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Impermanence, Impermanence
Claude Arpi | 07 Jan , 2017 0 comments

As President Xi Jinping arrived in Islamabad in April 2015, he was welcomed by huge billboards in Chinese and English: the friendship between China and Pakistan was ‘higher than mountains, deeper than oceans, sweeter than honey, and stronger than steel.’ In an article published in Pakistani papers before he landed in Islamabad, Xi wrote:...

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Nuclear Doctrinal revision in its effects on the India-China Dyad
Ali Ahmed | 06 Jan , 2017 0 comments

In the latest brouhaha over the nuclear doctrine revision, Manoj Joshi offered the sage advice that Pakistan should not be the only referent in considering evolution of India’s nuclear doctrine. The discussion in the strategic circles sparked off by the defence minister recently voicing his personal opinion on nuclear doctrine, was rather...

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A Stone with My Name
Maj Gaurav Arya | 05 Jan , 2017 1 comment

Some soldier with a funny bone at 102 Infantry Brigade (Base Camp) will tell you that Siachen means ‘Rose Garden’. Its true. Maybe its funny, in a self-deprecating sort of way. Most soldiers crack jokes, which only they can understand. It’s been a violent year, both emotionally and physically. Never was the Indian Army attacked by those...

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Nehru’s Advisor and Tibet’s Tragic Fate
Claude Arpi | 04 Jan , 2017 0 comments

I recently came across a telling note written on October 31, 1950 by Sir Girija Shankar Bajpai, who served as Secretary General of Ministry of External Affairs and Commonwealth Relations in the early days of Independent India. This note is interesting for several reasons. One, it was based on this note, that Sardar Patel, the Deputy Prime...

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Russia and United States Détente’ in 2017 Prospects Analysed
Dr Subhash Kapila | 03 Jan , 2017 0 comments

Russia and United States détente’ is a geopolitical imperative in 2017 for global stability and security when placed in context of China’s unbridled provocative military rise. Russia and the United States in the post-Cold War era have failed to establish cooperative security management, both regionally and globally, chiefly because of the...

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