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Cleo Paskal
Cleo Paskal is an Associate Fellow at the Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House, London, as well as Adjunct Faculty in the Department of Geopolitics, Manipal University, India and in Global Change, SCMS Kochi, India. She has consulted for or briefed a wide range of stakeholders including the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Army War College, U.K. Ministry of Defence, EU, NATO, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office, U.K. Defense Academy, the heads of many major corporations, and security professionals from over 30 countries.

Cleo Paskal is also an award-winning writer who has contributed to, among others, the Sunday Times, Telegraph, Wired and The Economist. She has hosted BBC radio shows and wrote an Emmy-winning documentary TV series. Her book Global Warring: How Environmental, Economic, and Political Crises Will Redraw the World Map was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2010. It won multiple awards, including the Grantham Prize Award of Special Merit.

Entries by Cleo Paskal

Will HBO Give Platform to Racist Australian Brownface 'Mockumentary'?

(19) Comments | Posted July 14, 2014 | 10:08 AM

It's not often you see a new form of racism being created. But, if HBO goes ahead with its planned screening of Jonah from Tonga, that's exactly what's going to happen. And the lives of a whole lot of good people will get that much worse.


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Expert: Global Grand Alliance Needed Against Wahhabi Terror

(2) Comments | Posted June 24, 2014 | 12:00 PM

Indian Strategist Prof. M D Nalapat, UNESCO Peace Chair and Editorial Director of the Sunday Guardian, has an unusually spot-on record for predicting trends in the Middle East. He was in New York City on September 11, 2001, having just warned that the U.S. was likely to be targeted. At...

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Will Modi's India Reinvent International Relations?

(3) Comments | Posted May 30, 2014 | 10:33 AM

On May 16 Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP, Indian People's Party) and its allies won 336 out of 543 seats in the Indian parliament, giving them India's strongest political mandate in over 30 years, and putting them within reach of the 2/3 majority needed to change the...

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How Secure Are India's Elections?

(15) Comments | Posted May 14, 2014 | 2:14 PM

According to exit polls, Narendra Modi is likely to be declared the next Prime Minister of India. The only thing that might stand in his way is an electronic voting machine (EVM).

The problems with EVM security have been widely known since the large-scale irregularities in

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The Importance of De-Hyphenating India

(1) Comments | Posted December 30, 2013 | 2:38 PM

Western analysis of India is often blinkered by the "hyphen syndrome." First it was India-Pakistan, now it is India-China. But a recent conference in Pune showed exactly why that assessment is dangerously short-sighted, at the very least.

The India and Development Partnerships in Asia and...

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New Lend-Lease for Indo-Pacific Allies

(0) Comments | Posted May 28, 2013 | 1:09 PM

On August 28, 2012, Chinese Air Force Colonel Dai Xu wrote a commentary for the Chinese-language edition of the Communist Party's Global Times. It read, in part:

Since we have decided that the US is bluffing in the East China Sea, we should take this opportunity to respond...

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Stompin' Tom -- World's Best Travel Writer Moves On

(0) Comments | Posted May 5, 2013 | 1:47 AM

I have often (OK, twice) been asked who my favourite travel writers are. I know I am supposed to answer with a soliloquy on the comparative merits of Bruce Chatwin and Bill Bryson, perhaps throwing in something about how, of course darling, the genre has not been the same since...

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Expert: West Helping Wahabbi Winter Spread to Syria

(28) Comments | Posted December 20, 2012 | 2:42 PM

The United States, Britain, France, and others, have just recognized a rebel coalition as being Syria's legitimate representatives. However, serious questions are being raised about the coalition, including by Canada, which is refusing to recognize it until it rejects extremism and pledges to protect minorities --...

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Chinese Corruption Party Undermines China's Stability

(3) Comments | Posted April 30, 2012 | 10:44 AM

Corruption is literally built into the foundations of modern China. The construction and infrastructure sectors are two of the most corrupt in country, putting at risk China's vaunted development, and also potentially endangering its neighbors.

All across China, everything from sidewalks to apartment buildings to...

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How New Zealand's Petty Politics Undermines Stability and Security in the Pacific

(17) Comments | Posted February 9, 2012 | 5:53 PM

It seems like a small story -- local politics in an island nation at the edge of the map. But it is typical of the sort of dynamics that are seriously undermining western security in a critical period, and in a geostrategic location.

This particular story started over a year...

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Harvard Punishes Free Speech in India

(50) Comments | Posted December 19, 2011 | 4:59 PM

It's going from bad to worse to farce for free speech in India. In fact, by the time you reach the end of this blog, its contents might be illegal on the subcontinent.

First, a few months ago, India's Communication and IT Minister Kapil Sibal decided that Indians were texting...

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U.S. Military Undermined By Environmental Change

(5) Comments | Posted November 21, 2011 | 5:13 PM

Across the US, critical military installations are being put at risk by environmental change. According to the US Department of Defense's (DoD) 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review Report:

In 2008, the National Intelligence Council [NIC] judged that more than 30 US military installations were already facing elevated levels of...

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Weeding Out Corruption In India

(4) Comments | Posted November 4, 2011 | 4:05 PM

This is Part Two of a two-part series on the roots of corruption in India, and some of what is being done to weed it out. This first part looked at causes of corruption in modern India. The second part looks at how the battle against corruption in...

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Roots of Corruption in India

(6) Comments | Posted November 2, 2011 | 2:49 PM

There is a revolution in India.

Individual by individual, an anti-corruption wave is growing within Indian civil society. In recent months, people from all sectors of Indian society have said 'enough is enough' and, each in their own way, are doing something about it. Some are taking to the...

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As Central Asia Fragments, Could English Be the Answer?

(29) Comments | Posted September 15, 2011 | 2:10 PM

On Christmas Day, 1991, five new countries were born. This year Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, and Kyrgyzstan turn 20. A lot has changed.

When the Soviet Union fragmented in to its component parts, and the new nations of Central...

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Why Indian Corruption Is a Global Security Concern

(20) Comments | Posted August 25, 2011 | 2:03 PM

India is in the throes of what some are calling a "second freedom struggle." Across the country, citizens are on the streets, in the courts and on the internet, fighting to break corruption's chokehold on the nation. It is a critically important...

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World's #9 Most Powerful Person Now Accused of Corruption -- Will She Fall?

(42) Comments | Posted April 25, 2011 | 7:17 AM

New Delhi. Some of India's biggest fish are getting caught up in the country's fast-growing wave of anti-corruption activity. In what could be India's equivalent of a judicial jasmine revolution, previously invulnerable politicians, business icons, and pillars of the community are all nervously keeping their lawyers on speed-dial.


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Why We Build Nuclear Power Stations in Earthquake Zones

(20) Comments | Posted March 20, 2011 | 8:50 PM

The nuclear tragedy currently unfolding in Japan started decades ago on a piece of paper. Before any infrastructure project that size is approved, a risk assessment needs to be done. Hazards are identified and a cost/benefit analysis is made about how to approach those risks.

If constructing in a...

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WikiLeaks: New Zealand Sells Itself as "a more Pacific country" than Australia - And As Key to Pacific Security. US Buys It.

(2) Comments | Posted December 14, 2010 | 2:40 PM

Nuku'alofa, Kingdom of Tonga. WikiLeaks has given New Zealand's Sunday Star-Times 1,490 diplomatic cables from the United States' Wellington Embassy. To date, only a few of those cables have been publicly released. However, they clearly indicate an increasingly close relationship between New Zealand and the U.S.,...

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Why the West Is Losing the Pacific to China, the Arab League, and Just About Everyone Else

(9) Comments | Posted November 24, 2010 | 9:45 AM

Nuku'alofa, Kingdom of Tonga. The small South Pacific country of the Kingdom of Tonga has been busy. In a two-week period around the start of September, separate military delegations from the US, New Zealand, Australia, UK, India and the UN stopped by for a visit. The French sent a frigate...

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