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Six Years Post the ‘Arab Spring’: Prognosis for 2017
Ranjit Gupta | 22 Jan , 2017 0 comments
Six Years Post the ‘Arab Spring’: Prognosis for 2017

The net result has been that instead of the passionately hoped for new political and economic dawn, the people of Syria and Yemen are going through the darkest ever period in their modern history. West Asia has become deeply polarised due to a particularly noxious sectarian feud and a power struggle between Saudi Arabia and Iran. This is being...

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India and Japan: Great Leap forward in Ties

Japan is a “distant neighbour”. Yet, Prime Minister Narendra Modi made Japan his first destination in his schedule of visits to East Asia. Even as Chief Minister of Gujarat, he had visited Japan and established personal rapport with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.  Abe was the first Japanese premier to be invited as chief guest at India’s...

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Afghanistan cannot be abandoned to China-Pakistan-Russia Troika in 2017
Dr Subhash Kapila | 20 Jan , 2017 0 comments

Afghanistan seemed to have disappeared from the United States radar in the months to the run-up to US Presidential Elections resulting in a void which the China-Pakistan-Russia Troika has exploited to US disadvantage. Strategically the United States invested heavily in Afghanistan in terms of billions of dollars and thousands of US soldiers...

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Making it Palatable – Managing Food Supply in the Armed Forces
Amit Cowshish | 19 Jan , 2017 0 comments

Campaigning at Kairana for the forthcoming elections in Uttar Pradesh, the All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi is reported to have said: “PM Narendra Modi who applauds surgical strikes, serves boiled pulses and uncooked chapattis to soldiers.”1  He was referring to the post by a Border Security Force...

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The Integration of Military and Civilian Development
Claude Arpi | 18 Jan , 2017 0 comments

I recently mentioned the new roads being built in Western Tibet (Ngari) towards the Indian border (G564 and G565). But that is not all. According to Kangba TV, the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) has created a basic integrated transport network, with a total road mileage of 82,500 km, five airports, 71 domestic and international airlines, as...

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