Geopolitics

The Mazari Saga – and the Pakistan Army-Islamist Nexus

The Mazari Saga – and the Pakistan Army-Islamist Nexus

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 08 Dec , 2017

The video of Imaan Mazari of Pakistan lambasting the Pakistani Army and Pakistani Government’s handling of the recent protests by Islamists in Faizabad...

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Chabahar: A Strategic Game Changer

Chabahar: A Strategic Game Changer

By: Brig Anil Gupta | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 07 Dec , 2017

Chabahar is a deep-sea port located in Sistan Baluchistan area of Iran at the mouth of Gulf of Oman. It is a strategically located port because it provides direct access to the Indian Ocean...

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Islam in Service of Pakistan Military

Islam in Service of Pakistan Military

By: RSN Singh | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 06 Dec , 2017

"Pakistan has two – wedge approach to dealing with terrorism. On one hand, yes, they do not like terrorism, or attacks from terrorism in their country. But at the same time, they do not mind...

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The World after the 19th Party Congress

The World after the 19th Party Congress

By: Lt Gen (Dr) JS Bajwa | Issue: Vol. 32.4 Oct-Dec 2017 | Date: 05 Dec , 2017

Planet Earth, it seemed, held its breath for these seven days in October to see what emerged from the secret parleys of the 19th Party Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC). Like a...

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Iran-US Relations: The Nuclear Spat

Iran-US Relations: The Nuclear Spat

By: K.N. Pandita | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 04 Dec , 2017

The spat is about US suspecting Iran secretly working on nuclear programme despite limits imposed by Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) of July 2015.[1] The US believes Iranian theocratic...

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Islamists Protests in Pakistan – is the experiment backfiring?

Islamists Protests in Pakistan – is the experiment backfiring?

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 03 Dec , 2017

Till the last reports when this article was sent for publication, 10 persons were killed and more than 250 injured in clashes in Pakistan as the army and security forces cracked down on Islamist...

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Uncle Sam has been Waking, but Slowly

Uncle Sam has been Waking, but Slowly

By: Dheeraj P C | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 02 Dec , 2017

A couple of days ago, The Atlantic, a leading American Magazine carried an article titled “The Tools of Espionage are Going Mainstream”, written by a senior scholar in American intelligence...

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Understanding Pakistan’s Strategic Calculus!

Understanding Pakistan’s Strategic Calculus!

By: Col Anil Athale | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 27 Nov , 2017

The first essential step of national security policy is to understand the basis and substance of the likely adversary’s aims and objectives. History offers vital clues on the same. Without much...

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Pakistan’s Complicity with Islamic State

Pakistan’s Complicity with Islamic State

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 26 Nov , 2017

Post the terrorist attack in Zakhura area of Srinagar on November 17, the Islamic State, through its new platform ‘Amaq’, has claimed its first kill in J&K. The ISI supported...

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USA’s new immigration laws’ motto – ‘Make America White Again’

USA’s new immigration laws’ motto – ‘Make America White Again’

By: Rakesh Kr Sinha | Date: 23 Nov , 2017

‘Trumpism’ is the new bulwark in contemporary white America meant to stem the flow of ethnic diversity and cultural pluralism and its intentions are clear ; to deliver the United States back...

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Indo-US relationship – Watch your step

Indo-US relationship – Watch your step

By: Sumit Walia | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 21 Nov , 2017

The Doklam standoff between India and China kept the Indian strategic community busy for almost three months. There were few statements form the US Congress/Senate, Trump administration & US...

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31st ASEAN Summit in Manila: Peace & Stability in the Region & Maritime...

31st ASEAN Summit in Manila: Peace & Stability in the Region & Maritime...

By: Col (Dr) P K Vasudeva | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 20 Nov , 2017

On November 13, the heads of states of Southeast Asian nations gathered for the 31st ASEAN Summit in Manila under the chairmanship of the Philippines. This year, the summit’s theme is...

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American Deep State: Two-Timing Trump?

American Deep State: Two-Timing Trump?

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 16 Nov , 2017

The meeting and brief conversation between US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin during the recent APEC meeting at Manila was watched world over with great interest....

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The Faux Pas of Army Building Foot Over Bridges – and beyond

The Faux Pas of Army Building Foot Over Bridges – and beyond

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 13 Nov , 2017

Much has been written about the Army being employed to construct three foot over bridges (FoB) including replacing the one linking the Elphinstone Road and Parel suburban stations in Mumbai. 22...

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Prospects of Constitutional Reform after Japan’s Snap Elections

Prospects of Constitutional Reform after Japan’s Snap Elections

By: Supriya Sharma | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 03 Nov , 2017

The serious nuclear and missile threats posed by North Korea to Japan have created compelling reasons for Japan to reconsider and revise Japan’s pacifist constitution. The most debated...

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India-China rivalry hurts South Asia’s growth

India-China rivalry hurts South Asia’s growth

By: B.Z. Khasru | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 02 Nov , 2017

India and China, in their contest to establish dominance over South Asia, are creating a hostile environment in the region, and, as a fallout, crimping economic prospects of their smaller...

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How Worrisome is PLAAF Presence in Tibet?

How Worrisome is PLAAF Presence in Tibet?

By: Gp Capt AK Sachdev | Issue: Vol. 32.2 Apr-Jun 2017 | Date: 01 Nov , 2017

The threat of co-ordinated action by China and Pakistan is a distinct possibility and, under such a scenario, the IAF would have to spread its assets on two fronts; that would render the PLAAF...

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Embrace the Future of Kashmir

Embrace the Future of Kashmir

By: Lt Gen Subrata Saha | Issue: Vol. 32.3 Jul-Sep 2017 | Date: 31 Oct , 2017

In the present circumstances, where vicious propaganda is clouding and vitiating young minds, the nation, as the Prime Minister says, needs to embrace the people, help the youth to get their...

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Balancing Politics and Power: Prognosis of China’s Military Build-Up

Balancing Politics and Power: Prognosis of China’s Military Build-Up

By: Lt Gen Gautam Banerjee | Issue: Vol. 32.3 Jul-Sep 2017 | Date: 29 Oct , 2017

So far we have attributed the PRC’s military build-up to its likelihood of turning into a regional tormentor. Indeed, it is wise to be circumspect. Besides, in the entire pan Asian region,...

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Should India work with the United States to stabilise Afghanistan?

Should India work with the United States to stabilise Afghanistan?

By: Prakash Nanda | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 27 Oct , 2017

It is a rare coincidence that on October 24 soon after Afghan President Ashraf Ghani concluded his “one-day working visit” to Indian capital, the United States Secretary of State Rex...

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