Geopolitics

Is General Kayani’s smile genuine?

Is General Kayani’s smile genuine?

By: B Raman | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 20 Apr , 2012

During a visit to the site of the devastating avalanche near Skardu in Pakistan-Occupied Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) on April 18, 2012, which killed about 125 military personnel and 15 civilians, Gen...

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Uncertain months ahead for Chinese Leadership

Uncertain months ahead for Chinese Leadership

By: B Raman | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 13 Apr , 2012

Wang Lijun was the Deputy Director of the Public Security Bureau in Tiefa in the Liaoning province from 1992 to 1995. From 1995 to 2000, he held the same position in Tieling city, also inthe...

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Wanted Dead or Alive – Well, Not Quite

Wanted Dead or Alive – Well, Not Quite

By: Vikram Sood | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 10 Apr , 2012

Once again, Pakistan's most treasured jehadi jewel, Hafiz Saeed the leader of the Jamat ut Dawa, listed by the US as a Foreign Terrorist Organisation, and the ideological patron of the rabidly...

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Shia massacre in Gilgit-Baltistan

Shia massacre in Gilgit-Baltistan

By: IDR News Network | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 06 Apr , 2012

The phone lines are down and wireless connections are jammed since last three days. It is very difficult to get the right information about how many people have died in recent target killing...

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Difa-e-Pakistan: The New Kid on the Block

Difa-e-Pakistan: The New Kid on the Block

By: Vikram Sood | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 04 Apr , 2012

They are there on web pages, on FaceBook and Twitter and, using the latest technology, wish to push their society back to the Dark Ages. This is the creed of the newly formed Difa-e-Pakistan...

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Suu Kyi: What Next? Co-option or Independence?

Suu Kyi: What Next? Co-option or Independence?

By: B Raman | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 03 Apr , 2012

Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) has won a landslide victory in bye-elections to the Parliament.It is reported to have won at least 40 of the 45 seats for which the...

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From an Islamic Bomb to a Jihadi Bomb

From an Islamic Bomb to a Jihadi Bomb

By: B Raman | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 27 Mar , 2012

The second Nuclear Security Summit currently being held in Seoul, South Korea, would make a fresh evaluation , inter alia, of the security of nuclear materials in the possession of many countries....

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Tibet 2030

Tibet 2030

By: P K Gautham | Issue: Book Excerpt: Asia 2030 - The Unfolding Future | Date: 13 Mar , 2012

Economic Tibet. China’s aim is to have an economic Tibet. Urbanisation, infrastructure building, extension of rail, roads and airports, converting grasslands to farmland will continue...

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Is Myanmar-China relation entering a tricky phase?

Is Myanmar-China relation entering a tricky phase?

By: Col R Hariharan | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 11 Mar , 2012

Myanmar’s decision to suspend the construction of the Chinese-aided Irrawaddy Myitsone hydroelectric dam project in Kachin State comes as a pleasant surprise, whatever be the reasons behind the...

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Battling the Dragon

Battling the Dragon

By: MP Anil Kumar | Issue: Vol. 27.1 -Mar 2012 | Date: 06 Mar , 2012

“To win one hundred victories in one hundred battles is not the acme of skill. To subdue the enemy without fighting is the acme of skill.” —Sun Tzu, Art of War The Chinese maintain that the...

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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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