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The Great Game: 21st Century Version-II

The Great Game: 21st Century Version-II

By: Vikram Sood | Issue: Vol 22.3 Jul-Sep 2007 | Date: 15 Dec , 2010

The new US foreign policy of “transformational diplomacy” is not merely about just reporting the world as it is but about replicating nation-states into US clones. Post conflict multinational...

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The Great Game: 21st Century Version-I

The Great Game: 21st Century Version-I

By: Vikram Sood | Issue: Vol 22.3 Jul-Sep 2007 | Date: 14 Dec , 2010

The Rules of the Game:The current century began in an intensely violent manner and there are no signs of a let up. Two and a half deadly wars are being fought in our neighbourhood and threaten to...

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Inside Iraq: Five Days in Hell-III

Inside Iraq: Five Days in Hell-III

By: Scott Taylor | Issue: Vol 25.3 Jul-Sep 2010 | Date: 10 Dec , 2010

“We are Ansar al-Islam.” …I knew that this group …had links to al-Qaeda. When it had proved impossible to enter Mosul safely, we had circled back into the desert and spent the night at...

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Inside Iraq: Five Days in Hell-II

Inside Iraq: Five Days in Hell-II

By: Scott Taylor | Issue: Vol 25.3 Jul-Sep 2010 | Date: 09 Dec , 2010

“She is encouraging her ‘sons’ to go out and become martyrs and die in battle…” In the morning, Tal Afar was strangely quiet except for the continuous buzzing of the unmanned Predators...

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Inside Iraq: Five Days in Hell-I

Inside Iraq: Five Days in Hell-I

By: Scott Taylor | Issue: Vol 25.3 Jul-Sep 2010 | Date: 08 Dec , 2010

This is a first hand account of a journalist, Scott Taylor, about his tryst with death at the hands of Islamic extremists in Iraq about five years back. The religious and social dynamics in the...

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Taiwan's courtship with India-II

Taiwan's courtship with India-II

By: Prakash Nanda | Issue: Book Excerpt: Rising India | Date: 07 Dec , 2010

Major Advantages: First, given the importance of China in Indian foreign policy, Indian policy makers, foreign policy analysts and think tanks must understand Beijing well. This is particularly...

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Taiwan's courtship with India-I

Taiwan's courtship with India-I

By: Prakash Nanda | Issue: Book Excerpt: Rising India | Date: 06 Dec , 2010

Ever since the communists under the late Mao Tse-tung forced the then Chinese President Chiang Kai-shek in 1949 to flee to Taiwan, the situation across the Taiwan straits that separate Mainland...

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Indo-French Friendship to Partnership-III

Indo-French Friendship to Partnership-III

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Vol 23.1 Jan-Mar 2008 | Date: 05 Dec , 2010

Obstacles to Indo-French Relations: At the outset, it is necessary to point out that today no major political differences darken the sky between Paris and Delhi except, of course, the unexpected...

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Indo-French Friendship to Partnership-II

Indo-French Friendship to Partnership-II

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Vol 23.1 Jan-Mar 2008 | Date: 04 Dec , 2010

Phase 2: 1971-1990: The Office of the Historian of the US State Department which has recently released the declassified documents of the Nixon Administration terms the policy of the US President...

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Navy to build blue-water capability with a balanced force structure, says...

Navy to build blue-water capability with a balanced force structure, says...

By: Bharat Verma | Issue: Vol 25.1 Jan-Mar 2010 | Date: 01 Dec , 2010

Admiral Nirmal Verma interviewed by IDR One of the most significant events in the recent times has been the commissioning of India’s nuclear submarine in July this year, even if she has a way...

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26/11: Pak Army Irregulars attack Mumbai-II

26/11: Pak Army Irregulars attack Mumbai-II

By: B Raman | Issue: Book Excerpt: Mumbai 26/11 | Date: 26 Nov , 2010

According to the Hindustan Times ( December 2, 2008), the LeT’s name as the main plotter of a sea-borne terrorist strike in Mumbai directed against some sea front hotels figured in three...

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Nepal Policy A Monumental Blunder?

Nepal Policy A Monumental Blunder?

By: Prakash Nanda | Issue: Vol 22.2 Apr-Jun 2007 | Date: 24 Nov , 2010

Any dispassionate analysis of the current situation in Nepal will deal with some uncomfortable questions. It seems that the Indian government has not dealt with these questions properly. By...

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The Chinese vision of Sino-Pak strategic partnership : II

The Chinese vision of Sino-Pak strategic partnership : II

By: Prof. Priyadarshi Mukherji | Issue: Vol 25.3 Jul-Sep 2010 | Date: 18 Nov , 2010

China’s Maritime Ambitions China’s ambition for maritime supremacy in the South Asian region can be seen in a military website6 dated 26 February 2009. In the report titled “The Indian...

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The normalization of relations between India and Israel: II

The normalization of relations between India and Israel: II

By: Moshe Yegar | Issue: Book Excerpt: Rising India | Date: 16 Nov , 2010

The First Signs of Change As has been pointed out already, in December 1991 India was among the countries that voted in favor of the annulment of the U.N. resolution, which equated Zionism with...

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The normalization of relations between India and Israel : I

The normalization of relations between India and Israel : I

By: Moshe Yegar | Issue: Book Excerpt: Rising India | Date: 14 Nov , 2010

India gained independence in 1947, and Israel followed within several months – in May 1948. But official diplomatic relations between the two countries were established only in January 1992....

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Indian Air Force 2020

Indian Air Force 2020

By: Air Marshal BK Pandey | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 30 Oct , 2010

Planning for Modernisation of the IAF Festivity during the 73rd anniversary of the Indian Air Force in October 2005 was overshadowed by the concern over its depleting combat power. Obsolescence...

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France pitches for India to join military operations overseas

France pitches for India to join military operations overseas

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Vol 25.4 Oct-Dec 2010 | Date: 20 Oct , 2010

“I earnestly hope that the modernisation of India’s Mirage 2000 fleet will be executed by Dassault, Thales and MBDA.” Mr. Hervé Morin was born on 17 August 1961 in Pont-Audemer, Eure...

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Military Lessons : Israel-Hezbollah Conflict Part-1

Military Lessons : Israel-Hezbollah Conflict Part-1

By: Maj Gen GD Bakshi, (Retd) | Issue: Vol 22.1 Jan - Mar 2007 | Date: 26 Jul , 2007

A classical response option for a country faced with an externally inspired Low Intensity Conflict (that can drag on for decades) is to conventionalise the conflict. In so doing, its strategic...

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Women in the Armed Forces Part-2

Women in the Armed Forces Part-2

By: Maj Gen Mrinal Suman | Issue: Vol 21.3 Jul-Sep 2006 | Date: 26 Jun , 2007

Findings of the British Equal Opportunities Commission A joint survey was carried out by the Ministry of Defence and the Equal Opportunities Commission to determine the nature and extent of...

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Israel-Hezbollah Conflict Part-8 : Conclusion

Israel-Hezbollah Conflict Part-8 : Conclusion

By: Maj Gen GD Bakshi, (Retd) | Issue: Vol 22.1 Jan - Mar 2007 | Date: 26 Apr , 2007

The Israel – Hezbollah conflict has spawned a rich harvest of military lessons that we must analyse and ingest at the earliest. In essence it was an attempt to conventionalise and thereby end a...

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