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Afghanistan: India should keep a low profile for the present

October 18, 2010

India must stay engaged, keep a low profile, earn the goodwill of the Afghan people through its multifaceted assistance programme, and stay away from any costly misadventure in the security sector.

Reflections on the Award of the Nobel Peace Prize to Liu Xiaobo

October 13, 2010

Since this is the first time that a Han Chinese citizen has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his anti-government stand, Beijing’s nervousness is understandable.

Kashmir: Time to Ring the Bell

October 13, 2010

It is time that the Indian government through its yet-to-be appointed interlocutors clearly laid the limits and boundaries of the autonomy debate to all the stakeholders.

The Dragon has landed for the American Eagle

October 13, 2010

Sino-US rivalry has been simmering for the past many years, as China has replaced Russia in the American scheme of things as its most potent adversary.

Power Transition in North Korea creates more uncertainty for future

October 13, 2010

The power transition in North Korea is bound to produce more political intrigue in the coming months, with the junior Kim concentrating more on military modernization and nuclear programme to strengthen his position.

For Bangladesh Improving Domestic Situation is as important as Fighting the Taliban

October 12, 2010

Bangladesh is making an important effort domestically to weaken the affiliates of al-Qaeda and Taliban ideology, which is no less important than making contributions to ISAF.

An American Solution to India’s Defence Acquisition Problem?

October 08, 2010

India’s increasing reliance on FMS route is indicative of its desperation to bridge the gaps in its defence preparedness and shows the weakness of the Defence Procurement Procedure.

Afghanistan: A Firewall is Better than Partition

October 07, 2010

India has been fairly successful in firewalling the radical blowback emanating from Pakistan in the past and need not be overly worried about the impending US withdrawal.

The Second US-ASEAN Leaders’ Meeting in New York

October 07, 2010

The second US-ASEAN Leaders’ Meeting in New York hints at concerns about China’s assertiveness and acknowledges a role for US balancing.

18th Amendment: Making a Mockery of Democracy in Sri Lanka

October 07, 2010

The Sri Lankan government seems to be in a desperate hurry to bring about all the necessary revisions in the constitution to strengthen the Executive Presidency without any provision of checks and balances. Sri Lanka, under Rajapaksa, is headed towards nepotism and dictatorship as the 18th amendment suggests.