Geopolitics

Thinking the Unthinkable

Thinking the Unthinkable

By: Lt Gen Vinay Shankar | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 19 Oct , 2011

  While our Prime Minister plays the conjuror with war clouds and the mysteries of lightening strikes, a grave and potently disastrous possibility of an armed Indo –Pak conflict is being...

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Libya:  An Old Evil Is Dead, A New Evil Is Born

Libya: An Old Evil Is Dead, A New Evil Is Born

By: B Raman | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 16 Oct , 2011

No right-thinking person would shed tears over the death of Gaddafi, the Libyan dictator, but any well-informed analyst with his feet firmly on the ground would be nervous over the likely sequel...

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Islam and its many trends

Islam and its many trends

By: Anand K Verma | Issue: Vol 24.1 Jan-Mar 2009 | Date: 16 Oct , 2011

  Except the war zones, palestine, Iraq and Afghanistan and the proxy war zones Kashmir and India, for quite sometime the rest of the world has not witnessed a major terrorist incident. This is...

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U.S. Needs a Bold Strategy on Pakistan

U.S. Needs a Bold Strategy on Pakistan

By: B Raman | Date: 16 Oct , 2011

The indicators from reliable sources in Pakistan are that the just-concluded visit ( October 21,2011) of Mrs.Hillary Clinton, the US Secretary of State, to Pakistan at the head of a high-power...

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Why has Libya been attacked?

Why has Libya been attacked?

By: RSN Singh | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 16 Oct , 2011

  Since the exit of President Mubarak in Egypt, the geopolitical contours of the Arab world has been changing rapidly. What was touted as a revolution for democracy has now degenerated into pure...

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India expands its strategic presence

India expands its strategic presence

By: B Raman | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 10 Oct , 2011

Slowly, but steadily and unrelentingly, India has been expanding its strategic presence. One dimension of this became evident during the recent visit of President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan to...

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Confronting the Dragon: Assertiveness Required

Confronting the Dragon: Assertiveness Required

By: Maj Gen Dhruv C Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 03 Oct , 2011

  Chinese actions over the last few years reflect an increasing assertiveness bordering on domination. While the relationship between India and China could be considered stable at the strategic...

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The Arab Spring: opening a pandora’s box?

The Arab Spring: opening a pandora’s box?

By: Anand K Verma | Issue: Vol. 26.3 July - Sept 2011 | Date: 02 Oct , 2011

  The so called Arab spring represents a massive popular movement, not seen or predicted in the Arab world ever since the Suez sponsored Nasserite upheaval. It is as significant as the falling of...

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Pakistan military’s Swat offensive

Pakistan military’s Swat offensive

By: Col Rajinder Singh | Issue: Vol 24.3 Jul-Sep 2009 | Date: 01 Oct , 2011

Most people and even some military minds do not appreciate the difference between fighting a conventional war and an unconventional war. The former is against a known enemy with well-defined...

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Indian built Zaranj-Delaram Highway under Taliban Control

Indian built Zaranj-Delaram Highway under Taliban Control

By: VK Shashikumar | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 01 Oct , 2011

  The Zaranj-Delaram highway in Afghanistan built by India and handed over to the Afghan government on January 22, 2009 is now under Taliban control. Within two years of the commissioning of this...

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Unification of China?

Unification of China?

By: Maj Gen Sheru Thapliyal, PhD | Issue: Vol. 26.3 July - Sept 2011 | Date: 28 Sep , 2011

  China’s economic growth, growing diplomatic leverage, and improvements in the PLA’s military capabilities, contrasted with Taiwan’s modest defence efforts, have the effect of shifting the...

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US-Pakistan Tensions: China’s Cautious Stance

US-Pakistan Tensions: China’s Cautious Stance

By: B Raman | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 27 Sep , 2011

The Chinese media have started informing the Chinese people of the tensions in Pakistan’s ties with the US without any editorial comment so far.There have been no comments from the spokesperson...

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Beijing Irked by Myanmar Decision to Suspend Dam Construction in Kachin State

Beijing Irked by Myanmar Decision to Suspend Dam Construction in Kachin State

By: B Raman | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 26 Sep , 2011

The Government of Myanmar announced on September 30,2011, the suspension of its plans to build, with Chinese assistance, a massive dam on the Irrawaddy River in the Northern Kachin State. The...

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South China Sea: India should avoid rushing in where even US exercises caution

South China Sea: India should avoid rushing in where even US exercises caution

By: B Raman | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 16 Sep , 2011

  China has reacted — moderately through a spokesperson of its Foreign Office and somewhat virulently through the Party-controlled “Global Times” —  to reports that India has been...

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Pakistan: A Convoluted Script

Pakistan: A Convoluted Script

By: Wilson John | Issue: Vol 22.4 Oct-Dec 2007 | Date: 14 Sep , 2011

When the time comes for writing an epitaph for Pakistan’s President-General Pervez Musharraf, two critical blunders committed by him in 2007 would be mentioned without fail. First would be the...

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Pakistan: Testing of Tactical Nuclear Weapons

Pakistan: Testing of Tactical Nuclear Weapons

By: Cdr Abhijit Singh | Issue: Vol. 26.3 July - Sept 2011 | Date: 12 Sep , 2011

  Pakistan’s recent tests of its Tactical Nuclear Missiles suggest a lowering of the threshold for nuclear conflict. More portentous is the underlying assumption of Tactical Nuclear Missiles...

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Rabbani’s Assassination: A wake-up call for India

Rabbani’s Assassination: A wake-up call for India

By: B Raman | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 08 Sep , 2011

  The assassination on September 20,2011, of Burhanuddin Rabbani, a Tajik leader of Afghanistan, is of strategic significance to India. Rabbaniwas the President of Afghanistan in the 1990s when...

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US frets & fumes against Pakistan, but finds its options limited

US frets & fumes against Pakistan, but finds its options limited

By: B Raman | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 06 Sep , 2011

The past few days have seen the US fretting and fuming against Pakistan for its use of the Haqqani network to make the US forces bleed in Afghanistan reach an unprecedented new high. This has...

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Pakistan: A Troubled Legacy and an Uncertain Future – II

Pakistan: A Troubled Legacy and an Uncertain Future – II

By: Lt Gen Kamal Davar (Retd) | Issue: Courtesy: Aakrosh | Date: 06 Sep , 2011

  Relations with the United States Pakistan’s relations since the early 1950s with its mentor, the United States, has been a roller-coaster ride. Pakistan has been kept afloat all these years by...

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Pakistan: A Troubled Legacy and an Uncertain Future – I

Pakistan: A Troubled Legacy and an Uncertain Future – I

By: Lt Gen Kamal Davar (Retd) | Issue: Courtesy: Aakrosh | Date: 05 Sep , 2011

  It is the seventh-largest nation, with the sixth-largest armed forces, in the world and an alarmingly growing nuclear arsenal. Yet, Pakistan stands at the edge of an abyss and the crossroads of...

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