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Optimal Warfare (OW): the emerging Warfare Concept of the 21st Century

The Iraq War and the Lebanon War of the first decade of the 21st century are watershed events in the history of warfare. For the weaker side in those wars, the Iraqi Army (who turned insurgents) and the Hezbollah, they highlighted the importance of asymmetric warfare, whereas for their dominant military adversaries, the US and Israel, they...


How China could benefit from Pakistan's 'Dream Corridor'
Claude Arpi | 27 Mar , 2017 0 comments

For Pakistan, it was a dream come true. When President Xi Jinping visited Islamabad in April 2015, he pledged an eye-popping 46 billion dollars for the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). While for Beijing the mega project was a vital element of the One Belt, One Road (OBOR), it was a ‘game-changer’ for Pakistan which would bring...


The Problems in India’s ‘Connectivity’ Projects
Neha Surwade | 26 Mar , 2017 0 comments

India is at a significant crusade on determining how the Asian Century will look like, and the world is keenly watching, if Asia will have two poles of power play or whether China will continue to expand, dominate and contain, while India remains a mere regional power. Situated in a tough geopolitical neighborhood, the greatest challenge for...


To deal with China, India needs to return to Strategic Fundamentals

India’s ties with China are seemingly becoming more complicated by the day. Despite the dialogue held recently at the strategic level, the continuing stalemate over both the proposal at the UN to designate JeM Chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist and India’s entry into the NSG are visibly deepening suspicions that may snowball into...


An Epic Journey: The day the Dalai Lama came to India
Claude Arpi | 24 Mar , 2017 0 comments

The Tibetan spiritual leader’s upcoming visit to Tawang, the district through which he first entered India, is probably behind China’s new desire to claim the area. Claude Arpi recalls the Dalai Lama’s arrival in Tawang in March 1959 and explains why His Holiness will once again receive a grand welcome, whether Beijing likes it or not. China...


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