International Relations

International Relations

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.

Download the full chapter here.

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.

Download the full report here.

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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Recent International Blog Posts

The 2021 Story of the Year with Dr. Evelyn Farkas

Air Dates: December 13-19, 2021 2021 is the second year of the pandemic, and it began, almost immediately, with a violent insurrection at the United States Capitol.  Dr. Evelyn Farkas helps us put the big stories of the last 12 months in context even as we name the top story of 2021. Dr. Farkas has three decades of experience working on national security and foreign policy in the U.S. executive … Read More

Recap: “The Future of U.S.-India Relations with Ambassador Richard Verma”

The relationship between the United States and India has long been complicated. On March 3, 2020, Salve Regina’s Pell Center Executive Director Dr. Jim Ludes hosted Ambassador Richard Verma, who served as the U.S. Ambassador to India during the Obama administration.  Verma addressed the current relationship between the U.S. and India, India’s role in global and regional affairs, and how the Biden administration might approach India on everything from China … Read More

Recap: “The Constitution and Foreign Affairs with Dr. Anthony Clark Arend”

Constitution Day in the United States is held annually on September 17 to commemorate the signing of the U.S. Constitution on that same day in 1787. While it spells out much of the American government’s framework, it says very little about the exercise of foreign affairs powers. However, some of the most contentious disputes between the legislative branches of the U.S. government have centered around foreign affairs. Dr. Anthony Clark … Read More

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