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The ‘Orchid Revolution’ in Singapore

September 30, 2011

The PAP needs to make itself more responsive to the common Singaporean’s demands in order to remain the single-most powerful representative of the people of Singapore.

Tibetan Waters: A Source of Cooperation or Conflict?

September 30, 2011

Lower riparian countries likely to be affected by China’s construction of dams and river diversion projects in Tibet need to initiate a bilateral or multilateral dialogue with China.

Pakistan’s Flood Redux: Need for Institutional Disaster Preparedness

September 30, 2011

While the institutional reforms and structures are in place, often their effectiveness is impeded by corrupt practices and lack of proper maintenance and implementation on ground.

Sino-Indian Trade: Smoothening the Rough Edges

September 27, 2011

The composition of the Indian delegation to the ongoing Strategic Economic Dialogue is suggestive that issues such as telecom, water, infrastructural development and railways are being discussed on a priority basis.

Counterinsurgency and "Op Sadhbhavana" in Jammu and Kashmir

Counterinsurgency and "Op Sadhbhavana" in Jammu and Kashmir

Critiques of the Indian Army's counterinsurgency practice have overlooked a critical aspect of “organisational innovation and operational learning” formalised as Op Sadhbhavana. These initiatives have had a limited but salutary impact in transforming the conflict in Jammu and Kashmir.

Measures To Deal With Left - Wing Extremism/Naxalism

Measures To Deal With Left - Wing Extremism/Naxalism

The assertions by the Ministry of Home Affairs that the Maoist challenge could be dealt with in three years seems to be ambitious, given present-day the ground realities. If coordinated action is taken, perhaps, their challenge could be defeated in approximately seven to 10 years. A welcome development is that the various state governments and the Union Government have begun to evince willingness to deal with the issue. Doubtless, the Maoist challenge can certainly be defeated.

The party’s over in the Hindu Kush: It’s time for the US to call it a day

September 26, 2011

Left behind will be a quasi-theocratic Afghan state compelled to accommodate Talibani-style cultural medievalism and a Pakistani state teetering on the brink of political self-destruction and social chaos.

The PM’s Speech at the 66th UNGA session: Indian Foreign Policy in Search of a Balance?

September 26, 2011

The PM’s speech in the UN General Assembly shows that Indian foreign policy may be rediscovering age old themes which had become subdued in recent years.

Indian Nuclear Posture: Confusing Signals from DRDO

September 26, 2011

India is currently in the midst of a battery of scheduled missile tests at its Chandipur test range off the coast of Orissa, including scheduled tests of the Prithvi-II and Agni-II. On Saturday, India tested, for the third time, a 750-km semi-ballistic missile named Shourya. The Shourya has roughly the same range as the Agni-I but is designed to be more mobile, with a reduced logistics trail.

India and the South China Seas: The Need for a Second Look

September 23, 2011

There is no point in acting with bravado when we do not have the necessary military capacity to take on the Chinese in the South China Seas.

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