Articles By Ramtanu Maitra

Assessing ISIS’s Emergence as a Prime Threat in SAARC Countries

Assessing ISIS’s Emergence as a Prime Threat in SAARC Countries

By: Ramtanu Maitra | Issue: Courtesy: Aakrosh | Date: 22 Feb , 2016

In recent days, the South Asian news media has been inundated with reports suggesting that terrorists aligned with the socalled Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) are emerging in some member...

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US Policy: Time to spell out a South Asia Policy

US Policy: Time to spell out a South Asia Policy

By: Ramtanu Maitra | Issue: Courtesy: Aakrosh | Date: 12 Feb , 2015

India is not sitting idle any longer and has begun to initiate moves to have its presence felt in the South Asian countries, barring Pakistan. Under the new administration led by Prime Minister...

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US-Pakistan: The Drone Attacks

US-Pakistan: The Drone Attacks

By: Ramtanu Maitra | Issue: Courtesy: Aakrosh | Date: 16 Sep , 2012

Since 2004, the United States has made hundreds of attacks on targets in northwest Pakistan using drones (unmanned aerial vehicles) controlled by the CIA’s Special Activities Division. Some...

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Regional Implications: If and When the US withdraws from Afghanistan

Regional Implications: If and When the US withdraws from Afghanistan

By: Ramtanu Maitra | Issue: Courtesy: Aakrosh | Date: 02 Jul , 2012

Much more importantly, however, an answer to the question of what the U.S. endgame in Afghanistan will look like, and when it will happen, appears to have become more elusive than ever as a result...

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Washington's Views of Sino-Pakistan Relations - II

Washington's Views of Sino-Pakistan Relations - II

By: Ramtanu Maitra | Issue: Courtesy: Aakrosh | Date: 11 Feb , 2012

Chinese Arming of Pakistan The first area of concern is Beijing’s help in arming Pakistan. According “China-Pakistan Relations,” a July 2010 article by Jamal Afridi and Jayshree Bajoria in...

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Washington's Views of Sino-Pakistan Relations - I

Washington's Views of Sino-Pakistan Relations - I

By: Ramtanu Maitra | Issue: Courtesy: Aakrosh | Date: 10 Feb , 2012

In the recent period, relations between Washington and Islamabad have developed into a full-blown crisis. According to some analysts, the trust gap between these erstwhile allies has put a damper...

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Jihadis will capture the Pak Military - IV

Jihadis will capture the Pak Military - IV

By: Ramtanu Maitra | Issue: Courtesy: Aakrosh | Date: 11 Nov , 2011

Ilyas Kashmiri, whose death in a 2011 U.S. missile attack still remains to be confirmed, founded Brigade 313, later an operational arm of al-Qaeda, within his jihadist organisation Harkat...

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Jihadis will capture the Pak Military - III

Jihadis will capture the Pak Military - III

By: Ramtanu Maitra | Issue: Courtesy: Aakrosh | Date: 10 Nov , 2011

Bringing the Taliban to Power By conducting a proxy-war on behalf of the Western nations and Saudi Arabia against the Soviet military, Pakistan morphed into a central hub that attracted a...

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Jihadis will capture the Pak Military - II

Jihadis will capture the Pak Military - II

By: Ramtanu Maitra | Issue: Courtesy: Aakrosh | Date: 08 Nov , 2011

Encouraging Sunni Militants:  The Rise of Shia Iran There were still other factors in and around Pakistan that contributed to the transformations that Gartenstein-Ross addressed. For instance,...

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Jihadis will capture the Pak Military - I

Jihadis will capture the Pak Military - I

By: Ramtanu Maitra | Issue: Courtesy: Aakrosh | Date: 07 Nov , 2011

The military brass who have begun to embrace the jihadis may have other interests in mind, as well. For instance, Pakistan’s military has been in power, or directing those in power from its...

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