Geopolitics

Himalayan Rivers: Geopolitics and Strategic Perspectives

Himalayan Rivers: Geopolitics and Strategic Perspectives

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Vol 23.2 Apr-Jul 2008 | Date: 17 Feb , 2011

  On October 7, 1950 the PLA’s Second Field Army marched into Eastern Tibet to ‘liberate’ the Roof of the World. Several factors can explain this move. A few days after the beginning of the...

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Egypt: As seen from nervous Beijing

Egypt: As seen from nervous Beijing

By: IDR News Network | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 14 Feb , 2011

In its issue of February 14, 2011, the “Global Times” of Beijing, which is controlled by the Chinese Communist Party, has come out with a commentary on the success of the Revolution in Egypt. It...

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Revolt in the New Dominion

Revolt in the New Dominion

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Vol 24.3 Jul-Sep 2009 | Date: 14 Feb , 2011

It was a few days only after I had written an article on the instability of the situation in China that the news flashed that in Urumqi, capital of Xinjiang (The New Dominion in Chinese),...

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Obama’s next big problem is Pakistan

Obama’s next big problem is Pakistan

By: IDR News Network | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 12 Feb , 2011

After Egypt, things are rapidly getting out of control for the United States in Pakistan, where , after the Raymond Davis Incident the US has threatened to end Diplomatic Relations with...

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Nepal headed in a dreadful direction

Nepal headed in a dreadful direction

By: RSN Singh | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 12 Feb , 2011

  The recent election of Jhalanath Khanal of CPN (UML) as the Prime Minister is a grim indicator that political developments in Nepal is going in the most dreadful direction. The new secret...

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Egypt: An Uncertain Transition

Egypt: An Uncertain Transition

By: B Raman | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 12 Feb , 2011

  Some have termed the departure of President Hosni Mubarak from office on February 11,2011, as a resignation. Some others have called it waiving the office or powers of the President. The...

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The Fragile Af-Pak Policy

The Fragile Af-Pak Policy

By: Prakash Nanda | Issue: Vol 24.4 Oct-Dec 2009 | Date: 07 Feb , 2011

  With each passing day, it is becoming increasingly obvious that the Obama administration’s so-called Af–Pak policy is simply not working. The fraudulent Presidential elections in...

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The Arab lessons

The Arab lessons

By: Prakash Nanda | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 04 Feb , 2011

  While it will be little premature to suggest that a democratic revolution is sweeping across the Arab world at the moment, the Arabs are no doubt undergoing a great period of turmoil. It started...

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Egypt: The Modified Script

Egypt: The Modified Script

By: RSN Singh | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 03 Feb , 2011

  The contagion of protests spreading from one country to another in the Arab world has made the ruling dispensations edgy and nervous. The general feeling in India and many other parts of the...

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The Jihadi Barbarity

The Jihadi Barbarity

By: B Raman | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 02 Feb , 2011

In our excitement over the revolution from nowhere sweeping across the Arab world and in our preoccupation with trying to understand what has been happening in Egypt, we should not fail to...

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The Karmapa Controversy

The Karmapa Controversy

By: B Raman | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 01 Feb , 2011

  The Karmapa is the head of what is known as the Karma Kagyu sect of Tibetan Buddhism.It is claimed that the institution of Karmapa is more than 200 years older than the institution of Dalai...

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The Chinese Conundrum: Friends and Foes

The Chinese Conundrum: Friends and Foes

By: Air Marshal Narayan Menon | Issue: Vol 24.1 Jan-Mar 2009 | Date: 31 Jan , 2011

  Indian Navy and its Chinese counterpart conducted a joint exercise for the first time in the seas off the Shanghai coast in November, 2003. The latest naval exercise between the two navies was...

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Will Egypt cost Obama a second term in White House?

Will Egypt cost Obama a second term in White House?

By: B Raman | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 30 Jan , 2011

The people’s revolt in Egypt, which has cost over a hundred lives since January 25, is showing signs of taking an anti-US turn. “Neither Mubarak nor Suleiman; we’re sick of Americans.” So...

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Chinese incursions, now and then

Chinese incursions, now and then

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Vol 24.4 Oct-Dec 2009 | Date: 28 Jan , 2011

  Chinese incursions have been making headlines in the Indian media. Unfortunately, the Indian leadership prefers to mitigate the facts, to not “hurt feelings of the Chinese” or “make things...

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Perilous roads to Kabul

Perilous roads to Kabul

By: Air Marshal AK Trikha | Issue: Vol 24.3 Jul-Sep 2009 | Date: 28 Jan , 2011

  Any General tasked to lead an expeditionary force to subjugate Afghanistan would not like to be reminded of the fate that befell the British in a similar attempt in the 19th century. Lady...

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Fiddling in Davos while Arab World is burning

Fiddling in Davos while Arab World is burning

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

The prairie fire of mass protests in Tunisia continues to burn and shows signs of spreading to Libya, Algeria, Egypt, Jordan and Yemen. In Tunisia, protesters want the entire old leadership to...

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China’s core interests

China’s core interests

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 24 Jan , 2011

  Have you heard of ‘Core Interests’? No, it has nothing to do with ‘organising’ the CWG, IPL auctions, mining in tribal areas or OBC vote banks, though it is true that in India ‘core’...

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A stealth aircraft with peaceful Chinese characteristics!

A stealth aircraft with peaceful Chinese characteristics!

By: B Raman | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 21 Jan , 2011

Annexed below is an interesting article on the Chinese Stealth aircraft J-20 tested by the Chinese on January 11 before the meeting of Robert Gates, the visiting US Defence Secretary, with...

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US & China: Friends or Foes?

US & China: Friends or Foes?

By: B Raman | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 19 Jan , 2011

  China has emerged as a leading economic power next only in importance to the US. It is seeking to achieve a military capability commensurate with its economic strength, but its military...

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Pakistan’s Blackmail

Pakistan’s Blackmail

By: Prakash Nanda | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 19 Jan , 2011

  US Vice president Joe Biden has just completed his so-called one-day secret trip to Pakistan, which, incidentally, was known well in advance to the media all over the world. Biden was in...

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