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India to Stay Relevant in Afghanistan

May 12, 2011

The underlying message of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s visit is to convey to Pakistan, the US and the others that India has strategic interests in Afghanistan.

US Role in Libya: Declining Hegemony?

May 10, 2011

Contrary to popular perception the US has adopted a cautious approach with President Obama outlining a limited role for the United States in the UN-authorised military intervention in Libya.

DPJ’s Duplicity on Futenma Base Relocation in 2009

May 09, 2011

Wikileaks cables reveal a secret pact in which the Hatoyama administration agreed to honour the 2006 agreement on the relocation of Futenma if the US were to reject the proposed alternative.

The US-India Strategic Partnership after the MMRCA Deal

May 06, 2011

Common sense suggests that India as the weaker partner has much more to gain from the relationship with the U.S., but common sense has always been somewhat scarce in Indian strategic thought.

The Post Osama Possibilities

May 06, 2011

The elimination of OBL might not accelerate US withdrawal from Afghanistan, but in all probability this marks the beginning of the end of active US military presence in Afghanistan.

Assessing the Jimmy Carter-led Elders’ Efforts to Resolve North Korean Issue

May 05, 2011

While keeping the doors open for negotiations, the US and South Korea are unlikely to relax any of the terms and conditions they have set for Pyongyang.

The Rights and Wrongs of China’s Aid Policy

May 04, 2011

While energy interests and the promotion of One-China Policy are the main drivers of Chinese aid, the white paper can also be read as a projection of China’s new position in the international order.

Chashma Nuclear Power Plant - II Starts Operation

May 04, 2011

There is growing recognition among Pakistani experts that the reactor models being supplied by China to Pakistan are outdated and are based on 1970s technology.

al Qaeda: Beyond Osama-bin Laden

May 03, 2011

The death of Osama bin laden, is not the end of al Qaeda. It may disable it, but will not kill ‘al Qaeda the idea or movement’. We need to remember that bin Laden and al Qaeda articulated a political grievance which will not disappear with his elimination. The 'war of ideas' is still on.

Osama’s Killing: Regional Implications

May 03, 2011

The elimination of Osama, though a great feat by the US special forces, will largely be a symbolic event – terrorism is unlikely to end and the situation in Af-Pak is not likely to improve.