlighted his over six decades of service to this nation, as a military officer, as National Security Advisor to Presidents Gerald R. Ford and George H. W. Bush, and as a strategist and … Read More

Dr. Iskander Rehman’s Detailed Study of Cardinal Richelieu’s Grand Strategy Released by Texas National Security Review

In the latest issue of the leading national security journal Texas National Security Review, Senior Fellow Dr. Iskander Rehman engages in a detailed and interdisciplinary analysis of Cardinal Richelieu’s grand strategy during the Thirty Years’ War. One of history’s more polarizing figures, Richelieu is perhaps best known for three things: his unabashed authoritarianism, his efforts to stiffen the sinews of the French state, and his controversial decision to position France … Read More

After His Holiness: Tibet, Reincarnation Politics and the Future of Sino-Indian Relations

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