Geopolitics

India’s Role in Afghanistan – II

India’s Role in Afghanistan – II

By: Bhashyam Kasturi | Issue: Courtesy: Aakrosh | Date: 18 Feb , 2012

  India’s Role in Afghanistan The U.S.-led invasion after 9/11 marked a turning point in the Indian investment in Afghanistan, and it has been able to steadily re-establish its presence. The...

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Iran-Israel spat: National Interest is Supreme

Iran-Israel spat: National Interest is Supreme

By: Bharat Verma | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 18 Feb , 2012

  India appears to be caught in crossfire between Iran and Israel. New Delhi should evaluate the strategic dividends that accrue from Iran and Israel before it responds to the developing crisis....

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War and Oil – The Pipeline Politics

War and Oil – The Pipeline Politics

By: Rohit Singh | Issue: Vol 24.2 Apr-Jun 2009 | Date: 16 Feb , 2012

  One has heard of the great depression that has struck the world on at least two occasions, once in the early 20th century, and the other one we are going through, currently. While the current...

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Pakistan 2030: Possible Scenarios and Options

Pakistan 2030: Possible Scenarios and Options

By: Col Harinder Singh | Issue: Book Excerpt: Asia 2030 - The Unfolding Future | Date: 15 Feb , 2012

  George Friedman once said that the first line of defence against Islamic radicals would be the Muslim states themselves. It could be believed that Pakistan quite accurately represents this fault...

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 UN Peacekeeping: Thinking ‘out of the box’

UN Peacekeeping: Thinking ‘out of the box’

By: Ali Ahmed | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 13 Feb , 2012

  The story of India’s peacekeeping engagement is too well known to recount. However, less known is the fact that India numbers among the five top UN troop contributing countries. In effect,...

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Fears of Pakistanisation of Maldives

Fears of Pakistanisation of Maldives

By: B Raman | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 12 Feb , 2012

  There has been disquiet among the large number of supporters of former Maldivian President Mohammed Nasheed over indications that appeared on February 11, 2012, that India, the US and the...

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Washington’s Views of Sino-Pakistan Relations – II

Washington’s Views of Sino-Pakistan Relations – II

By: Ramtanu Maitra | Issue: Courtesy: Aakrosh | Date: 11 Feb , 2012

  Chinese Arming of Pakistan The first area of concern is Beijing’s help in arming Pakistan. According “China-Pakistan Relations,” a July 2010 article by Jamal Afridi and Jayshree Bajoria in...

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Tibet: The International Betrayal

Tibet: The International Betrayal

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Book Excerpt: Tibet - The Lost Frontier | Date: 11 Feb , 2012

  “In former times Tibetans were a war-like nation whose influence spread far and wide. With the advent of Budhisim our military prowess declined…” Dalai Lama 23 October 1950: A Telegram...

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Washington’s Views of Sino-Pakistan Relations – I

Washington’s Views of Sino-Pakistan Relations – I

By: Ramtanu Maitra | Issue: Courtesy: Aakrosh | Date: 10 Feb , 2012

  In the recent period, relations between Washington and Islamabad have developed into a full-blown crisis. According to some analysts, the trust gap between these erstwhile allies has put a...

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Russian-Chinese nervousness influences their vote on Syria

Russian-Chinese nervousness influences their vote on Syria

By: B Raman | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 05 Feb , 2012

  The veto by Russia and China on February 4,2012, of a resolution in the UN Security Council that called upon Syrian President Bashar Assad to step down in the face of the persisting movement...

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Pakistan at War with Itself

Pakistan at War with Itself

By: Bharat Verma | Issue: Vol. 27.1 -Mar 2012 | Date: 02 Feb , 2012

In the coming years, Islamabad will remain pre-occupied with internal strife without respite due to multiple contradictions arising out of the use of terrorism primarily against New Delhi as a...

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Can Pakistan’s Army be Restrained?

Can Pakistan’s Army be Restrained?

By: Bhaskar Roy | Issue: Courtesy: Uday India | Date: 18 Jan , 2012

  In an interview with the BBC last December, Pakistan’s Foreign Minister, Ms Hina Rabbani Khar admitted that the Pakistan army’s overwhelming power and influence over the civilian government...

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Assertive Dragon

Assertive Dragon

By: Dr Pushpa Adhikari | Issue: Book Excerpt: China Threat in South Asia | Date: 16 Jan , 2012

  Ahead of offering an Indian perspective on rising China, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh (in Washington) said lately, “there is but a certain amount of assertiveness on the Chinese...

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China bolsters Pak Army’s image

China bolsters Pak Army’s image

By: B Raman | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 06 Jan , 2012

  As the Pakistan Army confronts the US on the one hand and the civilian leadership headed by President Asif Ali Zardari on the other in a triangular re-assertion of its primacy in strategic...

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The War of Nerves in Pakistan: Q & A

The War of Nerves in Pakistan: Q & A

By: B Raman | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 02 Jan , 2012

  Q: What is the likelihood of Gen.Ashfaq Pervez Kayani, Pakistan’s Chief of the Army Staff (COAS), staging a coup, seizing political power and imposing the rule of the Army till fresh elections...

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Kim Jong-Un: Little Known Ruler of an Unpredictable State

Kim Jong-Un: Little Known Ruler of an Unpredictable State

By: B Raman | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 20 Dec , 2011

  One need not be surprised by the regional and global nervousness over the death of Kim Jong-Il, the ruler of North Korea, following a heart attack reportedly suffered by him on board a train on...

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India-US Relations: Future Trajectory

India-US Relations: Future Trajectory

By: Kanwal Sibal | Issue: Vol 24.4 Oct-Dec 2009 | Date: 16 Dec , 2011

  The confidence of the Indian establishment that India–US relations were set on a steep upward trajectory has eroded noticeably with President Obama replacing President Bush. Even though...

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India Russia: Strategic Relations

India Russia: Strategic Relations

By: Air Marshal Narayan Menon | Issue: Vol 23.1 Jan-Mar 2008 | Date: 03 Dec , 2011

  The India-Russia strategic relations with its embedded military ties have been, in the past 15 years, buffeted by the turbulence of international upheavals and domestic events. The collapse of...

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Afghanistan: Strategic Alliance vs Strategic Depth

Afghanistan: Strategic Alliance vs Strategic Depth

By: Lt Gen Harwant Singh | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 01 Dec , 2011

  Historically, Afghanistan has been the most difficult country for military campaigns and equally difficult to govern. The nature of terrain, the climate and the tribes that inhabit the land make...

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Avoidable Unpleasantness in India-China Relations

Avoidable Unpleasantness in India-China Relations

By: B Raman | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 25 Nov , 2011

  Avoidable unpleasantness has recently crept into India-China relations over issues which should not have been over-dramatised by China thereby injecting a certain distrust into the relations...

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