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The Saga of Raju and his “Dayalappals”

October 2015

by Jon Dorschner Raju Dayal was not an important man. In fact he was at the bottom of the office totem pole. He worked in a huge government office in New Delhi, India as a chaprassi. A chaprassi is an … Continued

The Myth of the Indian Middle Class

September 2015

by Jon P. Dorschner India is at an economic turning point. The resounding victory of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the 2014 parliamentary elections has largely been viewed by observers as a ringing endorsement of economic … Continued

Is China Cracking Up?

June 2015

by Paul Levine In March David Shambaugh published an op-ed piece in The Wall Street Journal under the headline, “The Coming Chinese Crackup.” “The endgame of communist rule in China has begun,” the article continued, “and Xi Jinping’s ruthless measures … Continued

Caution and Narendra Modi

June 2015

by Jon P. Dorschner The Modi wave has swept across India and is still ongoing. In the 2014 Parliamentary elections Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won 282 seats, gaining an absolute majority in parliament, while the ruling United Progressive … Continued

The Accidental Prime Minister

April 2015

Review by Jon P. Dorschner The Accidental Prime Minister (The Making and Unmaking of Mohan Singh) by Sanjaya Baru, Viking Books: New York, 2014, ISBN 978-0-670086740, 287 pp., $28.88 (Hardcover), $12.72 (Kindle). This is my second book review covering the … Continued

Packing for India

March 2015

Review by Jon P. Dorschner Packing for India by David Mulford, Potomac Books: Dulles, Virginia, 2014, ISBN 978-I-61234-715-8, 338 pp., $29.95 (Hardcover), $21.08 (Kindle). I wanted to read and review this book because Ambassador Mulford and I served together in … Continued

India Needs an Environmental Opposition Party

February 2015

by Jon P. DorschnerPart I – The Perfect Storm We once lived in a world of infinite possibilities. It was filled with hope. But the world has undergone a radical transformation. It has reached the “tipping point.” Decisions taken today … Continued

A Life Lived in CIA, the White House and the Two Koreas

November 2014

Review by Ted Wilkinson Pot Shards: Fragments of a Life Lived in CIA, the White House and the Two Koreas by Donald Gregg, New Academia Publishing, 2014, ISBN-13: 978-0990447115, 332 pages, $38.00 (Hardcover), $26.00 (Paperback), $7.99 (Kindle). Apart from its … Continued

The Indian Election: Historic but not the Magic Bullet

June 2014

by Jon DorschnerAlmost all observers agree that the recently concluded Indian election was historic.  By winning 282 seats, a gain of 166 from the previous election, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has won an outright majority in the Lok Sabha … Continued

Managing Conflicts in India

May 2014

Review by Jon P. Dorschner Managing Conflicts in India: Policies of Coercion and     Accommodation by Bidisha Biswas, Lexington          Books: Plymouth, United Kingdom, 2014, ISBN 13: 978-0-7391-8754-8, 144 pp. $75.00 (Hardcover), $59.95 (Kindle). The Indian narrative reflects an obsession … Continued

The International Community and Pakistan

April 2014

by Jon P. Dorschner  In his book Pakistan: A Hard Country1 Anatol Lieven joined the long parade of South Asia scholars attempting to A) explain what is happening, B) provide some explanatory variables C) provide specific foreign policy recommendations, and … Continued

U.S. Alliances in Northeast Asia

March 2014

By Sheila A. Smith, Senior Fellow, Counsel on Foreign Relations Text: http://www.cfr.org/asia-and-pacific/us-alliances-northeast-asia/p32533 Reviewed by Francis P. Sempa, Contributing Editor In recent testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Sheila Smith of the counsel on Foreign Relations highlighted the importance of … Continued

Future Battlegound of Indo/Pakistan Rivalry

January 2014

Post Afghanistan 2014 Future Battlegound of Indo/Pakistan Rivalry by Jon P. Dorschner In May 2012, The United States and Afghanistan initialed a strategic partnership agreement committing the US and its ISAF partners to withdraw their combat troops from Afghanistan by … Continued

The China Fallacy

September 2013

Review by Stanton Jue
The China Fallacy: How the U.S. Can Benefit From China’s Rise and Avoid Another Cold War by Donald Gross, Bloomsbury, New York & London, 2012, ISBN-13:978-1441147899, paperback 2013, 320 pp.