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Pakistan has not Learnt the Lessons of 1971
Syed Badrul Ahsan | 02 Nov , 2017 0 comments

Reflections on September evoke a host of memories.  Chile in September 1973, when the country’s armed forces in collusion with America’s Central Intelligence Agency ousted the socialist government of President Salvador Allende and pushed Chile into a long Pinochet-era darkness. Many years later, September 11, 2001 happened. Something...

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How North Korea was Armed
Prabha Rao | 01 Nov , 2017 0 comments

The enfant terrible of international politics, North Korean President Kim Jong-un, has a talent for generating war clouds and intercontinental nightmares. The Kim dynasty, which has tenaciously held on to power in the face of international condemnation, has two major foreign policy narratives — ‘Juche’ (self-reliance), and secure...

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When India Airlifted Tanks to Ladakh to Halt the invading Chinese Army
Prakhar Gupta | 31 Oct , 2017 0 comments

On 20 October 1962, Chandigarh Air Force Station became the first witness of the scope and scale of the Chinese offensive against Indian forces in the western sector as an Antonov An-12, a transport aircraft of the Indian Air Force on a mission to airdrop supplies near Daulat Beg Oldi in Ladakh, came back to the airbase, hit 19 times by...

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Is Mr Xi the winner?
Claude Arpi | 30 Oct , 2017 0 comments

At the end of the 19th Congress, most of the Western media have declared President Xi Jinping, the winner. He is the most powerful leader since Mao, say the China watchers. But is it true? A great difference between Mao and Xi is that the Great Helmsman controlled the Communist apparatus without intervening much in the day-to-day affairs. He...

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Why does the Military face Shortfall in Officer Ranks?

Shortage of officers in every branch of the armed forces continues, despite captivating advertisements, variety of service options and interactions with the younger generation in almost all educational institutes, spread across the country. If the existing shortfall and the fact that only the military advertises, conveys a message that youth...

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