Articles in Courtesy: South Asia Monitor

Pakistan: Test of US influence and power

Pakistan: Test of US influence and power

By: Arul Louis | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Monitor | Date: 03 Jan , 2018

Angered by the killing of an American soldier by terrorists in Afghanistan, United States President Donald Trump let off the first Twitter salvo of 2018, bringing into sharp focus Washington’s...

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Shahbaz Sharif as PML-N’s PM candidate to pay dividends

Shahbaz Sharif as PML-N’s PM candidate to pay dividends

By: Tridivesh Singh Maini | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Monitor | Date: 27 Dec , 2017

Nawaz Sharif, former Pakistani prime minister and president of the Pakistani Muslim League (PML-N), has chosen his brother and Chief Minister of Punjab province, Shahbaz Sharif, as the (PML)-N’s...

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India-Singapore naval agreement: Significance beyond the bilateral

India-Singapore naval agreement: Significance beyond the bilateral

By: Commodore C Uday Bhaskar (Retd.) | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Monitor | Date: 02 Dec , 2017

India and Singapore signed the India-Singapore Bilateral Agreement (Nov 29) for naval cooperation during the second Defence Minister’s Dialogue held in Delhi between the two countries. This...

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Can Chabahar, India’s strategic gateway to Central Asia, trump Gwadar and...

Can Chabahar, India’s strategic gateway to Central Asia, trump Gwadar and...

By: Anil Bhat | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Monitor | Date: 01 Dec , 2017

India’s first shipment of wheat to Afghanistan through the Iranian port of Chabahar is a landmark move marking the operationalisation of the port as an alternative, reliable connection with...

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Afghanistan 2017 Witnesses the Power Tussle of Two New Strategic Trilaterals

Afghanistan 2017 Witnesses the Power Tussle of Two New Strategic Trilaterals

By: Dr Subhash Kapila | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Monitor | Date: 07 Nov , 2017

Strange and ironical are geopolitical histories of a region where within two decades geopolitical alignments have spun on their heads. This happens to be the case of Afghanistan’s turbulent last...

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US seeks Mediating role again: Playing into Islamabad's Hands

US seeks Mediating role again: Playing into Islamabad's Hands

By: Arul Louis | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Monitor | Date: 06 Nov , 2017

Having raised India’s role to that of an anchor of Pax Democratiam – the comity of democratic nations – United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has hinted after his October visit to...

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Marshal of the Air Force Arjan Singh (1919-2017): Man of Stupendous Achievements

Marshal of the Air Force Arjan Singh (1919-2017): Man of Stupendous Achievements

By: Commodore C Uday Bhaskar (Retd.) | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Monitor | Date: 18 Sep , 2017

It is appropriate and befitting, given his stature and distinctive profile, that the only Marshal of the Air Force (MAF), Arjan Singh, was accorded a state funeral with the national flag flown at...

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Doklam to Xiamen: Future Uncertain

Doklam to Xiamen: Future Uncertain

By: Sujit Dutta | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Monitor | Date: 13 Sep , 2017

Beijing’s decision to surrender many of its adhered positions and intended goals at this month’s BRICS summit, soon after it had called off its road building work at Doklam and settled for a...

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A woman defence minister for India: Can she redress the voids?

A woman defence minister for India: Can she redress the voids?

By: Commodore C Uday Bhaskar (Retd.) | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Monitor | Date: 04 Sep , 2017

Prime Minister  Narendra Modi  broke a symbolic glass ceiling in Indian politics when it was announced that  Nirmala Sitharaman , the erstwhile junior minister for commerce,  had been elevated...

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India must ensure Myanmar's centrality to 'Act East’ Policy

India must ensure Myanmar's centrality to 'Act East’ Policy

By: Amitava Mukherjee | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Monitor | Date: 23 Aug , 2017

There is a strange dichotomy between what India preaches and what she does on bilateral relations with Myanmar. There is a general acceptance in the corridors of power in Delhi that Myanmar is...

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Islamic State Establishing Roots in Afghanistan

Islamic State Establishing Roots in Afghanistan

By: Jai Kumar Verma | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Monitor | Date: 21 Aug , 2017

The Sunni Salafi organization, Islamic State (‘Daesh’ in Arabic), has been defeated in Iraq and Syria and, according to unconfirmed reports, its Emir, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, was killed in the...

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India-Vietnam Strategic Cooperation: Challenging the Dragon?

India-Vietnam Strategic Cooperation: Challenging the Dragon?

By: Amitava Mukherjee | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Monitor | Date: 11 Aug , 2017

Vietnam’s open invitation to India, at the Delhi Dialogue IX, to make use of its (India’s) good offices to ensure strategic security and freedom of navigation in the South China Sea (SCS) can...

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India should employ tough measures against Cross-Border Terrorism in Kashmir

India should employ tough measures against Cross-Border Terrorism in Kashmir

By: Anurag Tripathi | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Monitor | Date: 28 Jul , 2017

The trend towards declining violence has been reversed in Jammu and Kashmir over the past few years; the current situation in the State is alarming and 2017 could end up being the bloodiest year...

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India's security challenge: A two-and-half-front war

India's security challenge: A two-and-half-front war

By: Cecil Victor | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Monitor | Date: 07 Jul , 2017

It is summer, and what has been the pattern over the past decade, the season of madness is upon us. Pakistan has intensified its attempts at infiltration of proxy militants into Kashmir through...

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Will Khaplang’s death alter course of Militancy in India's North-East?

Will Khaplang’s death alter course of Militancy in India's North-East?

By: Rupak Bhattacharjee | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Monitor | Date: 01 Jul , 2017

The death of National Socialist Council of Nagalim (K) Chairman Shangwang Shangyung Khaplang has added a new twist to the protracted Naga problem. Khaplang was one of the strongest insurgent...

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SCO membership will facilitate India, China, Pakistan cooperation

SCO membership will facilitate India, China, Pakistan cooperation

By: Joshy M Paul & Soundarya J | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Monitor | Date: 28 Jun , 2017

India and Pakistan were inducted as full members in the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan, on June 9. It was the first-ever expansion of the organisation...

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First Modi-Trump meeting: Will the deal-makers make any deal?

First Modi-Trump meeting: Will the deal-makers make any deal?

By: Commodore C Uday Bhaskar (Retd.) | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Monitor | Date: 26 Jun , 2017

The global and regional strategic context for the first Modi-Trump meeting on Monday (June 26) is reflected in the veiled cautionary statement from Beijing to “non-regional countries” in...

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India’s SCO membership: What it means for the country

India’s SCO membership: What it means for the country

By: Anurag Tripathi | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Monitor | Date: 17 Jun , 2017

After a two-year process, India and Pakistan became full members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) on June 9, 2017. India’s membership was strongly pushed by Russia while...

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Modi Foreign Policy is Reflected in India's Rising Stature

Modi Foreign Policy is Reflected in India's Rising Stature

By: Martand Jha | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Monitor | Date: 15 Jun , 2017

The NDA government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi completed three years in power last month, making this a good time to analyze the kind of approach this government has taken towards foreign...

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Kashmir: Anger will not go away soon

Kashmir: Anger will not go away soon

By: Syed S K | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Monitor | Date: 11 Jun , 2017

Kashmir, adorned with sparkling streams, lush meadows, snow-carpeted mountains and dense forests, has long been a muse to many poets. Among the most beautiful places on earth, the valley has been...

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