Geopolitics

Beyond ‘Wait and Watch’ in Afghanistan: Global Implications

Beyond ‘Wait and Watch’ in Afghanistan: Global Implications

By: Maj Gen SB Asthana | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 11 Sep , 2021

Backdrop Taliban supported by Pakistan took over Afghanistan by force, amidst  an embarrassing, botched withdrawal of US and allies, posing a façade of negotiated takeover. With announcement of...

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It’s Time Pakistan Either ‘Reforms’ or Finds Another ‘Whipping Boy’

It’s Time Pakistan Either ‘Reforms’ or Finds Another ‘Whipping Boy’

By: Nilesh Kunwar | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 10 Sep , 2021

Ever since its creation, Pakistan has found a convenient ‘whipping boy’ in India for two reasons. One, by portraying its Eastern neighbour as a ‘Hindu nation’,it becomes very easy to...

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Battle for Panjshir

Battle for Panjshir

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 09 Sep , 2021

The Taliban claimed on September 6 that they have captured Panjshir Valley and overcome the anti-Taliban forces of the National Resistance Front of Afghanistan (NRFA) led by Ahmad Massoud.  The...

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What Should India do to Protect its Interest in Afghanistan

What Should India do to Protect its Interest in Afghanistan

By: Deepak Kumar | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 07 Sep , 2021

Afghanistan geo-strategically is extremely important country for India. To reach Central Asian Republics and counterbalancing the influence of China and Pakistan in North-West Frontier region,...

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Taliban Recognition: To do or Not to do?

Taliban Recognition: To do or Not to do?

By: Lt Gen PG Kamath | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 06 Sep , 2021

This is one question that is tormenting our government; should we or should we not recognise the Taliban?  If we have to recognise it then when should we do it? The present thought process is...

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Havana Syndrome Directed Energy Weapons and Contactless Warfare of Future

Havana Syndrome Directed Energy Weapons and Contactless Warfare of Future

By: Dr Sharad S Chauhan | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 05 Sep , 2021

The Havana Syndrome and Moscow Signal US Vice-President Kamala Harris's flight to Vietnam was delayed by several hours in August as per the statement of the US State Department due to an...

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Colombo’s Debt is Beijing’s Delight

Colombo’s Debt is Beijing’s Delight

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 03 Sep , 2021

News reports of July 6, 2021, indicated that the debt default probability by Sri Lanka in one year was the steepest in Asia-Pacific; up from 13 percent about six months ago to 27.9 percent -...

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Is the U.S. Outsourcing Afghanistan to the TALIBAN?

Is the U.S. Outsourcing Afghanistan to the TALIBAN?

By: Sanjeev Nayyar | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 02 Sep , 2021

Most people are unable to comprehend U.S. overtures to the Taliban, its sharing of intelligence with them and leaving behind significant amount of arms and equipment in Afghanistan. Taliban is...

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Taliban and the Kabul Twin Attacks

Taliban and the Kabul Twin Attacks

By: Nilesh Kunwar | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 29 Aug , 2021

A tragedy in making It was former US President John F Kennedy who came up with the sagacious suggestion that “Let us never negotiate out of fear; but let us never fear to negotiate.” However,...

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Re-Emergence of Global Terror

Re-Emergence of Global Terror

By: Lt Gen Kamal Davar (Retd) | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 26 Aug , 2021

That Terrorism is the scourge of the world is a harsh truism of the times is beyond dispute since the last few decades. That global challenges necessitate global solutions requires no elaboration...

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Is Afghanistan the First Domino?

Is Afghanistan the First Domino?

By: Col Anil Athale | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 25 Aug , 2021

In the 1960s, “Domino theory’ was a popular phrase used by the Western strategic analysts to justify American intervention in Vietnam. To jog the reader’s memory, the said theory postulated...

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China-Russia-Iran Naval Exercise – Signaling America

China-Russia-Iran Naval Exercise – Signaling America

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 24 Aug , 2021

Two developments are set to compound miseries of the Afghan population after the US abandoned Afghanistan to Taliban rule. First, Washington has now said the for admission to the Kabul airport...

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The Taliban Occupation of Afghanistan: Impact on India

The Taliban Occupation of Afghanistan: Impact on India

By: Brig Deepak Sinha | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 20 Aug , 2021

The swift and relatively unopposed takeover of Afghanistan by the Taliban, in a matter of just days and not months as expected,has caught the United States and its Allies,as well as the...

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Afghanistan: Wasted Lives

Afghanistan: Wasted Lives

By: Nilesh Kunwar | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 19 Aug , 2021

“The military don't start wars. Politicians start wars.”- Gen William Westmoreland, US Army Chief [1968-72] Kabul falls The speed with which Taliban managed to seize control in Afghanistan...

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Why Afghan Forces Melted So Quickly?

Why Afghan Forces Melted So Quickly?

By: Manish Rai | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 18 Aug , 2021

The Taliban now control almost the whole of Afghanistan including the capital city, Kabul, almost two decades since they were driven out by US troops. It was widely expected that after the United...

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Afghanistan: Post-American Future in the Region

Afghanistan: Post-American Future in the Region

By: KN Pandita | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 17 Aug , 2021

The fall of Ashraf Ghani regime in Kabul and the return of Taliban to power is a triumph for Pakistan’s Afghan policy. Thirty per cent of Taliban fighting force comprised Pakistani regulars or...

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Delimitation process J&K requires a Mature and Sensitive Approach

Delimitation process J&K requires a Mature and Sensitive Approach

By: Col Jaibans Singh | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 13 Aug , 2021

On March 6, 2020, the Union government set up a Delimitation Commission headed by a retired Supreme Court Judge, Ranjana Prakash Desai. Among its many responsibilities was the mandate to carry out...

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China in Afghanistan

China in Afghanistan

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 12 Aug , 2021

On August 6, Dai Bing, charge d'affaires of China's permanent mission to the United Nations called on the international community to carry forward the Afghan peace process by preventing all-out...

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Why US Strategy in Afghanistan Failed Against Taliban-Pakistan Nexus?

Why US Strategy in Afghanistan Failed Against Taliban-Pakistan Nexus?

By: Maj Gen SB Asthana | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 09 Aug , 2021

Backdrop  As Taliban, captures two provincial capitals, UN envoy has reported to UNSC about Afghan war entering deadlier and more destructive phase, with over 1000 civilian casualties.US may have...

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India must counter China’s imperial ambitions

India must counter China’s imperial ambitions

By: Bharat Verma | Issue: Vol 24.4 Oct-Dec 2009 | Date: 06 Aug , 2021

First published on IDR print Issue Vol 24.4 Oct-Dec 2009. New Delhi cannot afford to sit around while others plot its destruction. Surrounded with sullied strategic environment and the...

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