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Middle East Shifting Sands 2016 and the United States
Dr Subhash Kapila | 12 May , 2016 0 comments

Middle East sands in 2016 seem to shifting at great speed buffeted by strong and unpredictable winds both regionally and globally generating strategic uncertainties and challenges for the United States. The Middle East as a vital region is more disturbed by intra-regional political dynamics and a building-up of domestic public political...

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Corruption in the Pakistan army and its effect in Baluchistan

The sacking of six army personnel on charges of corruption by Pakistan Army Chief, General Raheel Sharif is eliciting all the right noises in the political, media and social circles of the country. Here is a man, his sycophants are saying, who has not stopped at even punishing his own to give a righteous message to the nation. He is being...

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China’s 21st Century Emperor and its Implications for India
Dr Subhash Kapila | 10 May , 2016 0 comments

China’s 21st Century Emperor emerges in the persona of President Xi Jinping who unprecedently in a short time-span has assumed total control of all Chinese military organs which create implications for Indian security. Historically, an essential tenet of a nation’s threat assessments emanating from its military adversary was an estimation...

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Which combat jet for the Indian Air Force?
Nakul Uppal | 09 May , 2016 5 comments
Which combat jet for the Indian Air Force?

The Indian media regularly highlights well-known issues with diminishing squadron numbers of the Indian Air Force (IAF). The long-awaited Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) competition did identify a suitable fighter for the IAF from amongst six capable contenders, but with its many offset clauses and caveats, the MMRCA tender failed to...

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Libya’s frustrating quest for itself
KP Fabian | 08 May , 2016 0 comments
Libya’s frustrating quest for itself

On 31 March 2016, a new government team led by Fayez Mustafa al Serraj reached Tripoli by boat from Tunis. The team had been waiting in Tunis for a while and had to abandon plans to fly in as the airspace was closed by another government based in Tripoli, termed “the government of national salvation”. Mysteriously enough, “the government...

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