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Cutting the Syrian knot
Prakash Nanda | 12 Sep , 2013 0 comments

A war on Syria with disastrous consequences for the rest of the world has presumably been avoided. The Obama Administration was all set for launching the war, ostensibly as a punishment for the use of the chemical weapons by the Assad regime in Syria on August 21. The French President Francois Hollande was solidly behind President Obama for...

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Should the PMs of India and Pakistan meet in New York?
Kanwal Sibal | 06 Sep , 2013 1 comment

Whether the prime minister, Manmohan Singh, should meet his Pakistani counterpart, Nawaz Sharif, in New York in September has become a politically controversial issue. The government is being cautious in not ruling in or out such a meeting at this stage, hoping that between now and late September, the surrounding circumstances may change for...

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Syria: Two-faced in West Asia
Kanwal Sibal | 04 Sep , 2013 0 comments

President Obama’s plan to take military action against Syria can be legitimately questioned on legal, political and moral grounds. Syria has not, strictly speaking, violated international law in using chemical weapons against its own population. It has not signed the 1993 Chemical Weapons Convention, which Egypt too has not signed and Israel...

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War over Syria: Imperatives, Ramifications and Implications
Brig Amar Cheema | 02 Sep , 2013 2 comments

Despite the plain talk by President Barack Obama, there is still no clarity on ‘when,’ ‘how’ and ‘with what’ the ‘coalition of the willing,’ led by the USA would act against Syria and more importantly, with what aim(s). President Obama also minced no words when he stated that he would ‘act’ and that too ‘decisively,’...

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If ever the twain should meet...
Vikram Sood | 31 Aug , 2013 0 comments

The attack across the LoC by the Pakistan Army on August 6 was soon after Pakistan Prime Minister called for better relations with India. This act and the continuing provocation is meant to convey to peace seekers in Pakistan that peace was possible only under certain conditions beyond the reach of a civilian Prime Minister. This heightened...

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