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The Maldivian Crisis: What Can India do?
Ashok Sajjanhar | 08 Feb , 2018 1 comment

The newest crisis in Maldives which erupted on 1 February 2018 took both the government and the people by surprise. In a unanimous judgment, the five member Supreme Court of Maldives directed that nine political prisoners including former President Mohamed Nasheed should be set free as cases against them were politically motivated. It ruled...

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Why Drones are the Future of Warfare
Claude Arpi | 07 Feb , 2018 1 comment

There is no doubt that drones could leave the infantry jobless in a few decades from now. Does India realise this? On January 5, something happened in Syria which will remain as a first in the history of warfare. Though it was not widely covered by the world media, it may prove to be a game changer. The website of Global Risk...

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Afghanistan Terrorism Round Up
Ratanjit Singh | 06 Feb , 2018 1 comment

The Build Up In April 2017, the Afghan Taliban announced ‘Op Mansouri’, a summer offensive which has rapidly continued into the winter as seen by recent events. ‘Op Mansouri’ was undertaken with the aim of expanding Taliban control in provinces where they had a large footprint and also to gain control of provincial capitals. To counter,...

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So, who has a Cold War Mindset?
Claude Arpi | 05 Feb , 2018 1 comment

It is ironical that while it is the Middle Kingdom which is getting ready for another stand-off, it loudly objects to New Delhi protecting its side of the border China has difficulties to digest the Doklam episode for which Beijing (or at least the People’s Liberation Army) was fully responsible. Senior Colonel Wu Qian, spokesperson of the...

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Xi’s Consolidation of Military Power
Praggya Surana | 04 Feb , 2018 0 comments

Chinese civil military relations have witnessed a decided shift in balance towards increasing Party control over the military, shifting command of the People’s Armed Police exclusively to the Central Military Commission being the latest in power consolidation. The 2015 military reforms in China restructured the PLA organization to strengthen...

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