Articles in Geopolitics

Can China afford a war?

Can China afford a war?

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Courtesy: Uday India | Date: 27 Apr , 2012

James Clapper, the Director of the US National Intelligence recently told a Senate Committee on intelligence that the Indian Army was strengthening itself for a “˜limited conflict with China:...

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The Match with Pakistan

The Match with Pakistan

By: Lt Gen Vinay Shankar | Issue: Vol 20.2 Apr-Jun 2005 | Date: 24 Apr , 2012

We should not blame our cricketers or our hockey players for our dismal record against Pakistan. It is something to do with our national psyche. This hypothesis is validated if we look at the...

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Addressing Hafiz Saeed

Addressing Hafiz Saeed

By: Rajinder Puri | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 23 Apr , 2012

The obsession with Hafiz Saeed displayed by politicians and media during President Zardari’s recent visit was amusing. Hafiz Saeed is not the issue. He is the symptom of the issue. That issue...

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India's Tibet?

India's Tibet?

By: Prakash Nanda | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 21 Apr , 2012

The act of self-immolation by the Tibetan protestor Jamphel Yeshi on March 26 in New Delhi against the visit of the Chinese President Hu Jintao has hit the international headlines. In contrast,...

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Is General Kayani's smile genuine?

Is General Kayani's smile genuine?

By: B Raman | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 20 Apr , 2012

During a visit to the site of the devastating avalanche near Skardu in Pakistan-Occupied Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) on April 18, 2012, which killed about 125 military personnel and 15 civilians, Gen...

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Uncertain months ahead for Chinese Leadership

Uncertain months ahead for Chinese Leadership

By: B Raman | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 13 Apr , 2012

Wang Lijun was the Deputy Director of the Public Security Bureau in Tiefa in the Liaoning province from 1992 to 1995. From 1995 to 2000, he held the same position in Tieling city, also inthe...

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One India & One China

One India & One China

By: B Raman | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 12 Apr , 2012

The strong economic relations between India and China and their co-operation in multilateral for a such as the recent Copenhagen summit on climate change should not blind one to the fact that the...

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Wanted Dead or Alive - Well, Not Quite

Wanted Dead or Alive - Well, Not Quite

By: Vikram Sood | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 10 Apr , 2012

Once again, Pakistan’s most treasured jehadi jewel, Hafiz Saeed the leader of the Jamat ut Dawa, listed by the US as a Foreign Terrorist Organisation, and the ideological patron of the rabidly...

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Iran's NBC and Missile Programme

Iran's NBC and Missile Programme

By: RSN Singh | Issue: Book Excerpt: Asian Strategy and Military Perspective | Date: 09 Apr , 2012

Iran embarked on a comprehensive missile programme during the Iran-Iraq War. During the post war period, it has made a determined bid to enhance its missile arsenal and capabilities by reaching...

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Shia massacre in Gilgit-Baltistan

Shia massacre in Gilgit-Baltistan

By: IDR News Network | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 06 Apr , 2012

The phone lines are down and wireless connections are jammed since last three days. It is very difficult to get the right information about how many people have died in recent target killing...

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Subterranean threats to India-Sri Lanka relations

Subterranean threats to India-Sri Lanka relations

By: Col R Hariharan | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 05 Apr , 2012

According to a news item in the Colombo daily “The Island,” Sri Lanka intelligence services have received information that around 150 terrorists who returned to Sri Lanka from India were now...

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Difa-e-Pakistan: The New Kid on the Block

Difa-e-Pakistan: The New Kid on the Block

By: Vikram Sood | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 04 Apr , 2012

They are there on web pages, on FaceBook and Twitter and, using the latest technology, wish to push their society back to the Dark Ages. This is the creed of the newly formed Difa-e-Pakistan...

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Suu Kyi: What Next? Co-option or Independence?

Suu Kyi: What Next? Co-option or Independence?

By: B Raman | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 03 Apr , 2012

Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) has won a landslide victory in bye-elections to the Parliament.It is reported to have won at least 40 of the 45 seats for which the...

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From an Islamic Bomb to a Jihadi Bomb

From an Islamic Bomb to a Jihadi Bomb

By: B Raman | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 27 Mar , 2012

The second Nuclear Security Summit currently being held in Seoul, South Korea, would make a fresh evaluation , inter alia, of the security of nuclear materials in the possession of many...

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Strategic Significance of Maldives

Strategic Significance of Maldives

By: RSN Singh | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 24 Mar , 2012

Strategically significant and geopolitically sensitive, Maldives, a chain of 1192 islands 199 of which are inhabited and home to 3,15,000 people, has recently been brutalized by violence and coup,...

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Afghanistan: All is not yet lost

Afghanistan: All is not yet lost

By: B Raman | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 16 Mar , 2012

All is not yet lost in Afghanistan. The Taliban and its affiliates such as the so-called Haqqani Network are alive and active not only in the interior provinces, but even in Kabul. They still...

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Tibetan unrest spreads from Sichuan to Qinghai

Tibetan unrest spreads from Sichuan to Qinghai

By: B Raman | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 16 Mar , 2012

The Tibetan unrest against the repressive policies of the Chinese authorities has spread from the Tibetan areas of Western Sichuan to Qinghai. According to details received late, Qinghai has...

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Tibet 2030

Tibet 2030

By: P K Gautham | Issue: Book Excerpt: Asia 2030 - The Unfolding Future | Date: 13 Mar , 2012

Economic Tibet. China’s aim is to have an economic Tibet. Urbanisation, infrastructure building, extension of rail, roads and airports, converting grasslands to farmland will...

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Is Myanmar-China relation entering a tricky phase?

Is Myanmar-China relation entering a tricky phase?

By: Col R Hariharan | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 11 Mar , 2012

Myanmar’s decision to suspend the construction of the Chinese-aided Irrawaddy Myitsone hydroelectric dam project in Kachin State comes as a pleasant surprise, whatever be the reasons behind the...

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Battling the Dragon

Battling the Dragon

By: MP Anil Kumar | Issue: Vol. 27.1 -Mar 2012 | Date: 06 Mar , 2012

“To win one hundred victories in one hundred battles is not the acme of skill. To subdue the enemy without fighting is the acme of skill.” —Sun Tzu, Art of War The Chinese maintain that the...

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