Geopolitics

Myanmar going Nuclear

Myanmar going Nuclear

By: RSN Singh | Issue: Vol 24.4 Oct-Dec 2009 | Date: 20 Oct , 2010

  There has been an unmistakable spurt in the development and acquisition of nuclear weapon capabilities by the Military Junta regime in Myanmar. Given the level of progress in this regard, it is...

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The African Talibans

The African Talibans

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 15 Oct , 2010

  The visit to India of Mr. Jean-David Levitte, the ‘sherpa’ of President Sarkozy, during the second week of October was hardly noticed. Monsieur Levitte is a very powerful man. In France,...

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Chinese Attitude to US : Trust – Distrust Syndrome

Chinese Attitude to US : Trust – Distrust Syndrome

By: B Raman | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 15 Oct , 2010

President Barack Obama has made another overture of likely strategic significance to China, which could be a new landmark in moves to strengthen the strategic partnership between the two...

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The train in Tibet and the Clouds over Himalayas

The train in Tibet and the Clouds over Himalayas

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 13 Oct , 2010

  NEW China has no money problem. When Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao visited debt-laden Greece last week he promised to double trade in five years and buy Greek bonds when Athens returns to...

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The Danger Signals from Pakistan

The Danger Signals from Pakistan

By: B Raman | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 13 Oct , 2010

More people were killed and more material damage was caused by the quake in Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir (POK) and some parts of the North-West Frontier Province ( now called Khyber Pakhtunkwa ) in...

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No stability in Tibet-Xinjiang without Pakistan, says Chinese Writer

No stability in Tibet-Xinjiang without Pakistan, says Chinese Writer

By: B Raman | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 12 Oct , 2010

An article published on October 12, 2010, by the Chinese Communist Party-controlled “Global Times” has questioned the reported description of Pakistan as a cancer by President Barack Obama. It...

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Obama’s Gesture to China on Eve of Indian visit

Obama’s Gesture to China on Eve of Indian visit

By: B Raman | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 12 Oct , 2010

On the eve of his forthcoming visit to India next month, President Barack Obama has made an important gesture to China. Even while supporting the award of the Nobel Peace Prize to Chinese...

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An anatomy of India-Pakistan Dialogue

An anatomy of India-Pakistan Dialogue

By: Kanwal Sibal | Issue: Vol 25.3 Jul-Sep 2010 | Date: 06 Oct , 2010

  It is very easy to take the position that we must have a dialogue with Pakistan. Arguments in favour can appear plausible. Pakistan is a neighbour and you cannot wish it away. It is better...

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Strategic Aspects of Climate Change-1

Strategic Aspects of Climate Change-1

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Vol 25.3 Jul-Sep 2010 | Date: 06 Oct , 2010

  A misplaced paranoia A couple of months back Islamabad went hysterical again. India as usual was the target. This time it is not about Kashmir or the fate of the Muslim population in India, but...

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Pakistan’s Islamic Odyssey : dangers ahead

Pakistan’s Islamic Odyssey : dangers ahead

By: Anand K Verma | Issue: Vol 25.3 Jul-Sep 2010 | Date: 06 Oct , 2010

  The movement for Pakistan, as envisaged by its chief promoter Mohammed Ali Jinnah, was not intended to produce a religion dominated theocratic state. No doubt he engaged in communal tactics and...

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China’s core interests

China’s core interests

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 30 Aug , 2010

  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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China supports Pakistan’s claim on Kashmir!

China supports Pakistan’s claim on Kashmir!

By: B Raman | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 28 Aug , 2010

  The international community treats Jammu & Kashmir as a de facto — but not de jure — part of India. Similarly, it treats Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir (POK) and Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) as de facto...

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Extension to Gen Kayani: Dangerous Portends

Extension to Gen Kayani: Dangerous Portends

By: RSN Singh | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 02 Aug , 2010

  When Gen Kayani took over the reigns of the Pakistan Army, he exhorted the rank and file to keep away from politics. He initiated moves to revert 152 military personnel on deputation to public...

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Wikileaks: The Implications for the Obama Administration

Wikileaks: The Implications for the Obama Administration

By: B Raman | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 27 Jul , 2010

The leakage of nearly 90,000 documents relating to the Afghan war for the period between January 2004 and December 2009 by Wikileaks, a US web site which disseminates secret information of...

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Radicalization of Pakistan will increase threat to India

Radicalization of Pakistan will increase threat to India

By: Anand K Verma | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 16 Jul , 2010

Pakistan is a state deep in turmoil. Contributory causes are some historical and some current. Historical causes can be summed up as follows: No single overpowering identity has emerged in...

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Xinjiang: Chinese on the Guard, but Friday Prayers Allowed

Xinjiang: Chinese on the Guard, but Friday Prayers Allowed

By: B Raman | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 05 Jul , 2010

Urumqi, the capital of the Xinjiang Autonomous Region of China, is tense a day before the first anniversary of the outbreak of anti-Han violence by some Uighurs of the city on July 5 last year....

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SAARC – Expect no miracles

SAARC – Expect no miracles

By: Prakash Nanda | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 03 May , 2010

  The 16th summit of the eight-nation South Asian Regional Cooperation (SAARC) concluded on March 29 in Bhutanese capital Thimphu, vowing to plant “10 million trees over the next five years”...

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Marshall or Martial aid for Pakistan?

Marshall or Martial aid for Pakistan?

By: Subhash Chopra | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 03 Oct , 2009

  Almost since its birth Pakistan has been lucky in finding friends who have  been generous with supplies of oil, armaments and hard currency to keep its ruling classes live life in style and the...

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The Sethusamudram Ship Canal Project

The Sethusamudram Ship Canal Project

By: Vice Adm (Retd) GM Hiranandani | Issue: Vol. 23.4 Oct-Dec 2008 | Date: 03 Feb , 2009

  At present, ships transiting between the coasts of India have to go all the way around Sri Lanka because of a reef called Adam’s Bridge at Pamban, near Rameswaram Island. At Pamban, the depth...

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Possible Collapse of Pakistan: Quantifying the Fallout

Possible Collapse of Pakistan: Quantifying the Fallout

By: Ashish Puntambekar | Issue: Vol 23.1 Jan-Mar 2008 | Date: 27 Feb , 2008

The overall situation appears to be quite hopeless, and under these conditions, it is only the army that can keep the country together. A military state of emergency is therefore definitely on...

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