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China’s Response to India’s Military Upgrade in Arunachal Pradesh: A Classic Case of “Security Dilemma”

November 18, 2011

China views the Indian military upgrade as a response to China's rise in Asia forgetting that its own aggressive posture and military upgrade since 2006 has provoked the Indian response.

The Olive Branch from Pakistan, in its Time of Crises

November 17, 2011

India’s recent encounters with Pakistan show surprisingly warm diplomacy, with an open declaration from Islamabad of “mending the trust deficit.” This upswing in relations however comes with no guarantees.

‘Heart as a Weapon’: A Fresh Approach to the Concept of Hearts and Minds

November 16, 2011

The recent 'heart as a weapon' initiative in Jammu and Kashmir has been received favourably both by critics of security forces and by the state government.

A non-territorial resolution to the Naga ethnic conflict

November 15, 2011

The Union government must work in consultation with the governments of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Nagaland and Manipur to identify problem areas on the path to a non-territorial Naga council.

Elevate Human Rights as the Core Organising Principle in Counter Insurgency

November 14, 2011

The Indian Army’s Doctrine for Sub Conventional Operations does an admirable job in balancing human rights protection with operational demands. However, there is a degree of dissonance in the approach to human rights brought about by the perspective that protecting human rights is a means to an end.

Will Cooperative Security Work in South Asia?

November 13, 2011

While the cooperative security approach has not succeeded in resolving conflicts in South Asia, it might work when it comes to resolving human security related issues.

Six-Party Talks: Geneva meeting shrugs-off “strategic patience” but parsimoniously

November 13, 2011

Not engaging North Korea is no more seen as an option even as it continue to build its nuclear capabilities.

Is America finally withdrawing from Iraq?

November 11, 2011

Obama has skilfully reaped the political benefits of ordering a ‘technical’ withdrawal and ending the US mission in Iraq, whilst not only retaining the substance of the US posture and presence but immeasurably strengthening it.

Kim's Russia Visit: Evaluating Diplomatic Currency

November 09, 2011

It is apparent that both Russia and North Korea are seeking diplomatic currency. But so long as North Korea’s nuclear weapons programme remains an unresolved issue, Russia’s plan for a trans-Korean gas pipeline, however mutually beneficial that may be, is likely to remain unachievable.

Queering the ‘Pitch’ of Pakistan Politics

November 08, 2011

At a time of such monumental, even existential, challenges, if all that Pakistan can come up with is a vacuous demagogue like Imran Khan, then its future is pretty bleak.